A divided and exhausted City Council passed — just barely — a $165 million deal early Friday morning to build an entertainment complex in Irving’s stagnant urban center. In a series of mostly 5-4 votes, the city partnered with the ARK Group to build the concert hall and restaurant complex on an empty field beside the city’s convention center. It is Irving’s second attempt in six years to break ground on a project hoped to spark development in a sprawl of aging office towers, grassy lots and apartment blocks called Las Colinas. The city’s first partnership wasted tens of millions of tax dollars, then collapsed last year in a breach-of-contract lawsuit.

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