Does this new 4-story apartment complex that Dallas apartment developer Duke, Inc. is planning along the west side of Hwy. 6 just south of I-10 look a little urban to you, what with its sprinkling of metal siding, balcony action, and all those decoy pedestrians hanging around in front? Take away the high-speed car traffic racing by and the actual configurations of things and its setting might seem so too. Immediately north and slightly west of the site, fronting the Katy Fwy., are the Energy Crossing I and just-built Energy Crossing II office buildings. Cross Hwy. 6 on foot — not an actual suggestion; we’re just imagining here — and you can wander through the quaint little restaurant village along Grisby Rd., anchored by the original Lupe Tortilla. Heck, even Sam’s Club and the Waffle House are just a leisurely stroll north, across I-10!
A more realistic pedestrian option for residents — if they can get to it — will be the George Bush Park Hike and Bike Trail, which skirts past the southwest corner of the property, fronting Barker Reservoir. And north of that, the developers are keeping a 1-acre greenspace along the complex’s west side.
The rendering above of the 293-unit Energy Core Apartments showed up on the website of its architect, Meeks + Partners. A variance allowing a reduced setback along a new access road along the western edge of the almost-5-acre site was approved by the city last week.
Rendering: Meeks + Partners. Site plans: Brown+Gay Engineers/Duke