Some changes stirring could come to fruition in 2016 for the Cedar Springs Strip in Dallas. A meeting will be held January 5 at the Oak Lawn Branch of the Dallas Public Library to discuss the concept of a new branch library to be built on top of an expanded Kroger. No word on whether the store would be built to fit the lot better, and incorporate apartments.
While rumors suggested a block of the strip closer to Oak Lawn Avenue could be taken for an expanded Melrose Hotel, a sign went up on the long-standing Black-eyed Pea recently saying the restaurant has closed so the owner could try a new concept. That would, in my view, be better than the block being razed for a hotel expansion, but it is sad to see a cultural institution like the Black-eyed Pea go. That could also mean however the other remaining businesses, including Cafe Brazil, would stay. The block lost The Bronx restaurant a few years ago for the expansion, but so far the it looks like the lot has just been used for parking, if anything.
In such a hot construction market, all the parking lots surrounding the Cedar Springs businesses are likely a considerable threat to their existence. Parking is just not the best use of valuable land, and real estate is, for good or bad, about the most profitable use.
If that weren’t enough, the iconic clock tower at the Centrum Building could come down as part of a renovation there. It’s hard to imagine how removing the tower, which has become an important place-maker for the neighborhood, would be an improvement. More retail there, as mentioned in the article, would certainly be a good thing. The article also mentions a small restaurant space in the building. That also seems like it would be a good spot for a bodega, or even 7-11.
Finally, Zephyr, an eatery in the former Zini’s pizza space was scheduled to open in December but has been delayed.