Arlington's planned Entertainment District development. Credit: City of Arlington
The City Council of Arlington, Texas, is moving forward with an $810 million expansion of its Entertainment District, which will add a new convention center, hotel, corporate offices, a mixed-use residential building, and more dining, retail and entertainment options to the area.
In November 2018, the area's original convention facility downsized its event space to just 85,000 square feet when it opened the 100,000-square-foot Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest gaming and esports event complex in North America, on its property. The city expects to cease operating the current convention center once the new one opens. The anticipated Arlington Convention Center will offer 216,000 square feet of meeting space and will be connected to the forthcoming 888-room Loews Arlington Hotel.
"As an owner and operator, Loews Hotels has the advantage of deciding when and where we build hotels," said Jonathan Tisch, chairman & CEO, Loews Hotels. "For us to invest significant capital in the new $550 million Loews Arlington Hotel demonstrates our belief in the great city of Arlington, Texas."
A mixed-use residential building will also add 280 units and 100,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and co-working space to the development, along with a 200,000-square-foot corporate office building. At least 3,400 parking spaces will accompany the new facilities.
"We continue to build on the economic momentum in our world-class Entertainment District," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. "When Loews Hotels, The Cordish Companies, the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington all come together on a project, there's no limit to the dreams we can realize here in The American Dream City. This project and the recent National Medal of Honor Museum will add significantly to the city's sales tax revenue... and provide the quality services our residents have come to expect."
The expansion will mark the next phase of a greater $4 billion partnership between the City of Arlington, the Texas Rangers, the Cordish Companies real estate development and Loews Hotels that began with the $250 million, 200,000-square foot Texas Live! event venue, which opened August 2018, and the 300-key Live! by Loews Hotel which opened August 2019.