Apartments to replace Mission Motel

The Mission Motel, 1944, via Library of Congress

The Mission Motel, 1944, via Library of Congress

Three hundred more high-end apartments are coming to the Fort Worth Avenue area.

Trammel Crow Residential is buying the old Mission Motel on West Commerce with plans to build 300 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail space on the site.

The developer’s 167-unit apartment complex on Greenbriar Lane, between Beckley and the Houston Street Viaduct, opened earlier this year and has done better than expected, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Trammel Crow Residential’s senior managing director Steve Bancroft told reporter Steve Brown, “We are big believers in that market and think that it will only get better over time.”

The Mission Motel made the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s architecture at-risk list in 2012. Preservation Dallas listed it among the city’s most endangered historic places in 2007.

This addition to Fort Worth Avenue/Commerce, brings a total of at least 1,300 new apartments planned or under construction in that area.

The 201 apartments at Sylvan Thirty already are for lease for $875-$2,725 and are expected to open as soon as next month.

Sylvan Thirty developer Brent Jackson also could build as many as 250 apartments on an adjacent property.

Henry S. Miller Co. plans to build 318 apartments near the Belmont Hotel.

And Wood Partners is building 252 apartments on the site of the former Dallas West Mobile Home and RV Park.

By |2015-02-18T12:19:56-05:00July 7th, 2014|Development, News, Preservation|5 Comments

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  1. OCTina July 10, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Sad to me to see these cool old historic places going away to be replaced by apartment land. They are what makes our community cool and different. I know change has to come, but more apartments….really??

  2. Rick Wamre July 8, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Just as a clarification, the Trammel Crow Company development arm (the one handling the Sam’s deal on Central Expressway) didn’t handle the Old Parkland restoration; Crow Family Holdings handled that project, and they told the DMN they would be happy with a 3% return. I can assure you that Trammel Crow Company would not be satisfied with a 3% return. Here’s the link: http://www.dallasnews.com/business/commercial-real-estate/20130321-oak-lawns-historic-old-parkland-campus-is-getting-a-grand-new-addition.ece

  3. Patrick BL July 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Trammel Crow Co’s are also the developers bringing the SAMs Club to East Dallas
    So we know we can’t trust them to do right by the neighborhood.

    And WHY do we get more apartments that will deteriorate over 20-30 years, to become slums?

  4. Cory S July 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Perhaps they can keep the front structures as they are unique and historical. My mother remembers passing them as kids driving from Odessa to East Texas as a child. Trammel Crow did a wonderful job restoring Old Parkland… nice to mix the old with the new…..

  5. Erik Schuessler July 7, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    yay progressive oak cliff!

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