Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Welcome to Sylvan|Thirty, Dallas’ crunchiest new neighborhood
It will be environmentally sustainable, walkable, and full of healthy food.
WEST DALLAS It's been five years in the developing, but Sylvan|Thirty, the aptly-named future mixed-use development between Sylvan Avenue and Interstate 30 in West Dallas, is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday, investors, contractors, and city officials gathered to break ground at the site that proponents claim will radically rejuvenate the area economically and culturally.
"Southern Dallas is not a charity case," said Mayor Mike Rawlings, who endorsed the Sylvan|Thirty project as part of his "Grow South" initiative. "It's a prime investment opportunity."
With stunning views of Downtown Dallas and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge -- similar to the vantage from BarBelmont -- the development will go in just across from Chef Tim Byres' Smoke restaurant, near the Kessler community. With emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian access, but also directly adjacent to the interstate, Sylvan|Thirty will include 49,134 square feet of commercial space over its 6.34 acres in addition to 201 loft and studio apartments, interspersed with green space that converges in a central park.
All structures will be LEED Certified, and developer Brett Jackson described the development's design as "sophisticated simplicity." In addition to green space and green structures, the community will also focus on green food, with all restaurants and retail space emphasizing healthy, organic, and natural lifestyles.
Signed tenants include:
- Cox Farms Market (a farm fresh, organic grocer)
- Matador Meat & Wine
- A fish market by Chef Teiichi "Teach" Sakurai
- Pearl Cup Coffee
- Sync Yoga and Wellbeing
There is also space designated as a restaurant incubator.
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