Located in a fast growing north central Texas community, Southlake Town Square began in 1996 as a 135-acre, fifteen to twenty year master plan for the City’s new downtown. The master plan was designed to accommodate a total build-out of approximately 2.7 million square feet, including retail, restaurant, office, residential and civic uses. Currently there are 555,000 square feet of retail and restaurant uses, 26,000 square feet of office space, 250 hotel rooms, 3,200 theatre seats, and a completed 1st phase of single family residential.
A primary project goal in designing the Master Plan was the creation of a development oriented to the pedestrian that would foster a sense of community for a city whose only commercial development at the time consisted of several strip centers, pad site restaurants and one big box retailer. Bringing a mix of uses to the site in close proximity to each other was identified as important to reinforcing Town Square as Southlake’s downtown, as was successfully accommodating cars without negatively impacting the pedestrian experience.
The traditional American “Main Street” served as the model for the urban spaces of Town Square. A new zoning code was written as part of the master plan in order to accommodate the “Main Street” goals. Two of the most important aspects of the new code were to permit buildings to have zero-setback from the sidewalk, and to allow for on-street parking; both are important factors in creating a pedestrian-friendly environment.