Anything uptown and urban in real estate is Jack Gosnell’s forte. Jack is a partner with UCR Urban and is executive vice president for United Commercial Realty - Dallas. His arrival at United Commercial Realty - Dallas prompted the development of UCR Urban, a division formed to pursue urban redevelopment for mixed-use projects in the urban core. The principal focus of Jack’s energies has turned to adaptive reuse and redevelopment of urban cores. He is active in the redevelopment of downtown Dallas.
Prior to UCR, Jack began his real estate career in specialty retail leasing and commercial sales in 1972 with real estate legend Henry S. Miller, Jr. There he worked on leasing assignments with Turtle Creek Village and Old Town Village, which were prototypes of denser urban centers such as Mockingbird Station and West Village. He was Henry S. Miller, Jr.’s assistant during the acquisition of Highland Park Village in 1975.
Gosnell began moving toward the urban core when he established his own business in 1978. He moved his focus from specialty retail to a multi-tiered approach to real estate. He assembled five major blocks in Uptown, which included the land for One McKinney Place, The Residence on McKinney and the Worthington. He brokered the assemblage of blocks with historic buildings for adaptive re-use such as the Adeleta Furniture Warehouse at 1900 McKinney Avenue, now the home office of HKS Architects, and he brokered much of the State Thomas Historic District.
During the 80’s and 90’s, Gosnell brokered over 200 building sales and over 300 leases south of Northwest Highway, 75 percent of the leases were restaurants. At one time in the 90’s, Gosnell had brokered 65 percent of Uptown/Downtown’s 145 restaurants. These include: Taverna, Mattito’s, The Common Table, Dali, Fedora, Asian Mint, The Knox Street Pub, The Idle Rich Pub, Iron Cactus, Italian Café, Perry’s, Palomino, Wild Salsa, Capital Grille, Dallas Chop House, Ocean Prime, Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room, Pho Colonial, Stephan Pyles’ new “Urban Ranch” and Oak to name a few current ones.
Gosnell brought Forest City to Dallas to redevelop the notable Mercantile Bank building, the Continental building and the historic Wilson Building as a downtown mixed use complex. UCR Urban will lease the retail component and is active in the retail reemergence of the downtown CBD. He has chaired the Retail Recruitment Committee for Downtown, Inc. and is working on a leasing plan for the Specialty Retail District in Downtown Dallas.
Originally from Arlington, Virginia, Jack received his Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University. He served in the Armed Forces and resigned from the Army with commendation as a Captain in the Corp of Engineers.
|affiliations||Founding member and former two-time president, Oak Lawn Forum|
Founding member, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Board
Former president, McKinney Avenue Merchants Association
Executive member, Uptown Public Improvement Board since 2000
Board member and Retail Recruitment Committee chair, Downtown Dallas, Inc.