lakewoodhobo wrote:Maybe I missed this, but has DCCD released any detailed plans for their Dallas Education and Innovation Hub? $535 million of the $1B bond package that just passed will be used for this, which DMN said "would include a business training center, which would mean completely redesigning the El Centro campus to accommodate it."
By "completely redesigning it", I'm assuming there would be some noticeable exterior changes including new construction.
cowboyeagle05 wrote:Yeah sounds like they are very much on an early concept level. What is interesting is they want to do on campus housing but with a third party. Sounds like this new campus will not be anything like their current community college campus model. I could see them salvaging some of their current campus into student housing. The oldest historic parts along with the more recent addition facing Main Street could become a better lifestyle/fitness center with the Market Street side torn down for a brand new housing structure. DCCCD owns the Paramount building as well and that ugly office building at the corner of Market and Elm stuffed in between a few historic structures. They also have a lease at One Main Place. They could leverage some of their existing real estate in the West End but I surmise they really want to build some brand new campus that's not restricted by Historical district regulations.
Jbarn wrote:For instance, how do they know how much the new campus is going to cost if they don’t even know where it is going?
Next Wednesday, the neon arches will return to the West End. Sort of.
They won’t be the Dallas Alley connector between the now-shuttered West End MarketPlace and the old Coca Cola Building. And they won’t burn neon; they’ll be filled with tiny LEDs and controlled via a computer program, which will allow them to reflect the colors of the Dallas Mavericks or the Stars or whatever design a young artist might come up with. They’ll be under Woodall Rodgers at Lamar, the new pass-through between the West End and booming Victory Park.