LOCATED JUST A MILE AND A half from downtown Dallas, Fitzhugh Avenue is a street that has seen better days. The planners behind Cityville Fitzhugh, a new apartment/retail complex, are hoping to change all that by luring young professionals back to the urban core.

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Built on 3.57 acres on the site of an abandoned commercial office building, Cityville aims to jump-start renewal by building cohesion into a patchwork of well-to-do and working-class neighborhoods. Tucked into the complex are two small courtyards “connected visually to the adjacent street by a carriageway,” says architect Michael Arbour. A third, larger courtyard contains a lap pool. The covered parking structure, with its discreet street entrance, “allows people to park on the same level they live on,” he says.

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The building's exterior exudes an old town feel, with stucco over masonry, bay windows, and steel balconies. So far, all indications are that the concept is resonating. All 222 residential rental units were snatched up shortly after the building opened in summer 2005.

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Category: Infill community (tie); Entrant/Architect: James, Harwick + Partners, Dallas; Builder/Developer: First Worthing Cos., Dallas; Landscape architect: RTKL Associates, Dallas; Interior designer: Studio Bella Design, Dallas

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