Hines had planned to start work on the Lakeside Resort &Residences project last year, but returned it to the drawing boardfor a redesign by a new architect. Heath Johnson, project managerfor Houston-based Hines, says the redesign of the one-timecondo-hotel has resulted in a more user friendly project for thenine-acre tract at 2900 Lakeside Pkwy. and is a better fit for theland. "The new one, as a whole, blends in better with the overalllandscape and maximizes the use of the development site," Johnsonexplains. The hotel will be up and running in late 2009.

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Johnson tells GlobeSt.com that the development team is planninga March 24 presentation to the planning and zoning commission andcity council to begin the process to amend its master plan and arezoning to allow multifamily development in the 1,600-acreLakeside District. He estimates it will be at least the fourthquarter before construction could start on a condo tower, whichwill be designed for up to 65 residences.

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The destination conference center resort targets small tomedium-size business groups and one-off travelers from the nearbyDallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Atlanta-based RabunArchitects' hotel design is ell-shaped with seven- and nine-storywings. Among the new features is a rooftop-terrace restaurant onthe seven-story building. "It has lake views that no other propertyis able to achieve," Johnson says.

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Benchmark Hospitality International of the Woodlands will be theoperator of the independently flagged, 280-key hotel, which willinclude 25,000 sf of meeting space, spa and fitness center, tworestaurants and outdoor feature pool. The project site is less thanfive miles from D/FW airport and within five miles of four golfcourses.

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"The big draw is the hotel is amenity rich," Johnson says. "Thecondo owners will be able to enjoy the amenities of the hotel." Theperks will include concierge, valet and room services.

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Hines is forging ahead as expansions ramp up at the 1,511-roomGaylord Texan at 1501 Gaylord Trail and 402-room Great Wolf Lodgeat 100 Great Wolf Dr., both in Grapevine. "The Grapevine/DFW hotelmarket continues to be one of the top performers in the state,"Johnson says. "We believe there's plenty of demand for a high-endconference center hotel of this type." The project's generalcontractor is Dallas-based Balfour Beatty.

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The Hines project is the first four-star hotel in the city. And,the goal is to be the district's first multifamily developertoo.

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