The W&B Refrigeration Services Co. building, located at 660 Fort Worth Avenue., is to be modified into a family- and pet-friendly, indoor-outdoor destination. Although the building has a Fort Worth Avenue address, it actually faces Yorktown Street.
The property is adjacent to the east boundary of the Sylvan|Thirty development. This would effectively expand the Sylvan|Thirty concept eastward at a time when Oaxaca Interests is already proceeding with a redevelopment project to the west.
Brent Jackson, president of Oaxaca Interests, obtained approval on June 22 from the Dallas City Plan Commission on a special use district for 1881 Sylvan Avenue. That project was held up at the commission for several weeks over the issue of what ratio of exterior materials (masonry versus metal) should apply.
The commissioners agreed to exclude the existing Chase Bank building, which is predominantly in red brick, from their calculations. This reduced the amount of metal siding that could be used on new structures planned for the site.
As was the case with Sylvan|Thirty, San Antonio architect Lake|Flato will produce the structure designs for both 1881 Sylvan Avenue and 660 Fort Worth Avenue. Hocker Design Group is the landscape architect.
Referring to 660 Fort Worth Avenue, Jackson said, “We hope to build off the momentum we’ve created with Sylvan|Thirty to create a new place for diverse communities to gather with family and friends.”
Oaxaca Interests hopes to sign up from two to five commercial tenants for what will be 10,000 square feet of leasable space on a 1-acre site.
“The flexibility of the space, as well as its indoor and outdoor components, is perfectly suited for a food hall, beer garden and several smaller retailers and food artisans,” Jackson said.
With these new projects, Sylvan|Thirty is beginning to prove itself to be the anchor for spin-off development along the Fort Worth Avenue/West Commerce Street commercial corridor between North Beckley Avenue and Sylvan Avenue that Jackson hoped it would become.