Local developer Oaxaca Interests LLC broke ground the second week of January on a 16-unit townhome development in West Dallas.
This latest project, located at 707 West Commerce Street, is only two blocks north of Oaxaca Interests’ flagship Sylvan|Thirty development. The three-story townhomes are in an commercially-zoned neighborhood and across Commerce Street from the Dallas Fire Department’s Firehouse No. 45 — which is one way to cut response times.
Oaxaca Interests President Brent Jackson worked with the architects of Far+Dang on what he describes as a “foward-thinking approach to design.”
“Known for their incredible use of space and natural light, the duo’s progressive and contemporary design aesthetic falls perfectly in line with our vision for 707,” Jackson said in a prepared statement.
The landscape architecture firm Hocker Design Group was brought on to create the landscaping and hardscaping details. This includes a generous 15-foot wide sidewalk with streetscaping along West Commerce Street.
Unit sizes range from 1,380 to 1,510 square feet and will start at $324,000. The one-bedroom townhomes will each feature large windows, a spacious garage, private yard, an open kitchen that leads to a dining and living area, and a full bedroom and bathroom on the top floor. The units share access to a community pool and guest parking on the half-acre lot.
Sam Sawyer with Collective Residential was picked to market the project, and the general contractor is Crimson Builders. Jackson acquired the property, which was formerly a service yard for the Dallas Butane Gas Company, in the summer of 2016.
The company has set in motion plans to build on the original Sylvan|Thirty development to the east and west. To the east, Oaxaca Interests is renovating the W&B Refrigeration Service Company at 660 Fort Worth Avenue, which actually fronts Yorktown Street, into a creative dining and retail space.
“Historically, West Dallas has been an under-served area in both retail and residential. With several land holdings, Oaxaca Interests is in a solid position to keep filling these community needs and drive momentum forward,” added Jackson.
To the west, the company is adding three new retail buildings, each about 3,500 square feet, along the west side of Sylvan Avenue; construction at 1881 Sylvan is expected to begin this quarter.
Internationally-renowned architecture firm Lake|Flato and landscape architects Hocker Design Group were enlisted for the 1881 Sylvan project, which will complement the look of Sylvan|Thirty’s retail buildings. Additionally, the exterior of the existing bank office building will be enhanced with coordinating landscaping and hardscaping elements. The drive-thru bank will be removed to allow for reconfiguration of the parking lot.
“Our goal is take the energy found at Sylvan|Thirty and expand it across the street. The intersection of Sylvan and Fort Worth Avenue has immense potential to become the next lively, pedestrian-friendly district, and we’re fully dedicated to making it happen,” Jackson said.