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TREC on DPR Construction Tour


Looking South into Downtown Dallas from The Union

Wes Hoblit, along with nine other members of The Real Estate Council’s Young Guns toured DPR Construction and Red Development’s newest building, The Union. Located in the Harwood District just north of Downtown Dallas, the project will host a mix of uses. There will be two towers, one housing office space and the other residential. Some office space will be purposed to serve more modern open office spaces for tech industries and start ups. Retail will be located on street level with high-end eateries such as a steakhouse and Italian restaurant. Tom Thumb will also be located along Field Street and Cedar Springs.

TREC Young Guns
22nd Floor of The Union

The project hopes to add another piece to Dallas’ growth, placing a grocery store within proximity to Downtown and Victory Park.

Masterplan aided with an abandonment along Akard as well as the permitting and zoning for the project in it’s initial stages. Masterplan is also working with Tom Thumb on all of their permits and helping with the city process.

Projects in the News: Jefferson Woodlands

New year, new developments! Masterplan has been assisting Irving-based JPI with approvals for a major apartment project in Garland near the Telecom Corridor.

The property will have 364 units ranging from 600 – 1,600 square feet. Situated near Spring Creek Forest Preserve, the apartments will overlook a small lake. The opportunity for outdoor activities is expected to be a highly appealing feature for prospective renters, with the community highlighting “‘the convenience of a beautiful home that is equally close to work as it is to nature.'”

Located near Firewheel Town Center and the CityLine development, the new apartments have won strong support from the city. As Garland City Council member Scott LeMay said, “‘Jefferson Woodlands will embody the best that Garland has to offer: sustainability, nature and commerce with a hometown feel.'”

Construction is underway, and the project is set to open in Spring 2019.

SOURCE: Dallas Morning News.

A Celebration of Life: Ed Simons

Masterplan recently held a Celebration of Life for our much-loved colleague, Ed Simons, who passed away on November 18.


Around a hundred people gathered at Katy Trail Ice House to talk about Ed, share favorite stories, and come together to honor his life.

On both a professional and a personal level, Ed was a wonderful part of the Masterplan family. We are all so thankful to have known him, and he is greatly missed every day.

Remembering Ed Simons

Statement from Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan CEO:

Ed Simons
Ed Simons

Masterplan lost one its finest colleagues on Saturday, November 18, following a fall in his home. Ed brought a special vitality to the office every day.  His endless good cheer for his colleagues and clients will be missed.

The Dallas native was a graduate of Lake Highlands High School before earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Southern Methodist University.

Ed worked for the City of Dallas in a number of positions in Building Inspection before joining Masterplan.  Ed had a total mastery of the Development Code and used it to zealously represent his clients.  Clients and colleagues delighted in spending time with Ed.  He could (and often did) discuss building code requirements and Marcel Proust in the same conversation.  His quirkiness and true caring for others cannot be replaced.

Please join me and all his colleagues by adopting his trademark optimism about life.  We plan to permanently adopt what he told us every day before he would leave:  “Tomorrow’s going to be great.”

Case Spotlights: Recent Masterplan Wins

Toll Brothers 
With Masterplan representing their interests, the developer obtained approval at City Council to build a better high-rise at Welborn/Oak Lawn than what was originally allowed by right. The objective of the case was to grant a better setback for neighbors, improve traffic control, and overall to create a plan that best fit the Oak Lawn neighborhood. Improvements for the client included the addition of amenities such as inside parking and Uber parking, as well as the ability to offer larger unit sizes. For more than two years, Masterplan helped the client work through conflicts with the neighbors of the property, finally achieving a mutually agreeable resolution that allowed them to move forward.

Case won by Dallas Cothrum & Beth D’Arcy.

United Tow 
Thanks to our consultants’ efforts, the company was granted a Specific Use Permit (SUP) for two years for a large towing station in the South Dallas area.

Case won by Dallas Cothrum & Beth D’Arcy.