February 08, 2017

Big changes on the way at downtown Dallas’ Chase Tower

Dallas News: Big changes on the way at downtown Dallas’ Chase Tower
By: STEVE BROWN

The curb appeal of one of downtown Dallas’ most recognizable skyscrapers is about to get a reboot. New owners of the 55-story Chase Tower on Ross Avenue are planning a major makeover at the building’s entry.

Fortis Property, which last year paid an estimated $285 million for the 1.3 million-square-foot high-rise, acquired the building after it had been remodeled inside. Now Landau plans to rework the plaza and entry to make Chase Tower more appealing to visitors, he said. “We are going to make the plaza in front an extension of the Arts District,” he said. “Right now, it’s not very appealing for arrivals. The building has so much to offer by repositioning the plaza and creating an art component.”

A more open plaza area, landscaping, walkways and a motor drop-off at the base of the building are among the plans for the Ross Avenue side of the tower. Landau said the fitness center in the retail rotunda in front of the tower on Ross will be enlarged and relocated to the lower level. A restaurant will occupy the monumental rotunda space. “We plan to bring in a-top tier restaurant to the rotunda, which it was initially designed for,” Landau said. “It’s a prime location and absolutely beautiful space.”

Landau said he’s almost done with the designs for the plaza renovations and plans to start construction in the coming months. Dallas architect BOKA Powell is handling the project.

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