Since 1997, I have specialized and concentrated my real estate activities in the area known today as the Old Trinity Industrial District and the Dallas Design District. This fall is my 37th year in both real estate and the District. I've learned a lot, and I know a great deal about the people, the properties, the buildings, the codes, renovation, and a million other things. So if you see anything at all out there that interests you, give me a call, I'm glad to help. I've sold over 200 buildings during my long career and leased even more.
I was born and raised in Dallas and taught History for about 10 years before entering the world of commercial-industrial real estate. Initially, I worked all over Dallas' vast industrial warehouse environment, but by 1982 I became fascinated with the old Trinity Industrial District and found myself spending a great deal of time there. As early as 1982, I leased my 1st standard office-warehouse on Slocum St. to a showroom user and spent most of the next 30 years expanding the Dallas Design District as a viable choice to one of the four large institutional showroom plazas or the World Trade Center. Today, the Design District consists of over 380 showrooms many of whom are lifelong clients.
In the 1990s, along with my regular sales and leases, I was recruited by the Industrial Properties Corporation (the Stemmons family's real estate arm) to assist them in selling off more than 2,000,000 sq. ft. of railroad land they had acquired after the demise of the Rock Island Railroad system, which serviced the District in the early 1940s and 50s. This "rail-bed land" behind virtually every warehouse in the District became a huge item, as parking is scarce and land for it even scarcer.
In 1997, I started my own company and shortly thereafter was asked to be the chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, which was created in order to write a Special Purpose District study for The Old Trinity & Design District PD 621. This document made it "legal" to live in the Design District and opened the way for MU-3 Zoning.
During those same years, I was often called on by various committees and task forces to answer questions regarding the District's "position" on the development of the Trinity Toll Way, the Town Lake Project, and various other concerns and problems dealing with the District. Thus, I became the Director of the Trinity & Design District Merchants Association representing over 400 businesses. When difficult issues arose, such as the renaming Industrial Blvd. to Caesar Chavez Blvd. instead of N. Riverfront Blvd., I used the association to represent the needs of the District.
I was a charter member of the Strand Trail Committee, which now runs from the Katy Trail all the way along the Trinity River Channel to Medical District Drive.