ARLINGTON, Tex. – Arlington City Council has approved an $810-million expansion of the city’s Entertainment District, which would include another Lowe’s hotel and a new convention center with 216,000 square feet of meeting and outdoor function space.
The massive expansion features two main components: the $550-million Loews Arlington Hotel which would be connected to the new convention center, and a range of mixed-use developments for corporate offices, residences and parking. Construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and completed in 2023.
“It’s another great day in Arlington, as we continue to build on the economic momentum in our world-class Entertainment District,” said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. “When Loews Hotels & Co, The Cordish Companies, the Texas Rangers and the City of Arlington all come together on a project, there’s no limit to the dreams we can realize here in The American Dream City.”
This expansion is the next phase of a greater $4 billion vision by Arlington, the Texas Rangers, The Cordish Companies and Loews Hotels & Co that began with the $250-million Texas Live!, which opened in August 2018, and Live! by Loews Hotel which opened in August 2019. Together, along with the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field, the total of new development by the partnership totals more than $2.25 billion.
The new mixed-use project will be a major economic engine to the area and is expected to generate about $1.8 billion in economic benefits for Arlington and Tarrant County.
Arlington’s Entertainment District is already home to high-profile attractions such as the Dallas Cowboy’s AT&T Stadium, the new Texas Rangers Globe Life Field, and the $250-million Texas Live! entertainment complex, Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags Hurricane Harbor.
“Arlington has been recognized as a leader in hosting sports and entertainment events and we believe, along with our great partners, that with the right bold vision and investments, we can become just as successful with meetings and conventions,” said Ron Price, president and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.