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by dukemeredith
16 Jul 2019 12:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 460
Views: 115527

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Local press seems to have reverted to calling the building the "First National Bank" building or simply referring to it's address: 1401 Elm.

Reviving the "Elm Place" name sounds dated to my ear -- but what say the forum?
by dukemeredith
16 Jul 2019 11:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 607
Views: 133410

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I also tried the new wine bar, Burgundy Swine, in VP. Unfortunate name, but the service was attentive, prices were fair and the space was comfortable.
by dukemeredith
12 Jun 2019 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 607
Views: 133410

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Not a hotel, only a cafe.
by dukemeredith
07 Jun 2019 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 81
Views: 24021

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

What a shame. With over half of the building vacant, I don't expect the retail space in the new parking garage to fill anytime soon.
by dukemeredith
07 Jun 2019 10:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 390
Views: 86226

Re: Oak Lawn

So, are floors 2-6 now parking, instead of apartments? It seems so, according to the article on Candy's Dirt: As you can see, the first seven floors have given way to that new/old façade. It replaces the original plan’s rather plain-Jane streetscape and creates a destination. What also happened was...
by dukemeredith
03 Jun 2019 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 302
Views: 75726

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

The RH showrooms in both Denver and Austin look good in promotional photos taken from a block away. But these pictures, the Denver and Austin showrooms look overpowering when viewed from street-level. I chose these pictures to show what the buildings look like next to humans. They’re three stories; ...
by dukemeredith
03 Jun 2019 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 302
Views: 75726

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

That render reminds me of Knox Street. That's a good thing.
by dukemeredith
30 May 2019 23:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38198

Re: The Cedars Developments

Conspiracy theorists abound.

Why anyone would think Jim Lake wanted the Ambassador destroyed is beyond me.

Have faith, people, that true accidents happen and not everyone is evil.
by dukemeredith
29 May 2019 16:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 232
Views: 60144

Re: DFW Economy

Maybe someone should create a separate, dedicated thread under City Issues/News in which forum members can debate their quasi-economic-based theorems on affordable housing (or the perceived lack thereof) in Dallas County.
by dukemeredith
23 May 2019 17:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 317
Views: 71227

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Lowe's is headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina -- about 30-45 minutes away from Uptown Charlotte.

It seems to make a lot of sense to have the employee innovation hub near the HQ. . . but if Dallas gets it, I won't complain!
by dukemeredith
21 May 2019 21:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 14758

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I thought ATT was using some clout to get that tournament and course back into the top tier of PGA events...? I think that was the intention. Scheduling this year was a bit misfortunate for the Byron -- this is the first year the PGA Championship was played in May (in years past it was held in Augu...
by dukemeredith
21 May 2019 15:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 14758

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Trinity Forest is still extremely exclusive and membership costs and monthly dues remain very, very high. It's at the top-end of the spectrum for DFW-area country clubs. Even if the Byron Nelson moves, I don't see that changing the exclusiveness of Trinity Forest. Another well-regarded course, often...
by dukemeredith
14 May 2019 17:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 606
Views: 178123

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

Great pictures, dallaz. Thanks for sharing.

Here's one from today showing a bit of sloping on the left-hand side.

FP1.jpg
by dukemeredith
13 May 2019 08:03
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 14758

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I attended yesterday and also noticed fewer people. They’ll probably wait until the new courses at the PGA headquarters are finished up in Frisco and move the Byron as soon as they’re open.
by dukemeredith
27 Apr 2019 17:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 607
Views: 133410

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The area is definitely large enough to delineate a north and south. Folks here fawn over “LoMac” and “Lowest Greenville.” How are those any different? The difference...? LoMac Lower Greenville are nick-names the people came up with on their own, South Victory is a branding effort attached to a mark...
by dukemeredith
26 Apr 2019 23:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 607
Views: 133410

Re: Victory Park 3.0

This string of posts is ridiculous. South Victory clearly means Victory Park Lane south of the AAC. The area is definitely large enough to delineate a north and south. Folks here fawn over “LoMac” and “Lowest Greenville.” How are those any different? Hopefully I’m in the majority when saying that li...
by dukemeredith
25 Apr 2019 12:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 138
Views: 31726

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Hannibal Lecter wrote:What's the parking situation? I assume they have some kind of free parking for the store.


Underground parking is validated for the first 90 minutes.
by dukemeredith
25 Apr 2019 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 70
Views: 19330

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

The property flyer on CBRE's website shows another retail space is leased; one with a rooftop terrace.

Any intel on the forums on the tenant?

https://retailtxok.cbre.us/wp-content/u ... 032219.pdf
by dukemeredith
25 Apr 2019 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 81
Views: 24021

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Although this would be a major loss for the tower and downtown’s already high office vacancy rate, I’m not too worried about FP’s ability to attract another large tenant. With the current renovation, the residential tower next door nearing completion and the location on Ross, FP should be high on t...
by dukemeredith
25 Apr 2019 10:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 138
Views: 31726

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Glad they've been successful so far. That development has been a magnet.

We've been to each of the Henry, Taco Lingo and the Tom Thumb a handful of times already. It's an easy walk from downtown at night up Akard.
by dukemeredith
25 Apr 2019 10:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 81
Views: 24021

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Tenet Healthcare could leave downtown Dallas in office consolidation https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/25/tenet-healthcare-could-leave-downtown-dallas-office-consolidation One of downtown Dallas' best-known business tenants is pondering a move. Tenet Healthcare Corp. a decade a...
by dukemeredith
11 Apr 2019 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 77
Views: 9987

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

DPatel304, you have never come across as vitriolic in any post of yours that I have ever seen. TNWE is very clearly referring to others. I have stated before that I have imagined this building being repurposed into residential. I can fantasize that it would be great for the area and would energize t...
by dukemeredith
27 Mar 2019 08:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 77
Views: 9987

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/fire-1/ ... -high-rise

This paragraph at the end is a bit strange:

Officials have not determined how the fire started. The building has been undergoing a renovation, he said.
by dukemeredith
25 Feb 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 47
Views: 6979

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Great news, thanks for the update!
by dukemeredith
08 Feb 2019 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 3762

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

If Todd Interests remodled 505 Ervay into apartments and built a 13 story parking garage on the vacant lot behind it, I think that would be an enormous win for the area.
by dukemeredith
08 Feb 2019 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 70
Views: 19330

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Having visited earlier this week, I am happy to report that the service and food were excellent. Draught beer selection is still being on-boarded, but the place was still quite busy mid-week.
by dukemeredith
14 Dec 2018 23:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 392
Views: 108179

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Tnexster wrote:Maybe we can have a forum pizza party when they open. This will be just a couple blocks from work, can't wait for all the new options along Ross.



I’d definitely attend a forum meet up downtown
by dukemeredith
28 Nov 2018 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 311
Views: 100402

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

Was there ever an update from the developer on whether units are going to be for rent or for sale?
by dukemeredith
06 Nov 2018 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 48
Views: 11144

Re: Davis Building

Read the Landmark Commission agenda and minutes for the May 2018 meeting. It’s all in there.

https://dallascityhall.com/government/m ... ssion.aspx

tl;dr: damaged parts to be replaced; non-damaged parts to be cleaned and restored. Will look the same.
by dukemeredith
17 Oct 2018 13:01
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 27
Views: 8249

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

I live at the intersection of Ervay and Pacific, which is within 75201 but is definitely not within the Arts District.

The only residential that I can think of that is truly within the Arts District is very high dollar.
by dukemeredith
03 Oct 2018 12:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 77
Views: 9987

Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

First Baptist Dallas takes out permit to tear down 1940s-era office building https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/02/first-baptist-dallas-seeks-demolition-permission-1940s-downtown-dallas-office-building An exact use for the 11-story office building has not been determined, a spok...
by dukemeredith
03 Oct 2018 08:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 44
Views: 6534

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Uptown will be sated with neighborhood bars, swank & tony lounges, and may give a glancing look the appearance of a somewhat sedate nightlife scene, and while the most uproarious activities will be few, the action will be rarefied and smart and creative and, well, frankly hold more appeal to pe...
by dukemeredith
12 Sep 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 70
Views: 19330

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Still more delays for this project. I remember City Tavern was supposed to open up here in June. It is now set to open at the end of September or early October, according to this article:

https://dallas.eater.com/2018/9/11/1784 ... -fall-2018
by dukemeredith
06 Sep 2018 11:53
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 58
Views: 12667

Re: Homelessness

I’m saddened to see that my thread has devolved into sardonic comments on euthanasia.
by dukemeredith
29 Aug 2018 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 200
Views: 66046

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

tamtagon wrote:This will be another Fortune 500 HQ downtown.



I’m not seeing this company on the Fortune 500 list... am I missing it?
by dukemeredith
23 Aug 2018 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 173
Views: 36684

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

When I think of brisket, gross globs of fat is the first thing that comes to mind. Gag me with a spoon, totally. I presume a great many folks love Texas BBQ, including me. In fact, Texas brisket was one of the things I was most looking forward to before moving here a few years ago from North Caroli...
by dukemeredith
17 Jul 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 181
Views: 51465

Re: Museum Tower

16 homes currently for sale with a price $10 million or more. Interesting... Just another FYI, Zillow has 20 homes above $10,000,000 listed in Dallas County. Expand that search to all of DFW, and it rises to roughly 40 homes. Two such homes come up in Chateau du Lac. Dunno if any bit of my post is ...
by dukemeredith
13 Jul 2018 08:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 30954

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

If the low cost redo translates into more affordable housing, it’s worth it. Do apartments here rent for less than EMC, Victory and Uptown? Apartments in the BBB rent for less than the *super* luxury apartments in Uptown and Victory. But their rates are on par with anything in the EMC, and the more...
by dukemeredith
10 Jul 2018 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 181
Views: 51465

Re: Museum Tower

For what it’s worth, I don’t think that house at auction in the Chateau Du Loc community will sell for only $3mm. There’s another home for sale in that same community for over $12mm, and it’s comparable in size and finish.
by dukemeredith
12 Jun 2018 10:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 138
Views: 31726

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I wonder if Kroger, who owns its own chain of convenience stores called "Tom Thumb" in Florida and Alabama, will try to block Safeway using the name Tom Thumb for this (and possibly other) convenience store(s). Wow, thanks for this tidbit of information! Growing up in “Lower Alabama,” I p...
by dukemeredith
17 May 2018 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 311
Views: 100402

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

I wonder if those condensation issues were a freak incident. I’ve lived in another apartment tower downtown and have never had condensation issues EXCEPT for a stretch in January or February of this year. The sprinkler system issue and the termination of leases, though, are troubling. Not a good sta...
by dukemeredith
16 May 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 58323

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

lakewoodhobo wrote:Not exactly breaking news, but it's good to know that whatever is planned for the Sol space involves an extensive renovation of the patio area. Maybe they'll replace that vinyl enclosure with something a little more permanent.



That was fast!
by dukemeredith
15 May 2018 08:15
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 14758

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

I started to read this editorial, but had to pause after the first sentence: hundreds of thousands of fans? Is that right, hundreds of thousands? http://www.star-telegram.com/entertainment/nightlife/sports-scene/article151886887.html 2017 Byron Nelson attendance Official attendance for the week of ...
by dukemeredith
10 May 2018 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 606
Views: 178123

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

I checked out the Ascension Annex yesterday. The plaza at Fountain Place is really chill. Looking forward to the activity once AMLI finishes and more restaurants/retail move in. Also hoping the "nub" to the garage facing Ross gets built. Agreed, would make for a perfect 2 story CVS/Wallgr...
by dukemeredith
09 May 2018 15:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 606
Views: 178123

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

I checked out the Ascension Annex yesterday. The plaza at Fountain Place is really chill. Looking forward to the activity once AMLI finishes and more restaurants/retail move in. Also hoping the "nub" to the garage facing Ross gets built. Any sign of them finishing the garage? I’ve heard s...
by dukemeredith
06 May 2018 20:32
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 28069

Re: Downtown Progress

I’m glad to see others have imagined 505 Ervay as an apartment building. I walk past this building every morning and evening on my way to and from work and dream of it being activated. I imagine First Baptist has no such plans for it, though.
by dukemeredith
03 Apr 2018 19:11
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 145
Views: 31058

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Do I spot a water feature in this latest rendering?
by dukemeredith
03 Apr 2018 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 44052

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

From the TOWERS article linked above, it seems the difficulty with this particular blade sign was because Tower Petroleum is within the Harwood Historic District — which only covers a block or so of Elm Street. Presumably, buildings further down Elm not within the historic district wouldn’t have nea...
by dukemeredith
08 Mar 2018 22:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 106
Views: 28851

Re: Dallas Smart District

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-ceo/2018/march/mike-hoque-pilgrims-pride-drg-concepts/ Interesting bits of information in this article — some of which conflict. On one hand, the article states that there’s an undisclosed 500,000 square foot tenant and phase 1 will break ground later this ye...

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