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by willyk
15 Sep 2020 06:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 120
Views: 63641

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: 84
Views: 33535

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: 48
Views: 24341

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: 485
Views: 213818

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: 485
Views: 213818

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: 595
Views: 254846

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: 27739

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: 6421

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: 571
Views: 229392

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: 485
Views: 213818

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: 147
Views: 59646

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: 746
Views: 313871

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: 147
Views: 59646

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: 75559

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: 7409

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: 482
Views: 189382

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: 217
Views: 110376

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: 9138

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: 745
Views: 327600

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: 21536

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: 746
Views: 313871

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: 745
Views: 327600

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: 780
Views: 419020

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: 10198

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: 91132

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: 217
Views: 110376

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: 217
Views: 110376

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: 91132

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: 745
Views: 327600

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: 113150

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: 217
Views: 110376

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: 745
Views: 327600

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: 27739

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: 217
Views: 110376

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: 328
Views: 150190

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: 183
Views: 63540

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: 139886

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: 416
Views: 164275

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: 328
Views: 150190

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: 23559

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: 113150

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: 113150

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: 780
Views: 419020

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: 571
Views: 229392

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.
by willyk
21 Aug 2019 04:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 571
Views: 229392

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Farmers Market, Deep Ellum, and East Quarter should all see incredible new dense development with this news. Finally a win for Dallas and Downtown for the future. There is clearly a need for more housing and hotels to support this. I would also argue for more office space for suppliers who need to ...
by willyk
17 Aug 2019 03:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 53
Views: 20249

Re: The Transition of Uptown

The six projects at the south end between VP and Cedar Springs will make for a noticeable extension of the neighborhood into what is now a big hole. I hope to see all of those parking lots go away too.
by willyk
15 Aug 2019 03:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 571
Views: 229392

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

And KDC appears to be on a hot streak—Toyota, State Farm, Liberty Mutual, etc. and now this. They built the Epic on spec, so they get extra credit for this one. I wonder if they played a role in recruiting Uber to Dallas, or if Uber selected Dallas first then KDC.
by willyk
14 Aug 2019 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 327600

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Looks like they are getting ready to sandblast or paint the Brewery building. The parking lot is empty now, but for the work crews.
by willyk
14 Aug 2019 01:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 485
Views: 213818

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

Hoping that this is so successful that the owners at 2000 Ross decide to go forward with their residential.
by willyk
14 Aug 2019 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 244
Views: 127647

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

I like the way that the vertical striping echoes the Wylie.

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