BY MARIE SAAVEDRA | WFAA | –
DALLAS — Developer Craig Hall gave WFAA a first look at the second phase of his Hall Arts development Tuesday, which will bring a new hotel and high-end living to the Dallas Arts District.
In a part of Dallas where every building aims to be a work of art, Craig Hall is unveiling his next “sketch” that he’s been working on for 20 years.
The first phase of his Hall Arts development is complete, opening its doors to businesses earlier this year. What comes next will share the block with his first building.
“Phase Two is going to be on the corner by Flora,” said Hall. “High end, a very exclusive residential building. Then behind that, going toward Ross, toward downtown, will be a hotel.”
The 11-story boutique hotel’s name is still under wraps, but Hall said it will sit above two floors of public space, 231 rooms and 7,000 square feet of meeting space. There is also space for restaurants.
The hotel will share some services with the Hall Arts Residences, which will sit 25 stories high, made up of 44 homes. Hall has reserved his spot on the 6th floor, and — like all potential buyers — he has to wait until it’s built.
“2018, unfortunately,” said Hall. “I’d like to move in tomorrow!”
He hopes others feel the same way so the building meets its true goal of drawing people in to the area.
“I think it’s really important for the Arts District to have more life at night and have more people out on the street,” he said. “The hotel will help all that happen.”
And so like many artists, Hall hopes his latest piece captures imaginations and begs to be seen. A work in glass and steel to add to the City of Dallas’ collection.
Hall hopes to break ground on the project next year. He aims to complete final plans for Phase 3 — which includes a 50-story office tower with space for restaurants — in the next two to three years.
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