Next Phase of Downtown Garland Redevelopment to Kick Off in April
Garland City Council has approved plans to begin the next phase of the redevelopment of Downtown Garland in an effort to attract more people and businesses to the area, and improve the quality of life for residents. Construction will kick off in April with infrastructure enhancements to utilities, streets and greenspace at State and Austin streets. In addition, the Landmark Museum (the former Santa Fe depot) and railcar will be relocated to the Walnut Pedestrian Corridor to better showcase both structures. The Landmark Museum will remain closed during the relocation process, which is scheduled to take place from mid-April to August.
Walnut Pedestrian Corridor
The Walnut Pedestrian Corridor will be developed south of Walnut Street between Glenbrook and Fifth streets along the DART rail line. Landscape improvements will create linkages between recent projects including Richland College, Oaks Fifth Street Crossing, the DART rail station and the Granville Arts Center. A formal name for the corridor will be selected by the Landmark Society and the Cultural Arts Commission that will reflect the important role rail operations has played in Garland’s past and current economic development.
Additional Project Plans
The next phase of mixed-use development for Downtown Garland, through a partnership with Oaks Properties, will take advantage of transit-oriented development opportunities along Garland’s DART rail station. The project will add 158 apartment units next to City Hall in addition to the existing units built in 2008 at Oaks Fifth Street Crossing. The City will provide the site ready for development, and will construct a parking structure with a minimum of 330 spaces to serve the public, residential tenants, and those accessing City Hall.
City Hall Updates
City Hall renovations also are included in the plans and will consist of reskinning the facility’s facade, updating City Hall to current building code and safety requirements, and expanding production facilities for CGTV—Garland’s government access channel.
Other enhancements to the area will include updates to streetscape and utility infrastructure, additional pocket parks/open spaces for residents to enjoy, and upgraded parking lot lighting at the Central Library.
Visit GarlandTx.gov and go to “Programs and Initiatives” then “Downtown Redevelopment” for upcoming details including project schedules, road closures, and new and temporary parking locations. More information will be available in the coming weeks.