Dallas Catalyst Project

In early 2017, The Real Estate Council Foundation introduced a new fundraising model called the Dallas Catalyst Project to focus its philanthropic resources toward a specific Dallas neighborhood. TREC Foundation has partnered with Cornerstone Baptist Church, St. Philip’s School & Community Center and CitySquare to achieve the community’s vision for revitalization. The inaugural Dallas Catalyst Project includes an initial three-year, $1 million TREC Foundation investment as well as professional services from our members and their companies to help renovate 12,000-plus square feet of retail space along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, restore the Forest Theater’s façade and construct a communal canopy space beneath the I-45 bridge. Together, we will ensure the Forest District reaches its full potential.

If you would like to get involved with the Dallas Catalyst Project, please email Felicia Pierson, Senior Director of Community Investment.

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Partner Organizations

Cornerstone Baptist Church

Initial work to the church includes the beautification of its exterior, the implementation of landscaping, improvements to the building’s façade and signage, as well as the installation of a playscape beneath I-45.

Project Manager: Emily Henry, Studio Outside

Cornerstone Project Wish List

TRECcast: Cornerstone Baptist Church

St. Philip’s School and Community Center

Renovation of 12,000 square feet of retail space at 1632-1644 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, which includes architectural and construction plans, permitting, advisory services on potential tenants and an improved streetscape.

Project Manager: David Fazio, The Retail Connection

St. Philip's Project Wish List

TRECcast: St. Philip's

Forest Forward

TREC will work with CitySquare on restoring the Forest Theater’s iconic façade, which includes architectural/master planning, construction to the theater’s exterior and marquee and improved lighting.

Project Manager: Zack Lamp, HKS

TRECcast: CitySquare

Additional Projects

Associate Leadership Council Project

TREC’s prestigious leadership development program is an annual, cohort-based program that empowers its emerging professionals to self-select robust projects presented by Dallas Catalyst Project partner organizations. Each year, the ALC class selects a renovation project within the community that creates approximately $200,000 in value to the organization they choose to support.

Young Guns Foundation Project

TREC’s 1,000-member young professionals group will evaluate real estate project opportunities each year to serve our DCP partners. The 2020 project, led by Tara Harandi of GFF and Patrick Henning of Brasfield & Gorrie, is to construct the We Creation Innovation Center in partnership with St. Philip’s School and Community Center. The facility will help St. Philip’s students, Forest District residents, and community organizations solve their most complex challenges through collaboration, project-based learning, and human-centric design.

Young Guns Community Engagement Committee

The Volunteer & Community Engagement Committee plans volunteer workdays that support TREC’s overall Dallas Catalyst Project goals and commitment. Previous volunteer days include work at CitySquare’s food pantry, renovating houses owned by Cornerstone Baptist Church and installing aquaponics gardens at St. Philip’s School & Community Center.


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