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Dodson Commercial Real Estate Breaks Ground on Expansion of Arlington’s Downtown Urban Union District

ByWillie M. Evans

Dec 15, 2021

Dodson Commercial Real Estate Breaks Ground on Expansion of Arlington’s Downtown Urban Union District

Dodson Commercial Real Estate broke ground on Wednesday on a mixed-use development that will bring new restaurants, retail, apartments and offices to Front Street in downtown Arlington.

The project is an extension of the Urban Union neighborhood of Dodson Commercial Real Estate, which opened in 2016 and is home to venues such as Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery, Legal Draft Beer Co., Cane Rosso, Barbeque Hurtado and 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge. The addition of five multi-story buildings will extend the Urban Union neighborhood to the west, connecting it to downtown Vandergriff and creating five blocks of downtown charm, the developer said. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2023.

“The redevelopment of Front Street in downtown Arlington has been such a fun and rewarding experience for our company. The 50,000 square foot addition is the next step in our vision for the Urban Union neighborhood. It will continue the theme of a walkable downtown. Arlington is full of vibrant local businesses,” said Ryan Dodson, Managing Partner of Dodson Commercial Real Estate.

Arlington accounting firm Sutton Frost Cary LLP also announced that it would move its headquarters to the new development. News of the move is a significant decision for downtown Arlington, as it is the first newly constructed office building of this scale in the heart of the city in decades, Dodson said.

“One of our favorite parts of the project is our partnership with local accounting firm Sutton Frost Cary LLP and the ability to move their company headquarters to the district,” Dodson said. “Downtown Arlington is becoming a true neighborhood to live, work and play – we’re excited to play a part in its rebirth.”

Urban Union’s expansion along Front Street is also set to include Spiral Diner, Doughboy Donuts, Cow Tipping Creamery and Coop’s Fowl Ball, a sports bar concept with a family menu. In addition to ground floor retail, stores, restaurants and offices, the expansion also includes 24 loft apartment units on the second and third floors.

Dodson, who grew up in Arlington and opened her office downtown, said the heart of the city continues to transform into a great place for entrepreneurs to open their own businesses, for urban apartment living and for locals and visitors to eat, shop, and enjoy entertainment.

“What I tell people is that not only does Arlington have a downtown, but it’s halfway between a world-class entertainment district, with the stadiums, the ballpark and Six Flags, and a world-class university,” Dodson said. “You can walk to any of these places from downtown Arlington. I just think the sky is the limit. I think there will be more offices being built, more people moving here, more restaurants and more local businesses.

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Dodson’s vision for downtown is what helped convince Sutton Frost Cary LLP to move into a future two-story office building at the southeast corner of Front and Mesquite streets. The company’s headquarters will occupy the 11,000 square foot second floor, with the remaining space available to rent for other professional offices or restaurant concepts looking to do business in the Urban Union neighborhood.

“We are proud to have been in business for over 30 years. Our business has grown significantly over the past few years resulting in a team of 50 people. We need a built space for our current operations and space for our continued growth,” Sutton Frost Cary Partner Paul Cary said of the relocation, “Sutton Frost Cary LLP is delighted to join the efforts of Dodson CRE and the other businesses and individuals who are investing in the revitalization of downtown Arlington.

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