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by willyk
02 Dec 2020 02:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 299
Views: 153389

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Mballar wrote:Have any comrporate tenants been announced for the office space?


5 listed here: https://www.eastquarterdallas.com/tenants
by willyk
26 Oct 2020 21:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Newpark Dallas/Smart District
Replies: 215
Views: 72117

Re: Dallas Smart District

Given that there are 0 sq ft of office space currently under lease in this neighborhood, might it make more sense to prove up the market with a few nicely done 5-8 story buildings, THEN go tall?

Just asking.
by willyk
24 Oct 2020 01:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 60543

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

And here is the first glimpse: https://dmn-dallas-news-prod.cdn.arcpublishing.com/resizer/54M75xbymKo8y3Y2CQMfHHMyluo=/1660x934/smart/filters:no_upscale()/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/dmn/WOQJZT3JJBC2BCHYC2P6DWHNOY.jpg https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/10/23/dall...
by willyk
18 Oct 2020 04:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 357105

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hoping that a tightening DE market sends some adventurous retail and restaurant operators to the East Quarter, Farmers Market and Ross Ave.
by willyk
07 Oct 2020 06:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 357105

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Honestly, I have always thought that what was attracting people to the new residential in DE was proximity and walkability to the bars and restaurants. That said, something that would help would with stability would be daytime stores, breakfast joints, soft goods stores and other retail that service...
by willyk
05 Oct 2020 06:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 357105

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Seems like there is plenty of capacity available to shift the commuter traffic to Canton, Gaston, Live Oak and Ross.
by willyk
15 Sep 2020 06:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 122
Views: 71107

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

To sit back and think about how desperate the city was for a grocery store of a decent size anywhere close to the CBD 20yrs ago. The Neighborhood Walmart and former Albertson's in the West Village being the only two options back then. Now we have Tom Thumb almost in Deep Ellum, a Tom Thumb in Uptow...
by willyk
09 Sep 2020 04:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 98
Views: 39929

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Is “looking for a joint venture partner” a sign of progress or a sign of slack demand?
by willyk
08 Sep 2020 03:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 50
Views: 27506

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

Would be nice if the City would improve the sidewalks on Dragon and Slocum to encourage more street life and investment between The Cabana, The Virgin and on to the Trinity Strand. Seems to be a frequent problem that Dallas has great assets to anchor infill, but Dallas doesn’t make the investments i...
by willyk
04 Sep 2020 06:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 502
Views: 243052

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

It would be nice if they figured out how to make more use of Annette Strauss Square—way underutilized now.
by willyk
02 Sep 2020 05:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 502
Views: 243052

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

All of the sudden we have street life in the Arts District. With this building, the TCT renovation, 2000 Ross and the Hall hotel and restaurants, the change in the feel is quite noticeable. You also feel like the Uptown mood has finally come to the south side of the park. It’s a remarkable change. A...
by willyk
12 Aug 2020 04:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 608
Views: 286434

Re: Oak Lawn

A simple sign ordinance on Lemmon would go a long way toward improving its appearance.
by willyk
26 Jun 2020 03:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 72
Views: 31604

Re: Design District 1.0

The Manufacturing District We envision building a community of like-minded companies that share a passion for what they do. To support that community, we have adopted a hub & spoke portfolio approach that allows us to provide unsurpassed amenities in the centrally located Manufacturing District...
by willyk
18 Jun 2020 03:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 45
Views: 9158

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

Wish it would happen. Seems like Spire Phase II.
by willyk
06 May 2020 23:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 260763

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Too many pessimists on this string... Will Uber ride off to Dallas with its headquarters? As cost-cutting pressures mount, speculation intensifies that Uber could move its San Francisco headquarters to lower-cost Dallas. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2020/05/01/will-uber-ride-off-to-...
by willyk
19 Mar 2020 23:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 502
Views: 243052

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

They are doing it in Boston. CONSTRUCTION SHUTDOWN Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is shutting down construction sites across the city. Beginning Tuesday, he said, sites will have only enough staff to make secure them. Emergency repairs such as utility hook-ups and street repairs will be allowed. https://w...
by willyk
18 Dec 2019 23:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 158
Views: 71491

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

Now I say 15.
by willyk
16 Dec 2019 22:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 357105

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Nice job of capturing additional appreciation from their own project.
by willyk
16 Dec 2019 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 158
Views: 71491

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

Someone correct me but I think it’s 18. And do those forms move 4 floors at a time?
by willyk
11 Dec 2019 22:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 149
Views: 82799

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

As long as they get enough room nights to service the debt I am fine with the location.
by willyk
29 Nov 2019 16:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Harwood Park
Replies: 8
Views: 8294

Re: Downtown: Harwood Park

I noticed a sign on a building on Young St at the site that said Demo Delay. I wonder what’s up with that.
by willyk
26 Nov 2019 22:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 501
Views: 217295

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Interesting that they're moving from urban-style HQ to Westlake. You think they'd save enough dollars by going from SF and could afford / want to move into Dallas urban core. I guess they already had a facility out in Westlake though... Read “proximity to DFW Airport:” “Both companies have a sizabl...
by willyk
20 Nov 2019 22:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 228
Views: 124067

Re: West End 1.0

N Lamar Street is what is holding back the West End. That’s where the traffic counts are highest, but the scenery is mostly empty buildings, dead storefronts and surface lots. It looks derelict if you don’t know otherwise. More curb appeal on Lamar would pull people on to Houston and Record. The fro...
by willyk
14 Nov 2019 23:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 28
Views: 10972

Re: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)

I think that the Dallas CBD (no cannabis reference intended) hotels have historically been about conventions and business travel. The arrival of the MO, JWM and Virgin brands suggest the CBD is becoming a viable vacation destination. Performing arts, museums, parks, sports, restaurants, nightlife—it...
by willyk
14 Nov 2019 23:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 757
Views: 366455

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Coming soon to VP: Aqua S Ice Cream

https://aquas.us.com/
by willyk
11 Nov 2019 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 62
Views: 25180

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

This is a beautiful site and I wish them success, but is this a good location for business travelers? No office centers or restaurant/retail concentrations, unlike Uptown or Ross Ave. Maybe they draw a different customer?
by willyk
07 Nov 2019 20:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 788
Views: 357105

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Lots of fun. Dynamite location. Hard to go wrong.
by willyk
28 Oct 2019 23:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 757
Views: 366455

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Between the plans for this site, the Harwood Forum site, the Hillwood bank site and the former museum site, the corner of Field and Woodall is destined to go tall.
by willyk
28 Oct 2019 23:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 784
Views: 462481

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

I doubt that it was intentional, but this has been a great way to generate buzz about the building.
by willyk
24 Oct 2019 23:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum
Replies: 24
Views: 11924

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 willyk
21 Oct 2019 22:50
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 102036

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Can we conclusively say that this turned out much better than the robotic car park?
by willyk
15 Oct 2019 22:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 228
Views: 124067

Re: West End 1.0

Would be great if someone redeveloped the building to take advantage of the new park.
by willyk
13 Oct 2019 23:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 228
Views: 124067

Re: West End 1.0

The Grassy Knoll, Sixth Floor, Holocaust Museum, Old Red and Aquarium are here, and it’s catty-corner from the Perot...the West End is already a destination for families and tourists. It’s a logical site for the Museum of Illusions. Millennials and Urban Sophisticates have plenty of other playground...
by willyk
12 Oct 2019 03:36
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 102036

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

West End Plaza next?
by willyk
10 Oct 2019 22:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 757
Views: 366455

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Chipotle under construction.
by willyk
08 Oct 2019 22:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 123839

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Fabulous infill between EQ and DE. Hope we see lots more residential on this side of downtown, drawIng on the energy of Uber and the DE scene.
by willyk
03 Oct 2019 01:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 228
Views: 124067

Re: West End 1.0

Seems like a good time for residential here—lots of new restaurant and retail in VP, Harwood and the WE; Tom Thumb and CVS in the neighborhood.
by willyk
01 Oct 2019 01:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 757
Views: 366455

Re: Victory Park 3.0

These guys deserve some kudos for adding tenants to the mix to service the neighborhood instead of only servicing the arena crowd.
by willyk
27 Sep 2019 23:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 72
Views: 31604

Re: Design District 1.0

The DD has an oppertunity like few other to create an awesome little network of pedestrian alley ways that link various business/resturaunts/lofts etc., if they repurpose their network of former rail right of ways. There are tons of them, and they all conveniently link to existing or prosed trails,...
by willyk
27 Sep 2019 05:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 228
Views: 124067

Re: West End 1.0

They tore down the part of the building that held the Stark Club. It appeared to be a later addition to the original structure.

The building is wedged between Woodall and Continental. They need to do something to get a walking connection to VP and the West End.
by willyk
23 Sep 2019 22:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 348
Views: 168664

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Any word on what’s going into the old Sol Irlandes space on Main St.? Did anything ever get announced for this location? From a Sept 4 article in CultureMap Dallas: "Queso Beso. Another concept from downtown Dallas kingpin Tim Headington, this will open at 1525 Main St. This being a Headington...
by willyk
21 Sep 2019 03:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 200
Views: 75979

Re: Downtown Progress

We have a new neighborhood in real estate parlance...” North Downtown ” Designed by BOKA Powell, Victory Commons is Hillwood Urban and USAA Real Estate's answer to growing demand for office space in the Uptown and North Downtown Dallas markets https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/news/office/hillw...
by willyk
16 Sep 2019 22:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 314
Views: 156609

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Consolidate the land, do the abatement, get the entitlements, then JV or sell.
by willyk
05 Sep 2019 02:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 424
Views: 189385

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Looks like big video board should be visible part of the way up N Akard toward Main and Elm—will be a beacon that will pull people toward the new plaza.

And maybe all of the new pedestrian activity will enable the Adolfus to do something with the old cowboy bar on Commerce.
by willyk
05 Sep 2019 02:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 348
Views: 168664

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Any word on what’s going into the old Sol Irlandes space on Main St.?
by willyk
04 Sep 2019 03:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 85
Views: 28296

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

Don’t think this one is posted yet. Looks the same as the one above. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/08-23-19-morning-news-building-hotel-ray-washburne/ “"We are going to keep the existing building and convert it into a 200- to 300-room boutique business hotel, completely saving t...
by willyk
03 Sep 2019 15:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 123839

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I still think the Farmers Market has sufficient mass to support a few local bars and restaurants. Look at how much stuff is in the Design District. Many more people live in the Farmers Market than live over there.
by willyk
30 Aug 2019 21:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 220
Views: 123839

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

With so many people living here now, why aren’t there more neighborhood bars and restaurants?
by willyk
26 Aug 2019 23:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 784
Views: 462481

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

Anybody got a WAG on the incremental cost of the crown?
by willyk
22 Aug 2019 02:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 591
Views: 260763

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Huge state tax advantages to Uber if they move the HQ here, and to the C level people. So it could happen eventually. This may have been a factor for McKesson.

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