What’s that gonna be ... in downtown Arlington?

The 101 Center mixed-use development in downtown Arlington is halfway through construction and on schedule.
The 101 Center mixed-use development in downtown Arlington is halfway through construction and on schedule.

There’s a hulking six-story building going up in downtown near City Hall.

Construction started a year ago on the site of the George W. Hawkes Central Library, which was demolished in December to make way for the project.

You may have wondered, “What’s that going to be?” We had the same question.

Where is it: In the northeast quadrant of Abram/Center streets intersection, across Center from City Hall.

The project is causing traffic detours and difficult parking, although the latter is more the result of a related project — construction of the new $30 million George W. Hawkes Central Library, which is taking up most of City Hall’s north parking lot.

What’s it going to be: 101 Center — both its name and address — a mixed-use development including 244 upper-end apartments with white-granite counter tops and balconies and 8-foot doors above a first floor with 18,000 square feet for retail, restaurants and 19 small “live-work” spaces, where merchants can both sell their wares and live the rest of the 24 hours.

Amenities include a 1,500-square-foot 24-hour fitness center, 5,200 square feet of lounge and meeting space, a resort pool courtyard with grilling stations, and three restaurants with sidewalk dining terraces, according to the project’s website.

The sidewalks will get a makeover that includes gated landscaped patio courts, shade trees, benches and pedestrian-friendly lighting.

A 600-space parking garage also is in the works, with the first floor dedicated to public parking, and 90 additional street parking spaces along the site are planned.

The redevelopment project is a partnership of the city and Catalyst Urban Development of Dallas and is a major anchor for the “live-work-play” development philosophy that Arlington leaders are encouraging for downtown.

“It brings people downtown,” said Catalyst co-founder Paris Rutherford. “It starts to build a nighttime population downtown.”

When is it opening: Next July, about a year ahead of the new library.

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST

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