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by trueicon
10 Sep 2019 18:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

^^ That's a really good idea. I, too, wonder why our local FOX station hasn't already done something like this. What's the point in being downtown when you don't take advantage of your location at all! They might as well be in the suburbs like NBC 5. In Philly (and some other markets), the local FOX...
by trueicon
07 May 2019 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

If you believe this project will be completed under Drever's guard, you will be disappointed. In fact I'll buy a round of drinks for everyone on this thread if I'm wrong and it opens next year like they promise. But I could just as easily promise to buy everyone a new iPhone XS Max -- it really won...
by trueicon
02 May 2019 19:57
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 74340

Re: DART D2 Subway

At one of the open houses, they mentioned DART wanting faregates for all of the subway stations at street level to cut down on loitering below ground level. Not sure how well that will work as one need only walk to a ground level station and connect to the Orange or Green line and soon find themsel...
by trueicon
26 Apr 2019 19:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 74340

Re: DART D2 Subway

The only benefit of going underground was to make the vehicular traffic above, happy. Success on that part. But, the insane cost of doing so will limit numerous other transit projects in the future. D2 as it stands now, is a net-loss for transit users. Well, DART is full steam ahead on the complete...
by trueicon
16 Apr 2019 22:55
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 293
Views: 74340

Re: DART D2 Subway

This is far better than the alternatives. I'm glad DART actually listened because their preferred alignment was even closer to duplicating the existing Pacific Ave corridor. At least the Commerce St. alignment brings portals in the hot spots of downtown (Main Street, Discovery District, Main Street ...
by trueicon
16 Apr 2019 22:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 6136

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Until the Sheraton's convention space is totally retooled (and expanded) to interact with Pacific Park, the brand's design strategy to emphasize community, collaboration and experiences is empty and absurd. What may be the best entertainment observation floor in the city remains empty at this hotel...
by trueicon
22 Mar 2019 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 208
Views: 49096

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

ATT should host walk-in movies with the Time-Warner collection. I do hope AT&T does something with its entertainment library. There are lots of potential projects would definitely put the discovery district on the map. A true Game of Thrones or West World themed saloon. A Sopranos italian resta...
by trueicon
20 Mar 2019 21:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 208
Views: 49096

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Noticed that City Hall Bistro now has an entrance on Main St. next to Which Wich. Also, a juice place is opening next door to Bread Zeppelin. IMG_6686.jpgIMG_6687.jpg Glad to see something going in here. This block is sad. Downtown seems to have stalled. It might not be the ONLY problem but one of ...
by trueicon
28 Jan 2019 08:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 537
Views: 153122

Re: Northpark Center

^ I do think a JW Marriott hotel is sorely needed in Dallas but this is 100% the wrong place to put it. A hotel like that belongs downtown. Putting something like that at Northpark is the type of sprawl that created the mess we have on our freeways and the smog in the air. It is the exact opposite o...
by trueicon
23 Jan 2019 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Fear not, I found Drever's 10 year challenge pic.

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by trueicon
09 Jan 2019 22:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: VisitDallas gets audited
Replies: 7
Views: 1859

Re: VisitDallas gets audited

And frankly, I think the idea that a suspending a visitor experience, executive offices & parking garage over a highway is cock-eyed and the strongest indicator that decisions making has become at least less good, and at worst tragic. Yeah, that was my take exactly. When they announced that pla...
by trueicon
18 Dec 2018 10:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 648
Views: 229933

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

Something interesting from DART's D2 plan I came across re: the ugly parking lot across the street. Check out slide 18. They're considering a "tree lined pedestrian connection" to cut across the current parking lot, alongside where the D2 line would enter the underground tunnel. Maybe that...
by trueicon
04 Dec 2018 20:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 36
Views: 7443

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Seems like the move to Bryan Tower is pretty much a done deal, yes; also seems like that's not the final destination for these brands. Maybe the bargain shoe store and small town pharmacy/convenience grocer are headed toward the recycle bin. Very interesting, thanks for posting that article. I woul...
by trueicon
04 Dec 2018 00:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 36
Views: 7443

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

This is speculation, but it sure sounds like Fred's Inc. is moving its headquarters from Memphis to Bryan Tower.

https://old.reddit.com/r/downtowndallas ... eneral_is/
by trueicon
20 Nov 2018 23:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 244
Views: 71657

Re: DFW Economy

I'm not sure if many of you watch the markets like I do, but things haven't been so great the past few weeks. On Jim Cramer today, he made a very convincing case for oil prices plunging in the next year. https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/20/cramer-charts-forecast-further-declines-for-oil-prices-and-stock...
by trueicon
19 Oct 2018 09:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 155
Views: 44174

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

This is pretty much the "best case scenario" for the site and proves the wait was worth it. Awesome development!
by trueicon
16 Oct 2018 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I don't want another 2-3 year delay with this project. Do I wish this project was already done hell yeah! The trouble is when you are trying to secure financing the last thing you need to do is make a public statement that makes your business seem like it could fail. I agree. You guys are right tha...
by trueicon
15 Oct 2018 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Cbdallas wrote:They could at least run a Haunted House in the building to generate some cash for October.

Hah you know, that's not a half bad idea!
by trueicon
15 Oct 2018 13:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Posting some more info that wasn't covered in the DMN article. You can read the memo to the council from the office of economic development here: https://dallascityhall.com/government/Council%20Meeting%20Documents/edh_3_developmentagreementamendmentsforthedrevertifproject_101518.pdf What jumps out t...
by trueicon
15 Oct 2018 13:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

DMN buried the lead, but Drever officially asked the city for (at least) a third extension to 2020. Not a big surprise that they won't be able to open at the end of 2019 when they aren't actually doing any construction inside the building. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/10/15/d...
by trueicon
30 Sep 2018 09:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 14375

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

Thanks for confirming your misunderstanding of the full-service hotel market. ;) I have zero desire to reveal my occupation in an attempt to win a silly argument with an anonymous internet forum battle, so you're welcome to believe whatever you like :) Time will tell who is correct. Personally I th...
by trueicon
21 Sep 2018 00:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 14375

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I think you have a misunderstanding of the full-service hotel market. Thanks, but I don't think so. I agree with everyone that it makes sense to do a business oriented hotel in Uptown . It's a very desirable part of town, and there's plenty of great places for a solo business traveler to walk to fo...
by trueicon
19 Sep 2018 22:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 14375

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I know this isn't a convention center hotel but I thought they did have some conference room space to accommodate smaller groups. Exactly, that was my read on it as well. My whole beef is that they went out of their way to focus on the convention/conference features of the hotel. I agree with every...
by trueicon
19 Sep 2018 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 50
Views: 14375

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: 196
Views: 44807

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: 11
Views: 3079

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: 11
Views: 3079

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: 50
Views: 14375

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: 50
Views: 14375

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: 50
Views: 14375

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: 293
Views: 74340

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Warrior2015 wrote:So has construction resumed ?


No.
by trueicon
13 Jun 2018 12:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: 150
Views: 38173

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: 150
Views: 38173

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: 63391

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: 210
Views: 57852

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: 196
Views: 44807

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: 648
Views: 229933

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: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 489
Views: 140564

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: 317
Views: 114002

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: 63391

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: 63391

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: 170
Views: 56552

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 ...

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