Sylvan Thirty developer wants to build shops, restaurant in Chase Bank parking lot

Photo courtesy of Sylvan Thirty

The Dallas City Council this week will consider a developer’s plan to construct three new buildings in the parking lot of the Chase Bank building on Sylvan and Fort Worth avenues.

Oaxaca Interests LLC, which built Sylvan Thirty and recently announced plans to redevelop an adjacent warehouse for restaurants and shops, is asking for a few concessions in order to make the project feasible.

The developer wants to construct two buildings for shops (buildings A and B below), each a little over 3,000 square feet, and one 4,100-square-foot restaurant space, at the corner of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenue.

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The Chase building comprises about 32,000 square feet and was built in 1985.

The developer initially had asked for a reduction in parking but since has found a way to park the development to the city’s requirements. The drive-through bank would be removed so that parking can be added, and 18 parking spaces recently were added to the rear of the office building, on Chappell Street.

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Oaxaca principal Brent Jackson also is asking to be allowed to keep the 5-foot sidewalks on Sylvan, which are out of compliance with the 6-foot walks required. And he’s asking for an exception to what materials may be used and how much of them. The developer wants to be allowed to use metal panels for up to 50 percent of the facade on Sylvan and up to 90 percent of the facade on Fort Worth Avenue. Currently allowed is 20 percent on Sylvan and 50 percent on Fort Worth Avenue.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Oaxaca was requesting a parking reduction.

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  • One of the three buildings is designed to be a bank with two drive-through ATMs lanes.

  • grannybunny

    There is plenty of usable land in that area ripe for redevelopment. There is simply no justification for cramming buildings into this small parking lot, eliminating the drive-through banking, etc.

  • Pretty neat trick for the city to NOT follow its own ordinances and build a 5′ sidewalk rather than the 6′ required, forcing the property owner to either pull out and replace that whole side of the street ~or~ make this request that the zoning be modified to match the city’s mistake.