Zang Triangle apartments under contruction

PHOTO BY RACHEL STONE

Zang Triangle is the first new multifamily property built in Oak Cliff in some 12 years.

And if you’ve noticed it’s under construction, don’t be alarmed. That ugly gray building jutting out of the ground on Zang near Colorado is just the five-story parking garage. The 260-unit apartment complex will be built around the garage.

The project is from Lang Partners, and they’ve been at it about three years now. The partners, some of whom are from the now-defunct Incap Fund, took on the project just as the economy tanked. And it was “a real bear to get lending,” principal Dirik Oudt says.

But since the project has taken time, and the partners have had to be patient, they’ve put a little more creativity into it than is typical for an apartment complex.

Here are the basic stats. The 260 units will lease for an average of $850 a month. Most of the units will have one bedroom, but there are a few two-bedrooms and efficiencies. It’s a 3-acre property, and the buildings will be four and five stories. There will also be 4,000 square feet of space on the ground floor facing Zang that will be set aside for “flex space”. It could be leased for professional services, office, retail or live/work space.

And here are the extras. Lang has commissioned artist Larry Whiteley to create four or five custom metal art pieces throughout the project. The main piece is a 20-foot metal tree inside the leasing office. MK Semos and Hugo Garcia Urrutia, who owned the former Decorazon Gallery, are creating 8-foot paintings on wood panels.

And there are some green features. Zang Triangle is the first construction project built under the city’s new green building ordinance. The buildings are expected to be energy efficient enough to qualify for LEED certification, although Oudt says he doubts they will apply for the expensive certification.

Zang Triangle is expected to open at the end of the year.


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  • Josh

    It’s great to see a new developement in Oakcliff since 12 years ago, however, there’s no way prospective tenants will pay expensive rents in South Dallas. That area is no uptown and it’s still too far off Bishop Arts district. There are also no complimentary prominent retail stores and restaurants to make it appealing. Synergy wise, its a dud. I will not move down there to that zip code.

  • courtney

    it’s community college…not collage.

  • luis collie

    I live across the street from that garage and its very visible.
    What a monstrosity.
    The architects must have gone to community collage and studied Clip ART architecture.
    “residential density” is not necessarily a good thing.
    People that talk like that know nothing about aesthetics.Build one of these “hi density” structures in your front yard.
    There is zero harmony with the surrounding environment. You don’t just fill in every square inch of space with building unless its all about the money,and it is.The claim that this building “could be LEED certified is total BS. This thing is built to the cheapest cost standard possible. The chicken coop like balconys should be real appealing to all the hi density tenants. hopefully this Styrofoam and stucko disposable architecture will rot away soon.

  • Sylvester Miller

    I’m glad to see this establishment in the oak cliff area and the down town veiw that enhance this project. There is a freshness that thousand of people will enjoy gazing at that use this carnal.

  • Dee Holman

    LPoking forward to these apartments. Will be a nice addition to the area. Great to see reinvestment in the community.

  • Rachel Stone

    No! That is not true. The builders did get tax incentives from the city, so some units must be available at “affordable” rates. And I think those affordable units will still be around $600 or $700 or something. I don’t have my notes in front of me. So even though they’re affordable, they’re not, as Rob said, Section 8.

  • John Rose

    I figured that was just a rumor as they seem to be putting a lot of effort into this building. Rob, thanks for clearing the air.

  • John- I haven’t heard that at all. I would think it will be on par with the Grand Estates complex further up Zang. At $850 for a one bedroom this isn’t Section 8.

  • John Rose

    I was told this was going to be low income housing. Anyone know if this is true other than what is stated above?

  • ericthegardener

    I’m excited for it too!

  • Rachel Stone

    I’ve never seen anyone make a parking garage look good!

  • I agree the parking garage isn’t that attractive, but I LOVE the fact that it’s set behind the apartments and basically won’t be visible from Zang. I hope this project is successful and helps to bring more residential density to the area.