Investors and developers have been discovering Downtown Arlington. With significant new investments already completed or underway in housing, mixed-use projects, new commercial buildings, and a robust number of adaptive re-use projects, spaces are being re-imagining for new and exciting uses for entertainment, retail, business and housing. Projects that have already been permitted and/or are in the pipeline are part of our Emerging Projects, to provide a glimpse of what is to come.
Thanks to the citizens of Arlington, a re-imagining of Abram Street from Cooper and Collins Streets was approved as a part of the 2008 bond election. This $21.96 Million capital project includes rebuilding Abram Street from Cooper Street to the Grand Prairie city limits. The portion from Grand Prairie to Collins has already been completed. The most transformational part of the project is focused on the area between City Hall and the Levitt Pavilion, where the design calls for a beautiful connected plaza that will enlarge the audience site for the Levitt’s popular free concert series.
Driven by the benefits of a more pedestrian-oriented downtown – such as improving health and safety, developing a sense of place, and boosting the downtown economy – the redesign includes franchised utility relocation, drainage correction, LED street lights, safer on-street parking, and many streetscape and pedestrian-friendly amenities such as new sidewalks, shade trees, landscaping and benches. The MyAbram construction project broke ground in Spring 2019, and is currently on track for completion by May 2020. To track construction progress, stay updated on road closures, and learn more about the street improvements at https://downtownarlington.org/news/myabram/)
The Levitt Pavilion Hospitality Suite
The Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic & Spine Hospitality Center at Levitt Pavilion Arlington is 55 percent complete. When it’s done, it will enhance the Levitt’s free music experience by adding permanent bathrooms that include restrooms for physically challenged patrons and a designated family restroom. The upstairs has a hospitality suite that can be rented for private parties and events, adding a revenue source for the non-profit pavilion that provides more than 50 free concerts a year relying on sponsorships, grants and donations. The suite will include a small kitchen, an A/V system and a concert-viewing deck. The addition was designed by Ibanez/Shaw Architects, and construction is being handled by J. Hutcherson Construction. The project is expected to be complete in June.
Downtown’s newest mixed-use development will bring 700 new residents by Summer 2020, offering a unique solution to downtown’s housing needs between Mesquite and Elm Street. The five-story development is geared to UTA students on the south side, and families seeking an urban living lifestyle on the north side of the project. The development includes 15,000 square feet of leasable space for restaurant/retail use, as well as 10,000 square feet of leasable office space on the ground levels.
The Main 7 townhome development is our first for-sale luxury urban townhome development, bringing 53 homes to market in 2020. Modeled after the Dallas Highland Park luxury urban villas, the Main 7 development provides for 2/3 bedroom and 2 car garage housing opportunity ranging from $350,000-$400,000 for those dreaming of downtown residency. The white finishes and painted brick will provide a beautiful end cap to Downtown’s Abram and Cooper intersection, with public art and a central sculpture garden for residents.
A new event venue called “Sociability” will feature 5,500 square feet of flexible space for private event rentals plus turnkey event management services. The brainchild of Three Monkeys Company founder Tony Rutigliano, Sociability will offer its own series of arts, entertainment, education and community-centric programming. Its location at 401 E. Main Street is no coincidence. Once an auto parts store, the redeveloped venue will share a common wall with Rutigliano’s first business venture, Urban Alchemy Coffee + Wine Bar. As the first coffee and wine bar in Downtown Arlington, Urban Alchemy opened in 2018 and has quickly become a favorite of locals, entrepreneurs, out-of-town visitors, and students. Expected to open this summer, Sociability is located just blocks from the University of Texas at Arlington, the Levitt Pavilion, and other popular downtown destinations.
Urban Union Phase II
Even as Phase I of Urban Union's redevelopment wraps up with several new businesses joining this mixed-use project, including Catalyst Creative, Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters, and Hurtado BBQ, there is still more to come. Phase II of Urban Union's construction includes two new residential projects coming in 2020. The first, Urban Union Lofts, features 22 modern lofts with balconies facing the vibrant bustle of Front St. Urban Union Townhomes features 14 for-sale townhomes within walking distance of Front St.