City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

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TigerMiner
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City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby TigerMiner » 09 Aug 2021 14:10

The City of Irving has awarded a the construction contract for a major transformation of their original downtown district, including the reconstruction of a park and a complete streets transformation of Irving Boulevard, including traffic calming, parallel and diagonal parking, bike lanes, pedestrian improvements, additional bus stops, and enhanced lighting, among other amenities and improvements.

https://dartdaily.dart.org/posts/post/reconstruction-of-irving-boulevard-begins-in-october-2021

https://www.cityofirving.org/3714/Irving-Boulevard-Reconstruction

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Re: City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby vman » 10 Aug 2021 07:26

I go to Joe's Coffee Shop near downtown Irving sometimes and definitely see the potential of the area. Plus, the work that has been done down there so far is really beautiful. I don't think it's going to really take off until the residential starts happening. I know there are some nice single family homes recently built on the creek near downtown, but there needs to be some downtown multifamily soon.
I go to Babe's Chicken in Carrolton sometimes and it's pretty impressive what's happened in that little downtown area. Irving should take notes.

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Re: City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby IcedCowboyCoffee » 29 Jul 2022 15:50

Irving wants to make downtown a destination spot, and it will pay business owners to help
Business and property owners can apply for grants to improve corridors, building facades and signs.

If approved, applicants are eligible to receive $5,000 to $25,000 in reimbursements or up to 50% of the total cost, depending on the program and project.

- https://www.dallasnews.com/business/2022/07/29/irving-wants-to-make-downtown-a-destination-spot-and-it-will-pay-business-owners-to-help/

Last time I was down there it looked like a lot of work was going on. I'm interested in seeing it when everything is all done.

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Re: City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby potatocoins » 29 Jul 2022 16:36

I've never been here, but I can definitely see the potential. I love that it's convenient to a TRE station and also in a good position between Downtown Dallas and Downtown Fort Worth.

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Re: City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby IcedCowboyCoffee » 29 Jul 2022 17:27

It's one of the few upsides of our passenger rail being slapped on top of the old freight rail routes: all the old downtown areas of our suburbs were intentionally placed on these routes, and those downtowns were designed to be walkable at their inception.
They've just patiently been waiting for people to recognize their potential. I think plano was the first to see this ages ago.

New development for the past half century largely steered clear of these areas because they became unfashionable, so they were damn near untouched except to accommodate increased traffic flow. Like here, no one was messing with downtown Irving when there was all that exciting land up north in Las Colinas to build on.

That these old downtowns have now been getting attention and investment during a time when walkability and bikeability are being prioritized makes me think these areas are going to become some of the best parts of the metroplex.

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Re: City of Irving - Downtown Heritage District Transformation

Postby vman » 01 Aug 2022 08:10

IcedCowboyCoffee wrote:Irving wants to make downtown a destination spot, and it will pay business owners to help
Business and property owners can apply for grants to improve corridors, building facades and signs.

If approved, applicants are eligible to receive $5,000 to $25,000 in reimbursements or up to 50% of the total cost, depending on the program and project.

- https://www.dallasnews.com/business/2022/07/29/irving-wants-to-make-downtown-a-destination-spot-and-it-will-pay-business-owners-to-help/

Last time I was down there it looked like a lot of work was going on. I'm interested in seeing it when everything is all done.

I go to Joe's Coffee Shop often ( a city treasure btw) and there is definitely a lot going on down there. Hopefully things get moving in downtown Irving. There's lots of potential there and what has been done like the parks, trails and library, is really nice.