The Dallas Morning News

New plans for $2 billion Plano project show urban village on Dallas North Tollway 

Plans for Legacy West include restaurants and shops along the new street and plazas.


By Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News


The latest plans for the $2 billion Legacy West project in Plano show a dense, urban development on the Dallas North Tollway.


Developers Karahan Cos., Columbus Realty Partners and KDC are building the more than 200-acre project on land surrounding J.C. Penney’s headquarters at the southwest corner of the tollway and State Highway 121.


The first phase of the development will kick off next year at the west side of the tollway between Legacy and Headquarters drives.


“February 1 we’ll break ground,” said developer Fehmi Karahan. “Everybody is anxious for us to start.


“We are going to do all 38 acres at once,” he said. “People are lining up to secure a space.”


New designs by architect Gensler show a dense development with apartments, shops and offices lining a long main street. High-rise buildings are clustered at both ends of the big development block.


A Renaissance Hotel tower is planned on Legacy Drive at the south end of the project.


Retail plans include restaurants and a variety of shops along the new street and surrounding plazas.


High-rise residential construction is planned at the north end of the complex.


The development is just east of where Toyota Motor Corp. is planning to start construction soon on its $350 million North American headquarters campus.


FedEx Office has begun building its new office complex in the same area.


Legacy West is the second major development Karahan has started in the Legacy business park. Sixteen years ago he started the hugely successful Shops at Legacy retail, restaurant and apartment development on the east side of the tollway.


It’s one of the most popular such projects in Texas.


The new Legacy West development will be even larger