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The identical twin sisters who have successfully redeveloped several properties in Fort Worth are heading east for a new, mixed-use, museum-quality heavy art redevelopment, with a refreshed vibe reminiscent of the Humphrey Bogart era.

M2G Ventures, the development company founded in 2014 by sisters Susan Gruppi and Jessica Miller, has announced that the old CAN Academy campus at 4621 Ross Ave will be redeveloped into Bogart on Ross.

“The property will be a wonder,” Miller, co-president of M2G Ventures, said in a statement. “We are very excited about the museum quality art that will be found throughout the building, the unique amenities and shared spaces we plan to offer, and the potential of an artist residency program. We named the building Bogart, because the art and ambiance will be from the time of Humphrey Bogart.

Bogart on Ross is the sisters’ first foray into Dallas, building on their success in Tarrant County.


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“The Dallas market is competitive, and we have been fortunate to acquire an asset with good bones and a great location with this recent acquisition,” Gruppi, another co-president of M2G Ventures, said in a statement. “We are excited to bring Bogart to the Old East Dallas submarket as we are confident in the plans we have developed for reorientation, branding and storytelling. It will be a project that stands out from what is available in old Dallas East and the Dallas urban ensemble. “

In Fort Worth, M2G Ventures renovated the old OB Macaroni Co. building on Vickery Street in 2017 into a vibrant shopping and office center that is home to businesses such as Craftwork Coffee, W Durable Goods, MELT Ice Creams and others.

The Sisters’ Foundry District is a renovated six-acre industrial development that is part of the Fort Worth Cultural District, adjacent to 7th Street and the Museum District. It is home to a mix of local retailers and restaurants, modern creative offices, and unique and alternative event venues.

Bogart on Ross

Bogart on Ross is M2G Ventures’ first foray into Dallas. [Rendering: Courtesy MODUS Architecture]

The design will bring a “balance” to Bogart on the brutalist architecture of Ross

In Dallas, M2G Ventures is working with the Dallas-based company MODUS Architecture to breathe new life into the Bogart on Ross project. Construction will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2020.

M2G said the design “will balance” the brutalist architecture of the three-story, 50,675-square-foot building. The building will undergo a complete exterior refresh that will include more windows, lighting, a painted facade, ivy and greenery, as well as a new main entrance. New storefronts on the ground floor, with an adjacent patio, will host a café.

Additionally, an outdoor grove and community space will include a sculpture garden with a new hard and soft landscape, including a retaining wall providing a safe haven from bustling Ross Avenue. M2G said office workers will have access to the area through a green space entrance at the rear of the building.

In the future, tenants will see a spectacular lobby on the first floor, high ceilings, smooth concrete floors, new staircase treatments, new lighting, shared toilets on each floor, tenant display cases, balcony on the second floor, improved parking and restrictions / closed employee parking.

The project will include high-end amenities, including an energy room with Pelotons and on-site showers, an employee lounge where collaboration over coffee or wine can take place, and a Zen library where tenants may have what M2G calls a “head down” space.

JLL will handle the rental of Bogart on Ross and Essl & Associates, based in Fort Worth, will manage the project.

“The property’s forward-thinking design plans for this incredible redevelopment take one step closer to the typical creative office,” said Chris Doggett, senior vice president of JLL.

The spaces available for rent will vary in area from 3,000 to 9,000 square feet.

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