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by vman
14 Sep 2020 14:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1094
Views: 438564

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

N Other notes... Blaze Pizza is opening on MacArthur down from Gap and next to Freebirds. Sauce Pizza closed. Hated to see that. Place was really great! Also, Modern Market near Whole Foods will not be renewing their lease. The space is already being marketed. Jam & Toast has added a 2nd locati...
by vman
11 Sep 2020 15:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 65
Views: 35001

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

^^^
mmmm It's giving me hospital.
by vman
09 Sep 2020 14:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Pegasus Place Tower
Replies: 14
Views: 2155

Re: Pegasus Place Tower

It seems in general the Stemmons area has been seeing some movement. Several new hotels in the mid priced range have opened including one near this tower. The large Stemmons towers site has been purchased as well. Seems like Stemmons is finally getting some reinvestment. Can anyone shed light on wh...
by vman
24 Aug 2020 07:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I went to True Kitchen + Kocktails for their grand opening weekend and it was great despite the issues that come with grand openings and such. A beautiful interior with multiple spaces and good food, drinks, and music. My understanding is that they are booked via reservations until sometime in Sept...
by vman
22 Aug 2020 21:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

Zippers and Club Pegasus are closed for good and Tin Room is a big what if since I don't know anyone on their staff let alone who owns it. Peker's well I have no idea. So with Zippers and Pegasus gone that’s pretty much the end of the gay bars in that Fitzhugh/75 area, right? I remember going to a ...
by vman
21 Aug 2020 07:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

And yes it provides the community resources so yes it has value even if it looks a bit worn out and does have the homeless problem at its doorstep. The community room in that library is booked for events frequently and the Oak Lawn neighborhood around it has a wide range of residents who need it mo...
by vman
19 Aug 2020 07:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 183
Views: 64511

Re: Downtown Progress

I will say, the biggest deterrent right now to getting back to the perception of feeling safe is the visible homelessness in places that don't have a lot of activity (Pegasus Plaza, West End station, Main Street Garden). Weekends also feel a little unsafe after dark, just because you don't know whe...
by vman
17 Aug 2020 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 60482

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
vman wrote:
clcrash19 wrote:
...What if I told you the same architectural firms do business in both places and that both cities are neither vanguards when it comes to architecture/ design.....

I would STILL say my OPINION is that the buildings constructed in Houston look better than the buildings constructed here.
by vman
16 Aug 2020 16:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 60482

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Some of you guys overrate houston so much on here its laughable.. i guess its a grass is always greener type deal, I work there every other week, its very bland, most high rises are no different than here. I don’t think I’m overrating Houston at all. It’s just my observation and opinion. In Houston...
by vman
16 Aug 2020 09:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 60482

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Agreed on boring. Hines' simultaneous "The Preston" underway in Houston is far more worthwhile. Scroll down for rendering: https://www.hines.com/news/hines-announces-plans-for-the-preston-downtown-houstons-tallest-residential-community I was in Houston last week and let’s be honest, Houst...
by vman
21 Jul 2020 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 52417

Re: West Dallas Developments

Trinity River apartments in the works will overlook downtown Mill Creek Residential is planning a Beckley Avenue rental project. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/07/21/trinity-river-apartment-community-overlooks-downtown/ Developer Mill Creek Residential has filed plans with the...
by vman
17 May 2020 07:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 53
Views: 8397

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:McDonald's at West End station is closed and gutted. Feels unreal.

I know McDonald’s has been tearing down and then rebuilding stores. I know of three in the Irving area. Could it be that this location is being remodeled?
by vman
24 Apr 2020 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: New Uptown Tower
Replies: 15
Views: 3653

Re: New Uptown Tower

Sad to see the building they are tearing down go. Its been empty ever since I noticed it years ago so I get it but this section of Uptown definitely seems to be a hotspot right now. This high rise looks nice and they are obviously targeting empty nesters rather than college students/20 something cl...
by vman
14 Apr 2020 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I was downtown this morning and it looks like the CVS at Lamar and Ross is gone.
by vman
11 Mar 2020 07:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1094
Views: 438564

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Star Park development (Jerry Jones 161 / 114) has released some new information. Looks like they have 3 tenants listed on their site plan as confirmed. Velvet Taco, Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (looks like a cool place- they just opened a location in The Colony) and Starbucks. Shaping up nicely! ...
by vman
02 Mar 2020 10:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1094
Views: 438564

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More office space to be added to Toyota Music Factory "But there have been nagging vacancies in the retail space. Now Ark Group is asking to use two vacant floors in the building next to the new Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel as offices. The office space in the building would grow from 1...
by vman
27 Feb 2020 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

Yes, all they did was redo do a few updated disabled ramps at the corners...only thing really left is the new traffic light at Knight. The city wanted to redo the street similar to Lower Greenville but plan things out better for the businesses so to not disturb traffic patterns less while things we...
by vman
20 Feb 2020 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 225247

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

That area right around Klyde Warren and Pearl is just so dead. It's full of high priced valet driven restaurants but not much life. Are there people passing through to the park or walking into the office space sure but after 4 pm its a dead zone much like Downtown was back in the day. Office space ...
by vman
17 Feb 2020 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW
Replies: 5
Views: 3267

Re: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW

Some of the reluctance to build many 3BR apartments may be that single/coupled renters don't want to be around families and/or children. When I rented, I purposely would not lease in a community with 3 bedrooms for that very reason. Even when I purchased my townhome, I searched for a community with ...
by vman
11 Feb 2020 15:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

The space is a bit bland, but maybe the neighborhood can spice it up with local art or painted boxed plants? It's a shame the business owners in this area were so opposed to having a total new street design here. I went to a birthday party at Mattito's a few weeks ago. It was an early Saturday even...
by vman
05 Feb 2020 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1067
Views: 393100

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Oh boy. Here we go again. Multiple real estate sources told the Dallas Business Journal that the new construction Amazon is reportedly eyeing includes Uptown. Amazon has been in contact with developers regarding such an expansion, the sources said. With the amount of fulfillment centers here (two m...
by vman
28 Jan 2020 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 109
Views: 35944

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Well it seems the Galleria has already been working on renovation plans.
Mega mall makeover: Plans show ideas for Galleria Dallas redo
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... llas-redo/
by vman
23 Jan 2020 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 292
Views: 136873

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

On our last trip to London we stayed at a Z Hotel, which is a similar concept. These are perfect for people who need to stay one night to catch an early flight the next day or expect to spend very little time in their rooms. The amenities usually make up for the cramped space (free wine in our case...
by vman
15 Jan 2020 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 147
Views: 57357

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Cafe Brazil is barely holding on. Buzz Brews well they def seem to be expanding to every district in Dallas but they did close the Lemmon Ave location. Yeah I'm definitely not a fan of Cafe Brazil myself, but something in that realm seems like it would be good there, if not necessarily those two br...
by vman
15 Jan 2020 08:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: DTD: West End Square
Replies: 36
Views: 11156

Re: DTD: West End Square

DPatel304 wrote:Here's a video of the upcoming West End park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWJvbjgHTM


Looks like a great opportunity for any restaurant that takes the old Spaghetti Warehouse space.
by vman
31 Dec 2019 07:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 188
Views: 86291

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood Number 12

Tnexster wrote:There are some of the original renderings from Harwoods previous plan for 12. These are horribly outdated.

http://www.bokapowell.com/project/harwood-phase-xii/


They sure love putting that (never-materializing) building greenery in their renderings.
by vman
27 Dec 2019 11:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1094
Views: 438564

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few Friday notes... https://my.hfflp.com/GetDocument?BBArgs=PqoNPJ1mkBkMbxvt_Un3S2sp2F30QPUUhco_o0_VaLlUbFJx The right developer could do something really special with it! I hope something happens. The Music Factory will always feel incomplete to me until there's something (sizable) across the st...
by vman
18 Nov 2019 15:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 92143

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I got a chance to visit this park yesterday (early Sunday) afternoon. I must say, I was very impressed. It's not cluttered with stuff, very walkable and just has a relaxing vibe. Not to mention, it's surrounded by highrises, giving it a spectacular view. I also didn't realize how easy and quick the ...
by vman
07 Nov 2019 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 749
Views: 317084

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Dallas is on its way to becoming Bowling Central, with another new bowling restaurant concept coming to town. Called Punch Bowl Social, it's a Denver-based chain that has claimed a prized location in a long unoccupied space at the corner of Main Street and Good Latimer Freeway, where it will combin...
by vman
31 Oct 2019 14:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 63
Views: 29752

Re: Cypress Waters

Very cool. They have just about completed the multi-use path along that side, almost all the way to the dam. It isn't officially open yet, but it's effectively done. It'll be cool to watch something of size (and not tilt-wall) go up. This place just seems to grow non-stop. They've also been doing s...
by vman
21 Oct 2019 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 113923

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

While I don't know the numbers, there are a couple of anecdotes that should tell a story. 1) Continued building of townhomes / apartments in the immediate vicinity 2) This Sunday I visited the market, and there was a material increase of both vendors (craftspeople, cooks, etc.) and visitors since l...
by vman
16 Oct 2019 07:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 113923

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Plus, as mentioned elsewhere on this thread, the space was way too big. I always thought the space was too large too. Even though the market is packed on weekends, it was crazy to think they needed that much space. The market has a much more "browsing, casual feel to it, which is why most of t...
by vman
14 Oct 2019 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 111422

Re: West End 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote: there's just so much more competition now.

Also it was dark, cave-like, rundown and always smelled bad in there.
by vman
13 Sep 2019 14:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1094
Views: 438564

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

DBJ reporting that a Fortune 20 company has signed a lease for 200,000 sq ft in Las Colinas... That's a pretty significant chunk! I have a few guesses- could just be that McKesson or ExxonMobil is looking for more space in the area, or possibly Verizon is needing more space. I don't think this is a...
by vman
09 Sep 2019 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

The pride festival will stay at Fair Park most likely cause they want to grow that into a larger event on a bigger scale than it has been previously. The parade may still wander depending on other factors. The reality is Cedar Springs is too small for the crowd and size of participation. The securi...
by vman
05 Sep 2019 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 113923

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm more concerned with losing Ruibal's to an apartment developer, to be honest. That store generates a lot of foot traffic and is so emblematic of the district that it's hard to imagine the Farmers Market without it. I did notice a couple of weeks ago that the gated parking lot directly north of R...
by vman
04 Sep 2019 15:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 113923

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Well all I know is the Dallas Farmers Market has now become my top place in DFW to spend a lazy weekend afternoon, especially if the weather is really nice. My very first apartment downtown was Camden Farmers Market about 2003. I'm blown away when I visit the area now.
by vman
27 Aug 2019 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 749
Views: 317084

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Considering Dallas' block after block of bland box style apartments, I give them points for doing something different. Look at the Phoenix Apartments on Mockingbird now after the mural was removed...a bland, beige mess.
by vman
08 Aug 2019 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs
Replies: 28
Views: 8530

Re: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs

[quote="jsoto3"] 2500 Cedar Springs https://candysdirt.com/2019/08/07/five-uptown-high-rises-proposed-to-oak-lawn-committee-part-2/ "But also note the green necklace surrounding the whole project. One reason that all this can be done is 100 percent underground parking. Burying the eye...
by vman
30 Jul 2019 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

For some reason, I swear I had a dream that someone was converting the 24hr into some luxury gym brand. You know its bad when you are having dreams about real estate deals and redevelopment projects. I wonder if the fitness gym was the expected project on top of that garage or if there is a foundat...
by vman
26 Jul 2019 09:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-25-19-flying-biscuit-cafe-closures/ Flying Biscuit has closed both of their locations in DFW. For what its worth, I used to live in Atlanta so was very excited when it opened, but the service was incredibly bad on my one visit to their downtown ...
by vman
02 Jul 2019 08:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

So glad to see all the progress being made in the West End. It's such a small, and compact area, that is super urban and walkable, so it shouldn't take long to see it thrive. I think adding more residential has definitely helped the area. I'm really hoping to see some those parking lots in the area...
by vman
01 Jul 2019 10:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 482
Views: 191602

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Indian hotel chain Oyo launches in U.S with $300 million investment, Dallas home base https://www.dallasnews.com/business/hotels/2019/07/01/indian-hotel-chain-oyo-launches-us-300-million-investment-dallas-home-base It's an interesting business, taking bottom-of-the-barrel motels and rebranding them...
by vman
20 Jun 2019 08:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 218
Views: 111422

Re: West End 1.0

eburress wrote:That's awesome...I'm glad they're coming back! It won't be the Dallas Alley of old, but it's still something.

And they're going to make a great backdrop for the Instagram fanatics.
by vman
04 Jun 2019 08:49
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 121
Views: 52562

Re: Fair Park

So now that Fair Park hosted the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, I'd like to see the numbers. All I have is a quote from NBC5 that said the parade itself was 50% bigger, which I believe based on what looked like a lot more corporate floats. It was great to see the parade televised but I never caugh...
by vman
04 Jun 2019 07:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

I tagged along with my cousin and his partner Sunday to the Pride Parade at Fair Park. Although I haven't been to the parade on Cedarsprings in years, I thought Fair Park was a much better venue. Tons of spaces to escape the heat, you could definitely see the parade better and people were spread out...
by vman
04 Jun 2019 07:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 217
Views: 128180

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Before I met a friend at The Henry last night, I decided to check out the Tom Thumb. It's a really nice store, but more importantly, it was quite busy at 6:00 on a Monday evening. Actually, the entire development was very active. By the time I left the restaurant, The Henry's first floor seemed to b...
by vman
28 May 2019 11:52
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 63
Views: 29752

Re: Cypress Waters

^^
Looks like it was a really good turnout, especially in a development I consider somewhat isolated and under the radar.
by vman
16 Apr 2019 10:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 63
Views: 29752

Re: Cypress Waters

Another office building for Cypress Waters https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/16/high-rise-building-works-billingsleys-cypress-waters "We have decided to go 10 stories on it," said Billingsley Co. partner Lucy Burns. "We are working with O'Brien Architects on the ...
by vman
09 Apr 2019 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 330059

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^
There's a lot going on with that interior!!.. but I definitely hope it's successful and look forward to checking it out. Any word on the concept, menu? It seems so hush-hush.

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