AT&T Discovery District [Rendering: Courtesy AT&T]How AT&T and Verizon Developments Are Reshaping North TexasAT&T's Discovery District in downtown Dallas and Verizon's Hidden Ridge development in Irving are adding a tech touch to how we live and work in North Texas.
by Jim Fuquay, Dallas Innovates, Dec. 12, 2019
When AT&T moved its headquarters to downtown Dallas from San Antonio in 2008, everybody knew it meant thousands of new workers in the central business district. But it would have been hard to foresee the company’s plans for its offices a decade later.
Last year, AT&T announced a $100-million, four-block development called the Discovery District. It was a welcome outcome after the telecom giant announced some 18 months previously that it was exploring a move to the suburbs. The project basically creates a public gathering place with restaurants, art exhibits, music performances, and sports-watching parties.
“We’re planning to transform the entire area around our downtown complex. AT&T Discovery District will be a first-of-its-kind ‘urban tech campus’ in downtown Dallas—a showcase for new technology and innovation,” the company said in a prepared statement. Befitting the nation’s largest wireless service provider, it will also feature public Wi-Fi access and the latest 5G wireless service.
The company has about 5,500 downtown workers. Discovery District is expected to open later this year.