The buildings at the intersection of FM 2499 and Lakeside reached their full height this month.
But the real sizzle at Lakeside, according to town planner Dan Quinto, lies around the corner from 2499’s 60,000-plus vehicles per day.
“The action will take place behind the front buildings, where the pedestrians will be protected from the traffic on 2499,” said Quinto, “on the sidewalks, in the pocket parks, at the outdoor restaurants, and on the Lakeside Trail.”
Construction still has several months to go before the expected October opening, but the bones of the first four buildings have created outlines of the urban spaces to come (see accompanying photos).
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“With the first four structures built out to their final form,” Quinto said, “you can begin to feel the spaces and imagine people strolling, shopping, and gathering.”
Phase I features three locations tailor-made for indoor/outdoor dining where patrons become part of the urban fabric. Click here for the merchandising plan.
“Seated inside or out,” Quinto pointed out. “you will sense the urbanity and community of Lakeside.”
Jimmy Archie, managing partner of Realty Capital (master developer of Lakeside DFW), is working with Patrice Ciaccio (pronounced see-ah-chee-o), commercial leasing director for The Shops at Lakeside, to recruit and select the proper mix of eateries.
“Lakeside will have all the ingredients of a destination where people come to spend the evening,” Archie said, “even if they’re not sure what they want to eat when they park their car here.”
“They can just walk around, maybe run into some friends, and then decide what feels right.”
And similar to the restaurants in Uptown (Dallas) and in Legacy (Plano), The Shops at Lakeside will have a large audience within walking distance.
Couples like Ted and Terri Tucker, who have recently moved into their town home at Lakeside, plan to take full advantage of both the recreational and dining amenities at Lakeside.
“We like to stay fit so we run and ride often on the Northshore Trail,” said Ted Tucker. “We’re also looking forward to having restaurants nearby so we won’t have to drive into Dallas every weekend.”
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