Thursday, July 30, 2015

Historical Liberty State Bank - Farmers Market One Year Later

Historical Liberty State Bank Building

One Year Anniversary  - Farmers Market District 

Finding Perspective........
 

I describe in my video the disassembly and relocation of the Historical Liberty State Bank Building to the Farmers Market District.


Perspective: What a difference a year makes.  24 months ago this month my team was overcoming hurdles to disassemble and relocate the oldest downtown commercial building built in the late 1890's from Cesar Chavez & Elm to 600 S. Harwood in the Farmers Market District.

The relocation project was a major undertaking and one that only local neighborhood advocates would be crazy enough to sign up for. However, I was amazed at the immediate impact this single project had on the neighborhood revitalization efforts as a whole. I believed in it and truly thought the community would get behind it, but didn't know how long it would take with the Dallas Farmers Market redevelopment still in question and several years off from completion.  I remember a month after we finished and pulling out of my office parking lot across the street. Cars were parked along Canton St and pedestrians were walking down the sidewalk to the new Green Door Public House restaurant. In my almost nine years in the neighborhood....I had never witnessed this kind of positive activity. I called my partner Craig Melde all excited to tell him about the people I saw moving on the street. This was the moment that I became sold on the idea of local developments and small projects in transitional neighborhoods.  Local developers who believe in these neighborhoods and are willing to take the risk where a large regional or national might be afraid to take the risk in such a "transitional" area. Smaller projects can be completed faster and are easier to finance, meaning the results and impact are seen quicker.  Instead of a $100M project that takes 5-7 years to maybe see the light of day.....let's focus on $2-$5M projects and do more of them SOONER.  Also, these smaller projects engage the community, preserve the culture, create activity on the streets and promote socialization and interaction. Resulting in a truly dynamic and unique neighborhood experience.

Two weeks ago Green Door Public House celebrated their One Year Anniversary with a Burlesque, Prohibition themed party and a packed house full of community leaders from the Farmers Market, The Cedar's, Deep Ellum and Downtown.  The community came out in force to celebrate their success and support their one year milestone in the Farmers Market District.  A transitional neighborhood still in the midst of a revitalization. Today, the Liberty State Bank Building houses our first Dallas Farmers Market stand alone neighborhood restaurant Green Door Public House & V12 Yoga Studio.

In retrospect, in looking back; I would like to thank the following people for all their support of the Liberty State Bank Relocation Project. Our D2 City Council Leader Adam Medrano and his incredible staff who are regulars at the restaurant and our neighborhoods biggest supporters. Council Member Philip Kingston, Council Member Scott Griggs & Council Member Sandy Greyson.  These four amazing city leader's believed this project could be done and voiced their support to save this historical building and saw the revitalization significance in bringing it to the Farmers Market District. City of Dallas Office of Economic Development - Karl Stundins & Tamara Leaks who worked through all the details on this complicated project.  Asst. City Manager Ryan Evans who saw the economic potential with both the Farmers Market Privatization and the Liberty State Bank Project. Downtown Dallas Inc for supporting both this historical project and our new local businesses. Craig Melde of Architexas, my friend and associate who taught me the importance of preserving history.  Mike Ruibal of  Ruibals Plants of Texas who sold us the land so we could save these buildings, without this specific land site the project wouldn't have happened. Farmers Market Stakeholder's Association, The Cedar's & surrounding community who supported our new businesses Green Door & V12 Yoga day one to ensure they succeeded.  Preservation Dallas & City of Dallas Historic Preservation who supported our relocation and preservation efforts. City Planning, Permitting, City Attorney's Office and all the various departments who didn't let the fact that this had never been done before stand in the way of seeing it succeed.  Thank you!



 
 
 
 
Liberty State Bank "Before" Relocation - November, 2013.
 
 
 
 
Liberty State Bank "During" Relocation - March, 2014.
 
 
 

 

Liberty State Bank "After" Relocation - July, 2014.
 
 
 
 
City Council Member Adam Medrano & Me at the Ribbon Cutting - July, 2014.


 
 
 Liberty State Bank "Dedication" and Ribbon Cutting with City Council Member Adam Medrano, V12 Yoga, Green Door Public House, Craig Melde, Mike Ruibal & Me - July, 2014.
 
 
 
 
I spoke to this awesome crowd gathered for the Ribbon Cutting!
 
 
 
 
City Council Member Adam Medrano gives "Special Recognition" to Me, Mike Ruibal & Craig Melde for our collaborative efforts to preserve and save the Liberty State Bank Building.
 
 Photo Credit: Tanya Ragan
Dallas Urbanista
 
 
The Dallas Morning News followed the preservation efforts and relocation of the Liberty State Bank Building to the Farmers Market District.  Including, the Public-Private Partnership with the City of Dallas and the Grand Opening, Ribbon Cutting and Ceremonies article below.  
 

Historic bank building reopens after 'brick-by-brick' move in downtown Dallas

The 115-year-old Liberty State Bank Building was taken apart brick-by-brick and reassembled and restored at 600 S. Harwood St. in the Dallas Farmers Market District.
Amid the chatter and cheers of Dallas residents and officials, the Liberty State Bank Building is breathing new life.
The historic building was saved from demolition more than a year ago by Craig Melde, a preservation architect and founding principal of ArchiTexas. Now, after being taken down, relocated and reassembled twice, the building was unveiled Friday ahead of the formal grand opening on July 7.
The building was moved to 600 S. Harwood St. in the Dallas Farmers Market District near the Scottish Rite Cathedral. It already houses a restaurant, the Green Door Public House, and a yoga studio, V12 Yoga & Pilates.
“What a journey — metaphorically and literally,” Melde said Friday.
Dallas City Council member Adam Medrano was on hand Friday to give special recognition to the preservation.
“I thought the idea was crazy, but I knew that if anyone was going to be able to get it done, they were going to be able to do it,” Medrano said, motioning to Melde and other project leaders, Mike Ruibal, owner of Plants of Texas, and Tanya Ragan, president of Wildcat Management.
The two-story Italianate building, constructed in 1899, retains its original red brick and exterior black column. Ruibal described the process of relocating the building as a “big puzzle.”
“We had to take everything down brick-by-brick,” Ruibal said. “We got the building back to the way it was originally, even the original color of the brick. We just took it apart and put it back together.”
Throughout the process, the developers discovered certain parts of the building that were hidden by renovations, including the original color of the brick, which had been painted, and the column.
Ragan said that despite the multitude of hurdles she and the team encountered, the building is more like the original design than before.
 
 

 “You can't rely on bringing people downtown, you have to put them there.”

- Jane Jacobs

 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Opposition to 80ft Cell Tower in the Farmers Market District - Zoning Change Z145-282

 "Local's on the Street"

Neighbors Oppose 80ft Verizon Cell Tower

Farmers Market District

 
 

Stakeholder's and property owners Craig Melde, Principal of Architexas & Buddy Jordan, Chair of Encore Park voice their opposition to the proposed Verizon Cell Tower at 1824 Canton Z145-282.


Neighbors are fired up about a rezoning that would allow a 80ft cell tower to go smack in the middle of recent economic development and revitalization plans. The proposed cell tower would be visible from new townhomes, new local businesses and the Encore Community Garden.

What can you do to help?  Write letters, make phone calls and send similar emails as shown below.  Not one Farmers Market Neighbor was contacted about the proposed rezoning until they inquired about the zoning change signs that had been posted.  When neighbors met with the Verizon Lobbyist they were told that City Hall, 500 S Ervay and nearby parking lot owners had already denied them because they didn't want it on their property.  No other buildings in the immediate area were contacted by Verizon as a rooftop alternative. Several stakeholder's have stepped forward to offer their buildings as a rooftop alternative to keep the tower off  the street level.  The Farmers Market Stakeholder's  & Community have worked hard to improve and revitalize their neighborhood with significant investment of time and resources, this would be a major setback.

Below are Examples of the Opposition letters sent by Farmers Market Stakeholder's (residents, businesses & property owners) to all City Planning Commissioners, Council Member Adam Medrano, Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans & Planner Sarah May opposing the Verizon Cell Tower in the Farmers Market District.


From: Rob Robinson [mailto:gjrobinson3@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:04 AM
To: mwanglin@gmail.com; neilcpc2@gmail.com; bettyculbreath@gmail.com; shididcpc5@gmail.com; jed.cpc@gmail.com; bagleycpc7@gmail.com; gloriamtarpley@gmail.com; jschultz@dallascpc.com; margotmurphycpc13@gmail.com; pridley017@gmail.com; robert.abtahi@gmail.com
Cc: sarah.may@dallascityhall.com; Adam Medrano; Evans, Ryan; Ragan Tanya
Subject: Zoning case Z145-282 (1824 Canton)

Commissioners:

I am opposed to the proposed 80-foot Verizon cell tower on the street level at 1824 Canton Street.  As a resident in the Farmers Market District and an officer and board member of the Farmers Market Stakeholders Association the growing revitalization of the neighborhood is important to me. This cell tower would be a set back to that progress!

The cell tower would have a negative and adverse effect visually on the neighborhood.  Their are over 100 town homes occupied or under construction 2 blocks from this proposed tower. The current prices for these homes start at over $500,000. Street level towers are typically placed in blight areas.  My neighborhood in the Farmers Market District is NOT a blight area! 

The maximum height requirement for construction in this neighborhood is 50 feet. The tower should be placed on a rooftop and not on the street level and in an area that allows structures of 80 feet.

The Farmers Market community and stakeholders have worked hard over the past few years to revitalize our neighborhood with significant financial and manpower investments. It would be a slap in the face to the business owners and residents of the Farmers Market neighborhood to have the cell tower on the street level in our area. 

 I appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to learning that it is resolved in a way that respect our neighborhood and its advancements.

Rob Robinson

 

From: Craig Melde
Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 11:45 AM
To: 'mwanglin@gmail.com'; Neil Emmons (neilcpc2@gmail.com); 'jed.cpc@gmail.com'; 'shididcpc5@gmail.com'; 'bettyculbreath@gmail.com'; 'gloriamtarpley@gmail.com'; 'bagleycpc7@gmail.com'; 'jschultz@dallascpc.com'; 'robert.abtahi@gmail.com'; 'pridley017@gmail.com'; 'margotmurphycpc13@gmail.com'
Cc: Adam Medrano (adam.medrano@dallascityhall.com); 'Evans, Ryan'; 'sarah.may@dallascityhall.com'
Subject: Zoning case Z145-282 (1824 Canton) -Cell Tower



Dear Commission Members


I am writing to you to voice my strong OPPOSITION to the zoning change request to allow an 80 foot tall cell tower to be placed at the corner of Marilla and Park Street in the Farmer’s Market

Area. The introduction of this cell tower will have a significant adverse visual effect on our neighborhood.  

I have been a business owner in this area since 1983 and have re- developed two historic properties in the area for retail and housing. The community has worked very hard to revitalize our area. Our area is on the rebound and it is gaining momentum with redevelopment. The DDI 360 Plan which was adopted by City Council has envisioned this area to be a residential “neighborhood” which is becoming a reality. In addition, the Parks and Recreation Department envisions Marilla to become a major landscaped pedestrian connector, connecting the Convention Center with the Farmer’s Market. The proposed cell tower will be on this pedestrian way.
I have seen the proposer’s ideas to mitigate the adverse effect of this tower which is not acceptable.
There is nothing that can mitigate the adverse effect of an 80 foot tall cell tower.
The most appropriate location for this cell tower is on top of an existing building and not at street level in an emerging area.
Please DO NOT APPROVE THIS ZONING CASE.
Thank you for your service.
Craig Melde, AIA
Senior Principal
A R C H I T E X A S
Architecture, Planning, and Historic Preservation, Inc.

1907 Marilla, 2nd Floor
Dallas, Texas 75201
214.748.4561 (p)
214.748.4241 (f)
  

 

 

 
 

See above examples of what a 80ft Cell Tower looks like from the Street Level.  The above cell tower location is adjacent to a Dart track and next to a highway overpass.  See one of our residents standing in the background for size comparisons.  These photos show the negative and adverse effect the cell tower will have visually on our neighborhood.  Farmers Market District is NOT a blighted area. We oppose the street level location.


 

 

 

Photo taken from the Green Door Public House showing the direct view of Canton Street and the proposed Verizon Cell Tower on left side.



Verizon Cell Tower Rezoning Application Z145-282 (1824 Canton).

 
 

Verizon Cell Tower Rezoning Signage at 1824 Canton.

 
 

Photo taken from Encore Community Garden showing the direct view of Canton St and the proposed Verizon Cell Tower directly in front.


 

Photo taken from Encore Community Garden on Canton Street towards S. Harwood and the Dallas Farmers Market.

 
Photo Credit: Tanya Ragan
Dallas Urbanista
 
 

See the plans for Encore Park Community Garden below and find out more information about the garden on their website.

 

Community Garden

Encore Park Community Garden will enhance the quality of urban life in downtown Dallas by fostering community through mentoring, volunteer participation, education and environmental stewardship. 

 
 
 
Encore Park Community Garden (EPCG) is a place where people of all ages, abilities, backgrounds and cultures will come together around an innate connection to nature and a basic right to healthy food.  It will provide Stewpot guests opportunities for employment as well as garden-sourced meals at The Second Chance CafĂ©.  The garden will be available to the 500 children reached through programming at The Stewpot and First Presbyterian Church.  Wheelchair accessible plots ensure that gardeners, regardless of ability, are able to garden independently.  
 
 

"We must do more to protect our neighborhoods and give integrity to our community plans."

- Alan Autry

 

 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Ruibal's Plants of TX celebrates 31 years at Dallas Farmers Market - Interview with Mark Ruibal

"Local's on the Street" 

Farmers Market District

Tanya Ragan interviews Mark Ruibal of Ruibal's Plants of TX about their 31 year family history at the Dallas Farmers Market.


Ruibal's Plants started out in a stall at the Dallas Farmers Market and grew their family business into a free standing store where they grow and produce their own plants within 10 miles of Downtown Dallas.  Mark Ruibal shares with us the importance of supporting local businesses in the Farmers Market community.  Ruibal's Plants is the Farmers Market District's very own landscaped garden in the City of Dallas.  Check out the Dallas Skyline view from Ruibal's & Dallas Farmers Market. Can you say perfect Photo Op?
Ruibal's Plants has four Dallas locations with the Dallas Farmers Market being their original location.


View of Ruibal's Plants of TX from S Pearl Expressway 


 

  View of Ruibal's Plants of TX from Marilla St

Photo Credit: Tanya Ragan
Dallas Urbanista

In May of 2015 David Flick of the Dallas Morning News wrote an article about the Revitalization of the Farmers Market District and our transformation into a true Urban Neighborhood.  

Farmers Market blossoming as downtown Dallas neighborhood  

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Nathan Hunsinger/Staff Photographer
Tsuki Brooks, a jewelry maker, walks her dog, Aziz, in the Farmers Market neighborhood near the townhome she moved into in January. “I enjoy walking everywhere,” she says.



Hays, a health and fitness coach, moved from McKinney to the Farmers Market neighborhood in 2009. From the start, he loved the urban feel, the friendly neighbors and the proximity to freeways and mass transportation.
Those advantages, he said, outweighed the downside, such as the lack of nearby retail stores, the scarcity of green space and the robberies and break-ins that plagued the area in his first few years.
“It’s kind of like moving from Mayberry to New York,” he said. “When you’re in an urban area, you realize it’s all just part of being in the big city.”
The neighborhood, which has grown steadily for several years, is set to boom. Downtown Dallas Inc. estimates that about 1,800 residents live in the 1,300 apartments and condos in the southeast part of the central business district. Plans call for the number of units to double in the next few years, according to the nonprofit organization.
The change was not unforeseen.
In 2011, Downtown Dallas Inc., in partnership with private stakeholders, city officials and urban experts, produced a study of the city’s center, called the Downtown Dallas 360 plan. It concluded that the Farmers Market area had “the potential to become downtown’s true urban neighborhood.” In particular, the report singled out the area as potentially “the primary location for family living inside the Loop in Downtown Dallas.”
At the time, that seemed unlikely. Though people had been moving into downtown for a decade, most homes were expensive units in repurposed office towers around the Main Street core.
There was a smattering of townhouses and apartments near Farmers Market, but most of the area consisted of parking lots and empty or underused buildings. There were few restaurants or stores and virtually no green space.
That emptiness was part of the potential, said Peer Chako, assistant director of the city’s Department of Sustainable Development and one of the authors of the 360 report.
“Land prices there were more affordable, and it didn’t have tall buildings. It was built more on a neighborhood scale,” Chako said.
Homeless center
One of the biggest challenges the neighborhood faces may be its location near the Bridge, a city-built center that offers overnight lodging and other services to the homeless.
Tanya Reagan, president of the Farmers Market Stakeholders Association, is blunt. “The homeless and the challenges with the Bridge have been the No. 1 thing that has held us back,” she said.
Reagan, who has had an office in the neighborhood since 2007, is optimistic about the future of urban living in downtown Dallas.
“It’s a great time for the city. We have young professionals moving in. We have interest in the city center,” she said. “The whole southeastern part of downtown has great potential.”
But it needs more people and businesses to be truly vibrant, she said.
She believes the presence of the Bridge could hinder that growth by degrading quality of life in the area. Furthermore, the problem is not just the homeless, she said.
“The reality is that it’s a drop-off point when people get out of jail or mental health facilities,” she said. “My personal opinion is that for this neighborhood to revitalize, something has to happen with the Bridge. It has to be relocated.”
The reality is that the facility has to be somewhere, and the current location is a logical one, said Sam Merten, the Bridge’s community affairs director.
“It’s not a build-it-and-they-will-come thing. You have to find where the majority of your population is going to be spending their time,” he said. “The homeless are downtown.”
Merten said the Bridge staff has worked with the stakeholders association to be good neighbors. Recently, the facility’s entrance was reoriented to face St. Paul Street, away from the neighborhood.
He said that because the Bridge takes the homeless off the streets, it has helped improve the Farmers Market neighborhood.
Gary Tittle, who commands the Dallas Police Department’s central district, praised the Farmers Market Stakeholders Association for working with police. He emphasized that the area is safe to walk around.
“The rate of violent crimes there is really very low,” he said. “What we encounter are quality-of-life issues — pedestrian in the roadway, urination in public, littering and loitering.”
The proximity of the services for the homeless contributes to such problems, he said, but similar issues exist in all neighborhoods near the city center, even those outside the freeway loop.
‘I miss trees’
Tsuki Caspary Brooks, a jewelry maker, moved to a new townhouse in Farmers Market in January. She said she walks her dog early each morning without fear.
“I enjoy walking everywhere. I walk 5 or 6 miles a day,” she said. “The homeless people have been nice to me, they’re a part of urban life.”
One thing she laments is the lack of green space.
“I miss trees,” she said.
Larry Good doesn’t disagree.
Good, whose architecture design firm is involved in an apartment project in the Farmers Market area, was a major contributor to the 360 plan. The problem of greenery will probably best be solved by a combination of city and private initiatives, he said.
Plans call for a city park on 3.9 acres at Harwood and Canton streets. Another proposed amenity is the “bowtie” park — a set of two triangles formed by the connection of Canton and Marilla streets. The private sector, meanwhile, can provide pocket parks as part of new developments, Good said.
He also is concerned about the lack of retail space.
“I don’t think we have a critical mass right now. I don’t think we’re going to see a big downtown mall,” he said.
Revitalization of the Farmers Market itself, however, provides reason to hope, he said.
When the 360 plan was written in 2011, the city-owned Farmers Market had been undergoing a long decline.
The market was privatized in 2013. The new ownership group, Dallas Farmers Market Holdings, plans a $70 million redevelopment that includes repurposing two of the former produce sheds to create restaurants and retail space. The group plans to build 240 new apartments and a covered field that will host games of futsal, a variant of soccer.
The development is scheduled for completion next year.
As for the market, “we want it to act very much like a grocery store,” said Brian Bergersen, managing partner of the ownership group. “We’re hoping that a significant portion of people using the Farmers Market will be residents of the Farmers Market neighborhood.”
The feeling among urban experts — and the residents — is that the new amenities may kick off a favorable cycle. The amenities will attract more people; more people will attract yet more businesses; and the increased traffic on the sidewalks will make the transients less obvious.
As new residences are constructed, the area already has become busier.
Mark Sanders, who after five years moved out of Farmers Market last year, noticed the difference immediately when he recently moved back.
“It used to be so quiet. Especially on weekends, you wouldn’t see anybody,” he said. “Now it’s a lot busier. There are people here.”
 

"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul."

- Luther Burbank


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dallas West End Re-Energized - Interview with Judge Clay Jenkins

 "Local's on the Street" 

West End

                                                             

Tanya Ragan interviews Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at 601 Elm Street located in the West End District of Downtown Dallas.

 
My walking tour of Downtown Dallas continued yesterday and we were fortunate to interview Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in the West End District. Judge Jenkins was walking back to his office at the Dallas County Courthouse and gave us the 411 on the $100-150M+ Remodel of the Dallas County Historical Records Building located across the street from 601 Elm Street.  Judge Jenkins was on his way to Tuesday's County Commissioners Meeting to approve this exciting renovation project.  The Historical Records Building announcement came the following day in the Dallas Morning News. Judge Jenkins also gave us an update on the $100M redo of the Belo Building located at 400 S Record near the Omni Convention Center & Hotel. Judge Jenkins shared his thoughts on connectivity, transportation, relocation and why Downtown Dallas & West End is such a great place for businesses relocating to Dallas.
 
Dallas West End is experiencing a rebirth with a renewed interest in the area's historical buildings, easy transportation access, technology, innovation and competitive office rates. Residents are moving to the area and startups and incubators have made West End the City of Dallas technology hub their home.
 
Steve Brown from the Dallas Morning News recently wrote an article about all the redevelopment happening in the West End along Record St.  Including, the West End Marketplace, Fairfield Apartment Project, The Brewery and The Purse Building located at 601 Elm Street.
 

New projects will bring more workers, residents to downtown Dallas' West End

 
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David Woo/Staff Photographer
At the turn of the 20th century, what’s now known as the West End Marketplace was one of Dallas’ busiest warehouse and manufacturing centers. Now, developers plan to convert it into offices for small and startup businesses.

Dallas’ West End Marketplace hasn’t changed much since a decade ago.
That’s when the cluster of big red brick buildings on the northwest corner of downtown went dark.
The centerpiece of the surrounding entertainment district, it once housed movie theaters, restaurants, shops and a nightclub.
Now developers are dusting off the historic property with plans to make it into a vibrant office campus.
It’s one of the biggest of a series of projects in the works for the West End.
Downtown Dallas’ West End district has already been through a lot of transformations.
At the turn of the 20th century, it was one of Dallas’ busiest warehouse and manufacturing centers.



Starting in the 1970s it became of one the city’s first historic districts and was transformed into a popular area for entertainment, restaurants and retail.
In the late 1990s, the old brick buildings on downtown’s west side starting losing out to newer venues.
Development in Uptown and later Victory Park has overshadowed the West End.
Now the area is starting a comeback, with development that will bring it new jobs and residents.
Developer Granite Properties decided to buy and renovate the empty West End Marketplace because of the boom underway in Uptown and parts of downtown, said chief operating officer Greg Fuller.
“There isn’t anything comparable in terms of size, amenity base and convenient location,” Fuller said.
Its location across Woodall Rodgers Freeway from Victory Park is also a big incentive to redeveloping the building, he said.
The 113-year-old former cookie and candy manufacturing plant was renovated in the mid-1980s into a festival marketplace.
After years of success, lagging business caused the marketplace to close in 2006.
Startup space
Granite, one of Dallas’ most successful office building developers, plans to convert the old retail and theater space into offices for small and startup businesses.
“We work in parts of California and Boston and Atlanta where buildings such as this lease at a premium to creative knowledge worker tenants,” Fuller said.
Rebooting the marketplace building will help kick the West End into high gear, said John Crawford, CEO of the economic development group Downtown Dallas Inc.
“That’s driving the equation in terms of how the West End will evolve in the next 18 to 24 months,” Crawford said. “The West End is about to come of age again.
“It’s one of the last areas downtown that isn’t getting a lot of attention.”
Crawford said the new real estate developments next door in Victory Park are causing developers and investors to refocus on the West End.
“The West End is a sentimental favorite, and people want to see it do well,” he said.
Apartment builder Fairfield Residential is building the largest new project in the West End, a 267-unit rental housing community that stretches along Houston Street between Ross and McKinney avenues.
Designed by architect Corgan, the five-story apartment buildings are planned to blend with the area’s historic architecture.
Brewery project
Developer Provident Realty Advisors is working on a project at Houston and Continental Street.
Provident bought the old Brewery building and plans to redevelop the site between the West End and Victory Park.
“Our project will be mostly apartments with the possibility of a small amount of retail,” said Provident Realty’s Leon Backes. “We liked what Trademark Property is doing in Victory and what Fairfield and Granite have going in the West End.
“We’ve got a large site with great views and terrific entitlements — with lots of exciting things happening around us.”
The owners of one of the last unrestored buildings in the West End are also hoping to start up construction soon.
Purse rehab
The 110-year-old Purse Building at Elm and Record streets was purchased last year by a partnership that includes Tanya Ragan and architect Craig Melde.
Ragan said they are working on plans to rehab the six-story building, which once housed Dallas County offices, into new business space.
“We’re talking with some prospective users right now,” Ragan said. “There’s a lot happening in the West End.
“Since we have owned the building there have been lots of changes, with more companies moving downtown,” she said.
 

“The West End is about to come of age again."

 -John Crawford, Downtown Dallas Inc

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dallas Farmers Market Transitions Back to Local Farmers - Interview with Amanda Vanhoozier

Walking Tour

Dallas Farmers Market

Tanya Ragan interviews Amanda Vanhoozier the new Dallas Farmers Market Operations Manager about the importance of supporting local farmers and the community during this time of transition and construction. The Dallas Farmers Market needs your support!

                                                                           
Kim Pierce from the Dallas Morning News recently wrote an article about the changes taking place at the Dallas Farmers Market as the private ownership transitions away from the broker produce vendors and back to local farmers.

Background:
The Historical Dallas Farmers Market was in endangerment of being closed and torn down.  The Dallas Farmers Market had operated as a City owned and operated market since 1941.  The city was not a good operator and the market was losing money ($1M a year).  The Dallas Farmers Market local farmers, businesses and Farmers Market Stakeholder’s Association organized to save this important city and neighborhood landmark.   In 2012 the Dallas Farmers Market City owned property was placed for public bid – there were two bidders.  The winning bid was awarded to DF Market Holdings, LLC and the Dallas Farmers Market was privatized and sold in June, 2013.  Shed 1 was privatized with an agreement that it would continue to operate as a Farmers Market or the City would take it back.   The project received a Public Private Partnership Grant from the City of Dallas.   Shed 1 was the first building completed and the structure was renovated to be more pedestrian and customer friendly.  Also, the focus was brought back to local farmers – historically the focus at the beginning.   Since the Dallas Farmers Market was privatized in 2013 there has been renewed interest in the Farmers Market and Farmers Market District as a whole.  Businesses and local farmers who were previously forced to relocate or move their business have come back.  Residents and new businesses are moving to the area with a projection of 1,800 residents moving to the Farmers Market District in the next 18 months.  This successful public-private partnership is an example of the renewed interest and success with urbanization and preservation by rehabbing, renovating and restoring these important historical landmarks. The importance of preservation does not strictly relate to buildings or structures, it is also historical perception and what is important to our citizens, community and downtown.  The Dallas Farmers Market is important to our city.
 
 
Before Photo Credit: Dallas Municipal Archives 


Before Photo Credit: Dallas Municipal Archives 
 
 
 The Shed was completed Winter of 2014
 
 
Focus brought back to the Local Farmers - Summer of 2015
 
 
 Construction currently underway for The Market (formerly Shed 2) & Redevelopment of the Surrounding Dallas Farmers Market Area

 
J.T. Lemley from Lemley's Produce & Plant Farm - Summer of 2015
  
 
After Photo Credits: Tanya Ragan
Dallas Urbanista

 

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

―  Henry Ford