The property to be improved will include the site of the former Mrs. Baird’s bakery and adjacent businesses on the south side of Mockingbird. SMU’s plans are for non-commercial campus development that “will result in an attractive enhancement of this space,” says Paul Ward, SMU vice president for legal affairs and government relations.
Under current University plans, the redeveloped property will contain facilities such as tennis courts and a throwing field for SMU athletic activities. The southern tip of the property will house a University data center and an enclosed, partially below-grade electrical substation. Structures and landscaping “will reflect the level of quality characteristic of the SMU campus,” Ward says.
The Dallas City Council approved SMU’s application for an MSD on Aug. 11. At a later date, the city councils for Highland Park and University Park will vote on related resolutions.
Demolition of the site’s buildings is expected to begin in October 2010. Construction of new facilities on the site is expected to begin in 2011.