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    The Dallas Morning News: Uptown Dallas Central Market store project is getting closer to start

    January 07, 2020


    by Steve Brown

    Developers have filed building permits to move ahead with one of Uptown Dallas’ most anticipated projects.

    The McKinney Avenue high-rise, in the works for more than a year, will include a new Central Market grocery store, offices and shops.

    Dallas developer KDC and Central Market owner H-E-B announced plans for the tower project in 2018 on the site of the former Albertson’s store at McKinney and Lemmon Avenue.

    The block across from the West Village is one of the largest development sites in Uptown.

    This week, KDC filed the first building permits for the development, which is expected to take more than two years to complete.

    The permits detail over $46.5 million in construction for the 634,200-square-foot first section of the project.

    The almost $200 million development also includes a high-rise apartment tower and hotel site, according to government filings.

    Balfour Beatty Construction is the general contractor.

    KDC has previously said that it plans to build a 19-story tower on the McKinney Avenue site. Central Market will occupy the lower levels of the mixed-use project.

    Dallas architect Omniplan and San Antonio design firm Lake|Flato did the original designs for the development, which will take up most of the 4.8-acre block between McKinney and Oak Grove.

    The property has been vacant since the supermarket closed four years ago.

    A 450,000-square-foot office tower and about 150,000 square feet of retail are planned for the entire development.

    The Central Market store will be the third new grocery location in the Uptown area.

    In 2015, Whole Foods opened a location on McKinney Avenue at Routh Street in the lower levels of an apartment block.

    Last year, Tom Thumb debuted its first urban Dallas location in the Union development at Field Street and Cedar Springs Road just north of downtown. Tom Thumb also has a second store in the works on the eastern edge of downtown, on Live Oak in a new apartment high-rise.