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by muncien
15 Nov 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Seems like paying 50k people in NYC and DC would cost a heck of a LOT more than paying 50k in Dallas. I doubt that treasure chest they got from NYC will come close to offsetting those costs... But, what do I know? I'm sure they did the math.
by muncien
14 Nov 2018 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Jesus Christ! This is a horrible deal for New York. Thank goodness azon didn't choose Dallas. I'd say we've dodged a bullet. Dallas/Texas offer was $1.2b for the entire 50k HQ. NY is paying over $1.5b for half the 'pie'. I honestly am satisfied with our offer, and I tend to think the only reason NY...
by muncien
14 Nov 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The Amazon HQ2 pitch that would have dramatically changed Dallas' skyline https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/14/amazon-hq2-pitch-dramatically-changed-dallas-skyline The Dallas Smart District would have been renamed “The Dallas Day 1 District”. It also includes a full animation ...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 15:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development
Replies: 13
Views: 826

Re: Frisco: China Lesso Group Mixed-Use Development

But the commute from OKC gets a little easier...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 13:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of its...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Honestly, I don't think the CBD needs a massive office tenant to move in. What it needs are another twenty midrise residential. I'm not even talking 20-30 stories... If we could get 10-12 story residential (rental and condo) to fill in some of the lots, downtown will make a success story out of itse...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I'm amazed at the massive incentives New York threw at them. That is CRAZY money! For a city like NYC, I really don't understand why they throw around cash as much as they do. If i'm not mistaken, they spend far more on incentives to business than Texas does. I highly doubt we were going to touch th...
by muncien
13 Nov 2018 08:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 30
Views: 5477

Re: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)

Those windows on the bottom section are killin' me. The color combo seems a little weird (blue/green glass and burnt orange), but possibly better in person. Overall though, it seems like quite a nice development.
by muncien
12 Nov 2018 14:21
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

What's the deal with Gingerman at Water Street???? I went by on Friday and it's a completely empty shell. Are they even working on it? The liquor license on the window was dated July... lol That is probably the one place in Water Street that I have really been waiting for (after Twisted Root and the...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 13:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

To further speculate, there is an item in the current City Council Work Session agenda. It's an Executive Session item for "Project Rock". Now I'm no detective and this could be anything, but a San Francisco based company which is also where Alcatraz is. Of course Alcatraz is also known a...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 13:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Posted this in City Issues but I'll post it in the LC thread too... Article in the San Fran Business Journal about McKesson maybe quietly preparing to move HQ to Las Colinas. The future CEO has moved and bought a house in Las Colinas (also other factors mentioned in the article too). McKesson is #6...
by muncien
09 Nov 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It is interesting that the WSJ keeps including Dallas but other outlets don't seem to include us as a possibility. We will see soon enough it seems. Of all the news we have heard on Amazon this week, it really goes back to only THREE publications. WSJ, NYT, WP... Being that the TWO who did NOT ment...
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 13:07
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25738

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Actually the limestone in this area is one of the best materials for tunnelling. Soft enough for easy boring, but hard enough to be self supporting without lots of reinforcement. That's why they considered tunnels for the I-635 express lanes -- the price of tunnelling was competitive with other opt...
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 66935

Re: Victory Park 3.0

^^^
Are those TWO STORY units? It probably just looks that way based on the configurations of the windows... but man, that would be cool. I've always loved two-story units tucked into mid/high rises.
by muncien
07 Nov 2018 09:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 197
Views: 25738

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

It takes me the better part of 2+ hours on DART coming home from work on a trip that probably should take no more than 30 minutes tops. I've had commutes of 1 1/2-2 1/2 hours using DART before. Very frustrating. Add to that escalators and elevators that might work sometimes, but are a roll of the d...
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 13:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I wonder how many developers have been holding their cards close just hoping for that golden goose... I mean, surely there are projects that were dependent on Amazon (particularly, the large pie in the sky stuff), but I suspect there were many more (even if smaller) deals waiting in the wings for Am...
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 11:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 5684

Re: Davis Building

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Replacing with what exactly... Headington drives me nuts with his tearing down.


Another eye-ball... from what I hear.

*** totally kidding - I never heard that ***
by muncien
06 Nov 2018 10:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Perhaps by having both DC and NYC linked by rail, they can still consider this a single HQ2 instead of HQ2 and HQ3. But that seems like quite a stretch... On the other hand, once you decide to break it out to multiple cities, it seems strange that you would have it in two cities on the same coast. A...
by muncien
02 Nov 2018 10:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 162
Views: 27712

Re: Museum Tower

Last night, Museum Tower was featured on the Science Channel’s “Engineering Catastrophes”. It’s crazy that the building’s reflection is still an issue, well after its completion. I wonder if the issue will ever be fixed... I'm curious if it ever 'really' was an issue. I mean, how many years has it ...
by muncien
31 Oct 2018 08:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3409

Re: Cypress Waters

Interestingly enough... The land where most of the construction is going on now used to be known as 'North Lake Park'. That park was technically an Irving park. They leased the land from Dallas to have the park to serve the North Irving residents to the east and south. While most of the park infrast...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 12:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3409

Re: Cypress Waters

Correct... The one apartment right across from the Flying Fish and Rodeo Goat spots is seven stories. The ground level units are actually two story 'town-home' style... which is a new concept for the area. There are also some two story town-home style units on top of the parking garage, with some co...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 09:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3409

Re: Cypress Waters

2 more office projects on the way... I continue to be stunned by the pace of development here and the overall ability to attract companies at a rapid pace! https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/30/two-office-buildings-way-booming-cypress-waters-project I saw them clearing that lot...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 08:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 11
Views: 1785

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

KDC and partner Hoque Global - who together made a pitch for Amazon's coveted second headquarters on a building site near Dallas City Hall ...close by the end of the year... ...KDC won't comment on pending contracts... What is the square footage of the existing office building? Hmm.... Maybe I'm re...
by muncien
30 Oct 2018 08:13
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Food Delivery Robots coming to Dallas (6-month pilot program start Nov 1st)

The only 'failure' related to bike share, was when the city stepped in. It's just a matter of time before they kill off the next innovative thing.
by muncien
26 Oct 2018 14:26
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 28
Views: 4264

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

... Plus, you could move the ride-share pickup/dropoff to the same place to lighten the load on the main airport access road. One of the benefits of taking a ride-share to the airport is being dropped off right at the door. Why would anyone want to be dropped off a few thousand feet away when you c...
by muncien
26 Oct 2018 13:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 28
Views: 4264

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Why not just an underground tunnel from Burbank Station to the terminal with the same moving sidewalks they use in the parking garages. Simple not near as much money and direct terminal access. That's exactly what I was thinking previously... Plus, you could move the ride-share pickup/dropoff to th...
by muncien
24 Oct 2018 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Dallas has decided to stay mum on whether or not Amazon came back calling. Not sure how that's a competitive advantage; other cities have been letting the world know about the follow-ups.. but whatever, it really says nothing about whether You're the Favorite or not. Simply put, We really don't kno...
by muncien
24 Oct 2018 10:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 29659

Re: DART D2 Subway

Personally, I don't think we need to design the DART system to accommodate for 'one-offs' (power outages, accidents, state fair, etc), any more than our our street/hwy systems should plan for it. That's the same train of though that got us five lanes of one-way roads right next to AA center, etc. Pa...
by muncien
23 Oct 2018 13:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 41
Views: 7646

Re: TexRail

I assume Cotton Belt will use the same TexRail station, correct? It sounds like DART is coming closer to going with commuter rail instead of LRT for the Cotton Belt, so DART may end up with stops at both of these stations. Plus, let's hope the TexRail and DART systems are fully compatible, and that ...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 16:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 10873

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

Does anyone actually visit a city visitor center? I mean this as an honest question. I can't recall any time that I ever have. I remember when first relocating to Dallas, it was suggested that I go to the visitor center (don't remember by who). I was greeted by 60+ lady who instructed me to check o...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 11:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 79
Views: 10873

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I'm glad they decided on a visitors center instead of another restaurant. Why cannibalize Savor and add to the already saturated market here? Stampede 66 just closed and there are more restaurants coming to 1900 Pearl and Park District. Absolutely! Moving the visitors center to KWP is a HUGE deal. ...
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 10:35
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

In other news... The tower cranes are currently being taken down on Pioneer HQ.
by muncien
19 Oct 2018 10:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's what appears to be the "in the early stages" of design for the Blue Star Development at 161 and 114 (Jerry Jones / LPC Project). The brochure was done about 3 months ago. https://www.lpcdallas.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/BlueStar.pdf Why is it so disjointed? I really don't under...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 10:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

No.... God No... Please God No... don't let this be a serious plan for the entryway at Las Colinas Blvd & O'Connor Blvd. This would be a disaster! https://images4.loopnet.com/d2/aunfbh1DX4yoBpBkf8mvGlLYoTL5PY9bgx3OVldIUc0/document.pdf LOL... I was going to say something like "The 80's call...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 09:32
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Coppell: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 232

Re: Coppell: misc. developments

Coppell office project planned near LBJ Freeway on Cypress Waters doorstep Another name that will hopefully later change: The Braun on Belt Line This complex will be north of I-635 and on the east side of Belt Line. I thought that Cypress Waters had all that acreage, I guess not. Multiple office bu...
by muncien
17 Oct 2018 09:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That's good 'an all, and I agree that Downtown sites are favored (I even stated the same thing). But the statement I was questioning said...
they only went to the proposed sites in and around Downtown


I never heard of such a visit...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 14:38
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47300

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Maybe you should read the law. It does not purport to require absolute safety without fail, and it's primarily speaking about security (from terrorism, crime etc.), not safety from crashes and the like. Yes... Perhaps I should elaborate. My contention isn't with the contents of the bill itself, but...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 14:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

How is Las Colinas not on this list? That is surprising. It would seem Las Colinas meets as much of Amazon's criteria as many of these sites. No it is not to anyone following the development from the beginning and reading into Amazons requirements and stated preferences. Plus when they toured DFW t...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 13:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 926
Views: 129613

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Tnexster wrote:Top 10 Dallas-Fort Worth locations primed for Amazon HQ2

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... n-hq2.html


How is Las Colinas not on this list?
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 12:52
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47300

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

One can disagree with the public policy of SB977 (but just calling it stupid does not really make the policy case). As to SB975, what is objectionable about requiring the railroad to (1) in the manner required by law for intercity passenger railroads, implement all security requirements of the Tran...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 11:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47300

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-st...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 115238

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^^ That is interesting... considering how much already available high-rise land there is nearby (including many available building sites on the Carpenter Ranch dev plan). Despite being just a few blocks from Cool River for so many years... I have never stepped foot in that place. But I always assum...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:39
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45479

Re: Legacy West

The park will be a great addition to the area, and be nice to drive by on your way through... But, pretending this will be some sort of KWP is just silly. Both Legacy, and those frontage roads are MONSTERS, and while they could technically use calming measures, I am almost certain they won't. Visiti...
by muncien
16 Oct 2018 09:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47300

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-st...
by muncien
10 Oct 2018 10:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Kaufman County: misc. developments
Replies: 6
Views: 479

Re: Kaufman County: misc. developments

I actually had to look up where Crandall was on a map... lol
While I'm not typically a fan of these master planned SFR communities... It is good to see it happening south for a change. It would be good to get some growth down that way.
by muncien
09 Oct 2018 12:06
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 309
Views: 47300

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Glad to at least see a 'plan' for connecting the station to the core of the city. I realize it's mostly pipe dreams, but up until now all we had was speculation. I suppose 'dreams' are better than 'speculation'. lol But this looks very impressive. And as for the deck park... YES, deck that entire th...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1590

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

I know we have selective memory when it comes to some of these things... But, I used to pass by the old campus as part of my nightly run 12 years ago... That entire stretch of St Paul used to be absolutely dreadful. There was a chain link parking lot for buses, surface parking across the street, and...
by muncien
04 Oct 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1590

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

One thing I am not to concerned about would be the buildings getting torn down and sitting as empty lots, like so many others we have seen. FBD doesn't operate in that way... If this is a remake/expansion for First Baptist Academy, and they incorporate some solid architecture, it could be a great ad...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 17:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1590

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

Perhaps it's just the color scheme and sad first floor... but it looks like a top heavy turd to me. Perhaps if they were able to open up the first floor with all glass, and bring that glass up through the second level to give a better ground level appearance it would work. I still would like to see ...
by muncien
03 Oct 2018 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 37
Views: 1590

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

I think I have been in this building... MANY years ago. If I'm not mistaken, the ceilings are quite low, and would be difficult to re purpose for today's market. I know the Statler was able to pull it off, but that building has some architectural distinction to make up for it. As for this one... I'v...

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