The Reunion District is located in the western portion of downtown Dallas. Much of the Reunion District area borders the Convention Center District which is located in the southern part of downtown. It is centrally located near the sports, shopping, entertainment, arts, and business districts within Dallas. The Reunion District was originally created to help the city's economy and bring in new businesses and residents. The area was developed by a rich oil tycoon turned real estate investor named Ray Hunt. His company, Woodbine Development Corporation were the original investors in the tower and hotel that would soon compose the Reunion District. A real estate bust in the 1980's halted further investment into the district leaving the area with only three major sources of revenue. Over the last two decades the area has laid undeveloped and the once soaring economic engine has come to a stand-still. The city of Dallas began making plans to bring restoration and vitality to the area in 2005.
The most famous fixtures in the Reunion District are the Hyatt Regency Dallas, Reunion Tower, and Reunion Arena. The Reunion Arena was given a demolishment date of March 2009. The Reunion Tower was given a reconstruction date which caused it to shut down operations in 2007. A planned reopening will take place some time during 2009.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel is one of the anchors of the Reunion District. The Hotel is located on the 300th block of Reunion Boulevard and has been an integral part of the neighborhood for many years. The interior of the hotel is decorated with marble floors and large floor-to-ceiling windows. Guests of the hotel can choose from gorgeous rooms or suites with amenities such as a wet bar, room service, concierge services, high-speed internet access, and a morning news paper delivered to the door. Every guest room has a clear view of the city but a birds-eye view of Dallas can be taken in at the Reunion Tower adjacent to the Hotel.
The famous Reunion Tower is part of the heart of the district. The Reunion Tower is a highly recognizable landmark that stands at over 500 feet tall. Both locals and tourists enjoy the amazing views that can be observed from the deck of the tower and have frequented the tower since it opened in 1978. The tower serves as a observation point to those who are interested in overlooking Dallas from a birds-eye point of view. The tower is equipped with three levels that offer something different on each floor. The three levels include an observation deck, restaurant, and lounge. Reunion Tower is a great place to relax and view the Dallas skyline. The restaurant located in the Reunion Tower is called Antares. The restaurant serves new American cuisine like seafood and steak entrees. The restaurant is famous for the 360 degree view patrons receive while they dine. The Antares Restaurant was closed in 2007 for renovations and was given a reopening date sometime in 2009.
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