The expansion, Arlington Highlands East, will build out thedevelopment partnership's 80-acre tract. Arlington Highlands sitson land owned for decades by the Mathes family, which includesRetail Connection senior vice president John Curtis Mathes, thepoint man for the project's leasing campaign. The developmentpartnership also includes Dallas-based Retail Connection and itsin-house development arm, Connected Development Services.

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Developers like to promote the demand that a project generates.In Arlington Highlands' case, the build-out phase broke groundyesterday at 80% tenancy for existing and new space and deals inthe works for the last 25,000 sf of the expansion phase. Anddespite Arlington's hefty retail market and the project's proximityto the 1.5-million-sf, 180-store Parks at Arlington, at least 80%of Arlington Highlands' retailers are new to the market, accordingto Mathes.

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Daniel Fuller, vice president of development for ConnectedDevelopment Services, tells GlobeSt.com that dirt work will take 60days to complete, pushing the project into paving and lightingstages to allow vertical work to begin midway through the firstquarter. "We're going to be working as fast as we can to get it upas quickly as we can," he says. "We're expecting to deliver shellbuildings in late spring or early summer."

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Site prepping includes a 2.09-acre tract that will be sold to afranchisee of Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels & Resorts Inc. Fullersays the franchisee, who's not being identified at this stage,hasn't set a ground-breaking date, but does plan to have theseven-story lifestyle hotel ready to open in fall 2008 along withthe next wave of retailers.

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The expansion phase's anchors include a 33,000-sf Dave &Buster's and 24,000-sf Splitsville, a Tampa-based bowling alley,billiards and dining concept new to the state. Arlington HighlandsEast is expected to be the first Texas opening for the Splitsvillechain, which also is negotiating for an anchor spot in CypressEquities' West 7th, amixed-use redevelopment in Fort Worth's Cultural District;Park LanePlace, Dallas-based Harvest Partners' $100-million-plusproject near NorthPark Mall in Dallas; and Indianapolis-based SimonProperty Group's Domain in North Austin. The Retail Connection ishandling Splitsville's site search and contract talks.Splitsville's typical location features 12 bowling lanes, sixbilliards tables, full-service dinner lounge and several bars.

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Arlington Highlands East's lineup also will include freestandingHoulihan's, Red Robin and Bone Daddy's, a Boudreaux restaurant inan inline spot and a spa, another name that's being kept underwraps for now. Many of the expansion phase's tenants were on awaiting list from Arlington Highlands, which opened last May withits shop spaces practically full. At build-out, the entiredevelopment will sport 115 retailers in 800,000 sf.

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"Demand has been overwhelming. We have more demand than what wehave room for," Fuller says. "It will be a seamless addition toArlington Highlands."

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Good Fulton & Farrell Inc. of Dallas designed the entireproject. Spring Valley Construction Co., also from Dallas, is thegeneral contractor and Mycoskie, McInnis & Associates ofArlington is the landscape architect.

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