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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: 245
Views: 39565

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: 184
Views: 21704

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: 26
Views: 2642

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: 234
Views: 44575

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: 234
Views: 44575

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: 88
Views: 10183

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: 81
Views: 8327

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: 123
Views: 17892

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: 72
Views: 9974

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...
by dukemeredith
23 Feb 2018 14:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

If you want to pay 10$ to play on a pool table or ping pong then this is the place for you. Bowling will be 40$. If that doesn't bother you then it will be great. If you think paying that much for a pool table is crazy you have plenty of bars in town with an open pool table for a few quarters. http...
by dukemeredith
19 Feb 2018 00:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 685
Views: 74781

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I believe that of the finalist cities DFW and Austin are the only ones without a Top 50 University in the US News and World Report ranking. Not stellar for us but Seattle is in the same boat with UW at #56 and clearly Amazon was able to grow there. Columbus Denver Miami Indianapolis I believe Unive...
by dukemeredith
15 Feb 2018 14:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 123
Views: 17892

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

I drove by there a few nights ago, and there's no 'Cambria' or 'Cambria Hotel' outdoor sign yet. The only way to see its branding at a glance are flat-screen monitors placed at several of the front windows. They do advertising on the on court Ad panels for Dallas Mavericks home games. Perhaps they’...
by dukemeredith
14 Feb 2018 23:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 246
Views: 32441

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Still the problem is that rents are much higher than what it costs to buy a house in Dallas. I bought a nice house in Casa Linda last year. I pay almost half of what a rent on a high rise in Uptown or Victory costs. I realize many folks would prefer to rent depending on their personal financial sit...
by dukemeredith
06 Feb 2018 17:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 8
Views: 911

Re: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

I’m glad they’re doing something with that space. I’ve hoped it would eventually be a restaurant, since the future Pacific Plaza park is going right across the street.
by dukemeredith
24 Jan 2018 20:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 184
Views: 21704

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

The long-awaited Japanese fusion restaurant, Musumé, opened today at Hall Arts in the space next to Flora Street Cafe. Glad to see they’ll have late and weekend hours. http://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/arts-district-asian-fusion-restaurant-musume-opens-next-week-10275396 https://dallas.eater...
by dukemeredith
11 Jan 2018 15:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 248
Views: 34804

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I have my doubts whether that stays when the building opens. My purely speculative guess is they’re using it to generate some advertising revenue during the build-out.
by dukemeredith
06 Jan 2018 17:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 305
Views: 44240

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Thanks for the pictures, lakewoodhobo!
by dukemeredith
13 Dec 2017 22:16
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: the Cotton Belt line
Replies: 151
Views: 14367

Re: the Cotton Belt line

Are these numbers individual people?!

Those green line numbers are appallingly low.
by dukemeredith
13 Dec 2017 22:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 86
Views: 13626

Re: Museum Tower

I (and I’m sure many others) appreciate the monthly updates, Tucy.

It always impresses when someone rhetorically asks “I wonder how well that building is doing” and I can answer with some seemingly-insider info off the cuff.

But, perhaps more intriguing, how do you get this scoop?!
by dukemeredith
04 Dec 2017 21:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10183

Re: Downtown Progress

Unless they know something we don’t, then I don’t see how they’re going to get 11,000+ units in 5 years. Even in some fantasy world, where (i) Spire, (ii) TC’s residential tower, (iii) Headington’s 4 corners at Field and San Jacinto, (iv) the parking lots around BOA, and (v) the Dallas Smart Distric...
by dukemeredith
04 Dec 2017 20:07
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 10183

Re: Downtown Progress

20,000 MORE people downtown? So, in addition to the 11,000 already here? In only 5 years?

I’d love to see it. But that ain’t happening.
by dukemeredith
02 Dec 2017 12:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 6100

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

Yeah, the finishes in that picture look nicer than my Gables unit. And I’ve been happy here!

What will the rents be like at the Case Building? Comparable to the Jordan and the Taylor?
by dukemeredith
01 Dec 2017 13:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

I went to the breakfast spot, Overeasy, a couple weeks ago. The place is designed really nicely, but the food was pretty average. Not terrible, but nothing that really blew me away. The staff does wear bolos as part of their uniform though, so that's a big plus. The brisket hash is quite nice, and ...
by dukemeredith
30 Nov 2017 16:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

I went to the breakfast spot, Overeasy, a couple weeks ago. The place is designed really nicely, but the food was pretty average. Not terrible, but nothing that really blew me away. The staff does wear bolos as part of their uniform though, so that's a big plus. The brisket hash is quite nice, and ...
by dukemeredith
29 Nov 2017 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 248
Views: 34804

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Cord1936 wrote:By Teresa Gubbins, Dallas CultureMap, Nov. 28, 2017 | 12:14 pm

[...] the Parthenon, which itself very possibly may have also had some financing woes during its construction, and nobody talks about that now.

[...] making these minor foreclosure concerns seem so utterly trivial.



I lol’d.
by dukemeredith
18 Nov 2017 02:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 248
Views: 34804

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Unbelievably sad. Source?
by dukemeredith
17 Nov 2017 12:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 246
Views: 32441

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Here's a nice article detailing a lot of what is scheduled to open in Victory next year.

https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/20 ... ing-alley/
by dukemeredith
14 Nov 2017 23:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 81
Views: 8327

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Is this park kicking off this year, as originally announced?
by dukemeredith
14 Nov 2017 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 248
Views: 34804

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Tough pill to swallow :/
by dukemeredith
14 Nov 2017 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44575

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

Might they also be waiting to see if any interest arises for the 'nub?'
by dukemeredith
12 Nov 2017 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44575

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

^ I think he was talking about the parking garage under construction behind this site. That parking garage will also be clad in the same green class. That is, if they're staying true to the renders they released. It actually won't look too bad for a parking garage if they stick to the plan. Has any...
by dukemeredith
06 Nov 2017 22:44
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava
Replies: 11
Views: 1518

Re: Margaret Hunt Hill bridge by Santiago Calatrava

My only complaint with the McDermott bridge, aesthetically, is that the cables should be thicker. From a distance, they're invisible.
by dukemeredith
30 Oct 2017 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

I saw the restaurant with the patio space facing Main Street Garden, but it looked like it was pretty far from being completed. I think some outdoor activity would really help liven this area up. The 'diner' at the corner of Commerce and St. Paul is already open. I visited on Saturday morning, and ...
by dukemeredith
24 Oct 2017 18:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 123
Views: 17892

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

Here's Ms. Gubbins's article: http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/10-24-17-cambria-hotel-apartments-downtown-dining/ This project has gone rather quick, once the financing was in place. Somewhere I thought I had read that the hotel (Tower Petrolium) was to come after the residences (Corrigan...
by dukemeredith
23 Oct 2017 10:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 9810

Re: I-345 Teardown

This topic is being discussed in impressive detail on the Transportation + Infrustructre side of this forum.
by dukemeredith
19 Oct 2017 21:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 9974

Re: Dallas Smart District

That last quote makes me less sure that this thing gets off the ground.
by dukemeredith
19 Oct 2017 13:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 685
Views: 74781

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

dfwcre8tive wrote:Latest analysis from a Seattle perspective:

https://www.seattletimes.com/business/a ... -heats-up/



Spoiler: Dallas isn't mentioned once.
by dukemeredith
19 Oct 2017 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 9974

Re: Dallas Smart District

I'll believe it when I see those "announcements" the DBJ article mentions and once the dirt starts moving.

But this project, even with glass boxes, would redeem many of Dallas's urban shortcomings. It would be promising...
by dukemeredith
18 Oct 2017 07:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

Each article I've read says something different, but it seems Overeasy (the diner) and Bourbon & Banter (the speakeasy) are either already open or will be open very soon. The others will be open "later this year." http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005565/en/Curio-Collection...
by dukemeredith
17 Oct 2017 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

Has anyone heard anything about the restaurant space here? Last I saw, the Fireside Pies signage was long gone and it looked like the hotel was using the space for storage.
by dukemeredith
09 Oct 2017 13:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 90
Views: 13811

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Perhaps a better article from TOWERS in March:

http://dallas.towers.net/2017/03/10/lyn ... rs-market/

No renders to be found, though.
by dukemeredith
07 Oct 2017 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

I agree with you 100% however rent in downtown is so expensive that's not affordable for these type of business. I didn't major in economics, so could someone explain to me why these leasors prefer to keep their spaces empty because of their high rent price rather than lowing their rent and potenti...
by dukemeredith
30 Sep 2017 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39565

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

The Curio website has been updated again to reflect that they are accepting reservations for October 31st.

Previously, it was late November.


http://curiocollection3.hilton.com/en/h ... index.html
by dukemeredith
29 Sep 2017 20:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 17715

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

soco wrote:20170929_200255.jpg


Headington, I've learned, seems to prefer keeping his projects quiet. Is the ground level retail still supposed to be a butcher/bakery? That's the last idea I heard.
by dukemeredith
28 Sep 2017 17:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 685
Views: 74781

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

BUT -- is Dallas the sort of place Amazon workers would want? It's a weird thing about Dallas... people are often reluctant to move to the city/area, but end up loving it. It's a situation on the books and experienced by transplants for decades. Perhaps their surprise is what stands out the most, b...
by dukemeredith
26 Sep 2017 18:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 9704

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Also, this was announced today as one of the four retail spaces in the garage.

https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/20 ... wn-dallas/

Opening "early 2018."
by dukemeredith
26 Sep 2017 18:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 9704

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

The nub has its own flier. Perhaps it's a 'phase 2' for the garage, if they find sufficient interest.


http://ucr.com/property/ross-avenue-restaurant-space/
by dukemeredith
16 Sep 2017 21:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 685
Views: 74781

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I may be in the minority, but if Amazon comes to Dallas, it ought to be in or very near Downtown Dallas. Downtown Dallas offers the only 'true' urban environment (and even that, admittedly, is a bit of a stretch - especially compared to other major US cities). Anywhere else in our region would simpl...

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