January 2018 update:
What's happening now: The pedestrian bridge is being installed. Paving has begun of the left turn lane on Gus Thomasson Road, which provides access to Walgreens, 4435 Gus Thomasson Road.
What's next: Concrete will be placed at Oates Drive and Gus Thomasson Road intersection. Additional concrete and street paving will continue on the west side of Gus Thomasson Road.
Estimated completion date: City staff is working with the contractor and consultants to determine cost and schedule changes due to the redesign that removed two roundabouts from the project at Karla Drive and Moon Drive/Whitson Way. New estimated completion date is fall of 2019.
City Council authorizes project redesign
In June 2017, the City Council authorized a redesign of the project to remove the roundabouts at Karla Drive and Moon Drive/Whitson Way.
Creating a Sense of Place
This is a story about recapturing a relationship between an important part of Mesquite’s history and the people who call it home, and as a place to live, to work and to play. It is about adapting to changes in culture and society that will empower businesses and neighborhoods to thrive with newfound success. And, it is about a partnership between a city organization and the people it serves, to craft something special for generations to embrace and celebrate. In the end, it will culminate in conceiving a new awareness of purpose, a new appreciation for people and a new sense of place. That place is called Thomasson Square. Click here to watch a NBC 5 story published on May 18, 2012 about the proposed project.
- Transform an aging, distressed commercial area into an engaging place with new businesses and new households.
- Use investments by the City of Mesquite as a catalyst to encourage property owners to re-invest in their own properties.
- Change the current patterns of high-speed, cut-through traffic to an environment which encourages visitors and customers to stop and shop in Mesquite.
The Villas at Vanston Park is tangible example of the positive impacts the Thomasson Square Project is having on the area.
The Villas, located at 4414 Gus Thomasson Road, is a $23 million private investment to build a mixed-use, three-story structure. It is the first major project in this area in decades. The Villas will feature 155 apartment units (one and two-bedroom), 9,000 square-feet of ground floor retail and office space lining a parking garage, and $3.2 million in public infrastructure (water lines, storm drainage, streetscape).
Click here to see a rendering of the project that is under construction.
On May 18, 2017, a public re-dedication was held for Vanston Park, 2913 Oates Drive, after extensive renovations and improvements were completed. These improvements include two baseball fields, a basketball court, a large picnic pavilion, a playground as well as hike and bike trails.
Click here to read answers from City staff on the most frequently asked questions about Thomasson Square.
Click below to learn more about the various aspects of Thomasson Square.
- Explore the History of Thomasson Square
- An overview of the Thomasson Square Revitalization
- The Complete Streets Concepts for Thomasson Square
- The Economic Impacts of the Thomasson Square
- The reconstruction of Gus Thomasson, from Moon to Karla Drive, will cost approximately $3.95 million. The City received a $3 million North Central Texas Council of Governments grant for this part of the project.
- The Mesquite 4B Corporation, funded through sales tax, has allocated $950,000 toward the project.
- Water, sewer, and drainage upgrades will cost approximately $2 million.
- May 2005: The City begins a Neighborhood Revitalization initiative focused on four neighborhoods, including Casa View Heights located in the Gus Thomasson area.
- April 2007: After a series of neighborhood meetings, the City Council adopts the Casa View Heights Plan to reconnect residents to the Gus Thomasson corridor.
- October 2007: The City Council launches Project Renewal, which includes rebuilding infrastructure and enacts new ordinances to raise community design standards. Both of these actions impact the Gus Thomasson area.
- December 2008: The City Council adopts the Gus Thomasson Corridor Revitalization Code for new development standards in the area.
- June 2010: Mesquite earns a $3 million grant for the Thomasson Square Project.
- June 2012: The City hosts a public open house to share design ideas and project details.
- July 2014: Engineers complete final design plans for Gus Thomasson Project.
- October 2014: Villas at Vanston Park breaks ground.
- February 2017: Villas at Vanston Park holds a ribbon cutting ceremony with all units leased with the exception of three remaining live-work units.
- May 2017: A public re-dedication is held for Vanston Park after extensive renovations and improvements are completed.