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by willyk
20 Feb 2018 03:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 227
Views: 18460

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: 128
Views: 16224

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: 216
Views: 24063

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: 128
Views: 16224

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: 213
Views: 25495

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: 213
Views: 25495

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: 213
Views: 25495

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: 593
Views: 36349

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: 65
Views: 8056

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: 216
Views: 24063

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 (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 91
Views: 15038

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: 79
Views: 6299

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: 29
Views: 3579

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: 90
Views: 8868

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: 125
Views: 12385

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: 27
Views: 4004

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: 90
Views: 8868

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Becks are in way, way, way over their heads. The need to sell or give this over to a partner.
by willyk
27 Nov 2017 22:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: 2017 Bond Election
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: 2017 Bond Election

Until then, we have this animation to hold us over. These guys make the redo look so good I hardly notice passing by the jail.

https://youtu.be/Zes_xhgtZLg
by willyk
27 Nov 2017 21:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: 2017 Bond Election
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: 2017 Bond Election

Too bad this new section is all jails and bail bonds. I wish they had gone north on Riverfront to Oak Lawn instead. But isn't that the idea? To gentrify the area, meaning the bail bonds won't be sticking around for much longer? That is the hope. It’s just that north on Riverfront would yield redeve...
by willyk
27 Nov 2017 03:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: 2017 Bond Election
Replies: 14
Views: 1085

Re: 2017 Bond Election

Looks like the package also included continuing the Complete Streets work on Riverfront. Continental to UPRR is basically done. Too bad this new section is all jails and bail bonds. I wish they had gone north on Riverfront to Oak Lawn instead. But they are anticipating that the Trinity Park will cha...
by willyk
22 Nov 2017 21:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 184
Views: 21728

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Still rooting for the Mandarin Oriental to complement the Crow Collection.
by willyk
21 Nov 2017 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 91
Views: 15038

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

From the way I understand this, the Hillwood proposal would pick up the El Fenix parking lot and the Jefferson Apartments, but not the site to the north which I believe belongs to Harwood.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2017/09/27/details-victory-parks-bid-amazon-hq2
by willyk
19 Nov 2017 04:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 13593

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Now that this is done and is a knockout success, I hope Headington has something else in the pipeline for Main Street. Wasn’t there talk of a residential tower where the eyeball is? Or how about a redo of the legal aid building? Close enough to Main Street—please take over the renovation of the Drev...
by willyk
14 Nov 2017 22:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 225
Views: 23725

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Lender behind $380M project in downtown Dallas says developer has 'defaulted' on loan https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2017/11/14/lender-behind-380m-project-in-downtown-dallas-says.html I can't get passed the paywall, but the headline says it all. Hmmmmmm. Let’s think about this. Two develop...
by willyk
14 Nov 2017 22:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 175
Views: 28291

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

If they decided to skip the glass wouldn’t they at least do some scrim?
by willyk
14 Nov 2017 20:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36349

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Ah gotcha. For the folks who don't want to do all that, here's their overall rankings: https://preview.ibb.co/m4mpYG/Screen_Shot_2017_11_14_at_12_05_48_PM.png The case for Dallas only gets stronger from there. What are Amazon’s main businesses? 1. Distribution: needs low cost, central location. Dal...
by willyk
11 Nov 2017 21:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 213
Views: 25495

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

Here is the copy for the Statler from the Curio site. Can you believe people almost tore this building down? “In a landmark Downtown building, this hip, upscale hotel dating from 1956 is a 7-minute walk from the nearest DART station and a mile from the Kennedy exhibits at the Sixth Floor Museum at D...
by willyk
11 Nov 2017 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 213
Views: 25495

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

KTown in LA. Something like this would be nice next door. https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/mjCj8RYN-3nJwsHyLh8c48Tzu30=/1200x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/5170329/view5.0.jpg https://la.curbed.com/2013/8/21/10206064/revamped-midcentury-apartments-with-yoga-open-in-k...
by willyk
09 Nov 2017 22:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 213
Views: 25495

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

Even a passing reference to mid-century modern would be a nice touch, considering the building it is next to.
by willyk
09 Nov 2017 22:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15835

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Because of its disappointing history, VP will suffer from a skeptical public until they deliver these restaurants. I know people who will not lease there because the reputation is so bad. I think their plan will ultimately work. But with 2018 deliveries, don’t expect to see any buzz until late in th...
by willyk
07 Nov 2017 21:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 93
Views: 9696

Re: The Cedars Developments

Looks like the Longhorn Ballroom is back in action.

http://dallas.culturemap.com/eventdetail/meat-fight-2017/
by willyk
20 Oct 2017 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36349

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

When it comes to Amazon HQ2, Moody's thinks Austin has the best shot https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2017/10/13/when-it-comes-to-amazon-hq2-moodys-thinks-austin.html I haven't seen too many of these 'lists', but DFW doesn't seem to be ranked all that high or ever listed on the ones I have s...
by willyk
19 Oct 2017 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 41
Views: 5008

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

Skate park would be perfect! It would attract participants and an audience. Low capital costs and operating costs. Include a concession for rentals. Great idea.
by willyk
17 Oct 2017 23:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 41
Views: 5008

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

I want to be positive about this. I'm concerned that over two years later, only half of the the building has "prospective leasers." The plans to build a food hall in the first floor, also, seem very half baked. They announced it with zero leases. It's just "something they're talking ...
by willyk
14 Oct 2017 23:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15835

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Coming together really well. This will be one sharp building.
by willyk
12 Oct 2017 21:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 74
Views: 7507

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

After this will Downtown have enough hotels???? Hopefully. Seems already like way too many to me. More to come somewhere...look at the limited number of hotels in all of Uptown, with so much offfice, residential and entertainment. 1. Crescent 2. ZaZa 3. Ritz 4. Stoneleigh 5. W 6. Hyatt House Might ...
by willyk
10 Oct 2017 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 5
Views: 1338

Re: Design District 1.0

There’s a new project—perhaps apartments—going up on Dragon Street just behind the Cabana. Anyone have info on this?
by willyk
08 Oct 2017 03:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 75
Views: 8495

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

The Combs Produce site is fenced off and demo or remediation is happening. Does anyone know if a project is in the works?
by willyk
04 Oct 2017 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4401

Re: West End 1.0

So are we to expect no other significant projects with the Crescenr properties—nothing like Six03? Dallas-based Corgan Associates Inc. has been hired to make a minimal amount of upgrades to the properties to give them “a Class A feeling that Crescent is known for,” Luik said. The majority of the pro...
by willyk
02 Oct 2017 20:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 128
Views: 16224

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I am encouraged by the arrival of neighborhood restaurant and a retail, as distinguished from destination restaurant and retail. Make this place livable and good things will follow.
by willyk
01 Oct 2017 21:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 13593

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

exelone31 wrote:WOW! That looks great! Such a unique and creative outcome for what was a pretty plain building.


...was a derelict building.
by willyk
29 Sep 2017 22:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 62
Views: 8482

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

It's the only game in town for this part of DT. I am glad just to have something there. Maybe now we'll some infill around it. The Not-Trump Hotel would be a good fit.
by willyk
28 Sep 2017 22:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 62
Views: 8482

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:The garage is a nasty eye sore. Turkish mike if you read this .. shame on you for ignoring the garage design.


Some scrim would help a lot.
by willyk
26 Sep 2017 02:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 7477

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

I am surprised we don't see any sign of the restaurant/retail. The competition in Uptown and VP will have lots of it. This corner of DT is dead.
by willyk
25 Sep 2017 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 23
Views: 2283

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

The location is currently an armpit, but the Lowest Stemmons Project should clean it up and make this a worthy location for a boutique hotel.

ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/ocr/paved/lowest-stemmons.pdf
by willyk
19 Sep 2017 23:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 593
Views: 36349

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The weak airport DQs Austin. Dallas by comparison has: •two airline hub airports •a freight airport •major intermodals •I-30, 35, 20 & 45 •HSR on the way •round trip to Seattle in one day **************** Then we have this nice quote from the web: Seven U.S. states currently don't have an income...
by willyk
19 Sep 2017 22:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4401

Re: West End 1.0

tamtagon wrote:Remaining developable sites in Victory Park and West End meet the Amazon HQ2 requirements. just sayin


Please add Reunion and DMN to your list.
by willyk
18 Sep 2017 18:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 24063

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Whatever happened to hostel that was coming? That's something that is severely lacking in Dallas.


I believe that construction has started in that building. I hope it is for the hostel--what a cool place to stay that would be.
by willyk
17 Sep 2017 04:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15835

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Is that a lighting system on the garage?

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