News Article | 3/31/2006

Victory developers keep busy

The northwest corner of downtown Dallas looks like a slice of the booming 1980s.

At last count, there were almost a half-dozen construction cranes sprouting over the Victory development.

And just because work is nearing completion on the W Dallas Hotel tower – it opens this summer – don’t expect the building activity to subside.

Victory’s developers are getting ready to start on at least two more towers that will keep construction crews busy through 2008.

This week, site work began for the next Victory tower – a hotel, office and condo building designed by Kohn Pederson Fox Associates and BOKA Powell that is expected to be about 45 floors. It’s planned for the vacant lot just west of the W that has had a water-filled pit (Lake Victory, I call it) for the last few years.

And at the south end of the project, ground will be broken soon for the 28-story House condominium tower planned by designer Philippe Starck and developer Yoo Ltd.

Across the street from the House, plans are being finished up for an office tower.

“Thanks for noticing,” said Hillwood Capital president Jonas Woods when asked about the flurry of activity next to the W. “Get ready for some more news.”