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by willyk
24 May 2018 04:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 30
Views: 2466

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: 52
Views: 3118

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: 93
Views: 13022

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: 93
Views: 13022

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: 123
Views: 18046

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: 52
Views: 3118

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: 123
Views: 18046

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: 123
Views: 18046

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: 256
Views: 35502

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: 274
Views: 39746

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: 11796

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: 30
Views: 2466

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: 274
Views: 39746

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: 1328

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: 194
Views: 22329

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: 194
Views: 22329

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: 90
Views: 13935

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: 5800

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: 23
Views: 4281

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: 23
Views: 4281

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: 248
Views: 32829

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
by willyk
19 Apr 2018 22:41
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 111
Views: 17482

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

Arriving late to this forum so I apologize if this has been answered, but every morning I see rows of bikes downtown that had been neatly set up, that are knocked down like dominos. Vandals? Competitors? Angry joggers? Does anyone know why this is happening?
by willyk
19 Apr 2018 22:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 43
Views: 5888

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Spire and Valley View are in a dead heat to win the award for most incompetent developers in a sustained, hot market.
by willyk
19 Apr 2018 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Has anyone heard how well the recently opened residential buildings are leasing?
by willyk
17 Apr 2018 01:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 87
Views: 8624

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Carpenter Park will have basketball, skate park, dog park, bocce, kids area, stage, wet area and food trucks. So by the article’s standards, this is very promising. http://parksfordowntowndallas.org/carpenter-park/ As far as Belo Garden— he’s right. Turn the restaurant pavillion into a multi-use bal...
by willyk
13 Apr 2018 06:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Skepticism is warranted given the track record and the fact that the new venues are not visible. But I think the owners finally got it right and that VP will draw a crowd comparable to the West Village when the new retail is finally open
by willyk
02 Apr 2018 21:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1142

Re: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)

Compare this area to the Texas Medical District in Houston. That’s where this may be headed.
by willyk
16 Mar 2018 13:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

VP Retail Construction: In the garage building: It’s Sugar - bulk candy and ice cream In the Vista: 1/3 is Billy Can - a saloon 2/3 is Hatchways - coworking for creatives. Upstairs is office space. Ground floor entry is a large display area for creative works. Also has a large coffee shop on the gr...
by willyk
16 Mar 2018 09:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

VP Retail Construction: In the garage building: It’s Sugar - bulk candy and ice cream In the Vista: 1/3 is Billy Can - a saloon 2/3 is Hatchways - coworking for creatives. Upstairs is office space. Ground floor entry is a large display area for creative works. Also has a large coffee shop on the gro...
by willyk
15 Mar 2018 02:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 19
Views: 4748

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

Surface parking lot for Happiest Hour is my bet.
by willyk
08 Mar 2018 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Orange Theory is under construction in The 23, and part of the Vista retail frontage now has a construction wall in front of it.

With all of the contiguous retail and the theatre, VP has the potential to achieve a lively, West Village type of vibe. I am feeling optimistic.
by willyk
08 Mar 2018 01:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 72
Views: 9884

Re: West End 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Dos anyone know what happens to this project..

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/bus ... n-west-end

I have seen no movement on this months....


Demo has been ongoing.
by willyk
24 Feb 2018 18:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 194
Views: 22329

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

This looks like the opportunity for Downtown to be competitive with Uptown. People acknowledge that Uptown is missing contiguous retail. Substitute “Downtown” for “Knox Street” below. In other words, bringing contiguous retail to Downtown would give Downtown something attractive that is missing from...
by willyk
20 Feb 2018 03:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 28709

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I calculated .3 and .5 miles from the platform to Convention Center and Cedar Stations, respectively. Used Google maps. Rough estimate to be sure but thats about a 6 min and 10 min walk. Not terrible but not exactly great either. Will have to be good enough I guess. That .3 mile from the Convention...
by willyk
20 Feb 2018 03:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Developer pitching new office project in Dallas' Victory Park https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/02/19/developer-pitching-new-office-project-dallas-victory-park Newsflash: Developer willing to construct building if tenants are willing to rent it. Can I have Steve Brown's job when ...
by willyk
16 Feb 2018 19:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 274
Views: 39746

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I don’t want to sound like Pollyanna, but first Greenville evolved from boozy to more balance between bars and residents. The same is happening now on McKinney Ave. So it’s time for the party scene to move, now to Deep Ellum. This will hold until we get more residential there, and then the residents...
by willyk
13 Feb 2018 22:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 248
Views: 32829

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I have a friend who lives at Skyhouse. When his lease came up for renewal they unilaterally lowered his rent by $200/mo. I fear weak residential demand in VP until they get all of the retail open. But the retail seems very slow in coming. They only reason I can see for the delay is perhaps no one re...
by willyk
08 Jan 2018 22:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39907

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

Scout looks great—we asked about opening and the front desk said “Q1.” :(

But it’s destined to be the Rec Room for all of Downtown.
by willyk
05 Jan 2018 02:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39907

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

The building belongs in everyone’s tour of Dallas. Are there other examples of mid-century modern that are as good as the Statler? Is this the best mcm in the country? How would one quantify "as good as?" For what it's worth, the entire city of Palm Springs has maintained its midcentury m...
by willyk
02 Jan 2018 21:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 245
Views: 39907

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

The building belongs in everyone’s tour of Dallas. Are there other examples of mid-century modern that are as good as the Statler? Is this the best mcm in the country?
by willyk
21 Dec 2017 03:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 699
Views: 76385

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The new tax bill just capped the SALT State and Local Tax deduction. Georgia has a state income tax, and the deduction will be capped at $10K. So HQ2 employees in GA would pay state income tax, and at the high end lose their deduction. Texas as we know has no such tax. So this gives Texas another ad...
by willyk
19 Dec 2017 23:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 93
Views: 13022

Re: AT&T Discovery District

I figured that red, yellow and green are out for public safety reasons, which leaves blue.
by willyk
11 Dec 2017 23:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 274
Views: 39746

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I hope the guitar shaped sign gets built.
by willyk
10 Dec 2017 04:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 23091

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Firebird got the parking lots when they bought the restaurants and buildings. As well as they have done with restaurants, I’ll be the appreciation in the land value here is an equal success.
by willyk
10 Dec 2017 04:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 102
Views: 11796

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

Raising money from a lot of small donors has a low chance of success without a lead donor. The park needs to find an invidual or corporation to lead the renovation, and even grant naming rights if necessary. Kelcy Warren for KWP, Robert Decherd for the Belo Gardens and the recently approved parks, A...
by willyk
06 Dec 2017 03:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 32
Views: 5208

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

The new development will sit on the new Carpenter Park.

http://parksfordowntowndallas.org/carpenter-park/
by willyk
05 Dec 2017 02:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 104
Views: 13519

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Is this part of the property that the Becks own, or is the site owned by Sears? The article does not say whether the partners purchased the site of if the landowner is part of the deal. What I am trying to figure out is whether the Becks and their plans are still in the mix, or have they been bought...
by willyk
02 Dec 2017 02:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 194
Views: 22329

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

With the opening of the Adolphus and Statler venues, Commerce will host 7 hotels with a decent number of street level restaurants. This should make for a nice corridor of activity for the expense account crowd. Main Street is headed toward a rowdier bar and casual scene and will offer a good counter...
by willyk
30 Nov 2017 04:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 37
Views: 6359

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

This is an exciting project in its own right. In addition, this corner of downtown will become a nice destination for visitors with the proximity of this museum, the Sixth Floor, Dealey Plaza, the Memorial, the Red Courthouse, the Bryan Cabin, the Aquarium and hopefully someday, the South Asian Muse...
by willyk
29 Nov 2017 23:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 104
Views: 13519

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Becks are in way, way, way over their heads. The need to sell or give this over to a partner.

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