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by Matt777
15 Jan 2019 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 122
Views: 26850

Re: Dallas: Medical District

It would be nice to see these tree initiatives spread into other parts of the city too. Downtown would be less hot in the summer, and overall more attractive if the streets were lined with tall, skinny at the base trees that provide a high canopy. I'm not a tree expert, but looking at Richmond VA on...
by Matt777
14 Jan 2019 16:09
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 7153

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Anybody know when the Tom Thumb at the Union in Victory Park will open? Originally, they said Fall 2018, then early 2019, so I would think it should be opening soon.
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 19:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 72
Views: 11073

Re: TexRail

There are airside bridges between all terminals except E. What about landside between the two rail stations? I guess my question is how easy is it to transfer between the two rail lines if needed. I know that would be rare. If someone wanted to go from Las Colinas to DTFW by rail, how easy is it to...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 17:27
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 72
Views: 11073

Re: TexRail

Used that yesterday to get all the way from dallas downtown to fw downtown (via orange line). Quite surprised how many people went to experience new train - there were no places to sit. Didn't found any walkways between airport terminals, it seems only way to get between terminals is using airport ...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 12:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 136
Views: 26538

Re: AT&T Discovery District

What an absolute shame if the destroy a 1916 building for parking. A step backwards for Dallas in all possible ways. The building is a landmark. So, it’s not going anywhere. I know there’s a pretty big parking garage attached to the building. Maybe that’s what they’re interested in. Hopefully, they...
by Matt777
13 Jan 2019 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 466
Views: 106319

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

I'm hoping that Perot goes with a skinny tower design in the lot next door so it doesn't overwhelmingly block the view of this beautiful tower in the skyline.
by Matt777
11 Jan 2019 20:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 162
Views: 34321

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

We saw this design a long time ago, I think before the tall cylinder one. I don't think it was ever a serious design.
by Matt777
11 Jan 2019 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 481
Views: 91340

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I went to the unicorn place. The food was not very good and high priced, but it's in the alley entry, so not even really noticeable from the street, so I think Deep Ellum will be ok. The real gentrifer, if you are concerned about that, is the chain buffalo wing restaurant on the street in front of ...
by Matt777
10 Jan 2019 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 145
Views: 38766

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

I wonder how any of these condo towers would sell if they were built in good locations. Their placement has been bizzare. This is between a highway offramp and a public housing project, surrounded by scarred empty lots and no connection to the nearby Katy Trail. How much faster would this be selling...
by Matt777
08 Jan 2019 20:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 254
Views: 45892

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Exclusive: California footwear company relocating headquarters to North Texas https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2019/01/08/exclusive-california-footwear-company-relocating.html?iana=hpmvp_dal_news_headline Longtime California-based footwear and accessories company Evolutions Brands has purcha...
by Matt777
08 Jan 2019 20:53
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 28
Views: 3463

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

Looks like it is going to mess up the view from the Cabana Hotel project.
by Matt777
07 Jan 2019 11:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 467
Views: 83783

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Oh, I used to live in that concrete behemoth. I wish them luck because this could be a great amenity for the trail, but even living in the building it was difficult to get to the restaurant space. That apartment building is poorly laid out.
by Matt777
07 Jan 2019 01:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 94
Views: 24358

Re: The Cedars Developments

Didn't know about this, but the Nylo Hotel on Lamar is now Canvas Hotel Dallas (https://canvashoteldallas.com/). (A Google of the other Nylo properties finds the others have changed as well, with the Plano, Las Colinas, and Providence-Warwick, RI hotels becoming Tapestry Collection by Hilton proper...
by Matt777
06 Jan 2019 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 217
Views: 47196

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

That's very short sighted thinking. I'm thinking in the long term. Parking garages and more people is only going to create monolithic traffic congestion which will gridlock the streets. 75 is already a parking lot during rush hour. I don't think not wanting more strip malls is "short sighted.&...
by Matt777
06 Jan 2019 19:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 217
Views: 47196

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

We would all like to see something more dense and urban. However, the lack of sufficient public transit makes that improbable and impracticable. People are still dependent on vehicle travel, and with the expressway next door, the demand for cars is sufficiently high. However, to change these dynami...
by Matt777
05 Jan 2019 12:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon
Replies: 21
Views: 4585

Re: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon

Rowlett sues over Bayside, stands by expectation of 'world-class destination' at Lake Ray Hubbard https://www.dallasnews.com/news/rowlett/2019/01/04/rowlett-sues-bayside-stands-expectation-world-class-destination-lake-ray-hubbard Yay, Go Rowlett! Hope they win. If only Dallas held developers respon...
by Matt777
03 Jan 2019 16:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 217
Views: 47196

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

The zoning south of Armstrong in this area (except along Central) only allows about 30’ in height. A two story retail center would not work without underground parking. A zoning change would be required like the one across the alley west of this. They requested nine stories for apartments and got i...
by Matt777
03 Jan 2019 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 217
Views: 47196

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Yikes. Not really a step forward in my opinion. Why do we continue to get lame strip malls in some of the highest value areas? I can't believe we're not seeing something similar to The Terminal development on Fitzhugh and Buena Vista. Seems like they could fit more retail space and residential/hotel...
by Matt777
01 Jan 2019 12:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 72
Views: 11073

Re: TexRail

tamtagon wrote:I still don't understand why Collyville rejected a station.


Because in their warped minds, they equate public transportation with poor people and criminals. They're the kind of people who rent a car when to go to Manhattan, and drive it so they can go see Times Square.
by Matt777
23 Dec 2018 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: Hogue Global Cedars- So Good

Are they calling this "So Good" as in South Good Latimer, or did the original poster just think this was really good?
by Matt777
23 Dec 2018 18:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 30
Views: 7633

Re: Overall Construction Levels

In my opinion, any slowdown is because of pricing, not demand. More of a pricing correction than a slowdown in demand. People are still moving here in droves and will need housing. The problem is, supply has finally caught up with demand and will bring the market into a more reasonable/healthy suppl...
by Matt777
21 Dec 2018 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)
Replies: 8
Views: 622

Re: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)

Kind of low density, in my opinion. Wish this was the same amount of units on half the land they want. 26 stories instead of 13..... The buildings they want to tear down are fairly nondescript. Except for that little old red brick building on Hall that is overgrown with greenery. That building is ki...
by Matt777
19 Dec 2018 23:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 42
Views: 7153

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

Amazing news and I’m gonna be there all the time, but where and how are they going to get this open by Sprong 2019???? I guess it’s not going in that new development at 75 and Haskell. Exciting nonetheless.
by Matt777
14 Dec 2018 00:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

Just as I thought. Of course, I never wrote any of the things you are now claiming to have been told... and neither did anyone else. That is precisely why I asked you to provide the posts; because I knew they did not exist. They're paraphrased from your comments in the Amazon thread, but okay, like...
by Matt777
13 Dec 2018 20:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

Please show is the posts where anyone said there was ZERO demand for our space in downtown Dallas. Please show us the posts where anyone said no one should build towers in downtown Dallas without the majority of space being pre-leased. Please show us the posts where anyone said any new towers built...
by Matt777
13 Dec 2018 14:59
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 167
Views: 35644

Re: DFW Airport

American Airlines has added several new flights for DFW starting next year. Here's a rundown: Changes: -2nd daily flight for DFW to Paris and Madrid -Upgauge on DFW-Anchorage to 787 during the Summer New nonstop flights from DFW to: -San Luis Obispo, CA -Myrtle Beach, SC -Harrisburg, PA -Santa Rosa/...
by Matt777
13 Dec 2018 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

Law firm Husch Blackwell grows downtown Dallas office in move to new tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/12/law-firm-grows-downtown-dallas-office-move-new-tower Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was ZERO demand for new Downtown Dallas office space and th...
by Matt777
13 Dec 2018 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

Law firm Husch Blackwell grows downtown Dallas office in move to new tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/12/law-firm-grows-downtown-dallas-office-move-new-tower Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was ZERO demand for new Downtown Dallas office space and th...
by Matt777
12 Dec 2018 14:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

I will also add that many of these corporate moves seem to be choosing new, but already completed buildings. If anything, our lack of completed new office space could be holding back corporate moves to Downtown. The newer buildings are mostly leased, and quickly. Build some spec!
by Matt777
12 Dec 2018 14:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 198
Views: 49619

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

Law firm Husch Blackwell grows downtown Dallas office in move to new tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/12/12/law-firm-grows-downtown-dallas-office-move-new-tower The 1900 Pearl building is more than 90 percent leased. Lies. I was told by several on this forum that there was...
by Matt777
07 Dec 2018 21:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 23729

Re: West End 1.0

Could be cool and definitely sounds mixed use. Part of the complex will be a club, part of it an athletic club, and seems to be a pool and amenity deck added. Maybe residential on upper floors?
by Matt777
07 Dec 2018 13:19
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Mascot
Replies: 21
Views: 5682

Re: DART Mascot

lakewoodhobo wrote:Traveling Man PSA.jpg


HAHAHAHA yes this is what I was picturing, just in cartoon form and not so snarky.
by Matt777
06 Dec 2018 12:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: Most Exciting Project?

I'm also not expecting much from the AT&T Discovery District. I would like to be pleasantly surprised, but it seems like AT&T over-hyped it so they could justify taking part of Wood Street from the city to expand their outdoor seating area. Because that's what it is.... an updated and expand...
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 19:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 43
Views: 8883

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Also, Concrete and Clutch have signed leases for new spaces not in Uptown. So I wonder if that site down the street is getting closer to getting redeveloped.


Let me guess, they're going to Deep Ellum and taking the frat boy/affliction and sorority girl crowd with them?
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 358
Views: 72525

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

What is that? Aqua colored LED lights or just covers? Paint? It's hard to tell.
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 11:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 1807

Re: Most Exciting Project?

1. HSR Station/Water Gardens/Texas Odyssey
2. Central Market Uptown/Office Tower/Hotel or Residential Tower complex
3. Smart City Dallas (would be number one if it had more legs, but not holding my breath)
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 09:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)
Replies: 58
Views: 14605

Re: Downtown Dallas: AC Hotel and Residence Inn by Marriott (Mercantile Commerce Building/1712 Commerce St)

AC Hotel has had LED lights for awhile now. My apartment faces it directly. Usually they're purple, but they always seem to be malfunctioning. Either they aren't fully illuminated around the whole building, or they're just off. When it's fully working, it's pretty nice.
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 09:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Mountain Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 2676

Re: Mountain Creek

Southwest Dallas has some of the most beautiful topography in the Dallas area. Hills, ridges, trees, lakes. It's a shame so much of it is used for industrial purposes. Cockrell Hill Road is beautiful and has lovely vistas of the city, but it's going all industrial.
by Matt777
05 Dec 2018 09:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 254
Views: 45892

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

texasstar wrote:I don't play golf, but this PGA thing appears to be a really big deal.


It better be. The indirect jobs it creates need to be numerous to offset the $160 million in incentives for 100 corporate jobs (maybe up to 250).
by Matt777
03 Dec 2018 09:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 939

Re: Main Street Gardens

If "Hot Off the Press" doesn't work out, maybe they should shop it to the already established Beyond the Box which has a location on Ervay. They do prepackaged food a la Eatzi's and could prepare things in their main commissary and create a park-appropriate menu of food and drinks without...
by Matt777
30 Nov 2018 23:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Main Street Garden
Replies: 14
Views: 939

Re: Main Street Gardens

If "Hot Off the Press" doesn't work out, maybe they should shop it to the already established Beyond the Box which has a location on Ervay. They do prepackaged food a la Eatzi's and could prepare things in their main commissary and create a park-appropriate menu of food and drinks without ...
by Matt777
29 Nov 2018 18:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 16494

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I pass through this area on the way to work and the progress has been both quick and beautiful. The key will be the empty lots and I think about their potential every time I see them. Residential in these spaces with ground level retail will drive this area from rubble to one of the most desirable p...
by Matt777
28 Nov 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 5229

Re: Design District 1.0

That remodel of the Feizy building looks terrible. The building had seen better days and needed some freshening but was a better architectural design than this render.... yuck. Impossible to tell really looking at that terrible drawing. There is no way to really make acres of EIFS surface, cheap ba...
by Matt777
28 Nov 2018 13:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 5229

Re: Design District 1.0

That remodel of the Feizy building looks terrible. The building had seen better days and needed some freshening but was a better architectural design than this render.... yuck.
by Matt777
26 Nov 2018 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 164640

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Houston is building a lot of spec..... both office and residential. The new towers around the Arts District and Klyde Warren downtown have leased well. There is no new office product in the Downtown core in ages, so I don't understand how someone can assert confidently that there is no demand. Yes,...
by Matt777
26 Nov 2018 13:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 974
Views: 164640

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Houston is building a lot of spec..... both office and residential. The new towers around the Arts District and Klyde Warren downtown have leased well. There is no new office product in the Downtown core in ages, so I don't understand how someone can assert confidently that there is no demand. Yes, ...
by Matt777
26 Nov 2018 09:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 16494

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I'm so glad that this cool building is being saved and re-purposed. But I thought they were turning into some kind of event/music venue with outdoor performance space?

Hopefully they keep all the exterior Mason detailing too.
by Matt777
20 Nov 2018 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 11
Views: 2970

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Ugh. It's like any older building with some level of architectural finesse in this city has a huge target on it for bulldozers, while insignificant buildings get a free pass. I can already imagine in my mind the boring, safe, glass and EIFS box that Freeman has in mind for the site of this beautifu...
by Matt777
19 Nov 2018 15:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 11
Views: 2970

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Ugh. It's like any older building with some level of architectural finesse in this city has a huge target on it for bulldozers, while insignificant buildings get a free pass. I can already imagine in my mind the boring, safe, glass and EIFS box that Freeman has in mind for the site of this beautiful...
by Matt777
16 Nov 2018 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 52
Views: 13230

Re: West Dallas Developments

I was in the area yesterday...and anyone know what the large building going up is in the 2200 block of Fort Worth Avenue? It's right next to that new shopping center and in front of those (horrible) new apartments just west of Hampton and Fort Worth Ave. At first glance, it looks like a grocery sto...

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