Midtown Town Centre with the new AMC Theater
With a single, simple vote of the Dallas City Council, Wednesday marked the official beginning of the end of Valley View Center. Come year’s end, said developer Scott Beck afterward, the wrecking balls and excavators will begin erasing the once-thriving mall built in 1973 at the corner of LBJ Freeway and Preston Road. The demolition will take six months, and by the end of it only the Sears store will remain. The rest of Valley View — including the old Sanger-Harris storefront — will disappear. Demolition has to begin by Dec. 31, according to the deal approved by the council. Beck said the razing should take about six months. Then come new streets and infrastructure needed to replace a parking lot and a mall. After that, Beck said, they will begin construction on a 311-unit multifamily development with ground-floor retail, along with a 10-screen AMC multiplex to replace the one coming down. It, too, will have ground-floor retail below, with offices above. Beck said phase one also will include a 250-room hotel, as well as a grocery and fitness facility. He said he expects to name tenants within 30 to 60 days — which is nothing compared to the years of public hearings the project’s been through as city staff created an area master plan, a thoroughfare plan and design reviews. And it will be a years-in-the-making project: The Becks are hoping to plant a giant park at the center of Midtown, and Dallas ISD is eyeing the location for a school.
- Dallas Morning News, June 28, 2016