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by vman
26 Jun 2018 07:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41804

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I walked through Victory yesterday and was amazed at how the construction is coming along. Signs are up on Orange Theory and Cinepolis. Any word on when the theater is going to open? The sign looks great and there were lights on inside.
by vman
15 Jun 2018 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24951

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location Well, every time I have been there is a line out the door and the patio space is filled with families from Klyde Warren. Even in this heat. I have been surprised how well they used the spac...
by vman
14 Jun 2018 20:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24951

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I would love it if Shake Shack packed up and moved to W. Village. I think the Crescent is a horrible location
by vman
16 May 2018 10:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few notes today... 1) They are clearing the pad site in front of Whole Foods. Last I heard it was supposed to be one of those quick ER businesses. We already have a ton of those, and quite frankly not sure how all those places stay in business. Hopefully it'll be something else though! I know Leo...
by vman
10 May 2018 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55459

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

Planet Fitness isn't exactly a high-end tenant so I doubt that exact tenant would find a home in a tower trying for A class tenants plus the rent would be too high. Planet Fitness would work better going in other neighborhoods surrounding the CBD but I doubt their true market is in the CBD. Planet ...
by vman
20 Apr 2018 06:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the soft opening for the Alamo on Monday and it was, well, a soft opening. Monday was the absolute first day of operation for them, so I bet they were a bit frazzled. I've been to multiple Drafthouse locations and they are pretty consistent, so I feel pretty good that they will be fully r...
by vman
10 Apr 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 49
Views: 6024

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Also Hispanic people don't go to Olive garden..FACTS! It's overpriced Chef Boyardee. You've obviously never been to the Olive Garden off 183 in Irving. But let's be real....Dallas is never going to be an "urban" city in regards to development. We will get pockets of urban style developmen...
by vman
06 Apr 2018 06:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 127
Views: 25077

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

At least Museum tower is beautiful. This building for me is a huge let down. The very top of that thing looks horrific. Still glad it got built but could and should have looked much better. I think I've only seen the building from behind (west facing side), but it's really unattractive. It actually...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 11:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17357

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I go to other cities and am blown away by the designs of the new residential going up. Most of the Dallas apartment builders are national firms, and it's very easy to find the exact same buildings in other cities around the US. You are correct, I do see these designs in other cities, but not nearly...
by vman
22 Feb 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17357

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Plain beige EIFS stick built apartment in Dallas. Groundbreaking. Ross Ave isn't Uptown. To get high-end construction and design, you have to be able to fetch high-end prices, and you're just not going to get that here. It's either the unexciting midrise that will bring 600 more people and their vi...
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 141
Views: 30255

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

This is probably my favorite development going up right now. Main reason...because unlike so many recent developments, it's just as impressive as the renderings.
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 96
Views: 23814

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Signs have been posted on the southwest side of the building for Orange Theory fitness.
by vman
20 Feb 2018 06:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 57
Views: 14275

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

Mmmm, its a pretty neat building, but I don't think it's as impressive as the renderings. Maybe I need to see it in person.
by vman
15 Feb 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41804

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 vman
07 Feb 2018 07:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 31956

Re: Oak Lawn

The centrum improvements have been great. Mudsmith and Quarts n Pints are fabulous. My only complaint is the lighting in mudsmith. Too dark. Can't read. I don't understand all the hate for the renovations. I'm not blown away by the new Centrum, but I don't think it's awful either. The redo does bri...
by vman
07 Feb 2018 07:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 31956

Re: Oak Lawn

The centrum improvements have been great. Mudsmith and Quarts n Pints are fabulous. My only complaint is the lighting in mudsmith. Too dark. Can't read. I don't understand all the hate for the renovations. I'm not blown away by the new Centrum, but I don't think it's awful either. The redo does bri...
by vman
31 Jan 2018 16:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 31956

Re: Oak Lawn

Some did years ago and now they live everywhere. Last I checked the gays, me being one, just started integrating without much concern for a gaybourhood while there is still a fairly large contingent that clings to the safety of finding people like themselves in one area. I have even started seeing ...
by vman
29 Jan 2018 07:09
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I went to the new Yard House saturday afternoon. Very nice restaurant, very good food. The place was nicely busy at 2:30. It seems Grimaldi's should be opening this week judging by the activity there. I'm skeptical about Big Beat. Seems like one of those ideas that will probably start out strong, th...
by vman
29 Jan 2018 07:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 14
Views: 1938

Re: High Point Crossing

tamtagon wrote:what a disappointment

As mentioned in an earlier post, this area is EXTREMELY retail heavy (Northpark is right down the street), these big box retailers don't surprise me at all. I mean, what else is there? It's hard to think of a retailer that isn't in a three mile radius of these place.
by vman
24 Jan 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 48
Views: 9145

Re: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)

Wow, that is really awful. I work in Victory Park across the street from the Tom Thumb/Cineapolis project. The developers put some kind of screening over the parking garage and it really makes the garage less noticeable and gives a cleaner, more finished appearance to the building. I wish something...
by vman
19 Jan 2018 06:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17357

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Ross Ave. would drastically change if they built a landscaped median from downtown to lower greenville. It is great to see all these projects, but such a median, in my opinion, is what will truly change how Ross feels. I agree. I love the townhouse developments shown above, but why would you want a...
by vman
18 Jan 2018 06:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction
Replies: 24
Views: 5486

Re: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Tuff crowd in comment section of the article

They do have a point about the street grid around there...it's a mess.
by vman
05 Jan 2018 06:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 31956

Re: Oak Lawn

I agree 100% with you Lakewoodhobo. I have had many many conversations with neighborhood owners and the like and that's when I figured out what a lot of gays tend to do is blame Caven cause its the easiest target. The reality is Caven doesn't appear to have a vision for the future but neither does ...
by vman
04 Jan 2018 07:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 271
Views: 48090

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

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Yeah cause I know a number of people that still wish the building was torn down cause they don't get mid-century architecture.

You're right. I've heard people refer to the building as "ugly" for years, while I've always found it to be beautiful and a wonderful piece of architecture.
by vman
05 Dec 2017 07:16
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

They kind of all run together, but that's a Sleep Experts up on 635. Sleep Number tends to be a tad more upscale. There is one at Grapevine Mills, Shops of Southlake, Park Lane in Dallas... Might be a good fit for this development. I was never actually a fan of having a fast food drive-thru there. ...
by vman
05 Dec 2017 07:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

They kind of all run together, but that's a Sleep Experts up on 635. Sleep Number tends to be a tad more upscale. There is one at Grapevine Mills, Shops of Southlake, Park Lane in Dallas... Might be a good fit for this development. I was never actually a fan of having a fast food drive-thru there. ...
by vman
28 Nov 2017 06:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 7934

Re: Deep Ellum: Case Building (~197 FT / 18 ST)

The bare concrete portions of the main building look really bad. I was hoping/expecting some kind of surface treatment to improve the appearance, but with the first residents already in that's looking less and less likely. I agree and it's such a shame because it's a good looking building otherwise...
by vman
10 Nov 2017 06:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 96
Views: 23814

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

I've been working in Victory Park since August and I'm very impressed with the way things are turning out down here. I hope these places all open and STAY open. Granted, mistakes have been made, but the potential is definitely here for Victory Park to become a wonderful part of town.
by vman
01 Nov 2017 07:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 14
Views: 1938

Re: High Point Crossing

Personally, I thought this location is perfect for a purchasable townhome/condo community. I agree that this area is super retail heavy. Some residential would have been a much better use of this space.
by vman
24 Oct 2017 06:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 11761

Re: Dallas Smart District

BofA has one and so does Renaissance Tower and those work because they such a large captive audience who just wants a cheap sub sandwich. I went walking through the tunnels a few weeks ago and the Renaissance Tower food court is still thriving. I still eat there sometimes. I had not been to the BOA...
by vman
29 Sep 2017 06:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15437

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

At first glance, that Motopia sign looks like the BMW logo. And although so much better than what was there before, this development is a major disappointment design-wise.
by vman
21 Aug 2017 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 49
Views: 6024

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

I drove past this development last week and first of all, that hotel is horribly unattractive imo. But more importantly, are we sure work is still being done on this project? The site was horribly overgrown and looked as if no activity has gone on there in a while.
by vman
06 Aug 2017 17:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^ Yes, so far they have signed India 101 and Liberty Burger. Also, Taco Bell is getting underway right next to Slim Chickens. I haven't made it to Pinstack yet, but drove by about 12:30 last night and it was packed! Of course....My partner and I joke all the time that since moving to Irving, we wo...
by vman
04 Aug 2017 12:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It seems that Whiskey Cake on Regent is a go (permits have been granted). Anyone know any of the new retailers coming into the strip on 635 east of Cowboy Chicken? The new Pinstack seems to be a roaring success so far. Also, I noticed a new Dairy Queen is going up off 183 and Story Road.
by vman
04 Aug 2017 12:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 32641

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

I'm not blown away by it, but I'm reserving final judgment until the parking garage is covered in glass panels (it is going to be covered..right?) and the base is completed.
by vman
03 Aug 2017 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 49
Views: 6024

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

Anyone recall the tenant list? I know it 's been years, but I seem to recall a Denny's and In & Out Burger.
by vman
12 Jul 2017 15:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41804

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Surprising to me. I feel like I always saw folks in and out of the shop whenever I passed by. Well I went once when it was supposed to be open and it was closed for no reason posted. The location near North Park seems to do very well. I always thought being tucked away in that apartment tower, turn...
by vman
07 Jul 2017 10:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Mercantile Place
Replies: 18
Views: 3564

Re: Downtown: Mercantile Place

and a great location!!! Location played a major part in the failing of Urban Market.
by vman
02 Jun 2017 18:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: SoHP
Replies: 4
Views: 1200

SoHP

So a friend of mind lives off Douglas Street East of Lemmon Ave. I met him and some of his neighbors for brunch sunday. I overheard one of his neighbors tell a woman he just met that he lived in SoHP (pronounced so hip ). I asked my buddy what he was talking about and he said SoHP is what some peopl...
by vman
04 Apr 2017 12:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A couple of notes from P&Z last night... The development at 161 & Las Colinas Blvd was approved. The housing developers will be Darling and David Weekly. It was also confirmed that Market Street is the lead tenant for the retail portion. Market Street will be building an upgraded store unli...
by vman
17 Mar 2017 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26163

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2017/03/is-neiman-marcus-real-problem-not-keeping-up-with-the-times/?ref=mpw Also FTA: Besides pumping more money back into the company, Questrom advised eliminating some of its (more than 40) stores that “aren’t in the right location”—or at least shrinkin...
by vman
02 Mar 2017 07:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 17111

Re: The Cedars Developments

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Why do all the apartment buildings look so cheap in this neighborhood.

It pains me to say that I agree, the apartments do look cheap in Cedars. There's a development to the east of Lamar that honestly looks like subsidized housing.
by vman
28 Feb 2017 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 293
Views: 43921

Re: Northpark Center

I don't get how the customers could enjoy all this shuffling though. I mean, north east stores luxury pedigree is based on being in a location for a long time. Northpark is destroying that concept. I agree. After Northpark's major renovation years ago, I thought it was great the shopping center bro...
by vman
20 Feb 2017 07:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 70
Views: 9481

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/article133714204.html Looks like Walmart is trying again with another small format store offering. This time, it's more a convenience store size than that of a small neighborhood market, as before. A Walmart convenience store is open for a tryout in Crowle...
by vman
15 Feb 2017 07:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 87
Views: 18024

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I had breakfast at Market Diner on Harry Hines this weekend and when I left I cut through the mostly low-income, hispanic neighborhood immediately to the east (area between Harry Hines and Maple. I know there were a few townhomes built in this area around the recession, but I noticed several new mod...
by vman
06 Feb 2017 15:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Looks like Kabuki Japanese has been removed from the site plan for the Irving Music Factory. They were one of the first tenants to sign on. I'm actually okay with this, opens up a nice spot for another quality tenant. No problem for me either. Irving has absolutely no shortage of Asian or Indian re...
by vman
03 Feb 2017 07:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 619
Views: 80422

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

What retail is coming to these developments? Not only has the bar/restaurant scene in Irving been pretty lousy, so is the retail scene. With the death (an yes, it is a dead mall) of Irving mall, there seems to be very few major retailers with locations in Irving. With so many things going for Irving...
by vman
02 Feb 2017 12:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Scion Hotel
Replies: 95
Views: 16366

Re: Trump Hotel Concept / SCION

Tnexster wrote:Looks very 60's to me so I love it. Also just the fact that it's on the southern side of downtown and an obvious sign of confidence in downtown, some retail space to boot. Hope it works out.

I like it to and am surprised by all the hate. I think it looks great.
by vman
25 Jan 2017 12:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26163

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I have never had the impression that the very expensive retailers in downtown Dallas were intended to be marketed to/shopped by office workers or local residents even. I always assumed they were there for the tourists (both international and from both East and West Texas) who fill up the hotel room...
by vman
18 Jan 2017 07:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Thanksgiving Tower Curb Relocation

A couple other comments... For those talking about how busy the neighborhood is doing right now: Yes, it's doing much better. But it's still not nearly as busy as it was in the early 2000's. Not even close. I frequented Deep Ellum in the early 2000's and the area was booming...at night. During the ...

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