Lancaster Corridor Initiative
Through better interdepartmental coordination and enhanced service delivery, the Lancaster Corridor Initiative aims to build upon a clustering of great assets along one of southern Dallas’ most important commercial streets. The Lancaster Corridor includes:
- Four DART Blue Line light rail stations, which provide mobility enhancements for residents and opportunities for transit-oriented development (TOD);
- The Dallas VA Medical Center, home to 3,000 workers and millions of annual patient visits, provides a substantial economic base;
- Cedar Crest Golf Course, one of the city’s oldest public courses and host of the 1929 PGA Championship;
- Lancaster-Kiest Shopping Center, one of Oak Cliff’s iconic retail hubs.
In 2008, the Office of Economic Development created the TOD Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, spanning from the Lovers Lane Station in north Dallas to the VA Medical Center Station in the Lancaster Corridor. The district is designed to provide incentives for mixed-use, transit-oriented development and create a balance in development along DART’s Red & Blue Lines. The Department of Housing designated the Lancaster Corridor a Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) area in 2008, focusing a package of incentives to improve existing single-family homes and infill single-family development on vacant lots. In 2009, a completed public-private partnership with Califco led to renovations and a new Save-A-Lot grocery store at the Crest Plaza Shopping Center.
The Office of Economic Development continues to partner with the Urban League of Greater Dallas to expand its headquarters at 4315 S. Lancaster Road, adding additional space for workforce training and services. In May 2010, the TOD TIF District was expanded to include the Ledbetter DART Station area and the neighborhood adjacent to the Cedar Crest Golf Course.
In May 2014, the grand opening was held for the Lancaster Urban Village, a mixed-use transit-oriented development at Lancaster Rd. and Ann Arbor Ave., across from the Dallas VA Medical Center. The project includes 193 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail space. This first TOD project in the neighborhood is complemented by Lancaster Corridor’s inclusion in the Dallas TOD planning process, completed in 2012 and adopted by Dallas City Council in 2013. The Dallas TOD Lancaster Corridor Area Plan recommends improving pedestrian connections throughout the corridor and building on Lancaster Urban Village through additional mixed-use development and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. The first phases of Lancaster-Kiest Village, a mixed-use project located at the northwest corner of Lancaster Rd. and Kiest Blvd., include the expansion of neighborhood anchor Rudy’s Chicken and additional retail space.