Las Colinas, a mixed-use community in Irving, now has more workers than downtown Dallas, with over 150,000 people working for 7,500 businesses. It was launched 50 years ago, according to a Dallas Morning News article. They say,
“Fifty years ago, when developers launched a huge mixed-use community northwest of Dallas, they promised to build something that could someday rival downtown.
Ambitious plans for the river bottom development in Irving at first drew plenty of skeptics.
But a half-century later, Las Colinas has more workers than Dallas’ downtown. At last count, more than 150,000 people worked in Las Colinas for around 7,500 businesses. (Downtown Dallas Inc. estimates about 120,000 people now work downtown.)”
Irving-Las Colinas’ long-term planning attracted Fortune 500 HQs and life sciences companies. With 38.5M sq. ft. of office space, it aims to welcome health innovation, according to a Site Selection article which reports,
“When McKesson Group, Kimberly-Clark and Celanese located their Fortune 500 HQs in Irving-Las Colinas, Texas, they were planning for the long term.
It’s a concept that has attracted a plethora of life sciences, biotechnology and animal health companies to cluster in and around the region. With over 38.5 million sq. ft. of office space, over 19 million sq. ft. of Class A space and several shovel-ready sites at hand, officials in Irving-Las Colinas are looking to welcome and cater to new health innovation.”
KDC CEO Steve Van Amburgh praised Las Colinas as a top corporate neighborhood with over $3 billion in projects. Wells Fargo’s 840,000 sq. ft. campus is under construction.