June 18, 2014
New Visions for Former Texas Stadium Site
By Christine Lee
The site of where Texas Stadium once stood could go through a huge makeover.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne recently met with the city's potential developer, Oliver McMillan, at the International Conference of Shopping Centers in Las Vegas, where the developer showcased its plans to transform the currently vacant lot.
Van Duyne said this could turn out to be a billion-dollar project with a half million square feet of retail.
"We're looking at boutique hotels, theaters, potentially department stores, housing, office space right along our DART rail line," she said.
The Orange Line extension to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is set to open this August.
Van Duyne said the Orange Line, plus new international flights from that airport, could mean big opportunities for Irving.
"The economy is picking back up, there is a lot of interest with the international airport right there bringing in so much traffic with businesses and jobs coming in," Van Duyne said.
Van Duyne saw a 3D model of what the former Texas Stadium site could look like if the city hires the Oliver McMillan company to do the job.
They have a six month exclusive agreement that expires in July. Van Duyne said she hoped the council can make a decision to move the project forward.
"So far, I've liked everything that I've seen, and I am really, really very encouraged," she said.