Las Colinas, Texas
Las Colinas is an internationally renowned, Master-Planned Community located within the City of Irving, Texas.
Las Colinas is located in the northern section of Irving. It’s south of I-635 / LBJ Expressway, east of Rt. 121 / Sam Rayburn Tollway, west of Luna Road and north of W. Northgate Drive. Los Colinas shares both the northern and eastern borders of DFW International Airport.
Discover more about Las Colinas here: www.LasColinas.org/
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Las Colinas Boundaries And History
Las Colinas Boundaries:
Las Colinas is an internationally renowned, master-planned community located within the City of Irving, Texas. It’s located near the center of the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan Area, and just 10 minutes east of the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
North: The LBJ Freeway / 635 . East: Elm Fork, Trinity River. Then south along the eastern boundary of University Park Residential Community, south to W. Northgate Drive — the southeast corner of Las Colinas. South: W. Northgate Drive to N. Beltline Road — the southwest corner of Las Colinas. West: N. Beltline Rd., to Pres. George Bush Turnpike. Southeast (along the southern border) of an undeveloped area. Northeast (along the eastern boundary) of the undeveloped area, northwest (along the northern border) of the undeveloped area to (north of) G.B. Turnpike to N. Beltline Road.
Then notching west & north twice, ending up at Cabell Drive & North Airfield Drive (along the northeast edge of Dallas International Airport–DFW) to Grapevine Creek. Then directly north to Regent Blvd, and directly east to LBJ/635 — the northwest corner of Las Colinas.
History of Las Colinas
LAS COLINAS, TEXAS. Las Colinas is an upscale, luxury offices and residential community in the northwest corner of Irving, TX. At the center of Las Colinas is Lake Carolyn (near the southeast corner of Las Colinas). The community also includes: Las Colinas County Club; the University of Dallas, North Lake Community College, Texas Stadium, and the Trinity River Greenbelt Park.
The site was settled during the late 1800s, and by the early 1900s a number of small towns, including Kit, Sowers, Finley, and Irving, were in the vicinity. In 1928 John W. Carpenter (father of the founder of Las Colinas) and Ben Carpenter, established a ranch in the area.
By 1959 the ranch (originally called Hackberry Creek Ranch), had grown to 6,000 acres. The ranch was renamed El Ranchito de Las Colinas (the little ranch of the hills) and was managed by John Carpenter’s son Ben and Dan C. Williams. In the late 1960s, the westward growth of Dallas prompted the men to develop the ranch as a residential area. Once plans for DFW Airport were revealed, Carpenter and Williams began developing a master-planned as both a commercial and residential community.
The project was to take 20 years to complete, and would originally encompass about 7,000 acres. 3,450 acres would be used for recreational and educational facilities and Lake Carolyn (a 125-acre man-made lake). The remaining acreage would include numerous business parks built around a public transportation system that includes the Mandalay Canal (a series of canals) and the Area Personal Transit system (a system of elevated tracks and passenger vehicles). The community would also have residences for 50,000 people; the residences would be developed in a manner to preserve the natural setting.
The development of Las Colinas was announced on September 14, 1973, as a joint venture of Southland Financial Corporation (Ben H. Carpenter, President and Dan C. Williams, Chairman) and its subsidiary, the Las Colinas Corporation (Earnest O. Perry, President and Wayne Hurd, Chairman).
At the date of the announcement the Las Colinas Country Club had already been completed and two residential areas were under construction. University Hills Village (next to the country club), and Northgate Village (at the southern end of the community). Additional acreage had already been donated for the University of Dallas and for a park on the nearby Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The Dallas County Community College system had also secured a section of land in the community for North Lake College. Fully, one-third of the Las Colinas acreage was used for recreational and educational facilities.
Construction on the infrastructure began along State Highway 114 (John W. Carpenter Freeway). Allstate Insurance Company was the first corporation to settle in Las Colinas with its new regional office building. In the next two years Las Colinas developed slowly because of a poor economy. By 1975, 627 acres had been fully developed and two business parks had been completed.
In 1976 the Associates Corporation of North America , and American Honda Corporation moved headquarters there. Around 1977 the Las Colinas National Bank was chartered, and the world headquarters of Sunmark Exploration Company was established. In 1978, the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America was moved to Las Colinas. Both General Telephone and Electronics Corporation and General Motors Corporation established new headquarters in the community. The number of corporations in Las Colinas had reached 100 by 1979.
Warehouse and distribution space was established at Las Colinas for Pioneer Electronics, Panasonic Company, and Super Value food stores. By April 1978, 831 apartments had been completed, with another 417 under construction. 1,807 homes had been completed with 82 under construction.
By 1980 raw land sales at Las Colinas totaled some $30 million, and the community itself had expanded to 12,000 acres. That year Las Colinas was estimated to have 2,000 single-family homes and some 9,000 residents living in apartments. There were 12,000 daily workers employed in businesses in the community.
The world headquarters of the Zale Jewelry Corporation was in Las Colinas, and Levi Strauss and Company had a site there for its data-processing center and regional office. Construction began on a number of buildings including: the 27 story Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel; a manufacturing plant for Boeing Aerospace; the corporate headquarters for the J. A. Majors Company; the North American headquarters for Scor Reinsurance Company; and the corporate headquarters for the industrial chemicals and plastics division of the Diamond Shamrock Corporation.
In 1981, Caltex Petroleum began construction on Caltex House (an 18-story office tower is just off O’Connor Boulevard at one of the most prominent locations in Las Colinas) and Xerox began construction on Xerox Centre, a consolidation of all of its Dallas operations. That year Gifford-Hill and Company began its 18 story national headquarters, and the Associates Corporation of North America began 2 new office buildings. In 1981 also the third building of Las Colinas Towers was completed; it was leased to International Business Machines Corporation.
By 1982, the community had 350 established businesses. These included: United Technologies Building Systems; the Burroughs Corporation; Mitsubishi Electric Sales; McDonnell Douglas Automation Company; the Warner Lambert Nuclear Medical Laboratories; Data Communications Systems; TeleVideo Systems; and Technicare Corporation.
Many of the corporations locating in Las Colinas emphasized research and development. In response to a demand for research facilities, the Las Colinas Corporation began development of the Royal Tech Center, a high-technology business park in the northwest part of the community.
The Studios at Las Colinas (the first phase of the Trammell Crow Company’s Dallas Communications Complex) was completed. A number of recreational facilities were also finished, including the Las Colinas Equestrian Center. Around 1982 the Mandalay Canal had 28 retail shops operating along its banks, and the golf course of the Las Colinas Sports Club had been made the site of the Byron Nelson Golf Classic.
Residential sales at Las Colinas outpaced commercial sales in 1983, when 4 of the 7 residential areas were completed. By that time, more than 6,000 homes were serviced by a communications network that provided security services, information services, and audiovisual entertainment.
In its first decade of existence Las Colinas had developed steadily, and within the next two years it became one of the most prominent areas in the country for businesses and corporations to base operations. Undeveloped land sales since 1980 quadrupled to $124 million in 1984 and then decreased to $96 million in 1985.
When the Dallas real estate market collapsed in 1986, Southland Financial (the parent company of the Las Colinas Corporation) was operating with a tremendous debt, and land sales in Las Colinas were at an all-time low. The community’s development stalled, and the Las Colinas development company was close to bankruptcy or foreclosures. In the next few years, Southland was forced to restructure its debt with the aid of several financial partnerships. After these settlements, Southland was still unable to service its debt and was forced to sell the remainder of its holdings to a new partnership in 1989.
By 1990 Las Colinas had renewed its development and had some 900 companies in its business community, including 50 Fortune 500 companies. In 1990 Las Colinas had a population of about 19,000 (of which only 30% — 40% worked in Las Colinas). By that time Las Colinas residents were living in 6 single-homes, or apartments, communities. Homes ranged in price from $180,000 to $3 million; the average cost was $400,000. In 1990 the community also had 110 stores, 40 restaurants, 12 banks, 4 hotels, and 3 country clubs. In 2002 water taxis ceased operations on the lake and canals. The community was then served by a gondola style cruise service.
SOURCE: Handbook of Texas Online, Matthew Hayes Nall, “Las Colinas, TX,” accessed February 13, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrl64.