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Dallas Morning News
Developers redoing blocks of old buildings on downtown Dallas' far east side are upping their game with new construction. A year ago, Todd Interests started work on its East Quarter redevelopment — turning aging commercial buildings along Commerce, Main and Cesar Chavez into creative office spaces. Now the Dallas-based developer is filling a vacant block between the historic buildings it's renovating with a new high-rise retail, office and apartment project. The 17-story tower is planned at the intersection of Jackson Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard near Deep Ellum and the Farmers Market.
For years, the historic Downtown Dallas neighborhood between the central business district and Deep Ellum has sat discreetly in the shadow of urban progress and soaring skyscrapers. Now, the area along Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Commerce Street, and Jackson Street is not only getting a slick makeover all its own, it also has a new name: the East Quarter. When the massive redo project is complete, which is projected for year-end, the East Quarter will live up to the song, “Everything Old is New Again”.
Dallas Morning News
Dallas has an Uptown, a downtown and a West End. Now developers are rebranding a historic neighborhood on the east side of the central business district as the East Quarter. The name change is part of a redevelopment plan for more than two dozen historic buildings and construction sites near Deep Ellum along Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Commerce and Jackson streets. At a groundbreaking Thursday, real estate firm Todd Interests unveiled plans for the makeover of 1920s and 1930s buildings.
Dallas Business Journal
A Dallas-based real estate development private equity firm is spending a “substantive” amount to create a new district inside downtown Dallas. Todd Interests announced Thursday it will create the East Quarter, a 20-acre project encompassing 200,000 square feet of office, restaurant and retail space across 18 buildings. The heart of the project is at the intersection of Commerce Street and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, and the acreage as a whole borders the Dallas Farmers Market to the south and Main Street to the east.
Dallas-based e-commerce company OrderMyGear has signed a lease for 23,000 square feet of space in the East Quarter development in downtown Dallas to expand its headquarters. The lease at 2211 Commerce St. will nearly triple the space OrderMyGear previously occupied in the building—enabling the company to increase its employee count in the future.
The newly anointed East Quarter, just west of Deep Ellum and north of the Farmers Market, promises an old-meets-new downtown district. In an area of town formerly known for automotive facilities, private and public interests will create a walkable, urban neighborhood with wide sidewalks, restaurants, creative office space, and narrower traffic lanes.
East Quarter will combine work spaces with living spaces. The goal is to refurbish 18 of the area’s historic buildings and open them up to creative companies similar to Tractorbeam, the digital marketing company, which renewed its lease Thursday morning in what soon will be East Quarter.