Upscale apartments could replace West Commerce trailer park

Wood Partners' Wesley Village, in Charlotte, N.C.

Wood Partners’ Wesley Village, in Charlotte, N.C.

Developer Wood Partners could be planning to build an upscale apartment complex on the site of a trailer park at West Commerce and Pittman, adjacent to the Chicken Scratch/Foundry.

Steve Brown at the Dallas Morning News reports that “Wood Partners is eyeing a purchase of the 8-acre Dallas West Mobile Home Park.”

The Atlanta-based developer has several apartment communities in Dallas, including Alta West Davis in North Oak Cliff. The company also is contracted to build the apartments at Sylvan | Thirty.

Dallas West Mobile Home Park is where Monte Anderson of the Belmont Hotel set up a line of trailers along the street for retail/restaurant/office spaces a few years ago. He pitched it as a way to spiffy up underutilized space while the real estate market was in a lull. A couple of businesses opened there, but it hasn’t become the converted-trailer hotspot/business incubator Anderson had envisioned.

By |2013-07-26T11:01:35-05:00May 2nd, 2013|Development, News, Residential Real Estate, Shopping|6 Comments

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  1. […] changes in street layout can only help nearby development plans such as Sylvan Thirty and the upscale apartment community that is supposed to replace the West Dallas Mobile Home Park (the residents will be forced out Jan. […]

  2. Steve Bronson May 2, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Well not sure what else one can expect from someone who brands themself ‘Disgruntled’. What plot of land do you have to put these trailers on? Pony up, dude. Otherwise, you’re just another disgruntled voice with a lot of smarm and not much solution.

    Am I thrilled that the trailer park will be leaving? Not really. Am I so arrogant as to pretend I know what will happen to the people in the trailer park or what the new development will do to the area before either has even had a chance to play out? Not on your life.

    Fact is, not everyone on this side of the river wants the area to turn out exactly like Austin. Scott Griggs himself has said there is too much ‘affordable housing’ clustered in the southern sector. Again, if you have a real honest-to-goodness solution (the lot across the street is not one but just a dreamy dream of yours), then serve it up. Otherwise, you’re just another negatoid voice from the Oak Cliff side of our city that loves to stereotype any change as bad before it has even happened.

  3. disgruntled May 2, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Smarmy response Steve B. The trailer park provides affordable housing in a very convenient location. These people will most likely be pushed out to less convenient locations with higher transportation costs. I think Yockel’s point was that the parcel across the street would be better to develop as its sat vacant for many years. As seen in Austin, the trailer parks on Barton Springs Blvd are very desirable and a key part of what keeps the area funky/vibrant/cool desirable. I predict that this future development on Ft Worth Ave will be bland and soul crushing just like Sylvan 30. Keeping Dallas Dallas.

  4. Steve Bronson May 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Um, my guess is they cant use that blank space across the street because different people own that and dont want to sell right now. Wood Partners cant build on land they dont own.

    And many people consider RVs to be hugely unnecessary gas guzzlers that arent good for the environment. There are other RV parks in the Dallas area, though not in central Dallas (where the value of the land is just too high to accommodate RV parks anymore).

    That said, having a trailer park in and of itself is not a bad thing. If you know of someone with a lot willing to turn it into such (maybe next to Bishop Arts), I would suggest you bring it up!

  5. lakewoodhobo May 2, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Smart move by Wood Parters. Apartments here will not only benefit from the Sylvan Thirty development nearby, but also from three new crossings that the city is building to connect W Commerce to Singleton and the Margaret Hunt bridge. Investing in this part of town is a no-brainer.

  6. Scott Yockel May 2, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    And why can Wood Partners not use all the blank space across the street? Let’s have a little bit of property for every type and not turn our side of the River into Uptown. Plus having the trailer park there is the only place Dallasite extended family traveling through can park their RV.

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