Dallas Announces New 'East Quarter' Development

Kristin Weisell
May 17, 2018 - 10:53 am
Dallas East Quarter

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - There is uptown, downtown, the West End, and now Dallas is preparing to add the East Quarter. 

The new 'East Quarter' development is the area along Cesar Chavez and Commerce and Jackson streets. It sits close to Deep Ellum, the Dallas farmers market, and the recently refurbished Statler Hotel.

"We're not really creating the area so much as bringing it back to life," says Patrick Todd with real estate firm Todd Interests.

Instead, it's about bringing out the area's historic beauty that already exists. Many of the buildings have stood since the 1920s and 30s.

"These beautiful buildings really aren't featured anywhere else in our city," says Todd. "They're immaculate, even if a lot of times you may think they're vacant because they've been covered up and dormant for so many years."

One historic building in for a real makeover is the building at 2200 Main, which has a water tower on top of it. That was first built as an assembly plant for an old Cadillac showroom. It will be refurbished on the outside and become East Quarter's main office space.

Credit: Downtown Dallas Inc.

"We are focused on office space," says Todd. "Our clients could office anywhere in the city, but the glitzy glass towers of downtown don't really fit their company culture. They're seeking an alternative, and we want to provide that."

East Quarter also plans to bring in plenty of local restaurants and bars. 

When it's all said and done, developers hope East Quarter will become a new cornerstone of downtown Dallas, and bring popular neighborhoods together.. They think the area's future walkability will really help.

"At our center intersection, you're a five minute walk from Deep Ellum, the farmer's market, the Statler," says Todd. "​But for the first time, it won't be a five minute walk to other places. People will say 'hey, we're a five minute walk from East Quarter."