The City’s Primary Initiatives Downtown
- Residential conversions of obsolete office space
- Retail development complementary to existing anchors
- Office relocation opportunities for a wide range of tenants
- Implementation of the Downtown Dallas 360° Master Plan focusing on connecting existing assets and new opportunities
- Privatization of and improvement to the Dallas Farmers Market
Downtown redevelopment has created several distinct neighborhoods such as West End, Main Street, Arts District, Reunion, and Farmers Market.
The Central Business District (CBD) is the heart of the city and the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area. It is an established business district with abundant Class A office buildings and an increasing number of residential and retail options. Since 2000, downtown population has grown from 200 residents to over 7,000.
The CBD is surrounded by diverse neighborhoods that provide multiple in-town residential options.
The CBD has superior accessibility to any other DFW location. It is the hub of the DART Light Rail network, at the convergence of I-30, I-35E and I-45, and has close proximity to both Dallas Love Field and DFW International Airport.
Over $165 million in capital investment was approved in the City’s 2006 Bond Program, and another $220 million was approved for the City’s 2012 Bond Program. These infrastructure investments will improve flood control and streets in the CBD.
The $338 million AT&T Performing Arts Center opened in October 2009, followed in September 2012 by the City Performance Hall. The Arts District now includes three major museums, four world-class performance venues, a 10-acre park and residences.
Klyde Warren Park opened in October 2012. A dog run, children’s play area, Great Lawn and stage, botanical gardens and restaurant spans Woodall Rodgers Freeway, connecting downtown to the Uptown neighborhood.
The 3-acre Main Street Garden park opened in November 2009 with a cafe, performance stage, dog run, water feature, and playground for downtown residents and visitors to enjoy. Its sister park, Belo Garden, opened in April 2012 four blocks away as a natural refuge in the downtown landscape.
In November 2011, the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel opened its doors. The almost $500 million project anchors a new retail and entertainment district serving convention visitors.