I was doing a little bit of digging on the history of the former Chili’s restaurant space and the Pottery Barn space on the north side of Knox Street. Turns out, Pottery Barn was originally a movie theater and its story to becoming Pottery Barn is quite interesting. My digging also came up with the excellent article from 1998 which chronicles the addition of Chili’s (RIP) and Pottery Barn. Weirs and its principals seem to have played a significant role in determining which tenants we see today. It’s also very interesting to hear that Chili’s wasn’t the preferred choice, but it was allowed to lease the space in an effort to attract Pottery Barn.
Tristan Hallman (DMN city hall blog) has reported huge news that will affect everyone in the Knox neighborhood for the better (in my opinion).
A proposal has been put forward to reconfigure McKinney and Cole Avenues to be two way streets. This was the configuration until the 1970’s when Dallas began its campaign to support suburban sprawl. In my opinion, this change would be beneficial in reducing the speed of traffic and reducing the traffic which uses McKinney and Cole to bypass 75. At rush hour, most of the traffic speeding up and Down McKinney and Cole are just passing through at 40-50mph to avoid getting onto the congested freeway during these peak hours. These are not residents and they make it more dangerous for those of use who walk and bike. Creating a slower traffic environment will help restore these streets to their original function which is to serve the residents of Knox Park.
With the reconfiguration of Knox Street, the possibility of a protected bike lane, and widened sidewalks, I couldn’t be more optimistic about the future of our little neighborhood.
The article reports that there will be a meeting in May for residents to voice support or concerns regarding this project.
This is more a question than new information, but what’s going on with Corner Bar?? CultureMap reported back in January that it was being recreated by Len Critcher (inwood tavern) and Kent and Tracy Moore Rathbun, and that the name would revert back to Chelsea Corner. The building has been gutted for months, but no progress. If they are re-opening as a bar/restaurant, this place will be brand new from the ground up. I had assumed they would just rework the current space, but as you can see below, they have completely gutted the building.
I’ll post if there are any changes, but this one seems to have stalled for the moment.
The wrecking ball has begun to fall….first of several buildings has been demolished to make way for this project. This project appears to be moving forward. One building is rubble, and two remaining buildings should be gone soon after asbestos abatement is completed.
Knox Street is about to undergo some serious change for the better. Sometime later this year or beginning of next year (2017), the road will be reduced to one lane each direction and a turning lane. This initiative (Dallas Complete Streets) was started several years ago with city bond funds and may be supplemented with PID funds. The link is below if you want to delve in to the detailed renderings and options, but the jist is that the lanes are being reduced, the crosswalks are being improved, the sidewalks are being widened, and parking along Knox is going to be angled to make it easier to get in and out of the spots.
As you’ve probably noticed, many new apartment projects are currently underway in the Knox area. I’ve compiled the list below of projects. Density is coming. With the combination of one and two bedroom apartments, I’m expecting to have about 2,000 new neighbors within the next 18 months. With these new residents come more cars and more people, but also more retail and amenities. With the influx of new residents, developers are adding a lot of new retail like the new Trader Joe’s that has just opened on Cole Ave. I look forward to seeing what new retail will be coming.
208 Units – Avenue H (Hester and McKinney just north of Knox)
80% leased; Mill Creek developed and has now sold to North Carolina investors http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/