‘Final Concepts’ Meeting Called for Preston Center Garage Plan

It seems that there is an end in sight, after all, with the issue that is the Preston Center garage – and what to do with it.

Final concepts, work to-date, and “next steps” on conceptual garage designs will be presented at an August 8 meeting at Walnut Hill recreation center, per a press release sent out by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. That meeting should provide details on a finish line, of some sorts, of an issue that has been a topic of conversation in Preston Hollow’s 13th District for many months.

The Aug. 8 meeting will “determine construction feasibility and preliminary costs for a future parking structure and public park,” according to the press release.

One of the more popular suggestions to replace the garage is a live-work-play structure that would include apartment units and a park. The Northwest Highway and Preston Road Area Plan, approved by the Dallas City Council in 2017, called instead for an underground garage topped by a street-level park, but that plan doesn’t have the support of adjacent property owners.

Though the city owns the site of the garage, any new construction there requires unanimous approval of the adjacent property owners who make up the Preston Center Parking Corporation.

Plans for a luxury apartment building, in place of the decrepit garage, would bring 1,500 parking spaces for work and living, a restaurant, and two parks – one of which would be three stories up and used for special events near the restaurant.

The meeting on Aug. 8 will begin at 6 p.m.

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