The red carpet was certainly laid out for the opening of Downtown’s newest residential project, City Walk at Akard, both for Dallas-ites in a celebration held on March 26, and for a visit from music mogul Jon Bon Jovi earlier this month.
CityWalk, a project unlike any in the country, is a mixed-use development of retail (7-Eleven opening soon), office and affordable as well as market-rate housing. It sits in a formerly vacant 15-story office building with 200 units that range from $350 to $912/month.
Jon Bon Jovi’s visit was motivated by his own nonprofit, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which has built 250 affordable housing units in Philadelphia. During Jovi’s time in Dallas, he visited with John Greenan, executive director of the Central Dallas Community Development Corp., and Larry James, president and CEO of Central Dallas Ministries, the two organizations responsible for the CityWalk project.