Oaxaca Interests brought 201 apartment units and several retail shops to West Dallas when it delivered Sylvan | Thirty three years ago. Around that time, Oaxaca President Brent Jackson snapped up several other sites in the area. Now he’s redeveloping the old W&B Refrigeration Service Co. building on Fort Worth Avenue.
Oaxaca has teamed up with Lake Flato architects and landscape designers Hocker Design Group to redevelop the 10,000-square-foot, one-acre project. Lake Flato plans to reuse as much of the existing brick and metal structure as possible and to create an indoor/outdoor destination that will be attractive to families, pets, and the neighborhood. The development will have about 60 parking spaces.
Jackson declined to disclose the project’s cost.
“What’s really important to us in any project is to make sure it ties into the neighborhood’s existing lexicon and needs,” Jackson says. The tenants at W&B (which will be renamed at some point) ideally will compliment, but not cannibalize, tenants at Sylvan | Thirty.
Jackson says he’s in serious discussions with three tenants: a brand new concept, an established concept, and a spinoff of a successful brand. “They all fit the mold of earthy, neighborhood conscious, and family-friendly,” he says.
Jackson said his firm is working through the permitting process and will work to get a green light in the next two months. Jackson hopes retailers will be open for business by fall 2018.
Oaxaca Interests also owns nearby 1881 Sylvan Ave., for which it is in the rezoning process to add more retail.