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by trueicon
19 Sep 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 35
Views: 3433

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I guess I have to book a full-service Marriott because I'm a business traveler"- hotels are going to fill their rooms with whoever's willing to pay the current rate. That's not at all what I'm saying. I'm a business traveler too by the way. Business hotel ==/== convention hotel. The bread and ...
by trueicon
14 Sep 2018 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I haven't seen such a spectacular smoke and mirrors show since walking through a funhouse on the Jersey shore 10 years ago. Those of us who live across the street and can easily peer through our windows know that there is zero work going on besides pumping out updates to social media pages. They've ...
by trueicon
05 Sep 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7070

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Yes, this area is off to a great start. Still wish they went with a different name (I personally like "Shallow Ellum"), but East Quarter is fine. Maybe they can brand East Quarter as EQ (which means "emotional intelligence")? Something else positive I just thought about -- EQ cer...
by trueicon
10 Aug 2018 14:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges

It did seem like an odd location, but, I just assumed that the idea was to gentrify the entire area and eventually create a smooth transition between the Bishop Arts District and the Zoo. I completely agree, but we're still many years (IMHO) away from the the Bishop Arts gentrification crossing Jef...
by trueicon
10 Aug 2018 13:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges
Replies: 8
Views: 422

Re: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges

Such a shame someone in power would abuse people's trust like that. I can't help but think about the deck park under construction by the Dallas zoo. It's conveniently in his district. I never understood what the value was in connecting two sides of i35e that clearly aren't very walkable, unless your...
by trueicon
16 Jul 2018 19:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 35
Views: 3433

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Doh! Yes, thank you, that makes three full service Marriott-Starwood hotels in the CBD.
by trueicon
16 Jul 2018 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 35
Views: 3433

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Fair points about Starwood. By my math, however, the only full service (i.e., offers convention space etc.) Marriott-Starwood hotels within the CBD are Westin and Sheraton. The others are mostly boutique hotels that aren't really oriented towards the convention market. Compare that to the CBD of any...
by trueicon
14 Jul 2018 19:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 35
Views: 3433

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I don't understand putting this particular hotel in Uptown instead of Downtown. The type of client that books at a full service Marriott hotel is (generally speaking) a business traveler who (presumably) is traveling for a convention. The problem is that the convention center (downtown) is not walki...
by trueicon
02 Jul 2018 13:33
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 21793

Re: DART D2 Subway

Just got this link to an update on DART projects today Buried in the description for the D2 subway is this: Although DART did not receive funding from the FTA, DART is currently reviewing potential funding sources to keep development of the D2 Subway on track. http://dartdallas.dart.org/2018/06/29/y...
by trueicon
01 Jul 2018 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

From that last D Magazine article I linked: Maxwell Drever said a $150 million construction loan is expected to close as soon as June 22—but more likely on or before June 29. A spokesperson for Tiburon, California-based Drever Capital Management [...] said a press release would be issued once the fi...
by trueicon
17 Jun 2018 14:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Warrior2015 wrote:So has construction resumed ?


No.
by trueicon
13 Jun 2018 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

And now D Magazine weighs in with some disturbing details. Yikes. https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2018/06/the-drever-project-promises-financing-this-month/ The developer of the historic, $380 million redevelopment project now known as The Drever in downtown Dallas says it’s days away from...
by trueicon
13 Jun 2018 10:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 87
Views: 11934

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

^ I stand corrected. Yes, Kroger sold off their convenience stores, including their Tom Thumb stores, a few months ago. I'm betting we can expect a slightly smaller version of this Albertsons Express prototype: http://www.supermarketnews.com/news/albertsons-debuts-new-c-store-concept It appears that...
by trueicon
13 Jun 2018 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

The article doesn't make me feel any more confident about the project. Their announcement to investors amounts to almost nothing we didn't already know, besides finally acknowledging that work has stopped on the project. "We gave final approval..." but they won't elaborate on any details. ...
by trueicon
12 Jun 2018 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 87
Views: 11934

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I wonder if Kroger, who owns its own chain of convenience stores called "Tom Thumb" in Florida and Alabama, will try to block Safeway using the name Tom Thumb for this (and possibly other) convenience store(s).
by trueicon
21 May 2018 17:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29570

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

^ Pretty much came to say this. Hopefully the message Headington gets is that the luxury retail market is oversaturated, but there's still plenty of room for moderate-mid scale retail. But nothing about the Headington organization makes me think they're interested in that segment. Mind you, they've ...
by trueicon
21 May 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 114
Views: 17142

Re: AT&T Discovery District

My favorite what-if for ATT Discovery District requires the acquisition of Time-Warner and puts The Cedars, South Dallas and Fair Park on HBOs list of production sites. I love that idea! Or, relocating CNN / Cartoon Network / Adult Swim from Atlanta to Downtown Dallas in the years ahead (I know the...
by trueicon
17 May 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7070

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

"East Quarter" - meh. Sounds like the developer spent some time in New Orleans recently.

But hey, I'll call it anything they want as long as the concept is successful.
by trueicon
14 May 2018 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

With most if not all of the demo & abatement completed, the building could go on the market tomorrow and it would be a steal for the next buyer. All of the hard work has likely been done. I wouldn't be surprised if that was the plan all along. The next owner would also inherit the deal with Tho...
by trueicon
12 May 2018 14:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

There was some discussion of this project on the downtown residents council facebook page. It is very clear there is zero work being done inside 1401 Elm St. besides sporadic updates to the Drever facebook page, and it has been that way for several months. Their priorities should be much different ...
by trueicon
10 May 2018 10:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 366
Views: 64852

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

I checked out the Ascension Annex yesterday. The plaza at Fountain Place is really chill. Looking forward to the activity once AMLI finishes and more restaurants/retail move in. Also hoping the "nub" to the garage facing Ross gets built. Agreed, would make for a perfect 2 story CVS/Wallgr...
by trueicon
21 Apr 2018 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^^ Ah, someone's been browsing the Downtown Dallas subreddit I was hoping there would be some news on this. There's been absolutely zero visible progress besides them testing the lights so far in 2018. Broken windows remain covered in plywood. Marble remains off the building. I have no idea how the...
by trueicon
20 Mar 2018 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 52699

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

Not sure where I saw it (might have been the Downtown Residents Council on Facebook), but I read a rumor that they were actually trying to push some of their residents out of their leases early because it was more profitable to use their apartments as Air-BNBs and corporate housing. No idea if that...
by trueicon
07 Feb 2018 18:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29570

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

^^ Geez, Main Street news sure has been a mixed bag the last couple of years Gains = Commissary, Bread Zeppelin, Irish Bar, Westin and its restaurants/bars Losses = Union Park, relocation of City Tavern, the cancelled Wine Bar across from Wild Salsa, and now this . Interestingly , on Facebook , they...
by trueicon
25 Jan 2018 15:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29570

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

This was not expected. City Tavern will be moving to Mid Elm Lofts.

https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/20 ... elm-lofts/

I believe this will be the new location.
by trueicon
25 Jan 2018 13:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 143
Views: 24017

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

the building is designed it's going to be an eyesore in my mind because there is nothing even remotely close to that scale in that portion of downtown. It will look like the Cityplace Tower as an out of place lone high rise surrounded by low and mid rise buildings. Huh? It's right next to Fountain ...
by trueicon
23 Nov 2017 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

But we buried the lede in the DMN story. There will also be a 12,000-square-foot food hall. To give that some context, "the Market" part of the Dallas Farmers Market is 26,000 square feet. So, this will be slightly smaller than half of the market. That's all good and fine, but what I thin...
by trueicon
18 Nov 2017 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

dukemeredith wrote:Unbelievably sad. Source?


You should be able to click on the link in my post above. It was published in D Magazine yesterday. Very sad news.
by trueicon
15 Nov 2017 16:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

A condo conversion is actually a great idea. There definitely is demand for condos and the supply in the uptown/downtown/deep ellum area is laughably low. I hate that my suspicions about 1401 Elm (I will not call it anything else until it opens!) were right. With all the work needed to be done, the ...
by trueicon
30 Oct 2017 12:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 218
Views: 28862

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Hot Joy has already closed... http://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/hot-joy-dallas-closes-permanently-10022134 Usually I agree with the Dallas Observer, but the original review that may have led to the closure of Hot Joy seemed like quite the hit job. The biggest flaw, according to my read of t...
by trueicon
18 Oct 2017 17:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 8123

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

That said, it behooves both the West End and Victory to make the passage under Woodall a little less forbidding and encourage circulation between the two neighborhoods. This x1000! The West End and VP might as well be oceans apart -- just like Deep Ellum and downtown. People don't want to cross ske...
by trueicon
17 Oct 2017 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 8123

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

I want to be positive about this. I'm concerned that over two years later, only half of the the building has "prospective leasers." The plans to build a food hall in the first floor, also, seem very half baked. They announced it with zero leases. It's just "something they're talking a...
by trueicon
21 Sep 2017 13:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 366
Views: 64852

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

Tnexster wrote:Maybe somebody will catch a pic.


It's low res, but I put one up on /r/downtowndallas last night!
by trueicon
05 Jul 2017 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Thanks for posting that! I actually posted about that in / r/downtowndallas 4 days ago before the lights were turned on. The drever has nothing to do with it and isn't paying any money. It's a demonstration of OlightO technology that is looking to enter the outdoor advertising industry -- I saw the...
by trueicon
28 Jun 2017 14:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Well the developer cant take the city for fools in the way you seem to think. All that money gets paid out when the developer meets the end goals set forth in the agreement. They could finish the project when ever they want if they decided to abdandon the deadline which means they wouldnt get the a...
by trueicon
27 Jun 2017 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

^ I also live across the street but every time I look over I can count on one hand how many contractors I see in bright yellow vests throughout the building -- I've seen more contractors work on bathroom remodels! Like you, I see the 12 floors of the building lit up (it's the same 12 floors it's be...
by trueicon
27 Jun 2017 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Not so good news with the Drever - Dallas Morning News https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/06/26/downtown-dallas-landmark-projects-asking-time-finish-construction is reporting they're looking to extend the deadline till December 2019, after asking last October to extend the deadlin...

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