Kevin Thornton, Contributing Writer
The Rat and the Mall have always hosted great events. TGIT and Welcome Week have seemed to satisfy students’ thirst for music so far. However, some may want something bigger and louder. Noah Lazes and ARK Group might provide a solution. From the dusty streets of Las Colinas, a new dawn of Irving’s music scene will be born with the coming of the Music Factory.
The Music Factory, which broke ground on Aug. 30, will be located near the Irving Convention Center off State Highway 114 and Lake Carolyn Parkway.
In 2016, University of Dallas students will find a brand new $165 million conglomeration of exciting venues including a concert hall, 25 restaurants and a bowling alley. The Music Factory is conveniently located in Las Colinas and is only a short DART ride away.
The project began in 2007 when Irving began to lay plans for an entertainment center to boost the life of the city. However, plans were stalled after lawsuits and construction complications confronted the innovative plan. Many public officials opposed the plan and thought of it as a “cash grab,” according to the Dallas Morning News.
Despite this conflict, after seven years of waiting, construction of the site is finally proceeding. Much of the conflict resolution relied on Noah Lazes, co-founder, president and COO of ARK Group, the developer for the Music Factory. Lazes is familiar with projects like these; his record shows development of numerous nightclubs and amphitheaters across the country.
In a response to “The University News” inquiry, Lazes stated, “It feels great to be moving forward after extensive delays. We are very honored to finally get this underway.”
The Music Factory plans on hosting world-famous and acclaimed musicians.
“Lots of national acts and big bands from around the world [will] perform at the Music Factory,” Lazes said.
Depictions of the Music Factory show a sprawling layout of buildings, including a theatre with a concert hall. The concert hall is projected to seat around 8,000 people. Plans also include free valet parking and a massage parlor.
Another focus of the developer was to improve the exterior of Las Colinas to match the upcoming building. They plan to spend $4 million alone in landscaping and lights. The 40 new restaurants will only be accentuated by the incredible exterior.
The Factory will be a much anticipated outlet for fun and music, which Noah hopes will include the UD student body.
“We hope to attract a wide audience that includes college students, families and anyone else.”