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by ArtVandelay
19 Mar 2019 16:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 141
Views: 36103

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

The renderings don't look like actual was my point. This had to go before Urban Design Review Panel because it was a TIF project. If they build something different, it defeats the purpose, right?
by ArtVandelay
18 Mar 2019 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 141
Views: 36103

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

That rendering is such a joke. It actually looks like something you’d find in Kaufman county. Bush league.
by ArtVandelay
12 Mar 2019 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4393

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Hopefully the service is only bad because the place is new. But with a new market, and the brand's popularity at home, they really need to get with it. We had brunch there on Saturday and it was fine. I'm sure they'll figure it out and get in the groove. We should be happy to have something other t...
by ArtVandelay
03 Mar 2019 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 522
Views: 129571

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

joshua.dodd wrote:When will that parking garage next door finally get its glass cladding?


I’ve been wondering what the hold up is. I believe it’s only getting the glass treatment on the sides facing Ross and Field.
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 19:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 22283

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I like how they're extending the enclosed bottom portion of the triangular building for more retail/restaurant space. Also, I didn't realize they're wanting to close the street next to it for pedestrians . No kidding! That is great news (if approved). If we could convert several more of these stree...
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 19:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 55
Views: 17978

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

The Wells Fargo motor bank/drive-thru across the street is closed and available for lease:

https://shopcompanies.com/properties/pd ... ells-fargo

Anyone know if the Wells Fargo branch at Fountain Place is remaining?
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 19:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4393

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Flower Child is great, but not accessible from the urban core. Don't forget, but Flower Child is opening up at Rosewood Court where Paradise Bakery use to be. You'll see construction already going on. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/12-12-18-flower-child-uptown-rosewood-court/ Wa...
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 18:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 173
Views: 48416

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

It’s interesting how The Union seems to have all the momentum and Park District is struggling to fill up the retail. I don’t think Perry’s is what they had in mind pre-construction. You would have thought this development would have top billing due to location. I think the new tower catty-corner fro...
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 18:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 23
Views: 4023

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

The twin towers would have been sweeet
by ArtVandelay
26 Feb 2019 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 522
Views: 129571

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

WesTexas wrote:That is a fantastic new view. What tower is it from?


my guess is 717 harwood (fka KPMG Centre)
by ArtVandelay
24 Feb 2019 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 182
Views: 52103

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

Tom Thumb

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There’s going to be a Starbucks and bar called Union Tap inside
by ArtVandelay
24 Feb 2019 09:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87760

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

If you’re a property tax payer in Dallas, $50MM of your money has been earmarked for this project in the form of a TIF Grant. You have every right to know what the F is going on with this project. As of 12/31/17, the City has not advanced any funds to these incompetents. I’m hoping, that is still th...
by ArtVandelay
23 Feb 2019 11:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84650

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

Just took a stroll by the building going up on Jackson St. and there’s definitely parking above ground - huge ramp going from ground level up. Did they pull a bait and switch and just throwing up a garage?? Ok I found an article online that says there is residential parking on the second level and ...
by ArtVandelay
23 Feb 2019 11:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84650

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

Just took a stroll by the building going up on Jackson St. and there’s definitely parking above ground - huge ramp going from ground level up. Did they pull a bait and switch and just throwing up a garage??
by ArtVandelay
22 Feb 2019 19:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 522
Views: 129571

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

This is the most significant addition to our skyline since Museum Tower. Love it
by ArtVandelay
19 Feb 2019 17:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 40
Views: 4393

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

I didn't realize Crisp was gone. Crazy amount of turnover in Lowest Greenville
by ArtVandelay
19 Feb 2019 06:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

1600 block of Federal. Looks like it was a restaurant or bar at one time.
by ArtVandelay
17 Feb 2019 17:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

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Would love to know what this little establishment once was
by ArtVandelay
08 Feb 2019 18:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Don’t you think Steve Brown would be all over this if Todd was building something more than an open cast concrete parking garage?
by ArtVandelay
07 Feb 2019 17:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Permits have been issued for the demolition and construction of a 13 level parking garage. For 505 North Ervay? Is it for the entire lot or partial? Could there be a conversion of the building into residential + new parking structure proposed if new developers are involved? Yes and it does look lik...
by ArtVandelay
07 Feb 2019 17:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Looks like it sold in late December to an LLC named PROVIDENTIAL PARKING PLACE LP. http://dallascad.org/AcctDetailCom.aspx?ID=00000105055000000 No idea why a company would build a parking garage by itself in downtown Dallas if it didn't also own an adjoining property. Well it's catty corner from 40...
by ArtVandelay
07 Feb 2019 07:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Did some more digging. The Baptists sold the property to an entity connected to Todd Interests of Post Office and East Quarter fame. After seeing the EQ renderings this doesn’t surprise me - they like parking.

The only good thing coming from this is the property will once again be on the tax rolls.
by ArtVandelay
07 Feb 2019 06:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church
Replies: 36
Views: 2414

Re: Downtown Dallas: First Baptist Church

Permits have been issued for the demolition and construction of a 13 level parking garage.
by ArtVandelay
05 Feb 2019 23:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 111
Views: 24240

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Don’t get too excited - word on the street is the store will be a “Costco Business Center” which means no gas, booze, free samples, electronics, etc.
by ArtVandelay
04 Feb 2019 07:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 29077

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Banning the dogs was one of the best decisions they could have made.
by ArtVandelay
04 Feb 2019 07:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 384
Views: 87760

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I know this is a stretch, but the green backing may indicate the stone is going back up?

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by ArtVandelay
25 Jan 2019 07:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 363
Views: 86980

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
ArtVandelay wrote:Me thinks they are not covering the Olive St. side with the glass.

If true, does that mean the residential is happening soon?


Or that they don't care when the residential happens and they're not going to incur more costs..


The pessimist in me thinks you’re spot on.
by ArtVandelay
24 Jan 2019 13:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 363
Views: 86980

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Me thinks they are not covering the Olive St. side with the glass.

If true, does that mean the residential is happening soon?
by ArtVandelay
01 Nov 2018 08:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 6550

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

I walked over yesterday and the lobby was actually brighter than I remember - I think my impression of the spaces we looked at skewed my opinion of the building overall. They've done a good job with the public space - it was bumping with lots of activity.
by ArtVandelay
31 Oct 2018 10:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 103
Views: 21014

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

cowboyeagle05 wrote:I hate the way the parking appears to be integrated into the design. That block on the bottom which appears to be the parking garage just appears weird to the overall design.


Dallas developers hate to dig parking garages.
by ArtVandelay
31 Oct 2018 08:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 6550

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Well, what's so wrong with it and I ask with complete curiosity? They've done some nice work on the lobby (i.e. nice seating, new Starbucks) but it's still dark with lots of brass. The tenant floors we looked at were very dated (I'm sure they will be updated as tenants turn over and renew). The tre...
by ArtVandelay
25 Oct 2018 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 25
Views: 6550

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

I don't see the appeal to this building. It didn't even make the cut for us when we were looking.
by ArtVandelay
24 Oct 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 27513

Re: Parking Garages

Just came from a D2 meeting and the Elm Street garage is about to undergo and expansion. /Facepalm/
by ArtVandelay
24 Oct 2018 07:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 499
Views: 99917

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Olivella's was bumping on Saturday....nothing on social media indicating they are closed. Hmm....
by ArtVandelay
21 Oct 2018 06:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: High Point Crossing
Replies: 17
Views: 4914

Re: High Point Crossing

The original development plan did have a more urban feel to it with less parking fronting NW Hwy and a parking garage. Big box developers do what big box developers do and that’s tease with something that isn’t totally terrible with every intention of building something cheap and totally terrible. S...
by ArtVandelay
26 Sep 2018 06:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 141
Views: 36103

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I wish we could get a nice block of 8-10 mid rise buildings throughout this side of town. I’m fairly sure they have to under the Farmers Market PD No, they don't. Zoning basically never requires a minimum density, and this is no different. Developers could build large lot single family homes if the...
by ArtVandelay
21 Sep 2018 05:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 141
Views: 36103

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:I wish we could get a nice block of 8-10 mid rise buildings throughout this side of town.


I’m fairly sure they have to under the Farmers Market PD
by ArtVandelay
03 Sep 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 499
Views: 99917

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Stopped by Olivella’s yesterday and there was a sign on the door saying they are closed until late September for “maintenance.” That doesn’t sound good. Most restaurants that say they’re closing temporarily usually end up closing permanently. I sure hope this one is an exception.
by ArtVandelay
24 Aug 2018 17:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 125
Views: 27513

Re: Parking Garages

cowboyeagle05 wrote:You can tell they tried to blend in with First Baptist. Their family center is this same shiny aluminum and the side of the garage facing south has the texture panels that the First Baptist garage does on its north side.


Since First Baptist owns half the land the garage is on, makes sense.
by ArtVandelay
18 Aug 2018 15:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 298
Views: 84650

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

Have they delivered the 24 hour diner that was promised? Did they really promise a 24 hour diner? (The answer to your question is no, at least according to their website.) One of many articles mentioning the planned ground floor 24-hour diner: https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2015/11...
by ArtVandelay
27 Jul 2018 05:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 522
Views: 129571

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

Pretty sure the restaurants listed are hypotheticals on what appears to be a sign permit submittal drawing. I doubt any of those are committed yet. Except Ascension of course. I bet you’re right. CBRE/UCR’s marketing collateral (which is updated frequently) shows all the space except for the Ascens...
by ArtVandelay
24 Jul 2018 23:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 253
Views: 42435

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I signed up for the Tap Card beta testing program. My card should arrive by the 24th they tell me. I currently use the app to buy an $80.00 monthly pass. I will be curious if this tap card is better for me than using that. I am always around an electrical outlet so my phone is never running out of ...
by ArtVandelay
12 Jul 2018 19:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 26444

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Also to clarify - the developer claimed the original brick would be damaged if the stucco was removed. The Historical Commission accepted this and awarded the tax credits.

A restoration could have been performed for a price.

Yes, it’s better than it was but will not have staying power.
by ArtVandelay
12 Jul 2018 19:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 26444

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I’m not sure how many times we have to go over this, but the historical tax credit excuse is bull****. It came down to economics for the developer. Do you really think the Texas Historical Commission said don’t make this building look like it did when it was built but rather restore it to its 1960s ...
by ArtVandelay
11 Jul 2018 22:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 499
Views: 99917

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Is the parking garage facade going to have a light feature? At one point, it looked like there were a bunch of randomly located lights installed.
by ArtVandelay
04 Jul 2018 18:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 507
Views: 107014

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Not sure if anyone has been following the Deep Ellum mural drama....pretty interesting what’s going on in the Ellum. Westdale really stepped in it and seems to be digging an even deeper hole. A building owner had every right to paint their buildings how they see fit but the way it they went about it...
by ArtVandelay
04 Jul 2018 15:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 141
Views: 36103

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I hope FM gets more retail that stays open a little later once more residential gets completed. Stopped by yesterday evening and it's really quiet in this area. Was happy to see that Green Door Pub was pretty lively though. From the photos, crazy how close The Bridge is to downtown now. It used to ...
by ArtVandelay
08 Jun 2018 13:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 23
Views: 5788

Re: DISD Administration Building

I’m starting to have my doubts about this project. Looks like work has stopped and the site looks abandoned. The historic structure that remains had huge graffiti tags and lots of broken windows.

I wonder if the can scrap their plans and tear down the building, which would be sad.

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