The city of Allen is continuing its efforts to attract new business by providing more Class-A office space.
Last week, the Allen City Council adopted a concept plan and building elevations for Millennium Office Park, a new complex to be built on the northwest corner of Bethany Drive and Watters Creek Boulevard.
The approximately 3-acre site will feature a five-story office building with 125,000 square feet of space; a four-story parking garage that can accommodate 570 cars; a parking plaza that can park 26 cars; and two restaurants – one freestanding and one on the first floor of the office building.
Planning and Development Director Bo Bass said the Allen Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and city staff have worked on a master concept plan for the office park for several years. It was always intended, he said, that the site would have “urban massing,” or an amassing of greater numbers of buildings and concentrations of buildings closer to access roads than normally seen in a suburban area like Allen. The site is expected to house more buildings and be developed in further phases.
“We pushed very hard to get a parking garage so that we would be able to see the expansion move forward in the future,” Councilman Joey Herald said at last week’s meeting. Herald is also the council liaison to the EDC.
“I would say that that parking garage probably jumpstarts phase two,” Councilwoman Robin Sedlacek added.
Millennium Office Park will follow a vision of a walkable office complex; it will be constructed behind the upcoming Convention Center at Watters Creek, a $90 million-plus project the city hopes will attract big-time clients to Allen. Millenium, with two restaurants featuring open-air patios – one of which is freestanding, will entice day workers at the complex, nearby office workers and convention center and hotel guests to walk over and have a meal, Bass said. The first floor restaurant in the office building will offer valet parking and covered access to the building. Workers and hotel guests will also have the option of crossing Bethany to shop and eat at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm.
“It creates kind of a pedestrian-level walking, eating and enjoyment environment at several levels,” he said.
The office building will feature elements of glass, steel and concrete, with a concrete tilt wall as well as glass and steel ornamentation and accents on the south side. On the building’s east side, the angular design of the roof will result in “some quite interesting and beautiful architectural details,” Bass said.
“From the artist’s rendering that we saw, this is going to be an incredibly good-looking building up on that corner,” Herald said.
Kaizen Development Partners is managing the project with an eye toward breaking ground by the end of the year.