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by ContriveDallasite
17 May 2018 02:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 46
Views: 2640

Re: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Why isn't this still considered Farmers Market?
by ContriveDallasite
17 May 2018 02:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 4
Views: 212

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

DPatel304 wrote:I like that they see potential in connecting the Galleria to Midtown, but seems like a pretty hard task to pull off successfully.


IMO some of the parking garages will have to go. Seems as if the Galeria walled its backside off with parking garages.
by ContriveDallasite
15 May 2018 02:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 3118

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

Are there any plans to build a Hotel on North Park grounds? If we get another hotel tower, similar to the Sheraton by the Galleria, this would create a nice little cluster.
by ContriveDallasite
11 May 2018 01:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39306

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I wish the parking lot at Elm/Main and Malcolm X would be developed. Even if a cool public space. A year round skate park with half-pipes should be built somewhere in Deep Ellum. That place would be packed and a great spot to people watch and be entertained. This. Stil surprised there is no pubic s...
by ContriveDallasite
10 May 2018 05:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44815

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 ContriveDallasite
09 May 2018 03:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 37
Views: 6346

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

Glad too see another intersection being filled in. Does anyone have any more renderings of what the final building is supposed to look like? My Google skills are apparently lacking and didn't pull in any new images.
by ContriveDallasite
09 May 2018 03:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44815

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

Almost 370 units, will be amazing to see what kind of an impact this building will have on the surrounding area. This side of the freeway is still kind of a residential deadzone. Can help but wonder how the residents here will interact with the urban fabric. Will they just drive out of the parking g...
by ContriveDallasite
08 May 2018 03:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 27
Views: 4390

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Thanks for the update! The fringes of Deep Ellum are getting seriously dense. It's great to see this level of development spread outside of the uptown. A wild fantasy of mine, is to imagine all these neigborhoods (Deep Ellum, Uptown, Oak Lawn, Knox / Henderson, extending south through the Cedars and...
by ContriveDallasite
02 May 2018 02:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 693
Views: 75789

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Airport you say? Sounds like something Hillwood should move on. Not many Developers own airports I would assume. Anyways, this speculation is starting to drain my imagination. A new "Victory Park" sized office campus with 50,000 employees would be an absolute game changer for this city. An...
by ContriveDallasite
02 May 2018 02:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 51
Views: 11497

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

Will there be any retail at the base of this tower? Could easily throw in a Coffee Shop.
by ContriveDallasite
01 May 2018 03:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 234
Views: 44815

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

Thanks for sharing that, looks great! Almost looks like a rift has grown between the core CBD and uptown "Victory Park", would love to see more new activity replace some of those surface lots!
by ContriveDallasite
23 Apr 2018 02:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 693
Views: 75789

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The unspoken factor in Amazon’s search for a new home: Jeff Bezos’s support for gay rights https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/the-unspoken-factor-in-amazons-search-for-a-new-home-jeff-bezoss-support-for-gay-rights/2018/04/20/9cfa8c66-31e6-11e8-8bdd-cdb33a5eef83_story.html When Amazon e...
by ContriveDallasite
19 Apr 2018 02:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood
Replies: 15
Views: 2871

Re: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood

Agreed. It makes me happy to see that Addison is doing well. It could have gone the other way, being in a vacuum between Downtown and Plano/Frisco. I remember reading somewhere that the new LBJ freeway had additional space planned for submerged light rail tracks. Does anyone know anything about this?
by ContriveDallasite
17 Apr 2018 08:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 305
Views: 44351

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The next battle in the Bishop Arts gentrification saga comes as an update to this story from March 2017: https://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2017/03/investor-buys-bishop-arts-apartment-block/ Minnesota-based Oaks Properties had no plans for the 11 buildings they purchased, which are some of the nicest...
by ContriveDallasite
10 Apr 2018 07:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 33
Views: 7723

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

For all you Google Maps Nerds, Google has update their aerial imagery, plenty of new construction sites and developments to take a look at.
by ContriveDallasite
06 Apr 2018 01:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 39
Views: 4973

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Have to give it to them, this one took ages. But the exterior finish doesn't look cheap.
by ContriveDallasite
05 Apr 2018 09:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 14
Views: 781

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

Perfect scale, street level retail no 5 story parking podium. Place 15 more of these in and around Oak Lawn / Uptown and we have the workings of a real urban city. :)
by ContriveDallasite
02 Apr 2018 16:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Moxy Hotel
Replies: 17
Views: 1326

Re: Design District: Moxy Hotel

Nice stuff, recently stayed at the Moxy hotel in Berlin, very similar experience to an ALOFT hotel. Would be cool to see what happens with the river walk in the design district. Would be even better if they could tie it in with the Trinity project as well.
by ContriveDallasite
02 Apr 2018 16:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Ventana (12 ST / 12 ST)
Replies: 19
Views: 3118

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

Crazy to think they're building a 12 story building here. Really loving the amount of infill along 75.
by ContriveDallasite
29 Mar 2018 02:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 211
Views: 27624

Re: Oak Lawn

The buildling looks great. I lived in Oak Lawn for a years and always enjoyed the mid-century modern townhomes that were so frequent in the area. While I enjoy the type of product Crescent will ultimately develop, I personally am afraid of seeing Oak Lawn go Uptown with the Miami-esque style. But pe...
by ContriveDallasite
27 Mar 2018 11:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 530
Views: 64446

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Excited to hear that some of the retail options are a hit. Could you guys post some pictures of the new developments? As an ex-Local I am excited to see what many of the new developments look like!
by ContriveDallasite
13 Mar 2018 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 23040

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

This one will be a real catalyst for the area when the Albertsons opens. I wonder if we will be seeing the lot immediately adjacent to this, turn dirt this cycle.
by ContriveDallasite
13 Mar 2018 09:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 305
Views: 44351

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I dig that piece of infill.
by ContriveDallasite
17 Jan 2018 01:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 32
Views: 5197

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

Looks good to me! That's a surprisingly high amount of affordable apartment units. Is that possibly because this building is basically on the edge of the CBD and is sorta 'tucked away'? Could also be due to the fact that it's also bordering a freeway. Regardless, quality affordable options in downt...
by ContriveDallasite
08 Dec 2017 08:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 33
Views: 7723

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

It appears that someone deleted multiple layers, removing most of the data we had compiled. I will regularly save backups of the map, but we would need together as a forum to recompile most of the sites.
by ContriveDallasite
07 Dec 2017 08:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 27
Views: 4390

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Imagine the streetlife this would bring if we could start replacing all the 5 Story Podiums with 10+ Story construction with retail. Excited to see this one come to reality!
by ContriveDallasite
07 Dec 2017 07:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 13212

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Tucy wrote:In fact, completing the demolition might raise the appraised value and thus increase the taxes.


Contradictory logic :lol: But thanks for the insight!
by ContriveDallasite
06 Dec 2017 14:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 13212

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I'm ignorant and don't live in Dallas anymore, but can someone explain the reasoning in delaying the demo of the entire mall. Isn't it cheaper to front the demolition costs than to cover the property taxes of the mall until a 1/1,000 deal gets inked?
by ContriveDallasite
01 Dec 2017 04:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 13212

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

The AC looks great! Love that quasi Mid Century facade. I agree. Too bad the Modera apartments look like crap! What a bland design. Looks like an accountant drew a design on a paper napkin and handed it off to the builders. Shame. Seems like Modera has actually had some cool designs in other cities...
by ContriveDallasite
24 Nov 2017 02:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 160
Views: 28539

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

I would say the fins definitely help this building a bit.

Not every building in a city is going to be a show-stopper. Still looks better than the Richards-Group building.
by ContriveDallasite
21 Nov 2017 01:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 23040

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Does anyone know if the lot adjacent to this would be tied in to the Amazon HQ 2 deal?
by ContriveDallasite
16 Nov 2017 01:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 90
Views: 13882

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

DPatel304 wrote:I love the lower-rise buildings here, I just wish we had more retail on the ground floor.


This is the crux of Dallas. The amount of retail packed in to my 5 story block in Munich is probably equivalent to half a square mile of coverage in Dallas.
by ContriveDallasite
16 Nov 2017 01:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 51
Views: 11497

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

Wow quite a beahmoth, excited to see the foot traffic the hotel will create when out of town visitors begin trickling in to the West End on a regular basis.
by ContriveDallasite
16 Nov 2017 01:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 11728

Re: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)

For a building that had half of the forum scared to death, I'd say it didn't turn out too bad :lol:

Very excited to see what's to happen with the surface parking lot, and Little Mexico.
by ContriveDallasite
23 Oct 2017 13:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 693
Views: 75789

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^es la verdad UT is in Austin, TA&M is in College Station, both are in the Dallas Trading Area. Things are spread out, especially compared to the North East, but the much of the South Central US, probably more than half, still funnels through Dallas. While I tend to agree that DFW is in pretty ...
by ContriveDallasite
19 Oct 2017 10:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 10035

Re: Dallas Smart District

Ill be honest, I could care less about the historic value of the Eagles Nest. Its never used hardly, fenced off, and provides little value. Also historic is in the eye of the beholder, it isnt that unique of a building anyway. And if it means bull dozing it down to get this game changing district b...
by ContriveDallasite
13 Oct 2017 03:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 90
Views: 13882

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Hmm, bugs me to think about what will become of the Farmers Market when it is just one shed and completely built out with Copy/Paste 5 level sticks. This area should really focus on bringing retail in to retain some of aspect of being an actual "Farmers Market".
by ContriveDallasite
06 Oct 2017 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 89
Views: 13043

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

Not the most exciting project in the CBD but certainly not the most obvious lost I would have seen turned.

Imagine, 10 or 15 more lots turned in to mid-rise projects like this. It would at a few thousand more people in and around the CBD and enrich the urban fabric from block to block.
by ContriveDallasite
05 Oct 2017 03:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39750

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

Awesome!

I cannot really visualize how this will fit in its surroundings but I am hoping for a pretty impressive end result.
by ContriveDallasite
30 Sep 2017 04:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 17779

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Looks seriously awesome at night!
by ContriveDallasite
22 Sep 2017 18:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 693
Views: 75789

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

This thread is raising my hopes. I must stop before I'm emotionally invested in Amazon HQ2. Lol You are worried about getting your hopes raised? Can you imagine the real estate locators, commercial leasing agents, developers, business journalists, city economic development personnel etc who are foa...
by ContriveDallasite
15 Sep 2017 05:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 154
Views: 23808

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

The parking lot definitely needs to go. But too tall and too small?

This is the type of development Dallas needs to progress as a liveable urban city. Smaller units will hopefully contribute to lower rent. I have the feeling some of the complaintants have never lived in a city like Boston or London?
by ContriveDallasite
19 Aug 2017 15:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 270
Views: 39306

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn done in a converted textile factory. Why not DE? http://blondetigers.com/hotel-life-brooklyn/ the Wythe hotel looks like it would fit in deep ellum but it is a very expensive and classy joint... i can't imagine the market in Deep Ellum has demand for something so high class (n...
by ContriveDallasite
23 Jul 2017 15:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Cricket Stadium
Replies: 14
Views: 2467

Re: Dallas: Cricket Stadium

This deal is Irving's to lose.
by ContriveDallasite
20 Jul 2017 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 27
Views: 5196

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

This took way too long. Hopefully it will get DART to make something out of those enormous parking lots.
by ContriveDallasite
09 Jul 2017 05:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 74
Views: 12533

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Wow, somehow he just keeps getting money.

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