Irving Entertainment Center Project Gets New Web Site

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor A new Web site has been launched for Irving residents. The goal is to provide updates on the planned Irving Entertainment Center (IEC) project, including copies of informational ads placed in the Irving Rambler, as well as other information of interest. According to Citybizlist.com, the IEC project will include a [...]

A new Web site has been launched for Irving residents. The goal is to provide updates on the planned Irving Entertainment Center (IEC) project, including copies of informational ads placed in the Irving Rambler, as well as other information of interest.

According to Citybizlist.com, the IEC project will include a seating- and stage-flexible, 360,000-square-foot theater that can accommodate as many as 8,000 people, plus 16 themed restaurants and nightlife venues enhancing the attractiveness of the Las Colinas Urban Center as a place to live, work and play.

At an overall estimated construction budget of $250 million, the center will be the replacement tourist attraction for the city of Irving, which lost the Dallas Cowboys to Arlington in 2010, as reported by TMBP Click, the structural engineering expert for the project. A news release by Margulies Communications Group lists project funding including $80 million in private investment and $170 million in bond funds. The city of Irving will own the center.

An economic impact study found that the project’s construction will generate $400 million in economic activity, create more than 2,700 jobs and increase tax revenues.

In other major news in Irving, Holliday Fenoglio Fowler L.P. announced that it has arranged a $75 million refinancing for the Westin DFW Airport, a 506-room hotel situated near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Irving, according to a company news release.

In addition to guest rooms, the property offers 29 meeting spaces totaling 38,000 square feet, the largest being a 10,541-square-foot ballroom. Renovated in 2007, the hotel features 24-hour room service, a business center, a dry cleaning service, a concierge service, a restaurant with bar and lounge, a fitness center and an outdoor heated pool.

Photo courtesy of TMBP Click