Parks and boulevard will build community feel in Lakeside’s rental district
The apartments at Lakeside DFW, tailored for seniors and knowledge workers, will be tucked off the main drag, Lakeside Parkway.
The pedestrian-friendly area features a park, a stately boulevard with lots of green space and handsome buildings facing it.
1. Park Dan Quinto, the master planner, has encircled the nearly 4-acre park with walkways and streets to provide public access from every angle. The park showcases some of the most dramatic topography on the 150-acre site; from street level, the terrains drops nearly 40 ft. to its lowest point, where a pond is a planned.
This park will make a popular stop along the Lakeside trail and the park’s benches are sure to attract old and young alike.
A number of the age-restricted units are panned at the south end of the boulevard and will overlook the pastoral setting of the park.
2. The boulevard Quinto adds drama to the spaciousness of the boulevard by constricting the street widths approaching it. From the north, east, and west, the approaches to the European-styled boulevard will open up to one of Lakeside DFW signature streetscapes.
On the north and south sides of the boulevard, Quinto employs greenbelts on either side of the boulevard that serve as “front yards” for the living units. “They will mimic for residents the sense of living in a park,” Quinto explained. “It is public but feels like a yard.”
In the center, a large park will serve as the centerpiece and focal point of the area. “It changes things up and alters the character of the street,” Quinto pointed out. “Rather than part of the dwelling units (as on either side), the land in the middle becomes truly a sensible public space.”
Quinto believes the formal green space of the boulevard will help set off “the burst of green of the big natural park on the south end.” The park will act like whipped cream on top of ice cream.
3. Buildings and parking The elegant boulevard will be complemented by treed sidewalks and handsome facades for the 2 to 4-story dwelling units. All of the attractions to the front of the buildings will draw residents out their front doors to become part of the street life, boosting pedestrian, social, and retail activity.
Unlike conventional “apartment complexes” where seas of parking lots can’t be avoided, at Lakeside one will encounter parking lots only when searching for a place to park. The lots are hidden from view behind the buildings.
More information on the first phase of apartment buildings is expected to be released in late April or May.