$1.5M streetcar spot for Alamo Manhattan approved by City Council
A $1.5 million streetcar seat is coming to Bishop Arts.
Alamo Manhattan now owns a small piece of Zang Boulevard, since the city council voted to “give it up” just under 2,500 feet, meaning the developer is now responsible for taxes and maintenance of the property.
A public plaza serving the Bishop Arts light rail stop is planned for the reclaimed section of road, with shade, seating and landscaping.
Last month, the Oak Cliff Gateway TIF board approved a $1.5 million deal with developer Alamo Manhattan to design and build the plaza.
Alamo Manhattan received $11.25 million in 2016 to develop the Victor Prosper mixed-use apartments, which it still owns.
The developer plans to build more apartments on the south side of West 7th between Zang and Madison soon. That’s why Ten Bells Tavern is moving, with plans to move nearby, and the Local Oak restaurant closed in December.
The city also recently gave up part of 9th Street to developer Bishop Arts Exxir Capital for a planned “woonerf,” but that project has not received or applied for any public funding.
“As part of this, the city will remove the unused roadway from its books and reallocate it to a private party who will maintain and activate it,” Mayor Pro Tem Chad West said in an email update.
“Please note that if you or a colleague have a project that involves a conversion/modification of a city roadway to something more pedestrian/cyclist friendly, please know that I am all for it and I will vocally advocate and support such a decision. We need to rethink the way this city uses the roads.