At Downtown's Citywalk @ Akard, Finally, There's No Place Like Home For the Holidays
|Citywalk @ Akard, which makes its debut tomorrow as 12 floors of residential units -- 11 of then consisting of affordable housing|
Amd so, tomorrow he and his staff will move in three new downtown residents -- one of whom, Joyce Bennett, has been sleeping on a relative's couch and has no possessions save for her clothes.
"It was the best Christmas gift," Greenan tells Unfair Park. "We've been scrambling so much to get it. It was nice to let everyone go home and celebrate the holiday without the stress." Greenan says he expects to have all 206 units -- 50 of which, scattered throughout the building, will be made available to the homeless -- finished "within 60 days." Eleven of the 15 floors will consist of affordable housing. The ground floor will consist of retail; no tenants have yet signed a lease, but Greenan says 7-Eleven has signed a letter of intent. Office spaces, including CDM's new home, will occupy the second and third floors.
"The one thing I am sorry about is I couldn't get people in here before Christmas," says Greenan. "But at least it's before New Year's." He will now turn his attention toward building that self-sustaining block downtown -- right, that one. Says Greenan of Re:Vision Dallas, "March is when we'll really kick off the work on it."