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Masterplan Project Update: First Industrial Distribution Center

Masterplan recently gained City Council approval for a change of zoning for the Mountain Creek Planned Development District. The change of zoning will allow First Industrial to develop a new distribution center with over 1 million SF of space.

According to Masterplan consultant Santos Martinez, “the zoning change provides more buffer for the neighbors.” The Mountain Creek area has already been extremely successful, but this port will be the first facility built south of I-20. It’s set to be completed in the 2nd Quarter of 2018.

SOURCE: First Industrial.

Masterplan Project Update: Uptown Marriott

The Dallas City Plan Commission (CPC) recently approved zoning for a new Marriott Hotel in Uptown. Masterplan’s client, Alamo Manhattan, is the developer of the proposed 13-story hotel with penthouse office space. The hotel will include entirely underground parking, as well as restaurants and meeting space.

Do you have a development that requires a zoning change? We’d love to help take it through the approval process – allowing you to spend less time arguing at City Hall and more time actually getting things done!

Masterplan Project Update: Hillcrest High School

Thanks to Masterplan’s efforts, the Dallas City Plan Commission (CPC) recently approved a two-part addition to Hillcrest High School, funded through the 2015 DISD Bond Program. One part will be a two-story structure that adds 22 new classrooms and student collaboration space. The second part will be a 1,000-seat gymnasium with locker rooms and a below-ground storm shelter. The additional academic space will enable Hillcrest High School to discontinue the use of all onsite portable classrooms and will update the campus capabilities in essential ways.

Thanks to WRA Architects for the sneak preview of these new spaces!

Masterplan Austin Dispatch: Taylor Growth Summit

Karen Wunsch, Managing Director of Masterplan’s Austin office, was thrilled to be invited to participate in the City of Taylor’s first growth summit back in March. This brainstorming and planning event was designed to “Grow Taylor.” The turnout was phenomenal, with attendees including property owners, developers, residents, business owners, and city staff. Everyone was engaged and passionate about providing ideas that will encourage growth, build a future, and preserve the local culture that makes Taylor special. Topics included Transportation & Connectivity, Parks & Recreation, Corridor Standards, Commercial & Residential Standards, and Special Districts. Hats off to Ashley Lumpkin, Director of Development Services and all of the city staff for putting together such a great planning event!

Do you have an urban planning event coming up and need speakers? Our team is highly experienced with issues including zoning, planning, lobbying, and more – and we love sharing that knowledge with the community!

Masterplan boosts Uptown Dallas’ McKinney Avenue with another residential tower

Another high-rise is on the way on Uptown’s booming McKinney Avenue.

Developers have received the go-ahead to build an 18-story apartment tower at McKinney and Boll Street. The rental project will be built on the site of the Idle Rich Pub.

“The building will have a restaurant on the ground floor and a fitness center on the second floor,” said Dallas Cothrum of Masterplan Consultants, which worked with the developers to get planning approval. “All the parking is underground and there is no bar.

“The owners wanted something very residential and high-end.”

A project of Mockingbird Venture Partners LLC and M&M Venture LLC, the 110-unit building is backed by the Carroll family, which owns the Spring Creek Barbeque restaurants.

SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News.