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by willyk
15 Jul 2018 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

R1070 wrote:I feel like this area is now starting to beg for more activity. I drove through and the stuff that was open were all busy. I wish the new Asian restaurant was more open and inviting though. The windows are blacked out and makes it look closed.


I ageee. The blacked out windows are off putting.
by willyk
12 Jul 2018 23:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 15437

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

If the low cost redo translates into more affordable housing, it’s worth it. Do apartments here rent for less than EMC, Victory and Uptown?
by willyk
08 Jul 2018 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55459

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

Since downtown Austin is bounded by the river and the capital, this concentration of residential seems to reflect the natural geography of the situation, not better planning.
by willyk
01 Jul 2018 23:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42561

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Let’s form a Kickstarter campaign.
by willyk
28 Jun 2018 23:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 125
Views: 26700

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

These buildings are leading up nicely. Maple / Cedar Springs is looking more plausible every day.
by willyk
28 Jun 2018 03:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 152
Views: 24243

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

The lofts have different owners than the tower and the article indicates separate financing as well. So it seems quite plausible that the lofts could be built separately, later or, heaven forbid, not at all. Articles about the lofts have said they are using public financing for affordable housing in...
by willyk
26 Jun 2018 23:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

OK, so if we close the roads do we lose access to the parking lots they serve? More people and less parking does not compute.
by willyk
26 Jun 2018 23:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15161

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Most of the buildings in the DD are controlled by one entity, Dunhill. They may intend to develop every building themselves, so development could be very slow. Compare this to what 42 did in DE. They rehabbed the properties, put them up for lease and zoom, it’s a land rush to get things open. No sig...
by willyk
26 Jun 2018 04:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Dibs at the north end of Victory Park Lane finally has construction in full swing.

I am surprised that nothing is happenening with spaces on the plaza by the arena where some big new restaraunts were announced.
by willyk
26 Jun 2018 04:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 15161

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Far less to walk to here than at the competing hotels—new Kimpton in DE, Zaza in Uptown, Joule or Statler in EMC. Even the W is getting a lot of new attractions in VP. Maybe no one cares because it is the Virgin and it is a far greater attraction than any of those other hotels. And there is more to ...
by willyk
25 Jun 2018 23:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 163
Views: 32641

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

I find this very encouraging. We’ll need more towers soon.

“With Maverick Capital's lease, almost half the office space at 1900 Pearl is spoken for.“

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ess-tenant
by willyk
22 Jun 2018 23:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 303
Views: 55459

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

I would be happy to see these CBD surface lots covered with 5 story residential like Ross Ave and the Farmers Market. But I fear that since so many of the nearby developments are high rise— Hall, AMLI, Case, Epic, WAR, VP—the CBD owners will not settle for less. And that type of development is inher...
by willyk
22 Jun 2018 05:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)
Replies: 52
Views: 5228

Re: Uptown Dallas: Cedar Maple Plaza I,II & III (2301 Cedar Springs Rd.)

Have we seen renderings? Hopefully the developer will take note of the impact that good architecture has had on the success of M&O only a couple of blocks away. When this building comes on the market it will have to compete with the scads of new inventory that has already been built in this cycl...
by willyk
20 Jun 2018 21:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum is turning into something else, but no one can say what it is, and that says a lot.
by willyk
20 Jun 2018 03:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I must have missed this earlier. The concept doesn’t sound as ominous as the headline implies. 2600 Main St. has been empty, nearly derelict, forever. Now we get some bowling lanes and punch bowl cocktails. Another hang out for the Bottled Blonde crowd, but it all adds to the critical mass for DE. A...
by willyk
19 Jun 2018 22:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4910

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

I agree with Jon Anderson of Candy's Dirt - The East Quarter needs people, and given the prime location between Farmers Market, Deep Ellum and the rest of the CBD, it should be developed as the most densely populated pocket in the CBD Are there development sites available? It would be nice if the p...
by willyk
19 Jun 2018 20:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I like the unconventional offerings. That is what it will take to get the Uptownees to brave a trip across Field St. to come here.

That said, I hope we see a few more conventional offerings for the residents and the AAC crowd. I’d like to see Snuffer’s, Torchy Taco and Flying Fish to name a few.
by willyk
18 Jun 2018 21:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 202
Views: 24951

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

It is on the high end....but it is the best in the area. It is out of the Hillstone (Houstons) profile and Hillstone is also on the "high end" but they deliver....EVERY TIME. I have been to Doc B's twice, once for lunch and once for dinner and they delivered both times. That's great to he...
by willyk
18 Jun 2018 21:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Imoto is open. Billy Can Can, Kessler Pies and Orange Theory are nearly there.
by willyk
16 Jun 2018 23:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 170
Views: 28872

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

I wouldn’t exactly call Harry’s old finish out deluxe. Maybe there is enough restaurant stuff left in the Katana space to restart with minimal out of pocket.
by willyk
15 Jun 2018 05:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 42
Views: 4121

Re: Lower Greenville Development

My neighborhood whined and whined about a Wal-Mart going in and people put up “Stop Wal-Mart” signs. Wal-Mart built a nice store that fit the neighborhood, everybody shops there and the whiners are forgotten.
by willyk
11 Jun 2018 22:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16187

Re: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)

It looks vaguely Scandinavian to me—our Swedish and Norwegian tourists will love it!
by willyk
11 Jun 2018 17:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 17938

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

mdg109 wrote:This shot is of the building facing Taylor Street and The Shed. Looks like there's retail/storefronts wrapped all around this building.


Yes—it seems there are now enough residents and traffic to support retail here, but there is no space on offer. So I think these spaces should do quite well.
by willyk
09 Jun 2018 16:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 17938

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I see that the warehouses on Harwood just south of the Lynd development have been demo’d. Looks like another apartment development on the way. Did anyone see an announcement?
by willyk
06 Jun 2018 22:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 355
Views: 53063

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The State Thomas level of development went on for a decade before we got high rise Uptownification. Isn’t that what’s neccessary— a large residential base that soaks up development sites until there is no place for the demand to go except up? With that as my guide, I foresee the State Thomasificatio...
by willyk
01 Jun 2018 00:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Something that combined jazz, ZZ Top, barbecue, Mexican food, chicken fried steak, tacos, corny dogs, art, football, cheerleaders, margaritas, beer, whiskey and parades would be good.
by willyk
29 May 2018 23:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

A few hotels could make DE into a party destination, like the French Quarter. What a great place for a lost weekend.
by willyk
29 May 2018 03:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 18
Views: 1096

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

I am surprised that we haven’t heard more from Matthews SW about development plans for this area now that the HSR station has been announced.
by willyk
25 May 2018 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Kessler Pie Co. opening on Victory Park Lane June 2
by willyk
24 May 2018 04:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 35
Views: 3447

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Very little fanfare preceeded No.10 as well. Harwood obviously has sufficient access to capital these days, that promoting its projects is not necessary—perhaps it’s even a negative that alerts competitors to what is planned. The rationale for a hotel seems pretty clear. Harwood is becoming its own ...
by willyk
23 May 2018 23:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4910

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

What is unfortunate is the smaller building at the corner there labeled 2200 Main in this screenshot will be torn down for parking. I am not sad for the historical quality of the building but because the corner will become another lot. Screen Shot 2018-05-23 at 1.05.15 PM.png That's my biggest comp...
by willyk
22 May 2018 23:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15113

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Get some decent retail in the Neiman’s garage and the Jos Banks space, and then Commerce will be alive from the Statler to Belo Garden. 7 hotels, 2 parks and 5 uniterrupted blocks of stuff to do.
by willyk
21 May 2018 23:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 95
Views: 15113

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Can the City close one more block of Akard and create a pedestrian connection from AT&T to City Hall Plaza? That would make for a nice, large, contiguous open space.

My pitch to the City would be that City employees could walk to AT&T for lunch.
by willyk
17 May 2018 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22153

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Universities like this are famous for mismanagement of these kinds of resources. They are rarely staffed with appropriate people and the President of the university usually has a short list of what they want to see no matter what the market is producing so they sit empty waiting for the Presidents ...
by willyk
16 May 2018 22:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 60
Views: 4910

Re: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Whatever they name it, we should stick with the East End and see whose name sticks!
by willyk
16 May 2018 00:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22153

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Perfect. I can't imagine why they had to wait till the hotel opened to start the mess but glad it's getting done.

Where is the former Gold Bar space?


Titche’s Bldg facing St. Paul. A missing link that should be easy to fill with so many hotels in the area.
by willyk
15 May 2018 03:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 22153

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Now all we need is for someone to take the old Gold Bar space and we have a pedestrian friendly connection from Tower Petroleum to Main St. And the Statler.
by willyk
15 May 2018 03:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 292
Views: 42561

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 willyk
15 May 2018 02:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Stillwater_Capital_The_Crosby.jpg AKA the Crosby


The brick looks like The Case. Is this the trend for DE? Would be nice to see a distinctive DE style emerge.
by willyk
15 May 2018 02:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 13757

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Sempra Energy just closed their deal to buy Energy Future Holdings, the tenant in the Pei tower, for $9.5 billion. Has anyone in Dallas ever heard of them?—no. That’s why they should adopt TG Square and fund the redevelopment.
by willyk
15 May 2018 02:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 35
Views: 3447

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No. XII Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

Still hoping for a fabulous pedestrian trail along N Harwood connecting the Katy to KWP. Given the measurable increase in values along the Katy and KWP, this is a neighborhood amenity project begging to be done.
by willyk
09 May 2018 22:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 346
Views: 49887

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Is it possible that DE is turning into something unique? I have always thought of it as the Dallas version of a typical urban Bohemian neighborhood. But I have brought visitors from all of the country there and asked them what neighborhood from their city does it emulate?—New York, Boston, Chicago, ...
by willyk
09 May 2018 22:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum
Replies: 7
Views: 1531

Re: Deep Ellum: Novel Deep Ellum

Moved to DE 1.0
by willyk
07 May 2018 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26162

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Has anyone ascertained what is being built at Happiest Hour? I thought surface parking but now I see concrete columns going in.
by willyk
04 May 2018 22:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 199
Views: 26162

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Wow, that’s a nice touch. It really brings the frontage down to a human scale.
by willyk
01 May 2018 20:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 17938

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I thought the Masonic Temple was sold to a charity. It's not clear who the new owner is: Rob Baldwin of Baldwin Associates will only say that it's a "philanthropic organization that has nothing to do with First Presbyterian or the Stewpot." (A couple of years ago, First Presbyterian Church...
by willyk
30 Apr 2018 00:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street
Replies: 35
Views: 6616

Re: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street

I thought it was kind of cool. It’s their logo
by willyk
27 Apr 2018 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 24
Views: 4921

Re: Overall Construction Levels

I thought that was a very interesting observation in the article. What I think they mean is that there are a limited number of development sites remaining in Uptown. As a result demand is driving prices upwards (i.e. “appreciation”). Good news if you are an owner. It’s a new phenomenon for Dallas.
by willyk
27 Apr 2018 03:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 24
Views: 4921

Re: Overall Construction Levels

6 Projects That Transformed Dallas Into A Global Powerhouse Over The Last 10 Years The 2007 ULI/PwC Emerging Trends in Real Estate report said of Dallas: "Wide-open Texas markets favor developers, but ‘they are never good places to invest.'" Ten years later, the groups are singing a diffe...
by willyk
23 Apr 2018 12:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 303
Views: 41803

Re: Victory Park 3.0

VP Retail Update:

Mesero: under construction in the NE corner of The 23 garage.
Imoto: sushi concept under construction in the old Kenichi space
Unnamed gym: under construction in the Skyhouse II garage retail

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