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by willyk
15 Jul 2019 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 137
Views: 42394

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Shame no retail on Ross ...


So true. So where will these people shop? Where is the opportunity to build some new retail? The Sprouts site and the DISD corner both seem feasible.
by willyk
15 Jul 2019 22:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134180

Re: Victory Park 3.0

New retail started next to Cinepolis—escape rooms. What am I missing? Is this considered to be a win for the main drag of a major development? Is it the demographic?
by willyk
14 Jul 2019 05:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 69509

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

‘Epitome of Mixed Use’: Old Meets New in Deep Ellum’s The Epic Development

Developers are preserving history and building blocks of sustainability in one of Dallas' most historic neighborhoods.

https://dallasinnovates.com/epitome-of- ... velopment/
by willyk
09 Jul 2019 00:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 150
Views: 38234

Re: The Cedars Developments

I hope the street abandonment goes through regardless, assuming that the same agenda item includes converting S. Ervay to two-way. As for the new Ambassador, I wonder if Jim Lake will reconsider the hotel use now that he has a clean slate. A mixed-use Ambassador Hotel & Residences might get fun...
by willyk
08 Jul 2019 23:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134180

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I like it. And adding critical mass is always a victory for Victory. I agree that this will be welcome support for the lunch business, which will benefit the residents too. There is relatively little office here— just the existing Hillwood Building and the Plaza Buildings. When this one fills, it wi...
by willyk
06 Jul 2019 02:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 173
Views: 43359

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Take a look at the two silver Art Deco statues at the head of the reflecting pool at Fair Park that the city recently restored—no modesty there.
by willyk
03 Jul 2019 23:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 173
Views: 43359

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The Rockefeller Center of Dallas
by willyk
01 Jul 2019 01:57
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 145
Views: 31124

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

What’s next for Parks for DTD—Carpenter or the West End? I think Harwood is last.
by willyk
01 Jul 2019 01:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 22
Views: 5838

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

This seems like an odd location for a hotel now. I could have seen it a few years back, but now this location is quite disconnected and remote from all of the business and cultural activity that I think their guests would want to be near. It’s a beautiful site, but Victory, Field St., Ross Ave and M...
by willyk
27 Jun 2019 04:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 149
Views: 36066

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Worrying that the fact that people find it so annoying is the thing that will make it stick.
by willyk
24 Jun 2019 23:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 145
Views: 31124

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

They’ve put some turf down now.
by willyk
22 Jun 2019 23:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 390
Views: 86339

Re: Oak Lawn

Loved the old Esquire Theater on Oak Lawn, as well as the Wilshire Theater on Mockingbird. Those old great Interstate Theaters were a part of Dallas' fabric. So glad the Lakewood & Inwood Theaters have survived. The Circle still stands on Harry Hines, but is probably unsalvageable. The Forest h...
by willyk
22 Jun 2019 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47914

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Just noticed that columns and a crane are up for what appears to be a new apartment project on S Harwood just south of the Amelia, occupying the site between Harvest Lofts and The Bridge. Was there ever an announcement or renders? There is so much nice, low key, residential around the Farmers Marke...
by willyk
21 Jun 2019 23:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47914

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Just noticed that columns and a crane are up for what appears to be a new apartment project on S Harwood just south of the Amelia, occupying the site between Harvest Lofts and The Bridge. Was there ever an announcement or renders? There is so much nice, low key, residential around the Farmers Market...
by willyk
14 Jun 2019 22:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 173
Views: 43359

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Looking great, and just think, they could have gone to Legacy West like everyone else. DTD really hit jackpot when we kept them here.
by willyk
14 Jun 2019 00:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 69509

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

DPatel304 wrote:
quixomniac wrote:Id prefer a play on words, Deep ellum, Deeper Ellum, and Deepest ellum ;)


I really wouldn't be surprised if that caught on, considering we currently have Lower Greenville and Lowest Greenville.



Cheap Ellum
by willyk
05 Jun 2019 02:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 302
Views: 76010

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Looks a lot better than the Willow Bend store.

https://images.app.goo.gl/N1oUD1omriMpLUxH8
by willyk
03 Jun 2019 02:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 88387

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

A reincarnation of the old Lucas B&B is what this building needs.
by willyk
01 Jun 2019 22:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 364
Views: 88387

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Mockingbird Diner Closes Was it the staff? The size? Restaurateur 'befuddled' over Mockingbird Diner's closure https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2019/06/01/mockingbird-diner-closed-near-dallas-love-field-airport Anybody else try this place besides me? The ownership was arrogant and rude. You...
by willyk
28 May 2019 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 396
Views: 108554

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Weren’t there a lot of “free rent” signs in the ‘80s?
by willyk
24 May 2019 23:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 49
Views: 9180

Re: Design District 1.0

Just came across this. Sorry if it has already been posted.

In Dallas’ Design District, a New Frontier for Residential Growth

https://dallas.towers.net/2019/03/06/in ... al-growth/
by willyk
19 May 2019 22:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 6186

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

I think this may simply be how the urban development game is being played in Dallas now. In the prior era, developers like Crow and Hines did one site at a time. But now we have developers who buy a neighborhood and develop multiple sites over a period of years, with Harwood being the archetype. The...
by willyk
17 May 2019 23:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 308
Views: 69509

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

While this is no Amazon if it truly is a done deal it will certainly boost the demand for more apartment starts all over. We have seen lots of announcements recently for new residential high rises but a high profile company like Uber building even a second HQ with let's say 500 employees would be a...
by willyk
16 May 2019 02:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 183
Views: 33074

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Saw 2200 Main today—they have done a remarkable job on the exterior. I never would have imagined that the white paint could be so completely removed and such a fabulous building would emerge from under it.
by willyk
15 May 2019 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134180

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Local Press + Brew has closed in VP. https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2019/05/15/local-press-coffee-closed-oak-cliff-my-favorite-drink It was oddly run. They never turned the sign on in the mornings—to save money? Anyway at the busiest time of day for a juice place it looked closed. Strange.
by willyk
15 May 2019 04:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 607
Views: 178890

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

Is this the best commercial/residential architectural addition to Dallas in the last 10 years? Other candidates— M&O, Virgin, Epic?
by willyk
14 May 2019 03:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 33
Views: 4971

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

The article mentions a Toll Brothers tower on Congress. Do we a Topic for that one?
by willyk
28 Apr 2019 22:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134129

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

It’s quite clear that one hotel won’t be enough for DE. If I could pick, that’s what I would want there. A hotel at that location would draw from DE, Baylor Hospital and the new Baylor Admin, and would do quite well.
by willyk
28 Apr 2019 03:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 157
Views: 47914

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

mdg109 wrote:Not sure what the plan is, but it looks like it could be used as another open floor for the market, or the whole space could be divided up for retail. When I looked in, it was all empty space with no walls.


Taylor Lofts Retail
https://dallasfarmersmarket.org/taylor-lofts-retail/
by willyk
28 Apr 2019 00:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 40
Views: 10638

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

I hope the architects do something that fits the original Las Vegas-Rat Pack vibe.
by willyk
27 Apr 2019 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134180

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I consider it a sign of progress that we have moved on to criticizing the rebranding and not the redevelopment itself.

I certainly like all the new stuff in SoVi / VP / West Uptown / Lowest Mac / Almost Harwood.
by willyk
20 Apr 2019 02:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 460
Views: 115705

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32702814007_3f9d869d27_k.jpg Untitled by Roman Reyna , on Flickr Are they finally going to unveil the new marble?? Looks like they are taking off the blue cover from the bottom of the tower. If the project is strapped for funding, isn’t this an odd thing to be sp...
by willyk
18 Apr 2019 23:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 11950

Re: The Link at Uptown

Is it mainly concentrated in just three sites with three owners—Harwood, North End and Triton? I wish it were more fractious. Things would happen sooner. Harwood is moving forward, but very methodically. North End is asleep at the wheel. At least Triton is for sale. We might see something big happen...
by willyk
17 Apr 2019 02:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134129

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Clearly, proximity to Baylor/Sammons Cancer Center is the key to this location. I suspect that Baylor has acquired much real estate in the neighborhood for expansion. I fear that these properties will sit as parking lots or underutilized buildings perpetually. I don’t know if the American Cancer Soc...
by willyk
07 Apr 2019 02:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 11950

Re: The Link at Uptown

For what it's worth, every non-Dallasite (friends, visitors, work colleagues, etc) I've ever spoke to thought Uptown, LoMac, Victory, Deep Ellum, etc were all part of Downtown. There was no distinction to them. For those who know though, I think the Klyde Warren extension and developments like the ...
by willyk
07 Apr 2019 02:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 11950

Re: The Link at Uptown

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by willyk
07 Apr 2019 02:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 38
Views: 5978

Re: 1700 Pacific

A new park coming on one side and Royal Blue grocery on the other—the timing seems good for some residential.
by willyk
05 Apr 2019 04:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 5331

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Walked through the new lobby and restaurants and I call say is "yawn". The Starler, Cambria and even the Lorenzo have a cohesive design and they each tell a story. The story here is someone picked a few things out of a catalog and called it a day. It feels like the Westin at One Main: bor...
by willyk
05 Apr 2019 04:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 92
Views: 11950

Re: The Link at Uptown

The Link, Harwood 11, El Fenix plus Hillwood VP and the Victor—this neighborhood is emerging as the focus for the next wave of high rise development. Getting harder to distinguish Uptown from Victory. Stampede 66 closed a little too early. They should have repositioned the place from a destination r...
by willyk
14 Mar 2019 02:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 610
Views: 134180

Re: Victory Park 3.0

“The Victory Park bar and restaurant scene is experiencing a dramatic change as we welcome new concepts from some of Dallas’ top food and beverage operators. Burgundy Swine: opening March 2019 DIBS on VICTORY: opening Spring 2019 Hero: opening March 2019 Jinya Ramen: opening March 2019 Sift + Pour: ...
by willyk
12 Mar 2019 03:05
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 22969

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

It seems that a much better option would be to extend the park EASTWARD a few hundred feet, and then work to integrate it with the Arts District by re configuring the Annette Strauss Square as a pass through to the core of the Arts District. That square, while beautiful, is hardly used and walled o...
by willyk
09 Mar 2019 22:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 125
Views: 27047

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

Great location—better than anything they have on Harwood St. More accessible. More walkable (into VP). More shopping and restaurants nearby. Their other buildings seem to be doing well. One would this one would do even better.
by willyk
02 Mar 2019 01:29
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: 56410

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

Keep in mind guys Park District Tower is a luxury tower and I mean actual luxury not just what every apartment slaps on a flyer. They are leasing Apartments at super high prices. They wanted to sell units on a Ritz Carlton level of service so a Steak House is not surprisingly what they want to take...
by willyk
02 Mar 2019 01:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers
Replies: 12
Views: 1656

Re: Medical/Market Center: Stemmons Towers

My ideal in this age of mega mixed use would be for someone to collaborate with TRE and with the Pollock family who own the 1960s buildings to the south. Between the DART property, this property, and the Pollock property, that's about 25 acres for TOD. Even cooler would be to coordinate that "...
by willyk
24 Feb 2019 02:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134129

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

From 2007...not arguing about this, I’m just sayin’: http://www.city-data.com/forum/dallas/120296-so-what-happened-deep-ellum.html#b I can understand what Tamtagon is saying if I look at that DE from a cultural point of view. But the crowds were not of the type that a business would want, persistent...
by willyk
23 Feb 2019 03:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 565
Views: 134129

Re: Deep Ellum: Hines Project - 2700 Commerce

So what's different with this resurgence of Deep Ellum? The residential? Prior iterations were collections of mostly low budget music venues and bars with the RE held by disparate uncooperative owners who did not invest. There was a sprinkling of well run, cool destinations. But people mostly came ...
by willyk
20 Feb 2019 23:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 191
Views: 62604

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

So much of the Uptown restaurant scene is aimed at expense account dining. It’s nice to see a grocery store and some affordable spots for the people who actually live there. That’s what makes a neighborhood livable.
by willyk
18 Feb 2019 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 106
Views: 28882

Re: Dallas Smart District

Class A space in a Class C location. It will never fly.

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