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by willyk
11 Dec 2018 02:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3901

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: 42
Views: 3901

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...
by willyk
04 Dec 2018 00:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 327
Views: 62393

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Interesting. Lots of cafe seating on Ross—good. Lots of “temporary” stuff on Olive—I wonder what they have planned there.
by willyk
04 Dec 2018 00:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 272
Views: 45324

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Wynne said more casual, less pricey, more affordable, i.e. family friendly—makes a lot of sense for the demographic visiting the park. Should do great. This will be a nice option for families at the Perot and DMA too.
by willyk
29 Nov 2018 23:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 3901

Re: Design District 1.0

Dunhill is keeping too tight a reign on the DD. I find it very telling that while new projects are being floated in almost every other neighborhood, very little is even on the drawing board here. They risk missing the market, at which point they become another Spire/Midtown. For as long as they have...
by willyk
21 Nov 2018 02:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 56
Views: 10321

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

I can’t find a Katy Trail map that shows this is part of the trail. Is there really trail there?
by willyk
21 Nov 2018 02:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 327
Views: 62393

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Maybe the Hall Arts hotel will do well and validate the business case for a hotel here.
by willyk
21 Nov 2018 02:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 441
Views: 92299

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

Will the whole base be all glass? If so that is an amazing way to cover the garage. Actually no, they are covering the west and south facing portions, partial on the north side and even less on the east side facing the other garage. Seems weird to scrimp on such an otherwise nice building. Anybody ...
by willyk
16 Nov 2018 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: The Link at Uptown

The whole world is converging on this end of Uptwon. All that’s left is the El Fenix site and the two Harwood sites. Given that neither owner seems to be in a rush, the next logical development site is the Jefferson. Would the El Fenix building not be protected? Isn't it really old? Not sure—I was ...
by willyk
16 Nov 2018 02:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 19
Views: 1376

Re: The Link at Uptown

The whole world is converging on this end of Uptwon. All that’s left is the El Fenix site and the two Harwood sites. Given that neither owner seems to be in a rush, the next logical development site is the Jefferson.
by willyk
07 Nov 2018 04:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80446

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: 11648

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 103
Views: 15966

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: 103
Views: 15966

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: 6787

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: 5035

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 135
Views: 28179

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: 26289

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: 8853

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 456
Views: 80446

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: 103
Views: 15966

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: 292
Views: 66249

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 38646

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: 8853

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: 13597

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 21339

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: 441
Views: 92299

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: 355
Views: 63994

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: 147
Views: 38020

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: 177
Views: 36832

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: 456
Views: 80446

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: 26289

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: 455
Views: 74237

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: 26289

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: 190
Views: 43598

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: 441
Views: 92299

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: 9836

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: 456
Views: 80446

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.

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