The two-block project includes wide sidewalks with more room for restaurant patios; new streetlamps, trees and bike racks; and a narrowing of the street from four lanes to two to slow traffic. The project is along Greenville Avenue between Bell and Alta avenues.
The intent is to build a pedestrian-friendly strip that will attract a mix of retail and restaurants to help revitalize Greenville between Belmont and Ross avenues. That area has been plagued in recent years by late-night crimes attributed to unruly bar patrons.
The rendering at right shows how the street is envisioned to appear when construction is finished, with a traffic-calming narrowing of the road and a much more attractive pedestrian friendly appearance, more in keeping with the historic neighborhoods bordering this popular entertainment district. The detailed plans for the improvements have been uploaded to the Resource Center on VickeryPlace.com, or you may click on the attachments at the bottom of this post.
Another exciting development for Lower Greenville is the Arcadia Food Park, situated at the site of the old Arcadia Theater.
According to an article written by Sarah Blaskovich of Pegasus News, the concept of Arcadia Food Park, as it's called, is to place six trailers on concrete pads in the location of the old Arcadia Theater, which was destroyed in a fire in 2006.
Most of the trailers will look like retro silver Airstreams, though variations like Winnebagos will be allowed as long as they are “cool, old, funky trailers converted into take-out restaurants,” according to Jonathon Hetzel of Madison Partners.
He wouldn't yet name the six restaurateurs picked for the site, except to say that Jason Boso of Twisted Root and Cowboy Chow (which just closed its Deep Ellum location) will have a trailer. There will also be a beer/wine trailer, tentatively designed as a Winnebago with taps coming out of the side of the truck.
All chefs will be picked by the development team, and their trailers will have to be approved so they fit the theme. “They have to be doing something unique and cool,” Hetzel said. “I'm not going to put a trailer in there that sells run-of-the-mill burgers or run-of-the-mill hot dogs. Once the glitz wears off, we need to have something, an offering, that will keep people coming back.”
Chefs will pay to lease on the plot of land on which their trailer is parked. The trailers will be there semi-permanently: They will be bolted to the ground and will only be moved if a chef decides to pull out of the project. Even if that happens, Hetzel imagines that the trailer might be sold to the next chef as opposed to moved off the lot. The development company was able to secure building permits for the trailers since they are bolted down and considered to be “buildings” – which sped up the process since Dallas is still amending their food truck ordinance.
Arcadia Food Park will have parking for about 60 cars, a common bathroom building, a kids playground, dog park, and a neon sign art park. “We're going to get a bunch of cool, old '40s and '50s signs; we found a neon sign boneyard,” Hetzel said. “We're going to put them up on poles and scatter them throughout the place to give it a cool, funky, retro trailer park feel.”
There will be seating for 150 to 200 people in an outdoor space of 6,300 square feet.