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Old March 4th, 2009, 12:53 AM   #1
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DALLAS | 1900 Pacific | 700ft | 57 fl | Canceled

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DALLAS – The Dallas skyline will soon likely have a new addition. Along with renovating a vacant historic building into a five star boutique hotel and the creation of a three-acre park, a slender skyscraper full of condominiums is planned for downtown.

"It's a significant contribution to the downtown skyline," said Craig Melde, a Dallas architect.

The Pillar Group, a Dallas development company, is moving forward with a $160-million plan for the deteriorating corner of Pacific Avenue and St. Paul Street on the east end of downtown Dallas.

The 77-year-old Tower Petroleum Building, which is located at 1907 Elm Street and is two doors down from the Majestic Theater, will become the five star boutique hotel, complete with 115 guest rooms.

"The exterior will be totally restored,” said Melde, who is working on the project with the Pillar Group. "It's actually in very good condition.”

But next door, at 1900 Pacific Avenue, the drab '50s-era office building will be demolished.

To be built in its small footprint will be the most ambitious part of the project, the skyscraper designed by world renowned architect Michael Graves.

"The tower height is planned to be 700-feet tall, 57 stories,” Melde said. “That's ranking it up there with the tallest buildings in downtown."

At 700-feet, the new 1900 Pacific will be the sixth tallest building in Dallas, just behind the 720-foot Fountain Place, the green mirrored skyscraper with geometric angles at 1445 Ross Avenue.

The new 1900 Pacific will have condominiums, Pillar Group said, priced for people who make $70,000 and up, which is considerably less than those advertised at Victory Park just north of the central business district.

Dallas’ Economic Development Department and the Landmark Commission approved the concept Monday afternoon.

The project is to begin perhaps as early as next June on a simple surface lot across from 1900 Pacific.

Before preserving the 1931 art deco building and adding a new accent to the view that defines Dallas, the Pillar Group plans to transform the parking lot into a three-acre park that will have 1,000 parking spaces in an underground garage.

Providing financing can be secured and that construction starts next summer, Pillar Group said the hotel will open in 2010, and then the tower the following year.


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Old April 2nd, 2009, 08:43 PM   #2
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Dallas is getting a better skyline from time to time. The proposed tower looks nice and fits well in the skyline !

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Needs to clear the height of its neighbours to look really cool.
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why? All of its neighbors at its hight are to the south and east. Nothing its height to the north or west.... if it gets built that is.
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I like it but it seems to me that it needs to be taller, to surpass the height of the towers surrounding it to give it a more majestic effect and new look for the Dallas skyline, which really hasn't changed much in a long time. Are they still constructing this? Last time I was in downtown I don't recall seeing much activity in that area.
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I think the Michael Graves design would have worked well in the area, but the project isn't going to happen anytime soon; after the owner died her husband/business partner wasn't able to secure a hotel deal to receive city funding and the property went up for sale.

I actually like the mid-century Corrigan Tower that was going to be demolished for this project.

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~ Update:

The twists and turns of this development continue with the Tower Petroleum Building now slated for apartments along with the neighboring Corrigan Building at 1900 Pacific. A new developer, Kirtland Realty Group, will spearhead the project. A spokesman says that 1900 Pacific will NOT be demolished.


Daily Reports on Commercial Real Estate $45 Million Redevelopment Planned for Tower Petroleum, Corrigan Tower

More apartments are on tap for downtown Dallas with the redevelopment of two historic office buildings. Kirtland Realty Group has been granted (pending City Council approval) $10.3 million in TIF funding to move forward with its $44.6 million revamp of the Tower Petroleum Building at 1907 Elm Street and adjacent Corrigan Tower at 1900 Pacific Ave.

Tower Petroleum will house 98 residential units in about 83,617 square feet of space; Corrigan Tower will house 160 units in 145,681 square feet. The development also will include about 4,400 square feet of amenity retail, plus 137 parking spaces (32,750 square feet). Merriman Associates is the architect on the project...

...(Another vacant downtown office property, 211 N. Ervay, also developed by the Corrigan family, is under contract for a proposed hotel.)
Lovely to see these grand old buildings get a new life but the skyscraper proposal is DEAD.
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