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One of the last development sites in Dallas' decades old Cityplace project is being planned for construction.
The more than 2.5 acre site at Cityplace Boulevard and Howell Street in the 1980s was earmarked for a 42-story office skyscraper - a twin of the building across North Central Expressway.
But the tower was never built, and most recently the block has been used for a restaurant and dog park.
Owner Cityplace Co. is eyeing a high-rise development for the property, which is next door to the new Hilton Canopy Hotel and the Richards Group office tower.
Cityplace is asking the city for approval to build a project that is larger than the current zoning allows.
"It's one of the last two sites we have left," said Cityplace president Neal Sleeper. "We are trying to pump up the density a little bit.
"We've got all the height we need."
Sleeper said the planned high-rise for the site would mostly be office space.
"We are hoping to do a significant office building and a hotel," he said. "That's where the second tower was originally going to be, so we want to have something of prominence."
Started in the mid 1980s as one of the largest urban renewal projects in the country, the 140-acre Cityplace property was originally planned for more than 60 office towers, residential high-rises, hotels and retail space in the area between Haskell and Lemmon avenues.
Two 42-story skyscrapers on either side of North Central Expressway were planned as the centerpiece of the ambitious development.
But only one of the huge towers was built, and a real estate crash slowed development of Cityplace.
Sleeper's Cityplace Co. bought 130 acres of the development in 1990 and has been slowly developing the project with new apartments, retail, hotel and office space.
The almost 1.4 million square-foot Cityplace Tower just sold to Dallas' Highland Capital Management.
And developer by Forest City Realty Trust and Cityplace Co. just opened the 23-story Ardan apartment tower on Blackburn Street near North Central.