Blink and you might just miss Browder Street Plaza while driving in the heart of downtown Dallas.
Situated between Commerce and Jackson, the plaza has been awaiting development for about four years. Dallas city planners have regrouped and intend to make the plaza – one that seemed like an abandoned alley prior to 2010 – an urban hub for food trucks and retail kiosks that you won’t be able to miss.
This Wednesday, city council will discuss a 10-year retail deal for the plaza.
What does this mean for downtowners? It means at least 10 years of mobile food stands and local events just down the street from the Majestic Theatre.
In 2010, the city set aside $500,000 to renovate the strip for commercial purposes. With construction now finished, this is the final step in turning the plaza into a location for downtown residents to get some rest and relaxation without leaving the urban core.
In the agreement, the City of Dallas mandates that the operator of the plaza hosts at least four events annually. If you live nearby, the events will be capped at 50 people and are still subject to the city’s noise restrictions. Dallas’ Area Redevelopment Manager, Karl Stundins, said the seating will be much like Klyde-Warren Park, with movable chairs and tables spread around the strip.
The Plaza is arguably short on sunlight, so the planning effort will bring in brighter colors for the furnishing, helping to energize the space between the two buildings.