Let's Say Sylvan Thirty Passes Plan Commission. Is There Enough Money to Actually Build It?

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Between the Alamo Plaza and Sylvan Thirty, a blank canvas
At some point this morning, Anna will be along with her account of last night's Sylvan Thirty town hall, which, by all accounts, was civil enough. After that, you probably won't read much about the proposed mixed-use development catty-corner from the Belmont, where the old Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts once stood, till early October, when developer Brent Jackson and his legal reps will take their rezoning proposal to the City Plan Commission for the first time. Perhaps by then, the dust-up over its design will have settled.

But what then? That's the question asked by several sources familiar with the project, all of whom insist that at present, Jackson has a bit of a "funding gap" when it comes to funding the $47-million-or-so project. Some put that figure at $4 million; others, closer to $9 million.

Before last night's town hall, Jackson confirmed: He is short by some; how much, he'd prefer not to say at the moment. "It's a critical amount," he acknowledges. "It really is critical." Which is why he will ask the city to kick in some money toward the project, perhaps from the Fort Worth Avenue TIF or in the form of other economic development incentives.

"We will require city funding and city assistance for this project, and we are confident in our discussions with the city we will reach an agreement in order to accomplish to move it forward," he tells Unfair Park. "Those conversations are still taking place. You have to run parallel paths [at City Hall], and alongside zoning it's: What does the city funding look like? I can't comment on the details yet."

Neither can Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the city's Office of Economic Development.

"We're absolutely interested in the revival of the Fort Worth Avenue area, and are in conversations with the developer," he says. "This is an important project, and we hope we'll have a successful outcome."

For now, of course, Sylvan Thirty remains a barren, scraped-down corner, save for the pile of bricks that were once the Alamo. Jackson insists it will not stay that way for long, and that sooner than later Cox Farms Market and those restaurants and apartments and retailers will fill in the nothing that's there now. When we spoke yesterday, he said he'd been out of the office all day having "great talks" with businesses interested in leasing space.

"We expect to break ground by the end of this year," he insists "And we anticipate having our grocer and retail open for business by fall 2012."
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Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Sounds like the developer needs a Pawn Shop,  Pay Day &Car Title Loan place to get things moving.

He either has the money or he doesn't .

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

Uptown comes to Oak Cliff..I'm sure the project will make the Kessler Park people giddy with excitement, but it won't do much for the poor folks who live behind the Belmont and Smoke.  The crackers haven't invaded La Loma yet, merely parked next to it in hopes all the "riff raff" would simply more further west, or perhaps Cockroach Hill.

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

The folks behind the Belmont have walkable retail, and have experienced a nice increase in property value, all unlike Kessler, just sayin.

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

 You mean the ones living behind the Belmont?  Not much walkable retail behind or around the Belmont..just sayin.

Travis Rex
Travis Rex

 All spread out..not exactly "walkable" .  If that is your definition, there the people who live around the Belmont have always had "walkable" retail...right at Hampton and Ft Worth Avenue.  And yeah, Smoke is cracker food if there ever was such a thing.

Oak Cliff Clavin
Oak Cliff Clavin

yes, within 1/4 mile there is a 2 burger joints, a sandwich shop, 2 taquerias, 2 tex-mex joints (with full bar), an auto parts store, a convenience store, a grocery store, a bank, a dollar store, a furniture store, a computer repair shop, a tire shop, a pawn shop and 4 bus stops. Not counting Smoke, since that's cracker food.

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