During the 1980s, Dallas’ skyline more than doubled in size.
Developers rushed to put up ever-larger towers, adding to Big D’s high-rise profile.
Lately, most of the office construction has been in neighboring Uptown.
All three of the tallest buildings to go up inside the downtown loop are not offices, but residential high-rises.
The $150 million Amli at Fountain Place tower, starting construction on the north edge of downtown, will have 45 floors. It’s the tallest tower to be built in Dallas since the 55-story Chase Tower opened on Ross Avenue in 1987.
The $200 million, 42-story Museum Tower — with luxury condominiums — opened in 2010. It’s almost three-quarters sold, with prices starting over $1 million.
The third-tallest downtown Dallas tower so far in the new millennium will be developer Craig Hall’s Arts District condominium high-rise.
The 25-story Hall Arts Residences will cost $250 million and include 44 residential units and a 183-room hotel.
Hall’s Flora Street condo and hotel tower is next door to his 18-story KPMG Plaza office building, which opened two years ago.
“The Amli project is just the beginning of future residential projects downtown,” said John Crawford of the economic development group Downtown Dallas Inc. “We have almost completed the adaptive reuse of older buildings.
“It appears that residential demand is spurring us forward, thus requiring more supply.”
While today’s crop of Dallas towers is small fry compared to 1980s skyscraper standards, don’t give up hope for another super-tall downtown high-rise.
Developer Ross Perot Jr. has hired London-based architect Foster + Partners to create concept plans for an almost 70-story tower on the north edge of downtown.
The round skyscraper would be built across the street from where Amli’s tower is being developed.
But don’t get out the groundbreaking hats just yet. Perot says he needs a major tenant before kicking off the huge office tower.
Courtesy of Dallas News