A Big Deal for 100 Oaks

The much-ballyhooed redevelopment of 100 Oaks Mall could finally be underway – and it’s not exactly what you’d expect. Instead of turning 100 Oaks into the true mixed-use, live work and play enviroment that it could be (ala Atlantic Station in Atlanta), the mall’s new owners in Dallas have decided to lease over half the property to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Now this isn’t altogether a bad thing. It will certainly rejuvenate the area, bringing in more daytime workers, boosting sales at the other retailers in the mall and in the surrounding areas, and probably raising property values in the neighborhood to boot. But it’s also a sad case of what could have been.

We could have gotten a true redevelopment: a mixture of apartments or condos along with new office, medical space, and retail. The groundwork was already in place with Southeast Venture’s Armory Oaks mixed-use redevelopment next door, and with one of the country’s largest movie theatres right on the property. Instead we got a bunch of clinics and backoffice uses.

100 Oaks has, geographically and access-wise, one of the best locations in the city. It’s a shame that it won’t be put to a higher use.

2 Comments so far

  1. Jay (unregistered) on July 17th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Living in Berry Hill, I’m thrilled to hear Vanderbilt is moving in. Beats the hell out of a Wal-Mart.

  2. Karen (unregistered) on July 29th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    I am so glad to see Vandy going into 100 Oaks. It is a lot of Therapists. Physical, Occupational and Speech that are being booted from the Vandy main campus for the cardiac department. I see the point about some of the things it could be but this is a great thing to have going in.

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