At last, downtown Dallas tower to get $450 million redo

Landmark tower, vacant for a decade, will get a mix of apartments, hotel, restaurants, and retail.

May 17, 2019 |

A crew from Andres Construction Services performs work on the adaptive reuse of First National Bank Tower, Dallas, into apartments, restaurants, retail, and the 200-room Texas flagship inn for Thompson Hotels. Photo: Andres Construction Services

After a decade of starts and stops, the 1.5 million-sf First National Bank Tower—which occupies the largest vacant block in the core of downtown Dallas—is to be redeveloped. Todd Interests is the new developer. Andres Construction Services is the GC. Merriman Anderson Architects is the design firm.

Work on the 52-story tower at 1401 Elm Street quietly began ramping back up in recent days, while the deal with Todd Interests was still being ironed out. That’s because the project must hit a completion target of year-end 2020 to qualify for millions in entitlements.

According to a May 8, 2019, report by Jeremiah Jensen in Commercial Real Estate, the redevelopment will focus on four uses: apartments, hotel, restaurants, and retail. A 200-room hotel, which will serve as a Texas flagship for Thompson Hotels, is scheduled to open in September 2020. The residential component will feature 318 luxury apartments, including some on the 48th floor—the highest in downtown Dallas.

The landmark tower has been vacant for a decade, according to a report by Steve Brown, RE Editor of the Dallas News. Todd Interests is the fifth owner to tackle redevelopment of the 1960s office tower, which is the largest empty building downtown.

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