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by willyk
16 Sep 2019 22:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 226
Views: 55460

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: 210
Views: 56815

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: 208
Views: 48381

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: 45
Views: 8701

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: 196
Views: 60607

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: 196
Views: 60607

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: 641
Views: 226923

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: 434
Views: 94014

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: 434
Views: 94014

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: 8327

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: 434
Views: 94014

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: 633
Views: 163395

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: 236
Views: 83802

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: 196
Views: 70019

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

I like the way that the vertical striping echoes the Wylie.
by willyk
11 Aug 2019 06:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 355
Views: 85334

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Ubers financial health has me scared though.


Maybe they’ll move the HQ to Dallas to save on CA corporate income tax and take advantage of lower labor costs at the corporate level.
by willyk
11 Aug 2019 02:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 39
Views: 7293

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

It would be nice to see this architectural style continue in other new projects all the way down to Old Parkland and all the way up to Lemmon, giving the street a consistent 1920s feel and incorporating the historical buildings. The project on the Esquire site already fits the bill.
by willyk
07 Aug 2019 03:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 324
Views: 98151

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Abacus to become Jasper’s Uptown Tabs should be less than half of the $100 per person average at Abacus, owner William "Bill" Hyde Jr. said, with starters ranging from $9 to $19 and mains from $13 to $45. "This neighborhood has changed and fine dining has changed," Hyde said, si...
by willyk
06 Aug 2019 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 114
Views: 44221

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Seems like a very lonesome outpost, like the W was in the dead days of Victory.
by willyk
03 Aug 2019 03:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 150
Views: 37681

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I have always thought it was too close to the CityPlace location to start with.
by willyk
30 Jul 2019 22:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 608
Views: 159657

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Was in DE on Saturday night—lots of people but very few of the bars were full. I am wondering if we have reached the saturation point for bars, such that the new spaces will need to seek other types of tenants to succeed.
by willyk
30 Jul 2019 22:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 633
Views: 163395

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Scaffolding is being set up around the old Dallas Brewery / Starck Club building. Wondering if they have moved from demo and abatement to construction.
by willyk
24 Jul 2019 02:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 104
Views: 28087

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Does this put any pressure on the other property owners along Field St to announce something on their sites, in order to stay relevant and competitive?
by willyk
23 Jul 2019 08:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 104
Views: 28087

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

eburress wrote:A Union-like development sounds like almost exactly what we're getting, which is hardly a "huge project" when you consider this site is zoned for high-rise construction of up to 5 million square feet. Frankly it's a letdown.


... I think that’s just Phase 1.
by willyk
22 Jul 2019 20:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 104
Views: 28087

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

Breakthrough...development has finally jumped the freeway back into the DTD core!
by willyk
19 Jul 2019 13:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs
Replies: 24
Views: 2222

Re: Uptown Dallas: Routh and Cedar Springs

Remember on the old forum, we had a thread titled "Uptown is over". Uptown is clearly still on fire. This is across the street from the proposed 30 story tower.....right? The other candidates, DD, TG, DE, EMC and KH have all made great strides since then, but Uptown has gone national, may...
by willyk
18 Jul 2019 19:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 196
Views: 70019

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

Really liking the skin on this one.
by willyk
18 Jul 2019 19:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 210
Views: 56815

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Is there anything nearby that it is a good candidate for a residential conversion?
by willyk
15 Jul 2019 22:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 140
Views: 50974

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: 633
Views: 163395

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: 434
Views: 94014

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: 152
Views: 45903

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: 633
Views: 163395

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: 210
Views: 56815

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: 210
Views: 56815

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: 161
Views: 39517

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: 7129

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: 155
Views: 43683

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: 161
Views: 39517

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: 426
Views: 113061

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: 196
Views: 60607

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: 196
Views: 60607

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: 210
Views: 56815

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: 434
Views: 94014

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: 324
Views: 98151

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: 373
Views: 108677

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: 373
Views: 108677

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: 407
Views: 126735

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: 10152

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/

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