Developer Matthews Southwest has given a first look at the apartment community it hopes to build next door to the historic downtown Dallas High School.
Matthews Southwest just completed a $50 million restoration of the more than century old school at Pearl and Bryan streets.
Now developer Jack Matthews and his partners are working on a high-rise apartment project on the same block that would include rental units for moderate and low-income residents.
The 15-story building at 2400 Bryan is planned for about 230 apartments – more than 100 of which are reserved for residents earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area’s median household income.
A parking garage and almost 10,000 square feet of retail are also planned for the triangular shaped building, which overlooks the U.S. Highway 75 overpass on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas.
Architect Perkins + Will designed the angular building along DART’s rail line with a concrete, brick and glass exterior.
While the brick colors complement the adjacent landmark, the proposed apartment tower doesn’t try and mimic the historic building next door.
Matthews Southwest has also left a site for a future office building in its plans.
Matthews Southwest is one of the most successful developers in Dallas downtown area.
The firm built the 1,000-room Omni Dallas convention hotel, which opened in 2011.
Matthews bought the old Dallas High School property in 2015, which had been vacant for more than 20 years.
While about a dozen high-rise apartment projects are in the works in the Dallas area, the Matthews Southwest project is the only one with a large block of affordable units.