West Dallas / North Oak Cliff Initiatives
The historic North Oak Cliff area, just across the Trinity River from Downtown Dallas, is one of the city’s original residential developments. The Kessler Park neighborhood, Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and historic Stevens Park Golf Course anchor the area’s apartments, shops and single-family neighborhoods. The Bishop Arts District at Bishop Avenue and Davis Street is a growing cluster of restaurants, shops and galleries. At the west end is Pinnacle Park, a master-planned business park that includes several million square feet of light industrial / warehouse space, apartments and major retail at the I-30 / N. Cockrell Hill Road interchange.
New neighborhood developments are being fueled by four tax increment financing (TIF) districts – Oak Cliff Gateway (1992), Fort Worth Avenue (2005), Davis Garden (2007), and Sports Arena (expanded 2013). Several former apartment complexes in the Davis Garden TIF district were demolished, opening several sites of formerly obsolete apartment buildings for redevelopment potential. Additional improvements to pedestrian design, mobility and access are planned for the future as additional development enters the area.
The West Dallas area is home to the Belmont Hotel, a restored roadside motel complex that reopened in 2006. Adjacent is the Sylvan Thirty mixed-use development, completed in summer 2014. At the landing of the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is the Trinity Groves project, a restaurant-driven development and entertainment district. The historic Continental Avenue Bridge has been converted to pedestrian-only use to connect Downtown with West Dallas, with a unique set of amenities and unparalleled views of the City of Dallas. Over 1,000 apartment units are in planning or under construction along the Fort Worth Avenue corridor in West Dallas.
The City of Dallas has also approved the creation of two Municipal Management Districts (MMDs) – Trinity River West and North Oak Cliff. These special districts have taxing authority to raise additional funds for infrastructure, development assistance and service enhancements beyond that of a regular TIF district.