City Center TIF District

555 Ross Ave (OED-Patskin)
Spanning the Main Street corridor in the historic center of downtown Dallas, the City Center TIF District was established in 1996, and expanded in 2013, to create a base of residential units in the area's existing building stock, and to encourage activation of the street-level environment.

The district has been an unqualified success in transforming the core of downtown into a fully mixed-use environment by supporting over 2,000 new housing units, 400 hotel rooms, and a variety of urban amenities. The Lamar Corridor / West End Sub-district, added in 2013, brings the city's largest historic commercial area and the heart of the city's innovation culture.

City Center TIF District Map

City Center TIF District Sub-districts

  1. City Center Sub-district
  2. Lamar/West End Sub-district
The City Center Sub-district represents the core of the original TIF district, centered on the historic Main Street office district, between Griffin & Harwood streets. It spans northward to Ross Ave. and the southern end of the Dallas Arts District, and south to the Government District, including Dallas City Hall. The sub-district many of the city's largest office buildings and a diverse array of mixed-use building conversions and new construction. The boundaries of this sub-district overlap with the Downtown Connection TIF District on a parcel-by-parcel basis.

District Characteristics

TIF Lifespan

  • Creation Date: June 26, 1996
  • City Center Sub-district
    • Start Date: January 1, 1997
    • Expiration Date: December 31, 2022
  • Lamar Corridor / West End Sub-district
    • Start Date: January 1, 2014
    • Expiration Date: December 31, 2037


  • Total: 92.5 Acres
    • City Center Sub-district: 65.4 Acres
    • Lamar Corridor / West End Sub-district: 27.1 Acres
Note that the Downtown Connection & City Center TIF Districts are comprised of specific parcels and are subject to change annually as parcel boundaries are amended.

Participating Jurisdictions

  • City of Dallas
  • Dallas County

More information can be found in the annual report, available here.

City Center TIF Projects Summary

Projects & Potential Projects Within
TIF District Utilizing Funding

Units / SF
2,069 res. 
units; 444 
hotel rooms;
20,000 SF
951,082 SF 
office; 287,732
SF retail 
$515,821,970 $80,073,319
Projects & Potential Projects Within
TIF District Not Utilizing Funding

Units / SF
845 res. units;
2,476 hotel
rooms; 430,000
SF office;
81,563 SF
retail; 1,500,000
SF religious
$467,133,880 $0
Total (TIF & Non-TIF)
  $982,955,850 $80,073,319