$30 million makeover planned for Wynnewood Village Shopping Center

A multi-story cinema complex and a high-end gym appear in architectural renderings released today for a remodel of Wynnewood Village Shopping Center.

The center’s owner, New York-based Brixmoor Property Group, told the Dallas Morning News that it is planning to pour around $30-million into the long-neglected complex, originally built in the 1940s.

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Matthew Berger of Brixmoor told the newspaper that the company expects to finalize “two large tenant leases” within the next 60 days but didn’t reveal the details.

The shopping center has had the same ownership since 2002. Brixmoor this year bought a 24,254-square-foot medical office building at Wynnewood, which it plans to tear down, the newspaper reported.

The company is planning landscaping and paving improvements and to make the roundabout a focal point of the center. A later phase of development is expected to include development of the land formerly occupied by Montgomery Ward.

The City Design Studio in 2014 proposed a couple of ways to reconfigure Wynnewood.

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City Councilman Scott Griggs says he’s been working with Brixmoor since he took office. It’s been a longtime coming. High rises are now going up in the once esoteric Bishop Arts District, and residential real estate prices have doubled and tripled in Oak Cliff this decade, but less new commercial development has occurred further south.

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  • megan

    I say dance with the one who BRUNG YOU/ H.E.B. has never wanted to serve this part of town. The City of Dallas has offered a lucrative financial stipend to any high end food store to move into the old Minyards/Sack-N-Save there on Red Bird Lane to no avail. Lets show our appreciation to Krogers for being there for us down through the years.

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  • GeneP54

    That unfortunate. I have to say that I’m kind of surprised about that. There have been a couple of times over the years that I’ve requested a particular product. I don’t remember it being an issue. I can understand that they may not carry something that there isn’t a steady market for, but I would think that they could order it for you if you regularly purchased it. Maybe they used to be better about it?
    If that’s you’re experience, then I certainly understand your position. Everything is money driven, so if they build the cinema, etc. as proposed, then maybe they’ll step up their game, as well. There’s so much potential in Wynnewood. I hope that someone taps into it. It seems that the demographics are changing a bit in the area. Maybe that will help.

  • downtownworker

    I never said apartments or North Dallas, I said (for-sale) town homes that would be more expensive than most homes in Wynnewood North. The reason for that is two-fold:
    1. Brings in more high-earning residents with the buying power to support the stores we all want to see at Wynnewood Village.
    2. Creates a buffer between existing homes and the crime-ridden back-side of the existing shopping center, which absolutely needs to shrink. As it is now, the loading docks for Ross and Kroger are a blight on Wynnewood North.

    I don’t know how this would be a spit in the face to homeowners. I know a lot of realtors in Wynnewood North who would love to sell more real estate next door and raise their neighborhood’s property values.

  • West sheffleld

    I’d prefer the original Wynnewood Theater to a multi-story cinema. Was it really necessary to raze it?

  • downtownworker

    I wish I could agree with you, but I can’t. Kroger sees this as a SNAP (food stamp) revenue store. I’ve spent a lot of money here just so I could fill out their survey and repeatedly ask for products that they only make available in their Signature stores, like Boar’s Head deli meat.

    I’ve sent emails to the company requesting that if they won’t make these products available, then consider opening a Signature store next to Kessler Park. Their response was simply “sorry, we have no plans for that.”

    So forgive me but I have zero loyalty to Kroger. Maybe if Brixmor raised the rent considerably, they would actually decide to attract customers who live in Wynnewood North and Kessler Park.

  • GeneP54

    No more town homes! To further use this area for more apartments and town homes is just a spit in the face to the homeowners here. Economic development, rebuilding the area where the old apartments are, ok… but keep neighborhoods, neighborhoods! We really don’t want to be North Dallas!

  • GeneP54

    They just need to build a new, modernized Kroger here. Kroger has served this part of town when no one else would. We need to show loyalty for them since they’ve shown it to us. (I go to other Krogers sometimes, too, but it would nice to be able to just go to this one)

  • downtownworker

    I don’t think Kroger is really serving the needs of the entire neighborhood, but definitely would not want Whole Foods. I would love to see HEB open here, which would continue their pattern of opening stores along I-35.

  • Cairenn Day

    The center still needs to serve the neighborhood and Kroger and Dollar tree do that I don t want a Whole Paycehck in there,

  • downtownworker

    I would put a new grocery store in the Montgomery Ward space and bulldoze everything north of it. That portion can be rebuilt as a combination of small shops and townhomes.