|By Andrea Ahles, Fort Worth
Star-Telegram, TexasMcClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Sep. 12, 2007 - A Rangers Alley, a high-rise hotel and several parking garages are some of the buildings featured in a new rendering of Glorypark, released by Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks and developer Steiner + Associates.
Developers of the proposed $479 million town-center project adjacent to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington expect to break ground later this fall. Although the plans show several multistory buildings, the first Arlington residents will see of Glorypark will likely be roads and garages.
Hicks Sports Group Chief Operating Officer Casey Shilts said the city has asked the Glorypark developers to not shrink Randol Mill Road from six lanes to two lanes until the Road to Six Flags is completed on the north side of the ballpark. And since the project is being constructed on Rangers parking lots, the multistory parking garages may be the first to go up.
The first phase of the project is expected to open in spring 2009.
The area directly south of the ballpark will have more restaurants and bars than retail stores to cater to the sports fans who go to the area for a game. A movie theater is also planned for the southwest corner of Ballpark Way and Randol Mill Road. "It really will be an area where we hope fans will spill out before and after the games, spend the time there to enjoy the atmosphere of the ballpark," Shilts said.
The developers won't divulge which retailers have signed leases with Glorypark, and plans for Phase One include only one department store to anchor a glass-covered retail street. Shilts said they will let individual tenants announce their plans. There will be two stories of retail and another story of office space underneath the partially enclosed, climate-control retail spine, she said.
Two or three hotels could be constructed as part of Glorypark's initial phase, and Hicks is working with another developer who specializes in hotels to determine what kind of hotel property is appropriate for the project. The high-rise hotel pictured in the rendering is a "placeholder" Shilts said, adding that a hotel in that location may not be as tall as the one in the drawing. "It could be a combination of a full service, with a limited service and extended stay next door," Shilts said. "That's what we're studying right now."
There will be four stories of apartments above a ground floor filled by retailers in the current plans. Shilts said designers have already created floor plans and layouts of each apartment.
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