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by willyk
07 Nov 2018 04:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 71679

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The new Baylor building, Epic complex and the other apartments under construction will help in the near term. There should be an appetite for plenty more residential with everything the neighborhood has to offer.
by willyk
06 Nov 2018 02:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 73
Views: 9758

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)

I thought the Forum site was just north of this site and south of the Union?
by willyk
05 Nov 2018 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
willyk wrote:Hines Residential Tower

Why a mess? Are there other current projects underway? I don't see why it would it be problem.


He was just saying construction will be in full swing.
by willyk
05 Nov 2018 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Hines Residential Tower The parking lot that was the old Mandarin site, across from the W, is closed. The crew is on site taking down the parking equipment. They say they are there to start work on the new Hines residential tower. 39 stories. From the horses mouth, “This place is going to be one he...
by willyk
04 Nov 2018 23:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Once Victory Park Lane gets more built out the area will be worth walking.

Under construction now are Ramen, Dibbs, Coworking/Coffee, a liqour store and Hero.

Already open are Imoto, Billy Can Can, Mesero, It’s Sugar, W, Neo, Cinepolis and sundry smaller shops.

So it’s getting there.
by willyk
30 Oct 2018 21:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 13430

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

I would like to see the glass follow the curve, so that the shape is smooth.
by willyk
20 Oct 2018 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 13430

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

Considering that most users of these buildings are savvy about social media, if I were a developer I would take an interest in the way this forum and others could shape the public perception of my development.
by willyk
11 Oct 2018 02:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 62
Views: 5766

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

30 month construction schedule for a Ferris wheel?
by willyk
11 Oct 2018 02:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Love Field People Mover
Replies: 28
Views: 4216

Re: Dallas Love Field People Mover

They are working on a new north entrance to Love Field. Maybe it will include an alignment for a people mover to Burbank or Bachman station.
by willyk
03 Oct 2018 21:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

•Mesero is open Construction has recently started : •Hero (west plaza). They have removed a section of the glass looking down Victory Park Lane, presumably for some new feature. Hope this addresses the misalignment of VPL and the plaza and draws people that direction. •Ramen Place •Liquor Store •Bur...
by willyk
18 Sep 2018 22:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 126
Views: 24806

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

If you remember wind-swept sheds stranded in the middle of a parking desert, seeing the Market surrounded by wall to wall apartments and full of people will raise your expectations of what we can do with other neglected City assets like Fair Park, Heritage Park and theTrinity.
by willyk
17 Sep 2018 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 105
Views: 23937

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Tnexster wrote:Still no sign of the lace like exterior. Wonder when that will start going up?


There is a layup at the site. It looks great.
by willyk
05 Sep 2018 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 60
Views: 7591

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Serial restaurateur Nick Badovinus, the mind behind popular Dallas spots Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, and Montlake Cut (among others), will open a new Mexican restaurant on Greenville Avenue. Badovinus will take over the space at 1250 Greenville Avenue with Desert Racer, a spot that will ser...
by willyk
05 Sep 2018 06:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Looks like Kessler Pies came and went without serving a single slice. It was always meant as a 3 month pop up. The space was won in a contest. They were open. They won the space through the end of August, and then the pop up ended. https://www.dmagazine.com/food-drink/2018/06/kessler-pie-co-opens-a...
by willyk
04 Sep 2018 22:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Looks like Kessler Pies came and went without serving a single slice.
by willyk
26 Aug 2018 22:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 454
Views: 71679

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The new Baylor building is the equivalent of a corporate relocation to DE and East Dallas in terms of the presence of corporate officers, the size of the building and the number of employees. It will lead to demand for additional office space as other companies that want to service BSW follow them t...
by willyk
20 Aug 2018 22:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 102
Views: 13430

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

With a hotel and 6 or 7 restaraunts in the district, it would be nice if everything were connected with some walkable streetscape. Don’t they want people to stay at the hotel because it’s an easy walk to the offices and restaurants?
by willyk
09 Aug 2018 22:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 59877

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

^^^They have done a great job of engaging the neighborhood and bringing street life to this end of EMC.
by willyk
07 Aug 2018 21:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

VP Retail:

In Skyhouse: Dog City
The garage bar appears to be back under construction.
by willyk
30 Jul 2018 22:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Retail in the Skyhouse 2 garage:
F45 Training—nearly open.
Brewed + Pressed— coming soon.

Cinépolis says they are open—no marquis, movie posters, spotlights, Flying Elvi or other splashy stuff one might expect from a movie theater grand opening.
by willyk
30 Jul 2018 22:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 34903

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

exelone31 wrote:"This business has been open one day and isn't exactly what I want, tear it down!"


Plenty of floor space to add more stuff. If that is what the market wants I suspect they will respond
by willyk
25 Jul 2018 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 60
Views: 7591

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Reminds me of how much they disappointed everyone with Goat Hill.
by willyk
17 Jul 2018 22:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 12557

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Mr. Contrarian/Wet Blanket here. This is froth froth froth. If this thing gets funding then the time has come to sell sell sell.
by willyk
15 Jul 2018 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 454
Views: 65707

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: 19504

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: 406
Views: 81060

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: 338
Views: 56730

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: 142
Views: 34238

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: 175
Views: 32901

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: 454
Views: 71679

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: 105
Views: 23937

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: 454
Views: 65707

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: 105
Views: 23937

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: 172
Views: 40030

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: 406
Views: 81060

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: 53
Views: 8466

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: 454
Views: 71679

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: 454
Views: 71679

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: 98
Views: 10558

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: 454
Views: 65707

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: 257
Views: 38278

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: 454
Views: 65707

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: 184
Views: 36966

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: 60
Views: 7591

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: 120
Views: 21131

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: 126
Views: 24806

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: 126
Views: 24806

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: 372
Views: 67525

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: 454
Views: 71679

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: 454
Views: 71679

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.

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