Dallas retail project expanding

DALLAS -- Teenagers will soon be able to get pizza through a pickup window on their lunch break.

DALLAS -- Teenagers will soon be able to get pizza through a pickup window on their lunch break.

Phase II of the 2.7-acre Jasper Crossing commercial development at 250 W. Ellendale Ave. was approved by the Dallas Planning Commission Jan. 13. Little Caesar's Pizza is the first business announced to be moving into Phase I next door, Principal Broker Mitch Teal said.

Teal, with Commercial Investment Associates, said the rest of the occupants of Phase I will be announced Feb. 2. Little Caesar's will offer $5 hot and ready pizzas at the north end of the building, Teal said. It should open within the next 120 days.

At a Dallas Planning Commission meeting Jan. 13, seven additional lots at the site were approved for construction with conditions. The new building will have shared access to public streets and will have 123 parking spaces.

The property is zoned for general commercial development and construction will begin after the Dallas City Council approves the plans.

"With what we had in place conceptually here, I think it's overall a fairly efficient use of the property," Jason Locke, Dallas community development director, said.

The public hearing was closed without any objections or questions from audience members. The planning commission members said expanding commercial opportunities will benefit the community.

"This seems to be (a good use) for the city," Dave Pederson, a planning commission member, said.

Last summer, Teal said businesses such as fast food providers, local restaurants and pubs, personal hygiene service providers, medical providers, dietary consultants, clothing companies and auto service providers could move into Phases I and II.

The proposed Phase III of the Jasper Crossing retail development may include enough space for a new big-box store. Jasper Crossing LLC owns all of the property up to the western wall of the Rite Aid and hopes it will be competitive to bring a larger store to meet a variety of needs in Dallas, Teal said.

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