Legacy West in Plano is the most highly-anticipated openings of 2017.
Much of the $400 million project will open in a matter of weeks.
It will feature many firsts for Texas.
The three-and-a-half block long project will be a city within a city.
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Signs mark future storefronts for places like Sprinkles, Shake Shack, Fabletics, Coach, Tommy Bahama and Dean & DeLuca, its first location in Texas.
Cranes point to projects on a bigger scale.
Liberty Mutual Insurance is scheduled to open in 2017, as well as, JP Morgan Combined. The two will employ about 11,000 people in a place designed to work and play.
Fehmi Karahan, developer of Legacy West, says there will be about 2,100 apartments, townhomes and condominiums.
“Residential, office, retail, restaurant, entertainment, all coming together in one place,” Karahan said.
Karahan is in charge of the master plan, plus details at Legacy West, from the color of the light that signals an open parking space, to music in the $4 million fountain to the look of the streets themselves.
“They're putting beautiful pavers,” he said.
Every restaurant is required to have a patio.
But perhaps most unique to the one-of-a-kind development is the three-story food hall that will feature 23 restaurants once it’s complete.
“Very European. That has been there for centuries. Here we are building North Texas the first and largest food hall,” Karahan said.
As impressive as the project is, for Karahan -- and the rest of us -- the best part will be seeing the finished product.
“Thousands of people enjoying themselves. That's really truly most rewarding,” Karahan said.
Out of the 800 apartments, Karahan says about 150 are already filled. He said rent for a two bedroom, two bath apartment starts at about $1,500 per month.
The first phase of Legacy West will open in mid-April.
It should be finished by the end of 2018.
Legacy West “Urban Village” is part of a larger development called Legacy West, valued at about $3.2 billion.