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“Downtown” Flower Mound becoming reality

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A rendering of The River Walk at Central Park looking south shows the amphitheater, splash pad, restaurant row and chapel.

It’s taken nearly a decade and multiple developers, but Flower Mound’s “downtown” development, The River Walk at Central Park, will hold a Grand Opening Celebration on the evening of Tuesday, April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at 4272 Riverside Drive.

The River Walk is a 158-acre mixed-use development that integrates commercial, office, retail, dining, medical, civic and residential with 46.5 acres of parks and open spaces. The River Walk is located north of FM 1171, west of Morriss Road and east of FM 2499.

“The event by [developer] Centurion American is to showcase The River Walk and its amenities,” said Angie Tassan, Vice President of Marketing with Crozier & Henderson Productions and Hot On! Homes. “There will be community tours, food trucks, family entertainment, the Marcus High School Drumline, the popular cover-band Triple Lindy, plus we’re trying to get Flower Mound High School Band members, if they don’t have auditions and other obligations.”

The celebration host will be Natalie Woods with Hot On! Homes and town officials, guests, as well as Centurion American staff, including president Mehrdad Moayedi who will be on-hand to meet and greet everyone.

“The most recent milestone was the completion of the River Walk amenity (the river channel itself) on March 20,” said Assistant Town Manager Tommy Dalton.

Site plan for The River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound.

The mixed-use development already has the majority of the river’s “east bank” residential buildings completed—and inhabited—or under construction.

On the “west bank” of the river, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and attached medical office building; Medical Office Building 101 on the northeast corner of FM 2499 and Central Park Drive; and, the Market Street grocery store and three other retail buildings on FM 2499 between Cross Timbers Road and The Forums have been completed.

Under construction and scheduled for completion this year are the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel (Flower Mound’s first hotel) and three River Walk retail buildings at the southeastern corner of FM 2499 and Central Park Drive.

In addition, the two-acre, 416-space Medical Park Parking Garage, located just north of the hotel, will start construction about June and be completed around this October. Per the approved development agreement, the construction of the garage is required prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the hotel.

During the March 13 Planning and Zoning meeting, G&A Consultants Senior Project Engineer Bobby Dollak said the garage will mostly benefit the nearby medical office buildings.

Rendering of Amphitheater in The River Walk at Central Park in Flower Mound.

“Ultimately it will be used for what New Era has,” said Dollak, referring to the two medical office buildings and three more potentially on the way. “This garage is intended to take the heat off [the medical buildings] and for use by the retail amenities. There is surface parking for the hotel.”

Dollak added that it’s one of three parking structures coming to the project.

The three buildings designated as Restaurant Row along the west side of the river bank, as well as the Reception Hall located just to the south have their building permits submitted to the town. There will be podium parking available for those amenities.

Approved projects waiting for permit applications from the architect are the Amphitheater, the 190-seat Chapel, plus the Farmer’s Market and Splash Pad.

Dollak said it’s expected that those amenities should be open in the beginning of 2018.

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