“By converting vacant office space into luxury, multifamily housing, we can create a more vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood and meet the growing demand caused by migration to the area.”
.…on why empty offices are becoming apartments in Texas’ big cities, via Texas Monthly.
Writing in Texas Monthly, Glenn Hunter takes a look at how office buildings across the state are turning into luxury multifamily homes for tower dwellers, in yet another evolving trend in the future of office space.
He notes that Woods Capital is transforming the top half of Dallas’ 40-story Bryan Tower into downtown apartments, as well as turning multiple floors in the 50-story Santander Tower into 228 luxe living quarters.
Elsewhere in Dallas, Dallas’ Todd Interests is turning the I.M. Pei-designed Energy Plaza tower into the National—500K square feet of modernized offices, along with 293 luxury apartments. Todd Interests also helped turn Dallas’ 51-story First National Bank Tower into a mixed-use Mecca featuring 324 luxury apartments, along with restaurants, a hotel, and offices.
In his article, Hunter also looks at office-to-apartment conversion stories in Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio.
“I think it checks all the boxes,” Chuck Dannis, an adjunct professor of practice in real estate at SMU, tells Hunter of the office-to-apartment trend. “You get empty space filled, and you get some people back into the inner city and you increase the tax rolls. I think all of that is good.”
PLUS: Check out Dallas Innovate’s first look at the mixed-use makeover of the iconic 50-story Santander tower.
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