North Land Initiative Parishioner FAQs
North Land Initiative FAQs
Posted Feb 12, 2021 4:33 PM CST
View the SMAA announcement by Rector Chris Girata, HERE.
What is the North Land Initiative?
The North Land Initiative is the partnership between Saint Michael and All Angels (SMAA) and Lincoln Property Company (LPC) to create a mixed-use development on the northeast portion of SMAA property. LPC is leasing the land from SMAA.
What is the partnership between Saint Michael and All Angels and Lincoln Property Company?
The North Land Initiative will be built and fully funded by LPC. SMAA maintains ownership of the property and will act as leaseholder. LPC is leasing the property directly from SMAA and will pay rent as the tenant.
How does this partnership benefit Saint Michael and All Angels?
This partnership allows SMAA to be future-focused, and offers a path to grow our ministry and mission in the city. Revenue generated from the development will help fuel the growth of that mission. SMAA sees this as an opportunity to maximize what God has provided, using our gifts in a way that benefits our community.
Does Saint Michael and All Angels still own the North Land property?
Yes. SMAA maintains ownership of the property and will act as lessor for the property. Lincoln Property Company is leasing the property directly from SMAA and will pay rent as the lessee.
Where on the Saint Michael and All Angels property will North Land construction take place?
This development will be built in the empty lot SMAA owns on the northeast portion of the property facing Douglas Avenue.
When is construction scheduled to begin?
Construction is currently slated to break ground in April 2021.
What is being built as part of the North Land Initiative development?
The development will include two midrise buildings on the north side of the property. One building will serve as a Class A+ office space and the other building for luxury residential space. Further elements of the development will include a restaurant with an outdoor dining area along Douglas Avenue and other ground floor retail spaces.
Additionally, the development will offer ample parking for church and school events (primarily underground) and allow parishioners to park onsite for church and other events. This will aid in reducing on-street parking and traffic in the surrounding area.
How will construction of North Land impact PARISHIONER PARKING?
We understand that parking plays an integral role in the worship experience at Saint Michael and All Angels for parishioners and guests. We are keenly intent on mitigating hassle as much as possible and providing solutions. Please stay tuned for updates on specific parking options as we solidify plans.
Will construction have an impact on MINISTRIES OR WORSHIP SERVICES?
Until further notice, the main entrance to the building will be the south entrance while we are still under COVID protocols. The daily exit doors are either the south entrance or the west entrance. The worship service exit is out the main church door off Douglas Ave. This is all subject to change depending on new information.
How will construction impact PARISHIONER WEEKDAY TRAFFIC?
Traffic around the site will include construction vehicles that will enter the property via Douglas Ave. and Lomo Alto Drive. Weekday traffic for the nearby neighborhood can expect varied road closures.
What is the impact of the North Land Initiative on the mission and vision of Saint Michael and All Angels?
This initiative will activate and energize our property in new ways that enable us to engage more of our neighbors, while providing an increased investment in our mission to be disciples of Christ through growth of our varied ministry efforts in Dallas.
What is the size of the physical footprint for the development?
Once completed, the project will encompass approximately 518,841 square feet. Each of the buildings will be approximately 225,000 square feet and will be within the height parameters the City of Dallas has in place, capped to the predefined “residential proximity slope,” to protect the sight line of the nearby neighborhood.
How will the North Land Initiative contribute to Saint Michael and All Angels’ physical footprint?
This will not affect the footprint of the “church proper,” however, the land leased for the development will provide new, public green spaces along Douglas Avenue. With this improved design element, our campus will gain community space that engages our neighbors in ways we never have before.
Who from Saint Michael and All Angels is involved in the development?
The Campus Construction Committee (a committee appointed by the Vestry) and Staff Leadership.
When was this development approved?
Zoning for the development was unanimously approved by the City of Dallas in February 2020.
How is this project being funded?
The North Land mixed-use development will be fully funded by Lincoln Property Company, as a tenant.
What steps were taken in this project to align with community wishes?
This development fully aligns with the Preston Center Task Force, approved in September 2018, and meets all requirements set forth at that time by the group’s neighborhood and city leaders.
What amenities are currently anticipated directly benefiting the neighborhood?
The mixed-use space will be anchored by a significant restaurant, with plans to include significant green space and open areas for lounging and enjoyment for the community, as well as a revitalized dedicated pavilion for the Saint Michael's Farmers Market.
Where can I find ongoing information about the North Land Initiative?
Throughout construction, we will communicate early and often with any significant construction news that may occur.
Who can I contact if I have questions?
For questions, please contact Steve Haal, Director of Communications.