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by dzh
17 Jun 2020 22:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 51
Views: 24243

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

What do you think most people and transit activists would call the mode of transit using Elon's Tesla cars in Elon's Boring Tunnels? An underground People Mover! Let's assume Love Field builds one, using just one vehicle within just one tunnel. It might reach 60 mph before having to slow down in th...
by dzh
16 Jun 2020 18:44
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 51
Views: 24243

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

Saw this article about the Boring Company and their project in San Bernardino that will connect the Ontario Airport to the nearest rail station. https://www.dailybulletin.com/2020/05/27/elon-musks-boring-co-proposes-tunnel-to-ontario-airport-as-alternative-to-light-rail/ Might be time to inquire abo...
by dzh
22 May 2020 09:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 46
Views: 14000

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

I would love it if they redeveloped their convention and banquet space across the street. That just seems prime for brand new buildings that could not only do their current function, but also more.
by dzh
20 May 2020 22:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 391
Views: 179548

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Now if we can just get the Knoxbridge Apartments and the Slate at Cole Apartments all redeveloped...then this neighborhood will be really rolling. Hopefully some mixed-use like Knox Heights are built soon too
by dzh
20 May 2020 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 117
Views: 58013

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

Does anyone know what the zoning allows for the site where the crane fell? I understand that this is a sensitive subject, but I really hope they build a great mixed-use project...or something along those lines on that site.
by dzh
15 May 2020 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 2401 McKinney tower
Replies: 20
Views: 2418

Re: 2401 McKinney tower

I really don't think this building has enough retail in my opinion...I'm sure Trulucks will take up at least 90% of the 15,000 sq. ft. designated for retail. But other than that small critique, I think this is a really solid project. Definitely a massive improvement over what is currently there.
by dzh
13 May 2020 10:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 88
Views: 46480

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Just a fun thing, no real update or news:

By the Trader Joe’s on Cole, they’re tearing up the street and you can see the old streetcar rails. What I would give to see streetcars on that part of Cole lol
by dzh
05 May 2020 16:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 142852

Re: DART D2 Subway

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/covid-19-may-force-dart-to-delay-downtown-subway-by-15-years/2361863/

Anyone know more about this? A 15 year delay beyond the 2025 completion date for D2 sounds incredibly brutal.
by dzh
02 May 2020 22:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 48
Views: 15972

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

That area near Crow's Parkland campus seems ripe for being a high rise corridor. Anyone know why there hasn't been more development down there?
by dzh
28 Apr 2020 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 37
Views: 6727

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

Can someone tell me where they first heard that he (Headington) is totally exiting the restaurant and entertainment industry? Admittedly, the DMagazine article about his company makes things sound bleak...but it's hard to imagine that he totally walks away from all of these projects because of Covid...
by dzh
26 Apr 2020 19:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: New Uptown Tower
Replies: 15
Views: 2503

Re: New Uptown Tower

Hopefully Kairoi (across the street), does similar things with their pedestrian access. It'd be the least they could do considering that they're building a non mixed-use development in a location that is primed for it.
by dzh
26 Apr 2020 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 556
Views: 204800

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

There's a new rendering on site at the Epic. It's for the buildings across the street and to the left of the hotel. The rendering seems to show a modern office cube on top of the old buildings. I thought it looked pretty cool. I'll try to snap a picture next time I drive by it.
by dzh
25 Apr 2020 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 283
Views: 100912

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

Hillwood doesn't have a great track record with urban things, probably why they're so conservative. As much as Victory Park has improved, they really built it with a poor pedestrian experience in mind. I guess where I'm going with this...I wouldn't hold my breathe for Hillwood picking a good interac...
by dzh
08 Apr 2020 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 202
Views: 102156

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

Someone let me know if I'm maybe misremembering...but didn't those condos that were built in Legacy West all sell very quickly? Like under a year fast... Condos are a weird game. It's hard to explain to someone (especially in a state like Texas) that not only do they need to pay a yearly property ta...
by dzh
31 Mar 2020 19:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 556
Views: 204800

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/local-companies/2020/03/31/uber-pausing-dallas-hiring-postponing-construction-until-2021-due-to-coronavirus/ Sounds like Uber is pausing construction for the foreseeable future. Hopefully we didn't just get our first unfinished "Stonehenge" for this prev...
by dzh
23 Feb 2020 17:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 142
Views: 50324

Re: Lower Greenville Development

The more apartments in this neighborhood, the more people to spend money at the restaurants on Greenville Ave. i hear all the time about how the restaurants really believe that there isn’t enough parking on Greenville...seems like more apartments in walking distance is a good way to ensure a custome...
by dzh
16 Feb 2020 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 126251

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I'm admittedly a little concerned about phase 1. It eerily reminds me of how they created Victory Park back in 2006. Development only being on one side of the street (or in this case a park) has me a little worried. Hopefully I'm wrong though. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
by dzh
15 Feb 2020 16:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 126251

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I really hope one of the buildings in this development is as tall, or taller than Cityplace Tower. It'd be nice to get some tall buildings outside of the CBD.
by dzh
22 Jan 2020 22:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 325
Views: 137991

Re: Silver Line

I'm no train expert, but how would a tunnel with a diesel-powered train like work? Would they just create the most ventilated tunnel ever? In the off chance event that they end up getting forced to dig a tunnel, will they potentially need to go electric for this line?
by dzh
14 Dec 2019 08:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District
Replies: 37
Views: 6727

Re: Downtown Dallas: Field Street District

This kind of reminds me of Brickell City Centre in Miami. Say what you want about the architecture of this project, but Downtown Dallas has been kinda needing a development of this style for a while. This thing will possibly create an important center of activity.
by dzh
12 Dec 2019 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 45515

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Check D magazine if you're interested in seeing the latest rendering from Woods for this project...
by dzh
04 Dec 2019 07:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 2913 Fairmount
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: 2913 Fairmount

Can someone explain to me why Candy is happy about the only 63% lot coverage? Wouldn't we want more lot coverage if they built more retail, or at least wouldn't we want the building to be closer to the sidewalk in order to further engage with the neighborhood... I'm sorry if this post doesn't make s...
by dzh
21 Nov 2019 08:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 142852

Re: DART D2 Subway

I really think D2 is a total mess with this portal system and it's Victory Park route. We need D2 badly, but part of me wonders if it's worth it if it get poorly constructed. This west portal goes right through the recently purchased South Asian Museum land, and then the east portal is a mess when i...
by dzh
07 Nov 2019 07:04
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 142852

Re: DART D2 Subway

Am I really the only one who seems to think an above ground train through Victory Park is a bad idea? I just can't see this working well. I really hope I'm wrong. Maybe there's something I don't understand that hasn't been explained to me yet? The land under Victory Park is fill, made up of small a...
by dzh
05 Nov 2019 15:22
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 376
Views: 142852

Re: DART D2 Subway

https://www.dart.org/meetings/publicmeetings.asp?ID=713 Notice of Public Meetings D2 Subway - DART Second CBD Light Rail Alignment The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) invite you to attend a public meeting about the D2 Subway, the proposed second light rail ...
by dzh
25 Oct 2019 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 126251

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I've seen the equity package for that JPI deal. It's a typical wrap apartment project starting on the northeast corner of the parcel on Carroll that was acquired from Trammel Crow and stretching south along the eastern property boundary. Initial plan is/was 430 units on 5 acres. Zero percent chance...
by dzh
25 Oct 2019 07:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum
Replies: 24
Views: 8919

Re: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum

The development will also have 10,585 square feet of ground-floor retail, which is being leased up by Venture Commercial. No retail leases have yet been announced. That retail is going to be be hard to lease. Miniscule pedestrian traffic. How about some neighborhood services—dry cleaners, nails, sa...
by dzh
21 Oct 2019 13:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 415
Views: 178860

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I wonder if there is any chance that there could be a future extension from the perimeter to downtown. I'm sure if it was the other way around, there would many prominent local pompom-shakers and developers chomping at the bit here to figure out a way for an extension the rest of the way to downtow...
by dzh
18 Oct 2019 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 124
Views: 46479

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Is this a new project or the one already in progress? Don't have a DMN subscription... Already in progress! If you drive down Central, you can see their two cranes up. The project looks good on paper. No idea how it will be when it is actually in front of us though. It looks like phase one will be ...
by dzh
14 Oct 2019 13:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley
Replies: 13
Views: 3783

Re: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley

If three arts ever moves past the concept boards. At this point they haven't been able to get Two Arts off the ground they may never even propose Three Arts and sell off the land or as part of the sale of the entire project. I wish Billingsley would just sell if she doesn't intend to build anytime ...
by dzh
14 Oct 2019 07:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley
Replies: 13
Views: 3783

Re: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley

Yea I don't think Billingsley really knows how to create more than an office park unfortunately. They need to hire a good urban architect and create an actual master plan.
by dzh
13 Oct 2019 22:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley
Replies: 13
Views: 3783

Two Arts Plaza -Billlingsley

Found a brochure for Two Arts Plaza on the Billingsley website. I'm inclined to believe that it's a relatively recent plan seeing that Playwright Pub is included in the brochure (and that bar didn't open until earlier this year). It's definitely about time that they got something rolling over here. ...
by dzh
11 Oct 2019 07:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 568
Views: 248649

Re: Northpark Center

I think another Northpark expansion is just a huge fairytale. They've been teasing us with it since at least 2006. It's a shame too, this mall really has the potential to be like Westfield Century City in LA. They have the space in their parking lots to do a huge open air expansion (and they've even...
by dzh
10 Oct 2019 20:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 300333

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hillwood just doesn't seem to understand urban design (neither does Crow really for that matter). I really don't expect to see much more than some office buildings with restaurants and retail at the bottom. I think the developments will be successful, but better things could've been built ultimately...
by dzh
30 Aug 2019 04:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 391
Views: 179548

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Please correct me if I’m wrong (because I’m not totally certain by any means), but I was under the impression that they didn’t need the OLC’s approval to build here? I thought it was more of the developer attempting to be courteous than anything else. The area I’m pretty sure is zoned for up to 240’...
by dzh
18 Jul 2019 07:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)
Replies: 24
Views: 8900

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

Can someone explain to me why TC didn't add retail to this project? Seems like it would be a no-brainer to build something mixed-use here.
by dzh
13 Jun 2019 07:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: TC Oak Grove Tower (13 ST)
Replies: 24
Views: 8900

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

I hate to be a downer, but such a disappointing project from TC. I wish they would build a mixed-use building here. Probably not the most trafficked area for street side retail, but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't help the area or be a start.
by dzh
13 May 2019 21:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 27
Views: 9971

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

There is a big "Arriving" sign for The Terminal on the property now. Nice!! I always worry about the high quality developments like this getting killed before I see dirt turn. From what I understand they just got their approval! I couldn't be more happy for them. It's a great team there.
by dzh
06 May 2019 22:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 230133

Re: Oak Lawn

I'm just hoping more towers get built on Oak Lawn. It's high time this street reaches its potential. There's no reason that Oak Lawn should not be the Dallas' version of Sunset Boulevard.
by dzh
02 May 2019 07:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 206153

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I heard a rumor that Social House was about to sign a lease near Bottled Blonde. Not quite sure if that came to fruition or not though.
by dzh
28 Apr 2019 22:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 10597

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

The small triangular building at McKinney & Akard looks to have metal poles in the ground for fencing to go up. Any idea what the plan is here? STK was supposed to open a location there. The Morning News even wrote about their intended move there (this was 2015 however). No idea if STK is final...
by dzh
23 Apr 2019 21:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Preston Hollow Village
Replies: 11
Views: 8104

Re: Preston Hollow Village

There is a rendering for a new office building on their website. Honestly not the worst design either. Does anyone else know what the full-term masterplan for this project is?
by dzh
02 Apr 2019 13:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 6157

Re: El Fenix site

The whole enchilada: El Fenix's landmark Uptown Dallas property is for sale https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/02/whole-enchilada-el-fenixsuptown-dallas-property-sale That would be pretty huge if this site gets redeveloped into something mixed use a la The Union. It wouldn't be...
by dzh
27 Mar 2019 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 740
Views: 286156

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I wish we could have a geographic Deep Ellum designation that could operate full service 24 hours a day, exempt from all blue law remnants. It honestly does shock me how there aren’t exemption areas from the state’s 2am last call law. I’m sure it’s much more complex than I’m making it seem, but I d...
by dzh
24 Mar 2019 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 124
Views: 46479

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

The other spots where a deck park would work wonders would be at Knox Henderson, Cityplace, and Northpark. Considering the campaign for a deck park at Legacy West has begun, then I don't see why we can't have additional ones throughout the city.
by dzh
24 Mar 2019 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 124
Views: 46479

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

I think it may be time to start discussing a deck park for the SMU/Mockingbird station area. It seems like an ideal way to connect those two together.
by dzh
07 Feb 2019 07:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 206153

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Does anyone know any details about the renovation of the retail space at Rosewood Court? It looks like they're tearing out a fairly large sized chunk in order to put something big in. Maybe a two floor restaurant?
by dzh
09 Jan 2019 23:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 202
Views: 102156

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

Does anyone know whatever happened to the grocer that they were going to put in this building?
by dzh
08 Jan 2019 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 776
Views: 385995

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

Not to bring this thread off-topic, but the fact that running the DART at-grade through Victory Park hasn't been a point of contention....just mind-boggles me. I think we're going to look back on this decision to run the rail at-grade and just wonder: "how did we allow such a preventable urban ...
by dzh
08 Nov 2018 22:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 49363

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

I'm happy something is being built here, however I really do hate the building. I don't like the design, and I think the name is just comical. Seriously? The Victor at Victory Park? That's gotta be the lamest thing I've heard in weeks. All being said, it will be nice to haver more density and more r...

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