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by LongonBigD
01 Oct 2018 16:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 35
Views: 7558

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Cafe Express at Mockingbird Station closed unexpectedly, leaving just two Dallas locations: Lovers and McKinney Ave. This does not bode well for Cafe Express in Dallas. The McKinney Ave location has been a ghost town in the evenings since reopening at the base of M-line Tower. Can anybody speak to ...
by LongonBigD
28 Sep 2018 21:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33916

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I have heard that the property at SW corner of McKinney & Armstrong may be turning over. We know Knox Street Pub is closing. Now word is that Kozy is moving to Lakewood (lucky them). That leaves the Salon and Enterprise Car Rental. Doesn’t sound good for them. UPDATE: New temporary sign for Ent...
by LongonBigD
23 Sep 2018 19:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 115
Views: 17300

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

dfwcre8tive wrote:No more dogs after October 15th, which will help restore some of the garden.


Uh-huh. And who exactly is going to enforce this? We’re talking about those who already ignore rules and common courtesy of picking up after so what’s another little sign gonna do?
by LongonBigD
23 Sep 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Re: Knox: Nove at Knox

Parking garage topped out I believe. Starting to form the first level of the tower.
by LongonBigD
21 Sep 2018 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 399
Views: 73648

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

I generally agree. Deck parks are pricey and sort of gimmicks but I do think they start to help with the damage done by freeways. My question is when does the gimmick give out and when does the park itself become as valuable as a park on land that would be much cheaper to build. I have expressed su...
by LongonBigD
06 Sep 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 1831

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

Except for the view of downtown, what is the benefit of a sky bridge? If you really need to get across 75 without the elements, use the DART tunnel. In the very far future when lots north and south of Haskell are much more dense....,perhaps. Although atvthat time a deck park should be considered.
by LongonBigD
03 Sep 2018 22:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)
Replies: 24
Views: 5967

Re: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)

The park will be created when McKinney Ave and Cole become two-way streets.
by LongonBigD
28 Aug 2018 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 252
Views: 39843

Re: Oak Lawn

Almost forgot about Juggs. Speaking of long gone girl bars in Oaklawn... I still remember The Unicorn at Lemmon and Douglas, now Uncle Julio’s.
by LongonBigD
15 Aug 2018 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 40
Views: 8695

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

It's been a while since an update on this one. I still like the way it acts as an exclamation point at the north end of McKinney Ave. They light it up at night now (very subtle, just some accent lighting at the top). From the outside, evidence of tenants has begun (there are chairs and bikes on some...
by LongonBigD
15 Aug 2018 17:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

Starting to form the third level (above ground) of the parking garage. Soon the work will start on the tower itself.
by LongonBigD
15 Aug 2018 16:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 184
Views: 34946

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I took these photos of the Highland Park soda foundation building this past weekend. This building truly does need some TLC. I can see why the fountain would have to close in order for the renovations to be completed. Also, it would be very difficult to keep it open while a 12 story building (with u...
by LongonBigD
03 Aug 2018 16:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 136
Views: 24450

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

I would think that once the city fees were announced, the companies ran the numbers on how many rides they had and deducted the fees. The result was probably a losing proposition so they got out now. Not sure the two left are profitable either. They may be counting on increased demand due to less co...
by LongonBigD
30 Jul 2018 23:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56832

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Cinépolis says they are open—no marquis, movie posters, spotlights, Flying Elvi or other splashy stuff one might expect from a movie theater grand opening. Most places have a soft opening a few weeks before the Grand Opening with all the splashy stuff. Maybe that's the case here. Get some of the wr...
by LongonBigD
30 Jul 2018 16:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 169
Views: 20679

Re: Trinity River Park

Dallas already has this. Cole Park sits above a giant flood water holding tank to hold excess water storage when the Central Expy water drainage system is overloaded.
by LongonBigD
16 Jul 2018 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 119
Views: 20693

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I don't know if it's abandoned. It seems to me like the demo gets done well before anybody can start actually building new. I have noticed that on a few of the new projects. Unless you are CityLights or KDC, it seems there is a shortage of construction workers from my view. Anybody in the business w...
by LongonBigD
11 Jul 2018 18:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 16
Views: 2474

Re: Cypress Waters

Normally it wouldn't seem like an issue to have that much parking space... because they can be used for something else later. For example, Hall Park has plans to use their concrete parking lots as space for a new park, performing arts center, and high-density highrises. HOWEVER... with the rise of ...
by LongonBigD
03 Jul 2018 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33916

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

BoConcept failed before. I remember when it was on Alpha near the Galleria. Not sure what the issue is there. I think the McKinney Ave shoppers don’t yet have a compelling attraction strong enough to bring them south of Armstrong. It just a matter of time though. I have heard that the property at SW...
by LongonBigD
30 Jun 2018 00:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33916

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

There is a sign at former Quatrine space. I can’t remember exactly what it says but either Lilly & (girls name) or (girls name) & Lilly. Have to look again. Forty-Five Ten Home leaving at end of July. Glad to hear Knox Street Pub is leaving on his own terms and not driven out by gentrificat...
by LongonBigD
29 Jun 2018 22:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33916

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

There is a sign at former Quatrine space. I can’t remember exactly what it says but either Lilly & (girls name) or (girls name) & Lilly. Have to look again. Forty-Five Ten Home leaving at end of July. Glad to hear Knox Street Pub is leaving on his own terms and not driven out by gentrificati...
by LongonBigD
21 Jun 2018 16:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 43
Views: 7942

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

The large grocery chains with gas always put the "gas station" near a regular store so their customers can have convenient access to use the fuel points. I can't imagine this mini store is much more than a convenience store with a few more staples available, but I haven't been to one.
by LongonBigD
13 Jun 2018 16:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 243
Views: 33916

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

And remember, on the opposite end you have the Tommy Bahama space that's been vacant for quite some time... I worry about this. There is plenty of foot traffic here. Why do they struggle to lease the empty spaces? I am worried that they will convert more space to restaurants and then all the traffi...
by LongonBigD
13 Jun 2018 13:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 338
Views: 53576

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Bisnow, above, says it was once the "Hunt Oil Building". I understand Hunt Oil once officed in the building, but it was never named the Hunt Oil Building, was it? I assumed that reference was an inference from the TV show "Dallas." I do remember that the exterior shots for Ewing...
by LongonBigD
08 Jun 2018 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 55801

Re: Northpark Center

Cowboyeagle - NorthPark probably has 1/3rd their stores as the only store in DFW and the other stores they have are doing fine. If you talk to the managers the majority of NorthPark's stores are in the Top 10% and many are Top 5% of their chains. On the flip side, looking at their retailers I'd gue...
by LongonBigD
06 Jun 2018 15:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 76
Views: 17431

Rezoning sign up at Mutt's

I can't find a generic West Village thread. This appeared in the last couple of days. Is this news regarding the future of the Mutt's tract or just a minor change? Anybody know? The original plan was a skyscraper. I believe zoning allows for 43 stories on this tract, but we can't seem to go higher t...
by LongonBigD
06 Jun 2018 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 184
Views: 34946

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

You make a good point about varying the exterior frontage. This one and the proposed new build at Cole & Armstrong, both are almost a city block long and could use some elevation variation.
by LongonBigD
05 Jun 2018 22:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 184
Views: 34946

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

R1070 wrote:Is that McKinney avenue on the NE side of the intersection with Hester?


Yes, taking about 60% of that block, including the large complex mid-block and the two other properties just south. Leaving only the small apt/condo complex, the body shop and Chelsea Corner on the north end of this block.
by LongonBigD
05 Jun 2018 16:27
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Old Footage of Dallas
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

Re: Old Footage of Dallas

cowboyeagle05 wrote:The sheer number of steakhouses back then downtown is funny as well.

Like the sheer number of steakhouses currently in Uptown?
by LongonBigD
03 Jun 2018 23:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 184
Views: 34946

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I just think this is bait trotted out to get what they really want approved (increased density than currently allowed). We shall see what the final result becomes. Late update on this project proposed at McKinney & Hester. Somehow I missed this followup back in December. https://candysdirt.com/...
by LongonBigD
23 May 2018 21:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 699
Views: 104173

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I was not expecting tall(ish) either. This certainly won't help with the misconception that outsiders have who first fly into DFW and marvel at our skyline...not realizing its Las Colinas. I don't know if that happens a lot, but my brother still gets confused when he comes to visit! To his credit, ...
by LongonBigD
23 May 2018 13:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 32009

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
LongonBigD wrote:It seems so odd to not see the Temple painted gray.


It looks better IMO without the paint


Agreed. It just looks odd after looking at gray paint for 3 decades that I remember.
by LongonBigD
23 May 2018 11:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 184
Views: 32009

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

It seems so odd to not see the Temple painted gray.
by LongonBigD
23 May 2018 08:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 699
Views: 104173

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I was not expecting tall(ish) either. This certainly won't help with the misconception that outsiders have who first fly into DFW and marvel at our skyline...not realizing its Las Colinas. I don't know if that happens a lot, but my brother still gets confused when he comes to visit! To his credit, h...
by LongonBigD
14 May 2018 14:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 76
Views: 17431

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Wandered over here this weekend. Canopy is coming along. Looks like a restaurant space on the corner going in. Lobby bar installed. Lobby furniture being delivered. A ceiling arch extends inside parallel to Cityplace West made of old red brick. At the east end of the lobby is what appears to be the ...
by LongonBigD
10 May 2018 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 61
Views: 11095

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Tnexster wrote:I like the contrast of new vs old here. I also like that wood look on the top of the building....I assume that's what that is.


I don't know why, but I have the impression that top is copper, not wood. Maybe I saw that on the mock-up across the street, maybe I dreamed it.
by LongonBigD
07 May 2018 22:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Nove at Knox

The first story/puff piece using the new moniker “Novē at Knox”. A little bit of new info, but mostly regurgitated stuff we already knew. This from DBJ here... https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/05/07/penthouses-more-apartments-under-development-at.html A website at NoveAtKnox.com which in...
by LongonBigD
01 May 2018 16:37
Forum: Urban Photography + Videography
Topic: Aerial (Drone) Tour of Dallas/Fort Worth
Replies: 12
Views: 1478

Re: Aerial (Drone) Tour of Dallas/Fort Worth

Did I hear correctly? Did he say GLOBAL Life Park? In a video promoting Dallas sports?
by LongonBigD
01 May 2018 16:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 23372

Re:

A hotel could go over quite well! and something could be done to incorporate the temple into the project, as well... Perhaps restaurant space with office above. I was in Fall River, MA years ago for a hot air balloon festival. I have never forgotten a wonderful dining experience similar to what you...
by LongonBigD
20 Apr 2018 19:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 184
Views: 34946

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Noticed a couple of things walking around tonight. There is a building permit in the vacated “Erdos at Home (née IO Metro)” space on McKinney Ave just south of Apple store. Permit says furniture store (no news there). The applicant is “RH Modern.” Is this a temporary storefront while they demolish t...
by LongonBigD
18 Apr 2018 18:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24388

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I already know the answer, but.... is it wrong to wish TC had built out Sam's and commenced to flog themselves hourly when this pops up next door realizing their short-term, money grubbing plans could have made them sooooo much richer? But now, if this goes through, they can dream a bigger dream for...
by LongonBigD
11 Apr 2018 20:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

According to this new signage, I guess this thread needs a new name. NOVE at KNOX. Any guesses on how this would be pronounced? Or meaning? Isnt it Italian for “nine?”

Two cranes have been up for a couple of weeks.
by LongonBigD
11 Apr 2018 15:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 97
Views: 12979

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

That picture speaks volumes! I think this park will make a huge impact. I really wish Dallas could work on West End park next, after this one instead of Carpenter Park. The West End is finally starting to show some life. Tourists still go there and the park would make such a more powerful impact on ...
by LongonBigD
11 Apr 2018 15:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 60
Views: 6924

Re: Lower Greenville Development

I'm not sure, but surely if the space was available to rent, someone would give it a go. Maybe even something from Half Price books Never even thought about that, but HPB would be a huge hit (I would think) in that area. I don't even think the neighbors would object too much (famous last words in t...
by LongonBigD
11 Apr 2018 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 60
Views: 6924

Re: Lower Greenville Development

I don't understand why the dissatisfaction resulting from this giant waste of space is focused onto just WalMart? Didn't Whole Foods vacate the space before WM? and BlockBuster Video (local) before them? Is the issue just that WalMart can leave it empty for years as long as they can afford to pay th...
by LongonBigD
16 Mar 2018 15:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 55801

Re: Northpark Center

I am hearing rumors that Outdoor Voices is opening a permanent store at Northpark Center, moving from it's temporary home on Travis in Knox-Henderson District. So is that an indication that OD is tired of waiting on a new space in Knox District (due to sale from Sarofim to M Dell) or a sign that M ...
by LongonBigD
14 Mar 2018 18:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 72
Views: 12022

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I received my copy of this letter today (zoning case Z178-186 MD). The City wants to create a “Demolition Delay Overlay District” covering the area highlighted in the prior post (Knox, Henderson, parts of Oaklawn and OED). If a demo permit is requested in the area, a 10 day delay period will allow t...
by LongonBigD
11 Mar 2018 18:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

Two cranes going in. They are up to ground level with these. Should be visible soon.
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by LongonBigD
14 Feb 2018 11:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 25
Views: 4128

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

I was told this project was approved by the Oaklawn Committee by a 20-8 vote. I guess the next step is Dallas City Hall for review/approval.
by LongonBigD
14 Feb 2018 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 34
Views: 9120

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

I talked to the superintendent recently. He was wearing a jacket that said "Oliver Place" on it, I guess that's the official name of this project. The digging of the hole is almost complete. They took out the entrance ramp of dirt this week, leaving only the exit ramp. This is to be 2 stor...
by LongonBigD
09 Feb 2018 22:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 29
Views: 5262

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I really like the idea of daylighting Spring Creek (currently under the mall) and bringing mixed use. I can see this as a hybrid of Legacy and Watters Creek. A real opportunity here for Plano to further expand its cache and tax base.
by LongonBigD
29 Jan 2018 17:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction
Replies: 26
Views: 6491

Re: East Dallas: Noteworthy New Construction

RE: the proposed apartment project in Lakewood where Teter Plumbing Supply Co on Oram St.... I reached out to the developer. This deal is dead. The developer really wanted to make this work. They were pursuing acquiring more land and relocating some businesses to make the deal. Between the politics ...

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