A collaborative team, known as 4P Partners, has revealed its design proposal for the 3.46-acre public park, which yet to be developed into a park and the now surface parking lot houses much-needed parking in the city's central business district.
It's been weeks since developers Shawn Todd and Mukemmel “Mike” Sarimsakci unveiled plans to redevelop Pacific Plaza and pay for a public park. Now, the third developer has stepped forward.
A collaborative team, known as 4P Partners, has revealed its design proposal for the 3.46-acre public park, which is yet to be developed into a park and is a surface lot that houses much-needed parking in the city's central business district.
The 4P Partners team includes Tirgo LLC, 5G Studio Collaborative, Kevin Sloan Studio, Hill & Wilkinson and Unitronics. The group says it has a number of financial and operating partners, with billions of dollars.
The team says it can deliver 1,632 parking spaces -- a desired commodity in downtown Dallas-- with no above-ground parking structures as well as have a public park for Pacific Plaza and Aston Park. 4P Partners says it plans to use a "state-of-the-art" automated parking technology for the parking.
The proposal meets the City of Dallas Parks and Recreation department criteria on every level from concept to execution, said Ron Natinsky, of Tirgo LLC, who is helping lead 4P Partners. He is also a former Dallas City Council member.
Plans include adding an automated parking system -- much like the ones used in Shanghai, Seoul, New York and London -- developed by Unitronics, which allows drivers to leave their vehicles on the street in mechanized compartments in "Star Trek" fashion, transporting them to a safe and secure below-ground parking space, Natinsky said. The garage would have access points on St. Paul, Harwood and LIve Oak streets.
The plans are best for Dallas' long-term interests, said Scott Lowe, a partner and co-founder of Dallas-based 5G Studio, who is also leading the group's efforts.
"Our subterranean parking design for the space is an innovation that is so needed in Dallas, and we are inspired that this important feature is setting an example for generating urban vitality and growth for downtown," Lowe said, in a written statement.
Along with parking, 4P Partners propose an area for food trucks, as well as a 20,000-square-foot activity center within Aston Park that incorporates retail and restaurant, as well as a grocer.
The Pacific Plaza park would include a large public lawn, abstract hill with a low-water-use ecology and a paved activity plaza on a closed portion of Live Oak Street between Pacific Plaza and Aston Park.