The Last Word: Irving Mayor On $30M in Improvements Coming to Toyota Music Factory

“Irving’s Toyota Music Factory is about to usher in a new era of entertainment for North Texas.”

Rich Stopfer
City of Irving
.…on $30 million in improvements coming to Toyota Music Factory 

When the weekend rolls around, thoughts often turn to live music, people-watching, and a night of escapist entertainment. The escape is about to get amped up at one popular Irving destination.

Irving’s Toyota Music Factory is getting a splashy makeover to the tune of $30 million, thanks to a unanimous January 25 vote by the Irving City Council. The updates include improvements to the plaza and outdoor stage, new signage and architectural graphics, and enhancements to several storefronts, the city said.

The influx of capital for the upgrades will be financed through sales tax income streams from the Toyota Music Factory itself.

Calling the Toyota Music Factory an “iconic entertainment destination in DFW,” Irving’s Assistant City Manager Philip Sanders welcomed proposed improvements by the city’s current partners, Brookfield Properties. In January, Sanders said the investment would “reinforce” the venue’s position as a top regional attraction and enhance the guest experience.

Per Dallas Business Journal’s Plamedie Ifasso, Dallas architectural firm Bud Creative will be working on plaza upgrades at the Music Factory, with the storefront improvements to be designed by Arkansas-based Design & Construction Integration LLC. The live-music destination features an indoor performance space with around 4,000 seats and an outdoor 8,000-seat amphitheater with restaurants and storefronts all about. 

“The improvements we feel are going to provide greater connectivity between that outdoor plaza and the restaurants that are adjacent to it, so you have a seamless connectivity with people going and visiting restaurants and then this public space that they can walk in and out,” Sanders told the DBJ. 

For more about the music-tracked makeover, read the DBJ’s story here.

For more of who said what about all things North Texas, check out Every Last Word.

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