Leaning Tower News
The Central off US-75 in Dallas will boast 4 restaurants plus retail
A Dallas address that earned international fame as home to the “leaning tower of Dallas” is inching closer to seeing a new mixed-use development, after six years of acquisition, demolition, and delays.
Called The Central, the 27-acre mixed-use development at US-75 and Haskell Avenue is expected to offer four million square feet of office, residential, and retail space on property formerly owned by Xerox Corp. and Trammell Crow Co.
De La Vega Development first purchased the land in 2017. The project has overcome several formidable challenges, dating back to the infamous demolition of the former Affiliated Computer Services building at 2828 N. Haskell Ave. that was there previously.
The incomplete demolition, which took place in February 2020, created an unexpected destination during the pandemic for photo-ops and even prompted a droll petition to keep it standing. (De La Vega president and CEO Artemio De La Vega has said that he plans to memorialize the leaning tower within The Central.)
The razing was eventually completed, but the pandemic delayed progress. During that hiatus, some plans were scuttled and shuffled as partners and deal structures changed.
It's an optimistic venture, particularly the office component, given the fact that the office market currently faces a 25 percent vacancy rate.
But construction began in earnest last fall starting with the first apartment tower at the south end of the development near Haskell.
Dallas-based StreetLights Residential - which has built high-rise apartments in Uptown and Deep Ellum - and Tokyo-based Mitsui Fudosan are developing an adjacent residential tower called The Oliver which will comprise a 19-story, 351-unit building, scheduled to open in 2025.
Part of the plan is a 3-plus acre park in the center of the development, along with hotel, restaurants, and spa.
According to a spokesperson for the project, there will be four restaurants total, each spanning 4,500 to 5,000 square feet; in addition, the StreetLights building will have 3,200 square feet of retail at the base.
Jefferson Innova, the first residential building, opened in fall 2021.