$42-million Bishop Arts project to break ground this month

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The Nazerian family company expects to break ground on streets and underground utilities for its Bishop Arts project project this month.

The project’s first two buildings, on the south corners of Bishop and Melba, could start going up by the end of the year. The buildings, depicted in the drawings above and below, will comprise about 30,000 square feet, with retail on the ground floor and office space above. They could be open about a year from now.

The $42-million overall project will come in many phases over the next few years, says Thea Van Loggerenberg of Exxir Capital.

The developer is planning more than 400 apartments and about 95,000 square feet of retail space on 4.5 acres roughly bounded by Madison, Melba, Bishop and Ninth. Along Melba and Bishop, the buildings will be no more than two stories. Then they “flex step” out to three, four and five stories toward Madison and Ninth, Van Loggerengberg says. They expect the first apartment building to be under construction early next year.



The Nazerians spent about seven years assembling properties, which included a 1970s apartment complex and many mid-1900s homes, for this project. They received $2 million in economic development funds from the City of Dallas to buy them up, and demolition began earlier this summer.

Michael Nazerian says the family wants this to be a “generational” project. They have no intention of building it to flip.

The Nazerians are in it for the long haul, says Van Loggerenberg.

“Whatever the future of Oak Cliff holds, our family will be a part of it,” she says. “It is a commitment that allows us to approach things entirely differently than 99 percent of Dallas developers, who follow a … model with a goal to exit an asset in less than three years.”

The company hired Oak Cliff-based metal artist Manuel Sarmiento — he’s on their full-time staff — to design and create details such as trash cans, signage, benches and other touches for the project. He is creating a sculpture of a tree out of rebar, which will take up one entire exterior wall of one of the first buildings, so that vines can grow up it for a “living wall.” Nazerian also is working to collaborate with muralists and other public artists to fill out the project with local art.

“We want this to feel like part of Bishop Arts, like it’s always been here,” Nazerian says.

Check out drawings and plans for the first phase of the project below.

Bishop Arts Updated Design Package – Advocate

By |2015-08-14T14:32:35-05:00August 12th, 2015|Development, News|19 Comments

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  1. […] The four-story buildings will be in the 300 and 400 blocks of Melba, where nine houses are being demolished. A building in the 300 block of Melba, across the alley from the Wild Detectives, will have 47 units, and the one in the 400 block will have 71. Surface parking will be at the rear of each building. The project is adjacent to the Nazerian family company’s $42-million Bishop Arts project. […]

  2. Elaine Pehkonen June 28, 2016 at 12:37 PM

    June 28, 2016 – just drove by the project again. One set of tire tracks in the driveway. Weeds are tall. No excavation has been started for the underground parking. Looks very dead to me.

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  4. Rob Shearer August 17, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    The Nazerians have much deeper pockets and a much longer track record of success. But based simply on the renderings I’ve seen and the leasing agent Rick has selected, I would LOVE for his project to go back to the drawing board.

  5. lakewoodhobo August 15, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Do the Nazerians have any signed leases? None that have been announced, at least. And Rick Garza has $4M in TIF commitment from the city, which should be enough to convince some investors. Maybe his project needs to go back to the drawing board.

  6. davis August 15, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Funny, the driving force behind the zone change still has nothing to show for it while everyone else can swoop in and reap the benefits.

  7. Rob Shearer August 14, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    I’ve heard Rick Garza is still working on financing. Banks want signed leases, tenants want a solid construction plan… chicken/ egg situation.

  8. […] The developer plans to break ground on the project’s first phase this month. […]

  9. helainee August 13, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    West End, Deep Ellum …what happens when the newness” wears off?

  10. Andrew Hudson August 13, 2015 at 2:49 PM

    I have another answer, it’s called “business as usual”! Those in the know get the dough!
    An artist in neighboring district 6 (Trinity Groves) just got screwed out of his building by the realignment of Herbert Street. Instead of looking to developer owned vacant land across the street, artist David Jensen is being forced to sell his property! The Aug 12 council meeting, made it abundantly clear that we artists don’t count. Art is once again being sacrificed on the altar of profit! Apparently, artists don’t matter.

    BTW, our councilman, Scott Griggs was one of only two dissenting votes. Thank you councilman!

  11. […] The developer plans to break ground on the project’s first phase this month. […]

  12. Rachel Stone August 13, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Good question. I will try to find out. Thanks!

  13. lakewoodhobo August 13, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    What is the status of Davis Street Market? I’ve been seeing promoted posts on Facebook soliciting leases, which is odd. Meanwhile, zero movement on the lot.

  14. LUIS COLLIE August 13, 2015 at 8:32 AM

    OK no one seems to have an answer to the question ” how the hell does the “good looking ” mr Nazerian receive 4 mill ? 5 mill dollar to buy up land on bishop and then sit on the land for 2 or 3 years continuing to rent said property and receive income?” if anyone has an answer other than ” TAX FRAUD/THEFT ” id like to hear it. ANYONE?

  15. katie August 13, 2015 at 7:24 AM

    Thank you Ramon for writing the REAL story of what is happening.

  16. Ramon Mejia August 12, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Nice Plans. Its extremely unfortunate that the families that resided in the 9 residental homes and the 5 building apartment complex (15 units), as well as the working-class families that surround this development will NEVER be able to afford it.

    Where will the existing community go after being displaced? And what happened to the low-income renters who were evicted from the buildings being torn down to make way for Michael Nazerian’s new development?

    No one seems to have asked, but the City of Dallas and Councilman Griggs have made their concerns clear: the City granted Nazerian $2 million to help purchase those properties then promised him $5 million more in tax reimbursements to support his Bishop Arts Village project. It will be surprising if he doesn’t receive the next $2 million economic development grant he’s requesting as well.

    The City of Dallas is spending millions of dollars on the destruction of low-income housing even as its ownPoverty Task Force reports a crisis of growing poverty throughout the city.

    Yeah change is good, BUT NOT at the expense of the community.

    Gente Si, Gentry No


  17. happy August 12, 2015 at 6:11 PM

    “We want this to feel like part of Bishop Arts, like it’s always been here” Oh you definitely will with CVS, Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings and Chili’s Too.

  18. Mike Dunlap August 12, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Very cool.

  19. lakewoodhobo August 12, 2015 at 1:20 PM

    Your move, GFF and Alamo Manhattan.

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