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by Matt777
13 Dec 2018 20:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 190
Views: 43596

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: 164
Views: 31804

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: 190
Views: 43596

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: 190
Views: 43596

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: 190
Views: 43596

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: 190
Views: 43596

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: 20625

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: 5062

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: 20
Views: 700

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: 7621

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: 355
Views: 63992

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: 20
Views: 700

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: 13050

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: 2207

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: 242
Views: 39725

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: 538

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: 538

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: 13725

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: 3901

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: 3901

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: 965
Views: 146357

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: 965
Views: 146357

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: 13725

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: 2662

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: 2662

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: 12074

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...
by Matt777
16 Nov 2018 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: The Link at Uptown

willyk wrote:The whole world is converging on this end of Uptwon. All that’s left is the El Fenix site and the two Harwood sites. Given that neither owner seems to be in a rush, the next logical development site is the Jefferson.


Would the El Fenix building not be protected? Isn't it really old?
by Matt777
15 Nov 2018 15:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

That looks cool, but I'll be interested to see how the expensive condos right next to the high voltage transmission line sell. There's only one big "post" along the property and that's right by Fitzhugh. Yes, there will be lines nearby but let's be honest, Dallas is filled with power line...
by Matt777
15 Nov 2018 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 13
Views: 817

The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

SOURCE: https://candysdirt.com/2018/11/14/olc-vets-five-projects-new-lemmon-central-market-revealed-lincoln-katy-trail-returns/ https://candysdirt.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Terminal-1.jpg https://candysdirt.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Terminal-2.jpg https://candysdirt.com/wp-content/uploads/...
by Matt777
13 Nov 2018 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 327
Views: 62389

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

So work on the roof continues, I swear this is the largest parking garage in the city....but they are clearly placing a decent sized wall around the roof and there is some indication that they are still moving up. They have been setting some forms in various places on the roof, just not sure what t...
by Matt777
12 Nov 2018 22:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 272
Views: 45324

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

It’s too bad San Martin missed the chance for the Cafe Express space. I saw them painting a sign at the street that is very visible. Plus based on their huge menu and the overall anticipation of the neighborhood, I don’t think they’ll have any problems (assuming it’s as delicious as it looks!) Is S...
by Matt777
12 Nov 2018 10:52
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum
Replies: 10
Views: 916

Re: UT-Dallas gets art collection, new museum

The School of Arts and Technology (ATEC) has seen a ton of investment over the years. They have their own massive newer building right on the student mall. Arts has been a focus for a while, but not in the traditional way. In a more modern, useful way. Still requires an appreciation for the old, but...
by Matt777
09 Nov 2018 13:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 111
Views: 13725

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Workers were FINALLY starting to pour the second part of the Cesar Chavez expansion today at Main Street. This hot mess will hopefully be completed soon. Not that it was ever needed in the first place. The absence of road construction work should make East Quarter more pleasant once things start to ...
by Matt777
08 Nov 2018 23:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6478

Re: Davis Building

itsjrd1964 wrote:"Drakestone"??

Well, at least we finally know at least some Ross/Field possibilities, instead of just a bunch of disappointment and conjecture.


Ummmm no. That building is a landmark and its name is The Davis Building. Also, Drakestone sounds really, really stupid.
by Matt777
08 Nov 2018 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 965
Views: 146357

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It would be a great problem to have. It would also be a chance to incentivize development around DART stations. In addition to several residential highrises Downtown, you could easily build a couple near each DART station housing ~500-1000 people each. I'm sure Amazon could cover or subsidize DART p...
by Matt777
07 Nov 2018 20:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 965
Views: 146357

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Has Amazon made an official announcement? There are many media outlets and boosters on other forums downright celebrating that HQ2 is being split between Crystal City, VA and Long Island CIty, NY, but Amazon has been very quiet and doesn't seem to have made an official peep. If it was so sure and lo...
by Matt777
07 Nov 2018 20:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74237

Re: Victory Park 3.0

There's nothing wrong with this. The parking garage actually has a nice design to it. It's refreshing not to have any downsides with a new development. What's sad is that it took a Houston developer to accomplish this. Our local developers, especially Harwood and Trammell Crow, need to catch up. It'...
by Matt777
07 Nov 2018 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 383
Views: 71733

Re: Northpark Center

No Primark, please. If we need a "low cost" clothing retailer at NorthPark have it be Uniqlo instead.
by Matt777
07 Nov 2018 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80445

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The large city owned property on the southside of Deep Ellum needs to have the streets re-grid, then turned into a mid and high rise residential and hotel "battery" to power Deep Ellum. Some office buildings wouldn't hurt either. Just as long as everything is on the perimeter of DE and not...
by Matt777
06 Nov 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6478

Re: Davis Building

https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3156/2927038977_b3071f99e7_z.jpg?zz=1 https://cdngeneral.rentcafe.com/dmslivecafe/3/485770/DSC_5863-HDR.jpg?quality=85&scale=both& UPDATE: Someone on the Downtown facebook says it will be repaired and reassembled. Better be true.
by Matt777
06 Nov 2018 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 37
Views: 6478

Re: Davis Building

HOLY SH**. It better be an exact replica. Wow. How could this even happen? For anyone that has ever lived with a Downtown Dallas view, that cupola is a defining feature of our skyline.
by Matt777
05 Nov 2018 15:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 965
Views: 146357

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Look at that Dallas location. It's across the street from the DART station, on top of the street car line into oak cliff and directly adjacent to the HSR connection. If you desire those types of connections you don't get better in Dallas. You don't get better anywhere in Texas or really most of the...
by Matt777
05 Nov 2018 10:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 272
Views: 45324

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-a...
by Matt777
04 Nov 2018 20:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 965
Views: 146357

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I was looking at Crystal City, VA On google maps and struggled to find a place where HQ2 would go without demolishing an existing neighborhood. The area seemed really dreary too.
by Matt777
03 Nov 2018 14:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 38016

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Does anybody know the opening date for the Tom Thumb?
by Matt777
31 Oct 2018 10:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 5087

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

The client floors will likely be completely rebuilt to the studs as new tenants move in. Thanksgiving Tower is a good example. The old, empty floors look very dated and are not inviting, but the remodeled floors look terrific and make it look like a brand new building. But I can see prospective tena...
by Matt777
29 Oct 2018 16:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 14
Views: 2383

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

Exciting news. I just hope they keep the Rock of Truth. Important today, now more than ever!
by Matt777
24 Oct 2018 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 114
Views: 19828

Re: Parking Garages

Philip Kingston said on one of the Downtown facebook groups that he was working on a ban on constructing any new above ground parking Downtown. This was in response to First Baptist planning to tear down a historic highrise for parking. Could have been lip service, but I hope it's really in the works.
by Matt777
24 Oct 2018 10:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33821

Re: DART D2 Subway

Why do anti-transit people not realized that an EFFECTIVE public transit system will benefit them in their Tahoes and Suburbans too? It seems like Dallas will keep adding people, but there will be a breaking point on how many personal automobiles the city can add. Do you want total gridlock? Another...
by Matt777
23 Oct 2018 18:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 249
Views: 33821

Re: DART D2 Subway

I think the anti-transit anti-urban anti-quality of life people here on this thread take for granted that Dallas will always be booming with jobs and prosperity. That's not a given. If people don't want to live here, the jobs will follow them wherever they move. People used to move in hordes to Detr...

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