January 15, 2014
What's to Become of the Old Texas Stadium Site in Irving?
Dallas Business Journal
By Candace Carlisle After years of sitting undeveloped and long removed from the sounds of cheering NFL crowds, the 90 acres that once housed Texas Stadium are closer to being redeveloped. But details are sparse on what could be the fate of the former home of the Dallas Cowboys, which is why the City of Irving and San Diego-based development firm Oliver McMillan are preparing to host a public charette -- a review of potential projects for the land – with local business leaders and architecture experts. “We are interested to see what they come up with as a team,” Mayor Beth Van Duyne told the Dallas Business Journal. “I’m interested in some high-end retail, mixed-use and residential components. I’d love to see a recreation component that could bring families into this live-work-play environment.” The recreation or entertainment aspect likely would have a tie-in to families, which would differentiate itself from the proposed entertainment center, she told me. The land is currently being used to house highway construction materials. “We have had almost a decade to look at this spot, and I don’t think we’re too far off,” Van Duyne told me. “I haven’t heard any ideas too dissimilar at council.” That was not always the case. In years past, Van Duyne says she remembers hearing about proposals for the site ranging from an arachnophobia park, a bible-themed park and an indoor skiing complex using the former roof of Texas Stadium. Now, she says she hears Irving residents say they’d like more high-end retail so they don’t have to drive to Southlake and Dallas to shop. Hopefully, she said, the city can act on that need. The development firm shares that vision for the property Van Duyne says is being called the "Diamond Interchange Property," after all, Texas Stadium doesn't exist any longer since it was imploded in 2010. “We’ve had a couple of local developers that have wanted to put warehouse or multifamily on that property, but I think that was short-sighted,” she told me. “It’s way too well-situated in the Metroplex to settle.” Van Duyne plans to update Irving on the city's latest accomplishments and milestones at Thursday's State of the City address at the Irving Convention Center. To check out Oliver McMillan's previous work and see what Texas Stadium once was like, check out our slideshow.