(IRVING, TEXAS) — North Carolina-based ARK Group has announced it will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the Music Factory Entertainment Center at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30.The ceremony will take place on the future site of the project (300-380 W. Las Colinas Blvd.), next to the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are very excited to bring this amazing project out of the ground and give the residents of Irving the world class entertainment center that they have long desired” said Noah Lazes, President of the ARK Group.
The celebration will be family-friendly and will include food trucks, a special performance by an all-star band featuring members from Dashboard Confessional and The Apples in Stereo and a free outdoor movie screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” following the ceremony. The first 1000 people through the gate will get a free commemorative Music Factory hard hat!“Gensler is very excited to be a part of the Music Factory project,” said Barry Hand, Gensler architect and Studio Director. “The Music Factory is a unique mix of business and lifestyle amenities that will bring needed vitality and a distinct sense of place to the Las Colinas district. The ARK Group has a track record of successful entertainment venues in other cities and its plans for the Music Factory far outpace the offerings at any of the existing entertainment complexes in Dallas-Fort Worth. The Music Factory will serve many segments of the corporate, residential and tourist demographics with diverse dining and entertainment attractions that will keep patrons and visitors coming back for more.”
Located between State Highway 114 and Las Colinas Boulevard near the Irving Convention Center, the Irving Music Factory is expected to be a regional destination for music, food and fun. Balfour Azteca will be the construction manager and site grading is expected to begin in late August. The project is expected to employ more than 1,000 workers.
The $165 million entertainment-anchored development is slated to include 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 100,000 square feet concert hall and amphitheater with 8,000 capacity, an outdoor event plaza and 100,000 square feet of office.
“Location, combined with our robust corporate partnerships, makes the City of Irving a significant city in which to do business. Adding restaurants, retail and entertainment options are a direct response to the requests from residents and our business community,” said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. The district will be within walking distance to Irving Convention Center and future Irving Convention Center Hotel, accessible to the DART Orange Line and it will also be serviced by Las Colinas’ Area Personal Transport (APT) people mover system.
About ARK Group
The ARK Group is a multifaceted conglomerate of companies that focuses on mixed-use developments that often include an element of public entertainment. The ARK Group’s family of companies is structured to compliment, support and facilitate the projects of each individual company within the conglomerate. Innovative marketing and promotional concepts, sound fiscal management, and an exacting eye for details have been the cornerstones of ARK Group’s continued success.
Gensler is a global design firm grounded in the belief that great design optimizes business performance and human potential. Our 4,400 practitioners networked across 46 offices use global perspective and local presence to innovate at every scale. Whether we are refreshing a retailer’s brand or planning a new urban district or designing a super tall building, we strive to make the everyday places people occupy more inspiring, more resilient, and more impactful.
About the City of Irving
Irving is the second city in the nation and the first in the State of Texas to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (2012) as well as the first municipality in Texas’ history to receive the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (2011). Irving is the 13th largest city in the state with 227,000 residents and is home to the largest office park in North Texas, where more than 10 percent of Fortune 500 companies are headquartered or have a significant presence.
About the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber is recipient of the inaugural Texas Outstanding Chamber of the Year Award and is the first 5-Star Accredited Chamber in Texas. The Irving Chamber exists to CREATE economic activity for Irving, ADVANCE more than 1,817 business investors who represent more than 150,000 employees and PROMOTE all of our members, including five Fortune 500 Global headquarters and 19 U.S. Small Business of the Year Award Winners. For more information, visit www.irvingchamber.com.