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by willyk
24 May 2019 23:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 49
Views: 8100

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: 5086

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: 295
Views: 59463

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: 173
Views: 26976

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: 564
Views: 114854

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: 564
Views: 147136

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: 4100

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: 552
Views: 120137

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: 148
Views: 41220

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: 9621

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: 564
Views: 114854

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: 430
Views: 100563

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: 87
Views: 8827

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: 552
Views: 120137

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: 87
Views: 8827

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: 87
Views: 8827

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: 5240

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: 4582

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: 87
Views: 8827

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: 564
Views: 114854

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: 20334

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: 101
Views: 20309

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: 52295

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: 1285

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: 552
Views: 120137

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: 552
Views: 120137

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: 189
Views: 57024

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: 26035

Re: Dallas Smart District

Class A space in a Class C location. It will never fly.
by willyk
18 Feb 2019 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 59463

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

The kids will never go there. “Too Dad.” DE is safe.
by willyk
15 Feb 2019 02:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 564
Views: 114854

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Welp, for anyone worrying that the notorious Uptown crowd will be taking over Deep Ellum, it seems a beacon is starting to emit from Victory Park. Dibs, bros! The Design District will be the next to fall after that... It seems like all of the development is converging on the North End apts and El F...
by willyk
12 Feb 2019 21:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 564
Views: 114854

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Sift & Pour, Hatchways and Burgundy Swine in VP are all making progress too.

Harwood’s Mexican(?) Restaurant under construction by Happiest Hour is massive.
by willyk
07 Feb 2019 04:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: VIRGIN TRAINS - TEXAS
Replies: 7
Views: 870

Re: VIRGIN TRAINS - TEXAS

itsjrd1964 wrote:I had no idea Richard Branson was interested in trains/high-speed rail.


Musk envy
by willyk
26 Jan 2019 22:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 164
Views: 31915

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

It just seems that for the amount of people living, staying and visiting downtown, there is a great lack of amenities. EMC seems close to having critical mass with all of the hotels and residential there. We just need a little more residential to support amenities. Near term possibilities— finish t...
by willyk
23 Jan 2019 23:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 564
Views: 147136

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

Going to look great. Can we start a petition to build the retail on Ross and make this a world class destination?
by willyk
16 Jan 2019 22:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 33507

Re: Dallas: Medical District

^ Yet only two counties in NE Texas have public hospitals. All the other counties seem to do just fine without them. That doesn't appear to support them being a "necessity". Other counties send all of their indigent patients to Parkland and Dallas County gets stuck with the costs. They ne...
by willyk
16 Jan 2019 22:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 143
Views: 35469

Re: AT&T Discovery District

7 hotels on Commerce with people looking for something to do at night—a good number of them should find their way here.
by willyk
11 Jan 2019 22:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 3016

Re: Most Exciting Project?

East Quarter is off to great and fast start. I am hoping to see new some construction here that will start to bridge DE, EMC and Farmers Market. Maybe Carpenter or Harwood Park will start up too and add to the momentum. I am also liking the new building about to deliver at Cesar Chavez and Marilla ...
by willyk
11 Jan 2019 03:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Project?
Replies: 24
Views: 3016

Re: Most Exciting Project?

East Quarter is off to great and fast start. I am hoping to see new some construction here that will start to bridge DE, EMC and Farmers Market. Maybe Carpenter or Harwood Park will start up too and add to the momentum. I am also liking the new building about to deliver at Cesar Chavez and Marilla i...
by willyk
11 Jan 2019 03:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 552
Views: 120137

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

You're right about DE though. After years of just being head shops and tattoo parlors, it started attracting more bars, restaurants, and retail that appealed to a gentrifying crowd, and the last development cycle really sealed its fate as the next neighborhood to become a yuppie playground. I feel ...
by willyk
11 Jan 2019 03:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 375
Views: 96417

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

The new retail on both sides of the street looks like a very promising configuration. This may become the lively block that the Arts Distirct has needed. With the more affordable restaraunts here, they might even draw some foot traffic up from KWP.
by willyk
11 Jan 2019 03:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 212
Views: 60167

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

Is the lofts portion going now too, or only the tower?
by willyk
08 Jan 2019 22:20
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 300
Views: 62581

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Owner has a ski boat?
by willyk
29 Dec 2018 04:35
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 103
Views: 25430

Re: Downtown Progress

I agree—-I think that a lot of downtown land sits idle for decades because it is zoned and priced for 50 story office towers that the market will not support. The low rise residential in the Farmers Market seems to be doing well. If developers don’t want to be that low, then some 10-12 story residen...
by willyk
26 Dec 2018 05:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 24
Views: 3357

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

Are any notable buildings being rehabbed, like they are doing in the East Quarter?
by willyk
20 Dec 2018 23:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 375
Views: 96417

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I am hoping that success for the Hall Arts hotel and residences will validate putting hotel and residential here. ... I am also thinking that the developer’s strategy is to reinvigorate the office tower, sell it and leave the hotel and residential for the next guy. It looks like the office project w...
by willyk
19 Dec 2018 21:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 564
Views: 114854

Re: Victory Park 3.0

New and Coming Boring VP Openings...I mean this as a positive: Dog City: now open Biagio Wine and Spirits: under construction. TBD Cleaners: under construction. Richardson Bike Mart: coming soon. These are positives because the VP owners are brininging in retailers that will make this more of a liva...
by willyk
11 Dec 2018 02:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 49
Views: 8100

Re: Design District 1.0

I think Dunhill is a little too proud of their building sites, and that’s why DD is stuck in neutral. I couldn't agree more. DD is poised to be the next great neighborhood in Dallas along w/ DTD, but things seem to move at a snails pace. I don't want to see total decimation of the existing building...
by willyk
10 Dec 2018 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 49
Views: 8100

Re: Design District 1.0

I'm actually a little surprised we haven't seen one or two more residential high rises going up in DD by now. Maybe as the park comes into focus we will see more activity. I would like to offer some historical perspective— State Thomas built critical mass with lots of 4-5 story apartments. Then cam...

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