- Location: Dallas, TX
- Project Size: 50 acres
- Project Type:
- Land Uses: Commercial, Hotel, Office, Parking, Transportation, Open Space
Hunt Realty Investments, Inc. and the city of Dallas
- Project Launched: 1975
This “model of cooperation” between the City of Dallas and Hunt/Woodbine interests was launched with Woodbine’s exchange of property with the city, followed by development of the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel and Reunion Tower and renovation of the historic Union Station transportation center. The city then developed Reunion Arena and Reunion Parking Garage, just west of the Dallas Convention Center, in the 1980s. The Reunion project revived a forgotten part of downtown Dallas and transformed the Dallas skyline with a 50-story tower that has become the unofficial symbol of the city. The area was revitalized in 2008 with the $46-million renovation of the tower and Union Station. Wolfgang Puck joined the team to manage a fine-dining restaurant within Reunion Tower and catering/event space in the tower and Union Station. Woodbine continues to serve as asset manager of the remaining developable acreage in Reunion.
Union Station offers Amtrak passenger service, Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail service and serves as the eastern terminus of the Trinity Railway Express, which connects downtown Fort Worth with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, downtown Dallas and points in between. A tunnel beneath the tracks at Union Station connects that facility to Hyatt Regency Dallas and Reunion Tower.
Lesson Learned - Sometimes it pays to be ignorant, because if we’d known then what we know now, we wouldn’t have been so confident we’d succeed.