Dallas - West Village
West Village is a collection of mid-rise and high-rise mixed-use buildings with apartments, retail, and entertainment uses located next to Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Cityplace Light Rail Station and a vintage streetcar line, the McKinney Avenue Trolley. West Village and surrounding apartments, condos, and townhouses constitute a large energetic urban neighborhood that developed rapidly since the opening of the Cityplace Station underneath North Central Expy. in 2000.
At the time of the station opening, the closest residential development was the Gables at Turtle Creek apartment building, a third of a mile away across a golf driving range. The land had been cleared as part of an aborted plan to build a twin tower to the 42-story Cityplace Center with a skybridge over Central Expy. to connect the towers. A year after Cityplace Station opened in 2000, Phase 1 of the West Village opened with approximately 180 apartments above 125,000 sq. ft. of retail. In 2004, 26,500 sq.
ft. of additional retail opened in the West Village. In 2005, the 20-story Mondrian at Cityplace was completed across Haskell Ave. from the West Village. It had 220 apartments and 25,000 sq. ft. of retail.
The following year, two more buildings were added to the West Village, Gables West Village and Gables Cityplace West, with roughly 180 apartments and 47,000 sq. ft. of retail over two blocks. Currently, the 370-apartment Monterey is under construction just north of the Mondrian. After it is completed, there will still be three large tracts of vacant land surrounding the subway station that have not yet been developed, including the driving range.
West Village Retail
The City of Dallas played an important role in helping develop this large vacant piece of land in the center of Central Business District into a successful transit-oriented development. In 1993, the City established the Cityplace Area Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District with a budget of $42 million. The district stretched from the Katy Trail to several blocks east of Central Expy. and included all of West Village. The TIF funded the construction of new sidewalks, landscaped medians, improvements to the DART light rail station and McKinney Avenue Trolley, and various other improvements to make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly and livable.