Construction starts on Design District apartment tower

The high-rise is the tallest started in Dallas since the start of the pandemic.
The 27-story tower that has started construction is one of three planned for the site near Stemmons Freeway.(Urby )

Developers have broken ground on the first of three planned high-rises in Dallas’ Design District.

New Jersey-based Urby is building the 27-story residential tower on Hi Line Drive just west of Stemmons Freeway. The building will have 383 luxury rental units when it opens in two years.

Urby bought the 4-acre site northwest of downtown Dallas in 2019 and has been working to design and kick off construction. It’s the developer’s first project in Dallas and its first outside the New York metropolitan area.

“When we made the decision to expand Urby beyond metropolitan New York and started scouting locations across the country, we knew Dallas would be an ideal fit,” David Barry, president and CEO of Urby, said in a statement. “This is one of the most exciting urban markets in the country.

“We chose the Design District in particular because of its excellent walkability, great restaurants, breweries, and art galleries, as well as convenient access to Victory Park, Uptown and the downtown historic district. Urby will introduce a new, vibrant perspective to the area while at the same time embrace the unique character that makes the Design District special.”

Designed by Amsterdam-based architect Concrete and Dallas architect 5G Studio Collaborative, the Urby Dallas tower will include an elaborate outdoor pool designed by Bureau Bas Smets, a fitness center, a dog park and a restaurant and Viennese-inspired café designed by Shawn Hausman Design.

The apartment tower will include a landscaped pool area.(Urby)

The apartment tower is being built on Turtle Creek and the Trinity Strand Trail. It will be across the street from the new Virgin Hotel.

The Urby project is the tallest building started in Dallas since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s one of several residential towers on the way in the city.

Dallas-Fort Worth leads the country with more than 36,000 apartments under construction.

A vacant lot across from the Virgin Hotel (right) in the Dallas Design District is the site of the new apartment tower.(Lynda M. González / Staff Photographer)

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