Lots of Changes Happening

By . October 3, 2017Development / Zoning

Its hard to turn our heads in any directions nowadays without our eyes catching sight of cranes roaming the airspace surrounding Bryan Place and its immediate neighborhood.

A most recent example of this crane dominated spotting is at Good-Latimer Expressway and Pacific Street, near DART’s and Deep Ellum commuter rail station. Westdale, KDC, Street Lights Residential and Vine Street Ventures have teamed up and begun building a magnificent transit-oriented project in the lot owned by Westdale since mid-1990s.

The 8-acre Epic high-rise complex in Deep Ellum neighborhood is projecting a completion date somewhere in late 2019. Construction will surround the historic Knights of Pythias Temple, built in 1915 at Elm and GoodLatimer. The developer claims Epic will complement Deep Ellum and provide state-of-the-art office space, residential and hospitality to the neighborhood, further contributing to Deep Ellum’s resurgence and sustainability as Dallas’ most unique urban neighborhood.

Westdale is one of the largest and oldest property owners in the Deep Ellum district and is leading the
250,000-square-foot, 10 floors Epic office tower development. The tower is anchored to the external streets with a parking garage at its base. Additional retail spaces are provided at ground level within the building core and open towards a new inner street. Tower is topped with a fitness center, amenity deck and rooftop café offering extraordinary panoramas of Deep Ellum and downtown. Dallas Street Lights Residential will also build a 20-story apartment tower in the Epic project adding a 300-unit residential tower that the developer claims is inspired by the classic architecture of Main Street and industrial buildings in Deep Ellum.

The Knights of Pythias Temple, also known as the Union Bankers Building, noticeably one of the most
unique buildings of Deep Ellum and a landmark, will be preserved and carefully transformed into a 164-room boutique hotel called the Pittman Hotel. The conversion will occur without purging the building’s original integrity and features, keeping its rich history at the focus so that the building can still be cherished by guests who will be occupying it from time to time.

This is an admirable example of integrating the old with the new in a positive yet meticulous way that
potentially results immense influences on not only the Deep Ellum neighborhood but the entire downtown area. In other words, given the limited number of older buildings available to redevelop and fewer vacant lots left in downtown, we will continue seeing competitive new construction projects pairing with revitalization of existing structures to meet the demands of the tremendous growth currently transpiring throughout DFW.