Last Saturday, Central Dallas Ministries and the Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, along with the assistance of brown architects, hosted a design charrette to receive comments on the re-development of the old Plaza Inn building located at 1011 S. Akard, just outside and adjacent to the I-30 canyon that runs south of Downtown Dallas.
The almost 4-hour event provided us the opportunity to present our current plans for the building. It also provided stakeholders from the Cedars Neighborhood Association and business owners in the area to ask questions, voice concerns and provide us with much needed input on how the building should be renewed.
We were very fortunate to be joined by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (pictured above left), City Council Member Pauline Medrano (pictured below left) and Mike Rawlings, Homeless Czar for the city.
We hope to provide over 300 new units of housing that would include units affordable to a broad range of tenants, including at least 50 units for formerly homeless persons. In addition, there would be a substantial number of market rate units available in the facility.
Ted and Larry Hamilton, the current owners of the building, have been working closely with us on the project.
The Central Dallas CDC has the building under contract and we intend to apply for another round of low-income housing tax credit financing.
I'll keep readers updated on progress!