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by Kelley USA
15 Nov 2018 12:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 12
Views: 328

The Link at Uptown

New 22 story tower proposed for Uptown... https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/11/15/new-uptown-office-tower-project-works Additional article posted in D Magazine https://www.dmagazine.com/commercial-real-estate/2018/11/kaizen-development-partners-to-build-300000-sf-office-building-i...
by Kelley USA
14 Nov 2018 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

From everything I'm reading pretty much nobody in NYC is happy about this. People in the neighborhood aren't happy, lawmakers on both sides aren't happy, NYC City Council isn't happy. There have already been lawsuits filed to stop Amazon from receiving said incentives & payments. It's a mess! On...
by Kelley USA
14 Nov 2018 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^^ I have a few thoughts on the design of the Smart District (Day 1 District). 1. Without really knowing, it could be that Amazon gave some sort of specifications as to how they wanted the buildings to look and how they wanted them to be grouped etc... If they had been working closely with Amazon th...
by Kelley USA
12 Nov 2018 12:45
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's a little blurb about Shake Shack in Las Colinas. Has a photo too in case you haven't been by the site recently. https://escapehatchdallas.com/2018/11/las-colinas-is-getting-a-shake-shack-very-soon/ Nice to have it, but the one in Plano was disappointing. Not as terrible as in-and-out, but no...
by Kelley USA
12 Nov 2018 11:29
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Here's a little blurb about Shake Shack in Las Colinas. Has a photo too in case you haven't been by the site recently.

https://escapehatchdallas.com/2018/11/l ... very-soon/
by Kelley USA
12 Nov 2018 09:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

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 Kelley USA
09 Nov 2018 13:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

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 as...
by Kelley USA
09 Nov 2018 12:05
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

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 Kelley USA
09 Nov 2018 12:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 212
Views: 34408

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Interesting article in the San Francisco Business Journal about McKesson perhaps quietly gearing up to move HQ to Las Colinas... McKesson is #6 on the Fortune 500 list. Apparently the future CEO has moved to Las Colinas. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/11/08/mckesson-san-francisco...
by Kelley USA
08 Nov 2018 15:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I think there was a PF Changs listed as well... could be wrong. Yes, PF Changs tends to hop on and off the site plan. The others have been pretty steady stalwarts. I'd love to see a Changs though! Still waiting to see any sort of rendering as to what this development might look like. Assuming it'll...
by Kelley USA
06 Nov 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 9777

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Yes, the Forum site is basically across the street and is still very active.
by Kelley USA
06 Nov 2018 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

this is settled right? they picked DC and NYC correct? what a letdown.. Yes, there are multiple reports out now that DC and NYC are the 2 picks. I can understand DC, but NYC doesn't make much sense to me. High cost of living, lack of available (affordable housing), State income tax for your employe...
by Kelley USA
05 Nov 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

^^ My guess then would be Crystal City and Austin (just like the CNBC article mentioned). This would give Amazon a presence on both the East & West Coast along with a presence in the Central Time Zone. I guess it could be Dallas. Splitting the HQ probably moves Austin up on the list though.
by Kelley USA
05 Nov 2018 09:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 257
Views: 38341

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Café Express in Uptown has officially closed... Sad to see this one go. So many great memories of eating at Café Express when I lived in Uptown. That leaves just 1 CE in Dallas and 6 others in Houston. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/11-02-18-cafe-express-uptown-dallas-mckinney-av...
by Kelley USA
05 Nov 2018 09:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Looks like the Shops of Las Colinas is finally underway. This is the big retail development going in at 161 and Las Colinas Blvd. The only confirmed tenant is the anchor, Market Street, but others have appeared on the site plan for quite some time. Hopdoddy, Lazy Dog, Chuy's, Luna Grill, MidiCi Pizz...
by Kelley USA
30 Oct 2018 10:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3355

Re: Cypress Waters

I know Cypress gets a bit of a bad wrap for too much surface parking, but overall this is a really pleasant development. You're starting to see more density and height as you get towards the back of the development. I think some of the apartments under construction now are 6 or 7 stories maybe? The ...
by Kelley USA
30 Oct 2018 09:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 27
Views: 3355

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/rea ... rs-project
by Kelley USA
25 Oct 2018 12:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Another tenant signed for the Music Factory... The Green Gator- a Cajun themed Sports Bar from Frisco.

https://dallas.eater.com/2018/10/25/180 ... ory-irving
by Kelley USA
24 Oct 2018 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I read this article last week and forgot to post it... Indicates that Amazon has revisited New York, Newark, Chicago and has followed-up with Miami and Washington DC. Article also states that other cities like Raleigh have not heard from Amazon in months. No mention of Dallas or Austin in the articl...
by Kelley USA
24 Oct 2018 12:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 74
Views: 11101

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Well never say never, but this does sound a little more promising. The thing that really stood out was the expected pace of build-out and the fact that they have not downsized the development at all. Assuming that if you're getting $850 million in new funding then you MUST have quite a few tenants s...
by Kelley USA
22 Oct 2018 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 14
Views: 2318

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

Where did this"Asian hotel" idea gone from? It came from an update in Candy's Dirt... Here's the paragraph from the article: 2999 Turtle Creek Built in the 1990s by developer John Eulich, the property changed hands last July, being purchased by Lincoln Property Company. The plan was to re...
by Kelley USA
19 Oct 2018 09:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 97
Views: 19610

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

So it looks like to date the largest Central Market is about 85K sq ft. If this one is say 90K sq ft then that gives us an additional 60K sq ft of retail in this development. Considering that none of the additional retail space will be street level that sure seems like quite a task. I'll be curious ...
by Kelley USA
18 Oct 2018 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 14
Views: 2318

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

This popped up today in the DMN with a rendering... I know another thread mentioned that an Asian Hotel chain was interested in being a part of the project.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ear-uptown
by Kelley USA
18 Oct 2018 12:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

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/up ... ueStar.pdf
by Kelley USA
17 Oct 2018 10:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 925
Views: 127584

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I just want to make a few points... As a resident of Las Colinas and someone that knows people at the Chamber, I can confirm that Amazon did indeed tour the Las Colinas area. Now, with that said I think the chances of Amazon coming to Las Colinas are probably about 0.00001%. However, Amazon has been...
by Kelley USA
17 Oct 2018 09:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

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/aunfbh1D ... cument.pdf
by Kelley USA
16 Oct 2018 12:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It does seem a bit odd... I have a confession to make. After I posted the link I noticed that this development is being proposed by a good friend of mine. I asked him about it yesterday. He basically gave me a Haha and said they were actually working on something much cooler. So stay tuned! With tha...
by Kelley USA
15 Oct 2018 14:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Came across this potential development today... Looks like Cool River would be torn down and then re-opened as the ground floor tenant in the new building.

http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/Hidden-R ... X/7743254/
by Kelley USA
09 Oct 2018 18:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: The Colony: Grandscape
Replies: 9
Views: 1459

Re: The Colony: Grandscape

SMU_L1848 wrote:Interesting looking development on destination Dr behind Nebraska furniture mart. Barn style restaurant. Anyone know anything about it?


I could be wrong, but I think that's the Truck Yard.
by Kelley USA
08 Oct 2018 11:48
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

If the City was smart they'd give the land to Lucy Billingsley and let her develop it. Despite maybe an over-abundance of parking I think she's done a tremendous job with Cypress Waters. A development like that is really the best the City could hope for, and Lucy has done a great job of attracting n...
by Kelley USA
04 Oct 2018 16:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 9777

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Wow, 52 stories... Now we're talking! I can't imagine them building something this magnitude as spec though. Maybe they have a chunk of this already leased?
by Kelley USA
04 Oct 2018 09:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 74
Views: 11101

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

They should move Wade Park to Six Flags because this thing is a roller coaster!! I still doubt they get it done, but I'd love to see it happen.
by Kelley USA
02 Oct 2018 11:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 5
Views: 1579

Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

It really depends what sort of concept Cinepolis opens. The majority of the Cinepolis theatres here in the US are just standard theatres like the one they opened in Euless (tickets are about $11)- and then they have select locations where they have built their Luxury Cinemas (tickets are about $20)....
by Kelley USA
02 Oct 2018 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 35
Views: 8057

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

When I lived in Uptown about 8 years ago the Café Express even then was dead most week nights. I do believe most of their locations tend to cater more to the lunch crowd. The Southlake location was the same. So over the past few years Café Express moved their headquarters to Dallas but yet they clos...
by Kelley USA
01 Oct 2018 09:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Water Street has a few openings today.... Hugo's Invitados officially opens today from 11am - 11pm. The place looks stunning and the patio is beautiful. Also, Cork & Pig has their soft opening today from 11am - 4pm (just lunch today). I assume they'll start full hours in a few days. I noticed on...
by Kelley USA
24 Sep 2018 15:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It looks like the City Council may finally be taking a stand against more apartments in the Urban Core. Last week they rejected a new complex by a 5-3 vote. From the renderings it looked nice but basically like everything else that's going up. It did have about 6K sq ft of retail space. The project ...
by Kelley USA
24 Sep 2018 15:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 123
Views: 21529

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I wonder if AT&T will add their new concept to the District... Looks pretty cool!

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... -more.html
by Kelley USA
21 Sep 2018 12:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

^^Actually it does not... I think what I consider to be the 2 most prominent restaurants, Hugo's and Cork & Pig are both at the front of the complex on O'Connor Blvd. They both occupy the 2 spots at the main entrance. The 2 spots at the back of the development that technically sit on the lake wi...
by Kelley USA
21 Sep 2018 11:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Went to Olivella's last night. Place was about half full- good little crowd. Nice atmosphere and the pizza was delicious! This will definitely be a popular spot and I can see the patio being busy in the Fall. Also walked by Hugo's last night. They're building what looks to be a spectacular patio. Pe...
by Kelley USA
20 Sep 2018 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 374
Views: 63287

Re: Northpark Center

I know it's a mall that for the most has struggled, but I really like what Willow Bend is doing right now- especially with the new dining district decks. That's something I could see being implemented at NorthPark with an Eataly being part of that.
by Kelley USA
18 Sep 2018 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 374
Views: 63287

Re: Northpark Center

Well, we keep bringing up the heat but there are also other weather factors too... 1) We get significantly more rainfall than Southern California. 2) We also have 3 months of winter where temps regularly drop into the 40's, 30's and even the 20's. Now, with that being said I too actually agree that ...
by Kelley USA
18 Sep 2018 10:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 26410

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Maybe it's the art of negotiation... Perhaps TC is pushing this design knowing there will be push-back, so they'll "make" small concessions to give the appearance of being a good neighbor and one that's willing to listen to the commmunity now. But in the end they'll build exactly what they...
by Kelley USA
17 Sep 2018 11:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 45148

Re: Legacy West

So it's finally been confirmed, but Travis Mathew is opening a store in Plano. This will be the 8th Travis Mathew store in the country and the 1st in Texas (another location opening in Austin towards the end of the year). However, it will not actually be at Legacy West which is surprising. Had a rea...
by Kelley USA
17 Sep 2018 09:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 374
Views: 63287

Re: Northpark Center

It's funny, I use to go to NorthPark ALL the time but it's been maybe 2 years since I've stepped inside. On another note... Just returned from a week long vacay in Cali. Visited both Fashion Island Mall and Westfield Century City Mall. Century City has just completed a massive addition and upgrade t...
by Kelley USA
10 Sep 2018 09:14
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Olivella's Pizza at Water Street is opening this Wednesday. The place looks great! Also, I peeked inside the Hugo's Invitados space. Wow, they are spending some $$ on the finish-out. Looks beautiful. They also started building out their patio space. I think this could become the "it" resta...
by Kelley USA
06 Sep 2018 16:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 717
Views: 114208

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

University Hills just south of 114 is one of my favorite neighborhoods. Beautiful area, rolling hills, great older homes, well kept, nice views from the top of some hills. Homes rarely come on the market in this neighborhood. As for Irving Mall, I just don't know. I think you'd really need to attrac...
by Kelley USA
06 Sep 2018 13:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 9777

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

This project was introduced a few years ago for XII. That is the lot, near Ascent...

http://www.bokapowell.com/project/harwood-phase-xii/
by Kelley USA
04 Sep 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 2114

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

If this does get off the ground, and if Cityplace East has any legs this would be a prime location for another deck park. It would really help connect the East and West!

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