On June 14, 2023, City Council authorized the Office of Economic Development to move forward with exclusive negotiating agreements with the most advantageous proposers for new mixed-use development projects near six DART stops. This is the next step to encourage transit-oriented development (TOD) at six DART-owned properties, including the stations at 8th & Corinth, Hampton, Westmoreland, Lake June, Buckner and Royal Lane, and to replace currently underutilized parking with residential or mixed-use developments.
In December 2021, DART and the City of Dallas executed a Memorandum of Understanding to give the City the ability to solicit TOD proposals for the 6 DART-owned sites adjacent to the DART light rail stations. In September 2022, the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit TOD proposals (one RFP for each of the 6 DART-owned sites). Generally, for each RFP, potential respondents were invited to submit ambitious TOD proposals including affordable and mixed-income residential components. Each RFP also prioritized proposals maximizing public benefit and producing development consistent with DART TOD Policy and DART TOD Guidelines, with a goal of increasing DART ridership, and creating opportunities for jobs, affordable housing, and amenities for new residents and surrounding neighborhoods.
The RFPs closed in December 2022 with the City receiving 3 proposals for Hampton Station, 2 proposals for Westmoreland Station, 3 proposals for Lake June Station, 1 proposal for 8th & Corinth Station, 2 proposals for Buckner Station, and 1 proposal for Royal Lane Station. A six-member committee from several City departments and DART divisions reviewed and evaluated the proposals. Following review by the staff evaluation committee and interviews with all of the proposers, the Office of Procurement Services recommended to proceed with the highest scoring proposals (i.e. the most advantageous proposals) and in June, Council approved the selection of those proposers.