Today, DART is remembering Ken Hughes, the person responsible for the transit-oriented development around Mockingbird Station. Steve Brown at The Dallas Morning News reports that Hughes passed away over the weekend after a brief illness. Brown writes: It was Mockingbird Station – the first true transit oriented development in Dallas – where Hughes made his true mark in the local property market.
Hughes spoke highly of DART with many of his real estate projects from Mockingbird Station to Crozier Tech in downtown Dallas.
From a September 1999 DART news release:
“The proximity of the DART station and growing ridership made the Mockingbird Station project attractive and doable — and we’re not doing it half-way,” Hughes said.
Hughes’ project includes the renovation of a former Southwestern Bell telephone warehouse and office tower that fronts on Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway. The existing structure is being converted to retail and 220 loft apartments, with plans for additional mixed use development on the property including an 8-screen movie theater complex, restaurants, office space, a music store and a future hotel.
A few years ago, Hughes was involved in the purchase of Crozier Tech, the old high school located adjacent to DART’s Pearl/Arts District Station. He called the access to DART a huge plus with the property.
DART mourns the loss of Hughes and is grateful for his support over the years.