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California-based Jamba Juice chain relocating its HQ to Frisco
Steve Brown
May 4, 2016

 

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Another California company is moving to North Texas.

 

Retailer Jamba Inc. is moving its headquarters from the San Francisco Bay area to Frisco’s Hall Office Park.

 

The parent company of Jamba Juice stores has leased 25,000 square feet of office space in the project at the Dallas North Tollway and Gaylord Parkway

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About 100 people will work in the company’s new Frisco office.

 

Jamba’s new facility at 3001 Dallas Parkway will include 19,000 square feet of office and meeting space and a 6,000-square-foot test kitchen and storefront.

 

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$1 billion Frisco Station development will start with office project
Steve Brown
May 5, 2016

 

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The office development will be the first phase of the Frisco Station project near the northwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway.

Plans call for the 242-acre Frisco Station to wrap around the Dallas Cowboy’s new headquarters and training center.

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Meyer said the Cowboys’ Star complex will focus a lot of attention on Warren Park.

 

“With the access to the tollway, it was the best site for the building,” he said. “We have great early interest in the project – we wish we had it done a while ago.”

 

The office development will be the first component of Frisco Station to start construction since the project was announced in late 2014.

 

“Frisco Station is unlike any other development in this region because it is specifically designed to attract and nurture the nation’s top innovative brands and emerging talent,” Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties, said in a statement. “Frisco Station will be a highly desired destination where the top thinkers and producers want to work, and where businesses come to thrive.”

 

Along with more than 2 million square feet of office buildings, plans call for Frisco Station to contain more than 2,000 apartments and homes, shops, restaurants and medical buildings.

 

VanTrust plans to begin construction on the first office building in September and open the project about a year later.

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The entire Frisco Station project will eventually house almost 15,000 workers in office and commercial projects.

 

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The Frisco Station building will open in the second half of 2017. (HKS)

 

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Job growth fueling development of 550 luxury apartments at Craig Ranch in McKinney
Candace Carlisle
May 9, 2016

 

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Dallas-based development group SWBC Real Estate LLC plans to get underway on a $85 million development in Craig Ranch in McKinney, which will bring 550 apartments homes to this part of the region.

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The firm recently acquired 9.3 acres of land within Craig Ranch, a 2,200-acre master-planned community for the new development, which is being dubbed Central Park at Craig Ranch.

 

Gwin said the development group wanted to acquire land in the 121 corridor because of the nearly 50,000 jobs being created or moved to this corridor in the next 18 months.

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The initial phase of the two-phase apartment project — about 270 apartments — is expected to get underway by the end of the year. Construction is slated to be complete in the second quarter of 2018.

 

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Developer gets funding to start 4,500-home community in Celina
Steve Brown
May 10, 2016

 

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Tomlin Investments is building the 1,408-acre Green Meadows project on Legacy Drive one mile west of the planned Dallas North Tollway extension.

 

The first phase of the project will include sites for 365 homes and a community center.

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Green Meadows is being built 10 miles north of Frisco’s State Highway 121 corridor on the west side of Celina.

 

“We are about 90 days away from starting,” he said. “We are building about a $4.5 million amenity center.

 

Tomlin said the first home lots will be ready in Green Meadows in early 2018.

 

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Another mixed-use development kicking off on Frisco’s $5 billion mile
Steve Brown
May 12, 2016

 

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Goviea Commercial Real Estate is building the more than 25-acre development between Stonebrook Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

 

Four office buildings, a hotel and a handful of restaurant and retail buildings are planned in Stonebrook Park. The development will be just north of the $1.6 billion Wade Park project.

 

“We are breaking ground in about a week,” said Sayres Heady with Heady Investments, which is leasing the project. “The project has taken a long time to get going, and we are putting the finishing touches on it.

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The three-story, 90,000-square-foot office building is at the south end of the development site.

 

Three more office projects that will add up to about 480,000 square feet are planned.

 

A row of freestanding retail and restaurant buildings will line the tollway service road on the west side.

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“We are under contract for two different hotels,” Heady said. “We are talking to a couple of restaurants that would cater to the office tenants.

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Construction on the first office building in Stonebrook Park should be finished next year.

 

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Irving's Pioneer project update:

Pioneer Natural Resources gets $6 million in economic incentives for new Irving headquarters campus
Steve Brown
May 12, 2016

 

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Irving’s city council voted Thursday night to provide almost $6 million in economic incentives for a new office headquarters for Pioneer Natural Resources.

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Pioneer Natural Resources – an energy firm already based in Irving – would move almost 1,100 people to the planned 750,000 square-foot office development on Hidden Ridge Drive.

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“It’s an opportunity to retain a major employer with a very highly paid workforce,” Scott Connell, director of Irving’s Economic Development department, told the council. “A critical issue for us is it secures a major anchor for the Hidden Ridge development.”

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Located on 110 acres adjacent to communication firm Verizon’s long-time Irving regional office, the Hidden Ridge development will be constructed adjacent to a new DART commuter rail station.

The ambitious mixed-use project is planned to include more than 2 million square feet of office space, apartments, retail, restaurants and a hotel.

 

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Verizon has told Irving that the development could eventually be worth more than $1 billion and house up to 10,000 workers.

 

Pioneer’s planned office would sit on 38 acres in the center of the Hidden Ridge development, adjacent to residential and retail center and the new transit station.

 

“We are very excited about retaining a major employer in our community,” Connell said. “The company is still considering opportunities in other Metroplex cities.

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To land the Pioneer project, Irving agreed to give the company more than more than $5 million in property tax abatements over a 10-year period. The city council also voted to give Pioneer cash economic grants of more than $700,000 to be paid in installments over a period of several years.

 

To qualify for the initial economic incentives Pioneer will have to have its new Hidden Ridge offices open by 2020 and 1,090 people working there. The company has said it expects to grow its workforce by more than 300 people after the project is finished.

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Irving’s agreement also requires Hidden Ridge to build a large portion of its apartments in a high-rise building of at least seven floors.

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Construction on the Hidden Ridge project could begin as soon as late this year. Architect Gensler has been working on master plans for the transit-oriented development.

 

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Nevada developer buys 60 acres for a far southern Dallas industrial park
Steve Brown
May 16, 2016

 

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Dermody Properties said Monday it bought the 60.2-acre site at Bonnie View and Telephone roads near Interstate 20.

 

The developer will build a 1.1-million-square-foot industrial park called LogistiCenter at Dallas on the land.

 

The first phase will be a 622,440-square-foot distribution center that will open in early 2017.

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“We will continue to seek out opportunities to expand the Dermody Properties portfolio in the region through acquisitions of existing buildings and new development.”

 

Dermody Properties plans to start construction on LogistiCenter at Dallas this summer.

 

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I heard a year or so ago that Park Place's Land Rover dealership would sit just east of the Mercedes-Benz dealership, across Texan Trail. Nonetheless, I'm excited this was finally announced.

 

Land Rover, Land Rover, let Park Place come over: Jaguar store exiting Plano to merge
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May 16, 2016


 

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Park Place Dealerships, already one of the largest luxury-car groups in the U.S., will move its Jaguar dealership from Plano and combine it with Land Rover at a new store in Grapevine.

 

Construction is scheduled to begin immediately on the facility, which will be located on the south side of State Highway 114 near Texan Trail Parkway.

 

The two luxury brands – both owned by Tata Motors, the largest auto manufacturer in India – will occupy a two-story dealership with 30 service bays and a showroom that can accommodate up to 12 Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

 

It is expected to open next spring.

 

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Tyler bank funds Frisco Station construction on $5 billion mile
Steve Brown
May 17, 2016

 

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Southside Bank is financing infrastructure construction at the 242-acre Frisco Station development on the Dallas North Tollway.

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Southside Bank said Tuesday that it provided loans to pay for constructing roads, water, sewer and other utilities in the project near Warren Parkway and the tollway. The work will start next month.

 

“Frisco Station is a marquee project in one of the fastest growing areas in the region,” Tim Carter, North Texas regional president of Southside Bank, said in a statement. “We’ve had a great relationship with Hillwood over the years and are pleased to be part of such a prominent project that will change Frisco’s landscape.”

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The overall development is planned to include more than 5 million square feet of office space, 2,400 urban living units, hotel and conference facilities and more than 250,000 square feet of retail and mixed uses.

 

“The financing by Southside Bank is a major step forward in our efforts to turn our vision for Frisco Station into reality,” said Mike Berry, president of Hillwood.

 

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New high-tech Toyota division lands at Plano’s Legacy West Urban Village
Steve Brown
May 18, 2016

 

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A new high-tech company recently set up by car giant Toyota has landed in Plano’s Legacy West project.

 

But the workers won’t be at the company’s new Plano campus.

 

Toyota Connected Inc. has rented a block of office space in the new Legacy West Urban Village mixed-use project under construction at Dallas North Tollway and Legacy Drive.

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“This office space will be Toyota Connected’s Global Headquarters,”  Zack Hicks, the CEO of Toyota Connected, said in a statement.

 

“Since we are a startup, we’ve leased 20,000 square feet for five years to accommodate our first 100 employees.

 

“We are excited about this new live-work-play space and think our new employees will love this creative and engaging new environment,” he said. 

 

“It’s close enough to collaborate with Toyota’s new North America Headquarters, but will remain separate to create their own startup culture. We anticipate moving into the new space towards the end of the year.”

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Toyota Connected, which was announced last month, is an expanded collaboration between the automaker and Microsoft.

 

The company will develop automotive data management and analytics and research.

 

Toyota and Microsoft have been collaborating on connected-car systems for five years.

 

The automaker invested $5.5 million in the new operation.

 

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Ground broken for restaurant park on State Highway 121 in The Colony
Steve Brown
May 18, 2016

 

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Developers have broken ground in The Colony on a restaurant park that will serve a larger mixed-use development.

 

Jackson-Shaw said Wednesday that its 3-acre Oasis project will have room for four restaurants with outdoor dining.

 

The project is part of the developer’s 100-acre, mixed-use Cascades at The Colony development on the north side of State Highway 121.

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Along with the hotels, Cascades includes office, retail and residential.

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The project will be finished later this year.

 

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American Airlines imploding former HQ building to make way for Fort Worth expansion
Candace Carlisle
May 17, 2016

 

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"This will be the location of our new headquarters," American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller told the Dallas Business Journal."We're getting rid of the old facility, which has been vacant for a few years. The new building will sit on the same parcel of land."

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The building implosion — which is slated for early Friday afternoon — is the next step in American Airlines making way for its new $350 million corporate campus that will sit on 300 acres west of Texas 360 next to American Airlines' training and operations center.

 

"We will implode the building, move the debris and start on construction on the new campus later this summer," Miller told me. "This is an important next step."

 

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Rangers to announce a new retractable roof ballpark in Arlington, possibly by Friday. 

 

Lot B is wide enough to fit a retractable roof park in the style of Minute Maid Park and is across from Texas Live. I'd expect a roof design similar to Marlins Park (roof and separate sliding wall) with HKS as architect. The trend lately is modern exteriors (Target Field, Marlins Park) ...do the Rangers go this route? A modern park could fit in well with the a Death Star next door. 

 

 

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Developer kicks off second phase of huge Frisco apartment community
Steve Brown
May 31, 2016

 

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A Dallas developer has broken ground on the second phase of a major Frisco apartment community.

 

StreetLights Residential started building apartments in 2014 in the 152-acre Canals at Grand Park development on the west side of the Dallas North Tollway.

 

StreetLights just began leasing the first 365-unit rental community in the project at 4255 Cotton Gin Road.

 

Now the developer is starting 325 more units in a four-story project called the Maxwell.

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“The growth in and around the Frisco area is incredible with all of the corporate relocations and the new Dallas Cowboys practice facility,” StreetLights CEO Doug Chesnut said in a statement.

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The entire Canals at Grand Park project includes apartments, houses, townhomes and senior townhouses built around a series of landscaped parks and waterways.

 

The development is expected to total $500 million in value when it’s complete.

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Tricon and StreetLights are also partners on the The McKenzie high-rise, which is under construction just east of Highland Park.

 

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More information on TD Ameritrade's new Southlake regional office campus, a story I broke February 25 on Skyscraper Page.

 

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First look at TD Ameritrade’s new Southlake business campus
Steve Brown
May 31, 2016

 

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The Omaha-based company is building a 355,000-square-foot complex on State Highway 114 next to the Solana business park.

 

The two-building campus is next door to the corporate headquarters of travel services firm Sabre.

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Designed by architect Good Fulton & Farrell, the two- and three-story buildings are joined by a 2,000-car parking garage.

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Construction will begin in a few weeks; the campus is set to open late next year.

 

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More than 1,000 TD Ameritrade workers now in two buildings in North Fort Worth will be moved to the new Southlake campus when it’s finished. The campus will eventually be able to house as many as 2,000 workers.

 

TD Ameritrade’s project is one of two big corporate campuses on the way along State Highway 114.

 

Charles Schwab is planning a 186,000-square-foot office building on the Perot family’s Circle-T Ranch in Westlake.

 

Westlake planning officials say that developer Hillwood has not yet presented plans for the project that’s part of a larger mixed-use development. Schwab has already rented temporary office space in the area.

 

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Construction kicks off on Plano office tower
Steve Brown
June 1, 2016

 

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Developer Granite Properties is building the 10-story, 330,000-square-foot building on the south side of State Highway 121.

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“We started Granite Park VII yesterday,” said Granite Properties’ president Greg Fuller.

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The office tower designed by BOKA Powell is fully leased to mortgage giant Fannie Mae.

 

The government-backed mortgage company plans to move about 1,000 people into the building when it opens late next year.

 

Granite Park now has 1.5 million square feet of office space housing about 150 companies.

 

 

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Two new hotel projects planned on S.H. 114 in Southlake
Steve Brown
June 1, 2016

 

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Two new hotel projects are in the works for Southlake.

 

Developer Hines and Irving-based Summit 11 Investment Group are planning a 121 room boutique hotel Hines’ Carillon development at State Highway 114 and White Chapel Boulevard.

 

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The 5-story Indigo hotel will be built in a French provincial style, according to plans filed with Southlake’s city plan commission.

 

Two office buildings are also planned in the Carillon park, which is just west of the Southlake Children’s Medical Center.

 

Another development group has received approval to build a  6-story, 253-room Westin hotel at 1200 E. State Hwy 114.

 

 

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Construction kicks off on Chase’s more than $300 million Legacy West campus
Steve Brown
May 24, 2016

 

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Construction has quietly begun on the next huge development in Plano’s $3 billion Legacy West development, JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s 50-acre campus on the south side of State Highway 121.

 

Site work has started on the 1.4 million-square-foot office campus, which will house almost 6,000 workers for the banking and financial services firm when it opens next year.

 

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“Everything is on schedule,” said Chase spokesman Greg Hassell. “We aren’t planning a big groundbreaking event.”

 

The first phase of Chase’s project will include three office buildings and two parking garages, said KDC president Toby Grove.

 

“People will be in the first building in the fall of 2017,” Grove said. “It’s a tough scheduled but doable.”

 

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With the Chase work starting, Legacy West now has more office space being built in one place than anyplace in the Southwest — more than 4 million square feet.

 

The start of the project is a “great milestone,” said Legacy West developer Fehmi Karahan. “By the end of 2017 you will see a totally different skyline.”

 

Along with Chase, Liberty Mutual is building almost 1 million square feet in two towers on the west side of the tollway at Headquarters Drive.

 

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And developer Gaedeke Group is building an almost 327,000 square-foot office building — One Legacy West — just west of the Chase campus.

 

Within two years, more than 15,000 people will be working in the Legacy West project, making it one of the largest new job centers in the state.

 

 

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Transit-oriented apartment project to be built in downtown Carrollton
Steve Brown
June 3, 2016


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Now Stoneleigh has tied up a building site next to downtown Carrollton’s DART commuter rail station for another apartment development.

 

“It’s going to be 230 apartments right at the corner of Belt Line and Interstate 35,” Stoneleigh CEO Rick Cavenaugh said. “It’s a no-brainer – you step out the front door and you walk right next door to the DART station.”

 

The 4-acre site is vacant and controlled by Realty Capital of Arlington. Cavenaugh said Stoneleigh has formed a partnership with the owner to build a 4-story rental community on the land.

 

“We are going to try and start construction by the first of the year,” he said.

 

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Stoneleigh’s project will be the second urban-style apartment community developed adjacent to the downtown Carrollton DART stop.

 

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“We are going to break ground in July on the first 380 units,” Cavenaugh said.

 

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Transwestern starts new five-story office building at Richardson's CityLine
Candace Carlisle
June 3, 2016

 

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The building — called 3400 @ CityLine — at 3400 N. Central Expressway is being developed as part of a joint venture between Transwestern Development and Dallas-based Malouf Interests.

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Plans for the building include floor-to-ceiling glass with 10-foot ceiling heights, a premium deli and lounge area, fitness center, a 40,000-square-foot exterior courtyard, and a five parking spaces per 1,000 square feet within a parking garage.

 

"There has been tremendous interest in and around the CityLine project, and we are excited to see a company like Transwestern Development Co. attracted to the neighborhood to build a Class A commercial office," said Mayor Paul Voelker, in a prepared statement.

 

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Dallas-based BOKA Powell is the project architect. 

 

Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

 

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Tesla coming to Legacy West with new Plano showroom
Steve Brown
June 6, 2016

 

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Plano’s $3 billion Legacy West development has landed another high-profile business.

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The innovative electric auto manufacture is planning a new showroom in the middle of the Legacy West Urban Village retail district on Windrose Avenue, according to documents filed with the Plano planning department.

 

Legacy West seeking approval for a “new automobile dealer” specific use permit for the planned Tesla showroom on the east side of Windrose Avenue.

 

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Tesla recently opened a large Dallas showroom and service center near the southeast corner of Cedar Springs Road and Mockingbird Lane near the entrance of Love Field.

 

The luxury car manufacturer also has a showroom at Dallas’ NorthPark Center mall.

 

And Tesla has another facility in Carrollton.

 

The Plano zoning filings say that Telsa plans to have only 10 vehicles at the Legacy West outlet.

 

 

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Toyota North America's Plano campus will house Texas' largest corporate on-site solar system
Candace Carlisle
June 6, 2016

 

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Toyota North America's new Plano corporate campus — which will cost upwards of $1 billion to develop and relocate its employees to North Texas— is planned to have Texas' largest corporate office on-site solar system, which, upon completion, is expected to provide about 25 percent of the power needed for the campus.

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The multi-phase solar installation project will start with two parking garages on the campus, with the installation of enough solar panels to generate roughly 2.45 megawatts per garage. The solar panels are expected to come online by August 2017.

 

The final installation will be located on the third parking garage, which will generate roughly 2.83 megawatts and is slated for completion in December 2017.

 

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In all, the Plano solar system is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 7112 metric tons, or the equivalent of the electricity used in nearly 1,000 homes a year. The system is expected to position Toyota as the leader among U.S. auto companies for installed solar power.

 

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The building photographed in the article reminds me of Morris Adjmi's MePa office:

 

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Frisco’s Wade Park project lands two more retail tenants
Steve Brown
June 9, 2016

 

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Apparel and gift store Anthropologie and Free People, a specialty women’s clothing store, have signed leases in the 175-acre mixed-use project at the Dallas North Tollway and Lebanon Road.

 

The two stores are scheduled to open with the first phase of Wade Park, late next year.

 

Other retail anchors in the project include a Whole Foods Market, iPic Theaters and Pinstripes Bowling.

 

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The first phase of the shopping center is scheduled to open in October of 2017.

 

Wade Park is also planned to include two luxury hotels, up to 6 million square feet of commercial office space, and apartments, condominiums and single-family homes.

 

 

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Luxury condo tower on Lake Grapevine to soon get underway
Candace Carlisle
June 9, 2016

 

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It's taken a few years, but the long awaited, luxury 15-story condo tower on Lake Grapevine within the $1 billion Lakeside DFW mixed-use development in Flower Mound is slated to get under construction next week.

 

The developer, Dallas-based Realty Capital Management, plans to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the tower at Lakeside Parkway and Edgemere Road on Tuesday.

 

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In April, Realty Capital unveiled plans for a spa — The Spa at Lakeside Tower — within the tower totaling about 4,700 square feet.

 

Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners is the project architect. The condo tower is slated for completion by fall 2017.

 

 

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Louisiana firm looks to satisfy Texas’ housing demand with Grand Prairie apartments
Ellen Meyers
June 9, 2016

 

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Construction for a 247-unit apartment complex in Grand Prairie has started as a Baton Rouge-based housing development firm is taking advantage of Texas’ thirst for homes.

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The complex will be located near the intersection of Interstate 20 and Texas Highway 360.

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Leasing is expected to begin in the spring of 2017 and the property is slated to be complete by the fall that same year.

 

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Allen Premium Outlets acquires more land and plans to add 30 stores
Maria Halkias
June 13, 2016


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Allen Premium Outlets is expanding. The shopping center is adding space for 30 more stores and has purchased 22 acres adjoining acres to add additional parking and pads for restaurants and a hotel.

 

The plan is to first add 1,300 new parking spaces on the new land north of the property before it starts construction of new stores in the interior of the center.

 

About 122,000 additional square feet of retail space will be built in the middle of the center next to the existing Neiman Marcus Last Call.

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The first phase of the expansion is expected to be completed next spring and the interior new stores by fall of 2017, said Danielle De Vita, executive vice president real estate for Simon Premium Outlets.

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Allen Premium Outlets is 100 percent leased and doing very well, De Vita said without disclosing sales figures.

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With the additional news space the center will be 565,000 square feet making it big enough to rank among last year’s top 20 centers, according to an annual list published by Value Retail News.

 

The shopping center’s customers are not only local, said Kerri Bear, regional vice president of marketing, Simon Premium Outlets. “We have shoppers from Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana as well as a large following from Mexico, Brazil and China.”

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Tanger Outlets is planning to build a center near Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth but so is a local developer.

 

 

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Apartment builder JLB Partners moving ahead with next phase of CityLine project in Richardson
Steve Brown
June 14. 2016

 

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Dallas-based apartment builder JLB Partners has purchased land for a third phase of apartments at Richardson’s $1.5 billion CityLine development.

 

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The property is next door to State Farm insurance’s fourth CityLine tower, which will open this summer.

 

JLB plans to build about 500 more apartments and 22,600 square feet of retail space on the property.

 

“They just closed on the tract across the street,” KDC CEO Steve Van Amburgh said.

 

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“This new tract is right across the street from the Whole Foods Market-anchored shopping center at CityLine.”

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Between State Farm and Raytheon Corp., more than 11,000 people now work in the 186-acre CityLine development.

 

The project also includes an Aloft hotel, retail space and a high-density single-family-home development.

 

 

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California manufacturer relocating expanding operations to DFW; eyeing HQ move
Candace Carlisle
June 14, 2016

 

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A California-based orthopedic goods manufacturer and distributor has decided to move its Ohio-based distribution hub to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which will give the company a place to significantly expand operations and possibly relocate its West Coast headquarters.

 

The company, Santa Paula, California-based Hely & Weber, has signed a lease totaling nearly 40,000 square feet of space at 755 Regent Blvd. in Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. 

 

The company plans to move into the new facility, which nearly triples its previous footprint, this fall.

 

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"Increasing the size of the Ohio facility was not the most business reasonable option because we wanted to give more of our customers three-day shipping, so we decided to put our new distribution center in Dallas, where 70 percent of our customers will have access to three-day shipping," he added.

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Along with making the new Dallas-Fort Worth the primary distribution center, Hely said the company plans to move its research and development team to North Texas.

 

As part of the expansion in the region, Hely & Weber is considering relocating its California headquarters to North Texas, said Hely, who recently moved to the Uptown neighborhood in Dallas to be closer to the company's new primary distribution center.

 

 

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Frisco project will bring more than 3,000 homes and apartments
Steve Brown
June 15, 2016

 

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A new Frisco development in the works will bring 1,800 homes and 1,400 apartments plus retail and office space to one of North Texas’ fastest growing areas.

American Newland Communities has teamed up with North America Sekisui House LLC, a subsidiary of a Japanese builder, to buy 729 acres on Main Street west of Custer Road in Frisco.

 

The new owners plan to break ground this year for the first single-family home community in the project, which will be ready in 2017.

 

“We are excited to announce the acquisition of this prime parcel of land in Frisco, and are dedicated to creating a thoughtfully-designed community that provides a positive lifestyle for our residents and the City of Frisco,” said Brian Cramer, Newland senior vice president.

 

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He said homes in the first phase of development will be prices from more than $400,000 to above $600,000.

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Sekisui House is Japan’s largest homebuilder and has built more than 2 million houses in Japan, Australia, China, Singapore and the U.S.

 

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Two business moves will kick off new office project in Irving
Steve Brown
June 16, 2016

 

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Two big office leases in Irving have filled a big chunk of a new building and will prompt construction of another project.

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The Connection Park building near Freeport Parkway and Interstate 635 is just north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

 

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With Atos taking more than half of the Connection Park I building, Stream Realty is breaking ground on a second, 141,000-square-foot office project next door.

 

First American Title Insurance Co. has rented 76,742 square feet of space on two floors of the new building, which will be ready next summer.

 

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“Activity continues to be really strong,” he said. “We give tours each week, and several proposals we are working on.”

 

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Cowboys, Baylor Scott & White kick off sports therapy campus
Candace Carlisle
June 16, 2016

 

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The Dallas Cowboys and Baylor Scott & White Health have teamed up on a new sports therapy and research center at The Star in Frisco, which will bring another component to the Dallas Cowboys-anchored mixed-use development.

 

The Star in Frisco is anchored by the Cowboys' new practice facility and headquarters at the northwest corner of Warren Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway.

 

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"The goal of Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star is to make North Texas the safest place in the country to play sports," said Baylor Scott & White CEO Joel Allison, who addressed media at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon at the site.

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Jerry Jones Sr. said the new Baylor Scott & White Health facility will be a big deal to The Star in Frisco and will offer a new level of service to student athletes and professional athletes.

 

His son echoed his thoughts, adding that the new research center will "become the standard-bearer for innovating and improving the future of sports on a global level."

 

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Construction was kicked off with Wednesday's event and is slated for completion in 2018.

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For the entirety of The Star in Frisco, Manhattan Construction is the project's general contractor and Gensler is the architect.

 

The grand opening of The Star in Frisco is slated for August.

 

 

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New data center on the way in Plano’s booming Legacy business park
Steve Brown
June 20, 2016

 

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Partners T5 DataCenters and Lincoln Rackhouse — the data center subsidiary of the Dallas-based real estate developer Lincoln Property — are ready to build their second project in Plano’s booming Legacy business park.

 

The almost 150,000-square-foot project will be constructed on part of a 9-acre site east of the Dallas North Tollway  on Pinecrest Drive that T5 and Lincoln bought from Southern Methodist University.

 

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“We’ve had a lot of success with our initial project there – one of the largest data centers in North Texas,” said T5 president Pete Marin.

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Marin said construction will start on the next project in Plano in August.

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“We will deliver the building in February and it will be fully commissioned in May of next year.”

 

T5 and Lincoln’s project will be one of several new data centers in the works in Collin County.

 

Dallas is fast becoming the No. 2 data center market in the country,” Marin said.

 

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Martin Peck with Lincoln Rackhouse said with so much business growth in North Texas, demand for data center space shows no sign of abating.

 

“Dallas is so well-positioned from a business climate — companies want to do business here,” Peck said.

 

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“It’s a hot market — there is no doubt about.”


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Dallas apartment builder heads to Grapevine with project near historic Main Street
Steve Brown
June 20, 2016

 

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Trinsic Residential Group plans to build a 250-unit apartment community just east of Grapevine’s historic Main Street.

 

The two-building apartment project at Dallas Road and Berry Street is in the same area where a commuter rail station is planned to connect Grapevine with DFW International Airport and Fort Worth.

 

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“We plan to start the project in September of this year,” said Trinsic’s Adam Brown. 

 

“We are excited to be part of such a great city, within walking distance to Grapevine’s historic downtown, and feel our project will be a catalyst for the Dallas Road corridor in conjunction with the new TEX Rail Station.”

 

 

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Finland’s KONE elevator firm opens new Allen campus
Steve Brown
June 20, 2016

 

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KONE, the international elevator and escalator company, has opened its new regional office and testing facility in Allen.

 

The recently completed 173,952 square-foot complex at 450 Century Parkway houses KONE Americas’ supply division operations. The campus in the AllenPlace development includes a 128-foot tall elevator test tower.

 

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Construction begins at $173 million Las Colinas entertainment center
Eline de Bruijn
June 24, 2016

 

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Irving’s nine-year effort to develop an entertainment center is finally showing signs of life, with two cranes towering over the $173 million project site along State Highway 114 near Northwest Highway.

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“You’re going to see it grow daily now,” said Noah Lazes, president of Ark Group development.

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“People will truly be able to work, live and play in Las Colinas,” said Lazes, who founded Ark with his father, Rick Lazes.

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Rainy weather and seesaw politics slowed the start of the project, but the center is on track for a late summer 2017 opening, Noah Lazes said.

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The Music Factory will include a LiveNation concert venue that will seat 7,000, and a dining movie theater by Alamo Drafthouse.

 

Leases are full for the 100,000-square-foot office tower, while leases for beverage and food spaces are at 90 percent, Noah said.

 

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Former City Council member and developer consultant Sharon Barbosa-Crain said three hotels are in the process of trying to build near the site.

 

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4-hotel complex in the works in $1 billion Frisco Station project
Steve Brown
June 28, 2016

 

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A new Frisco development has landed what developers are calling a "hotel campus" with four different brands and 600 rooms.

 

The planned hotel complex will be part of the $1 billion Frisco Station project at the Dallas North Tollway and Warren Parkway.

 

The 242-acre mixed-use development wraps around the Dallas Cowboys' new Star headquarters complex.

 

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The hotel campus will be the first phase of a mixed-use retail, office and entertainment center Frisco Station is calling The Hub.

 

"It not only energizes our whole mixed-use program but it also plays very well off what is happening next door at the Star," said Hillwood Properties president Mike Berry. 

 

"This project at Frisco Station will deliver a wide variety of new hotel rooms."

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The planned hotel complex will include a Marriott AC Hotel and Residence Inn, and a Canopy Hotel by Hilton and Hyatt Place Hotels.

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Construction will start on three hotels -- the AC, Residence and Canopy -- in January. A groundbreaking for the Hyatt Place will be later.

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"It's starting to look like a true urban zone," he said. "I haven't seen a landscape transformed like that in a long time."

 

Along with more than 2 million square feet of office buildings, plans for Frisco Station include more than 2,000 apartments and homes, shops, restaurants and medical buildings.

 


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Wylie donates land for Collin College campus to be built in 2020
Nanette Light
June 30, 2016

 

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Once a small farming community known as the onion capital of the world, the city of Wylie soon will be a college town.

 

For the last decade, city leaders have worked to persuade Collin College officials to open a campus in the booming suburb east of Plano.

 

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The college plans to build its eighth campus on roughly 43 acres donated by the city. The Wylie City Council formally approved the donation Tuesday night. In 2015, the Collin County Appraisal District valued the property at more than $1.4 million.

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College leaders plan to break ground in three years. Scheduled to open in 2020 north of Wylie High School and across the street from the city's municipal complex on Country Club Road, the three-building, 360,000-square-foot campus will be large enough to serve 7,500 students.

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The Wylie campus is the college's fourth major location and will offer core courses, along with specialty classes yet to be determined.

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Collin County's population of roughly more than 914,000 is estimated to more than double by 2040. The growth means a larger demand for higher education, Hogue said.

 

"For the college, we're trying to make sure we're prepared to serve a large population," district president Neil Matkin said.

 

The Wylie location will relieve overcrowding at the college's Spring Creek Campus in Plano. There, about 25 percent of students live in Wylie and Sachse. Matkin estimates those students, along with others in Rockwall, will enroll at the Wylie location.

 

 

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Zoning request for new apartments approved by Allen City Council
Garrett Cook
June 30, 2016

 

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The Allen City Council on Tuesday approved a zoning request to designate a property multi-family residential for an urban style residential development called “Luxe Allen.”

 

Located north of Exchange Parkway and east of Andrews Parkway near Topgolf and The Village at Allen, the property was formerly zoned light industrial. Davis Development has planned a 580,000-square-foot building that will wrap around the property and envelop a three-deck, 218,360-square-foot parking garage with 802 parking spaces on the 10.5-acre property.

 

The apartment complex will consist of 445 total units, 236 of which are one-bedroom, 187 to be two-bedroom, and 22 units will be three-bedroom. Apartments will be accessed internally from the parking garage via climate-controlled corridors.

 

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The apartments average 944 square feet in size, larger than the 500 square feet required for apartment units by multi-family zoning, Bass said. 

 

Almost two acres of land will be dedicated to open space with decorative paving areas along the fire lane. The area will include amenities such as tree wells and outdoor furniture.

 

 

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Construction underway on Craig Hall's latest addition to Hall Park in Frisco
Candace Carlisle
July 1, 2016

 

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The latest addition to Hall Park in Frisco — a 15,374-square-foot restaurant and retail row meant to serve the corporate tenants in the park — is underway, with the development team expecting to serve up the project to tenants this fall.

 

In all, the new retail row will bring three restaurant concepts and two neighborhood services retail stores to this part of Frisco.

 

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The retail development sits in the area between Gaylord Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway, off the hard corner of the two roadways. The hard corner has been earmarked for the future development of a yet-to-be selected boutique hotel.

 

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Restaurant Roundup: Plano food hall announces handful of vendors
Korri Kezar
July 1, 2016

 

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A much-anticipated food hall set for Plano’s Legacy West development has announced a handful of vendors. According to CultureMap, Legacy Hall has signed:

 

  • An Indian wrap concept by chef Gilbert Garza and restaurateur Mark Brezinski
  • A shawarma eatery by Yaser Khalaf, owner of Baboush and Medina
  • Food offerings from Misery Loves Company, which owns Proof + Pantry and Madrina
  • To-be-announced concepts by chef Matt McCallister; Andrew Chen, co-owner and noodle maker at Monkey King Noodle Company; and Robert and Kaci Lyford, owners of Patina Green

The food hall is slated to open next year and will include roughly two dozen vendors, two full-service restaurants, a beer garden with event space and a craft brewery.

 

 

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World's fourth-largest movie theater chain moves U.S. headquarters to Addison
Korri Kezar
July 6, 2016

 

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North Texas has stolen another California headquarters, with the world’s fourth-largest movie theater chain moving its U.S. base to Addison earlier this month.

 

As first reported by D Magazine, Cinépolis, which has a global base in Morelia, Mexico, relocated its American operations from Los Angeles to 5,040 square feet at 14951 Dallas Parkway on June 14. The office currently employs roughly 25 workers, but plans to double that count in the next year to year and a half.

 

 

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