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by jrd1964
19 Jun 2018 05:03
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grandacape The Colony
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Grandacape The Colony

There is actually a thread already:
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=235

Maybe they can be merged by the button-pushers.
by jrd1964
17 Jun 2018 16:11
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 46
Views: 6094

Re: Collin County Transportation

Around 50 residents showed up for an info session about the possible US 380 bypass plan in McKinney this week.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/mckinne ... eys-future
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 17:23
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 2
Views: 144

Re: General roads/transport. issues

The new "Mobility 2045" plan is coming out this week; it was approved by the Regional Transportation Council yesterday. Just what you all wanted to hear--more of the same. They predict 4 million more people will be in the area in the next 25 years. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transport...
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 17:12
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 3
Views: 1355

Re: American Airlines

American will name their upcoming headquarters building for former CEO Robert Crandall. The complex is still due for completion in the summer of next year.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ame ... ampus-name
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 17:02
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: Dallas Museum of Art
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Dallas Museum of Art

Some might think this part of the country could hold one sorta-all right museum... but no. We are much more fortunate--we have several good--well, dare I say *great* museums in the area. And now, even more impressionist pieces in a collection here. IMO, you can't have enough of those! Sincere thanks...
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 06:06
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 46
Views: 6094

Re: Collin County Transportation

There will be a closure of US 75 in Plano this weekend, between south of 15th Street and south of the Bush Turnpike. It will last from Friday evening till Monday morning. Workers will be dismantling the eastbound part of the Plano Parkway bridge. https://www.nbcdfw.com/traffic/stories/US-75-to-be-Cl...
by jrd1964
15 Jun 2018 00:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Lewisville: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Lewisville: misc. developments

The Realm at Castle Hills, a new multi-phase development, will include a 9-story office building, a park, apartments, restaurants, and retail. The first phase is due for completion next year. No tenants/anchors were mentioned. https://www.dmagazine.com/commercial-real-estate/2018/06/1-5-billion-mixe...
by jrd1964
14 Jun 2018 20:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 583
Views: 72457

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Billy Bob is suing, and may be evicted. Finger-pointing and accusations are flying, and millions in tax-based reimbursements could be in question. Looks like a "big beat" to me. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2018/06/14/billy-bob-files-suit-faces-evictionnotice-developer-i...
by jrd1964
14 Jun 2018 20:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 53
Views: 6667

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Once more.... this has to be one of the most-foreclosed-on properties in north TX at this rate.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... oreclosure
by jrd1964
14 Jun 2018 19:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 42
Views: 3644

Re: Lower Greenville Development

How do you have a small-format Sam's (or even Costco for that matter)? Only the best-selling items and the rest have to be delivered/ordered? SMH.....
by jrd1964
12 Jun 2018 23:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 297
Views: 44270

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

The Mavs' building off of Malcolm X just got a quick coat of new deep-blue (team color) paint. If they are moving to the ex-Levitz across from the AAC in the Design District, I wonder why they decided to paint their up-to-now Deep Ellum spot? I guess they're not completely leaving DE after all?
by jrd1964
12 Jun 2018 23:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 286
Views: 39052

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

They'll have to update the signs there now... they all say "2018" for a completion/available date.
by jrd1964
08 Jun 2018 16:53
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: WFAA/8 newsreels donated to SMU
Replies: 0
Views: 55

WFAA/8 newsreels donated to SMU

Similar to what KXAS/5 did a few years ago to UNT, WFAA/8 has donated several newsreels from the 1960s and 1970s to the Jones Film & Video archive at SMU. As they get processed and digitized, the newsreels are also being posted on YouTube. Here's one sample: https://youtu.be/WxyD2x52zoU https://...
by jrd1964
08 Jun 2018 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 24
Views: 2963

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Concern arising in north Fort Worth as a proposed Ikea store at I-35W/N. Tarrant Pkwy. north of the US 287 split has not yet broken ground. Apparently there are access and driveway issues, as well as a request by Ikea for city tax incentives. http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/growth/articl...
by jrd1964
08 Jun 2018 16:33
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: Garland: misc. developments

Fishing was one of the first things I thought of when I saw the name also.
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 23:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Garland: misc. developments

A new movie theater-bowling alley combo is coming to Bush Turnpike/Holford Rd. Dubbed "Strike and Reel", the project is set to open next year. It's headed up by the group who run the Pinstack bowling-dining concepts locally. Sorry, but I can't get my head around the name; much easier (and ...
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 21:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 139
Views: 20251

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Awnings would look nice for the shade, if not the curb appeal.

I'm just glad they didn't stick with the dumb "Saint Elm" name.
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 08:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 53
Views: 6667

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Well, this place seems to have 9 lives.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ight-month
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 07:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Candy weighs in.... she dishes about the East Quarter but thinks more residential should be in the mix.

https://candysdirt.com/2018/06/05/downt ... sidential/
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 07:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)
Replies: 72
Views: 13426

Re: Cityplace West/West Village: Residential Tower (~250 FT / 23 ST) / Hilton Canopy (8 ST)

Logo signage has been put up in recent days along the roofline of the Canopy part of the complex. There is 1 each on the west and east sides of the hotel.
by jrd1964
07 Jun 2018 07:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 47
Views: 6821

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

I would guess that liquor store was the last of the old ones of the past in the CBD. Too bad it isn't because the Spire construction is imminent (yet).
by jrd1964
06 Jun 2018 08:50
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Grapevine Mills
Replies: 0
Views: 87

Grapevine: Grapevine Mills

The mall has landed the first US location of Peppa Pig's World of Play, based on the children's show from the UK. It will open next year.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/lei ... lay-center
by jrd1964
06 Jun 2018 03:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 336
Views: 49267

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

"Uptownification"...
I have a strange feeling that word will be used much more than once on this forum in the future, depending on the development trends around here.
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 15:46
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 35
Views: 3230

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Looks like a certain amount of play at Trinity Forest must be on a public basis--but just how apparently is a question.

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... ic-rounds/
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 15:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 15952

Re: The Cedars Developments

In the block north of Ervay/Beaumont, developers want to renovate the strip that includes the Ervay Theater, a storefront that was once a Jack Ruby nightspot, and a commercial building that originally housed a NuGrape bottling plant and employee apartments. The article focuses on negotiations with t...
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 13:50
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 137
Views: 15013

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

"The Woman's Guide to Surviving DART"

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/ ... ving-dart/
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 08:19
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")

This is pretty much the interim configuration until more funds are available (around Neveruary 2050) to: - fully rehab the 35W/121/377/Spur 347 interchange *Definitely* needs it!! Awful mess. - add frontage roads along the entire length of project Needed, but I don't know how they're going to swing...
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 08:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 583
Views: 72457

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Lakegirl wrote:Whiskey Cake's food leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion.


I guess they care more about the "whiskey" than the "cake"? ;)
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 07:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 297
Views: 44270

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. Wow, that's quite a list in the same mixing bowl. I don't know of any one event here, besides the State Fair, where...
by jrd1964
31 May 2018 07:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Gaylord Texan
Replies: 1
Views: 98

Grapevine: Gaylord Texan

The expansion at the Gaylord is done. Additions include 303 guest rooms (new total, 1814 rooms (now 2nd in size locally behind the DTD Sheraton hotel)) and 86,000 square feet of meeting room area (new total, 490,000 square feet). The expanded meeting area includes a 30,000 square foot ballroom (the ...
by jrd1964
31 May 2018 05:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Denton: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 142

Denton: misc. developments

The Fine Arts theater in downtown Denton has been acquired by a group that includes those that head up Dallas' Texas Theater. It will be programmed similar to how the Texas has been. Live events including music concerts and comedy are also planned. The renovation will include 35mm & 70mm project...
by jrd1964
30 May 2018 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop, a Tulsa-based chain, is coming to Rockwall in August as well as Allen this year after the Rockwall location opens. https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2018/05/30/coney-island-hot-weiner-shop-open-rockwall-allen-dallas#_ga=2.262752708.9120891.1527699936-1432607781.1...
by jrd1964
29 May 2018 03:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 7
Views: 1276

Re: Homelessness

Sunday night, a man vandalized the lobby area and smashed windows at the 1505 Elm building. He was arrested and believed to be homeless.

http://www.fox4news.com/news/man-arrest ... e-building
by jrd1964
29 May 2018 03:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 2
Views: 144

General roads/transport. issues

After the "LBJ East" project, there are $24 billion worth of other local projects (all in TxDOT's Dallas District): * I-30 downtown canyon * I-30 between I-45 and Lake Ray Hubbard * I-30 between Lake Ray Hubbard and Rockwall-Hunt Co. line * I-35E between I-635 and US 380 (2nd phase) * I-35...
by jrd1964
28 May 2018 20:03
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")

Now that the phase is pretty much done north of Northside Drive, drivers are realizing that, other than the tolled express lane additions, the free lane capacity is pretty much the same.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/busin ... 85724.html
by jrd1964
28 May 2018 19:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 32
Views: 4690

Re: Texas Live!

D has this about what will locate at the replacement ballpark. A food hall with local restaurants and a bar that will be speakeasy-style will be included there.

https://www.dmagazine.com/business-econ ... s/?ref=mpw
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 57
Views: 8448

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

According to a study, it looks like the online grocery tug-of-war between Amazon & Walmart is going Walmart's way for now.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... fort-worth
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 15:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: North Texas lakes
Replies: 3
Views: 183

North Texas lakes

There are many lakes in the area, and another is on the way. Originally the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir, North Texas Municipal Lake recently had a groundbreaking. The lake will be in Fannin County northeast of Bonham, and is due to be complete in 5 years. https://www.ntmwd.com/projects/north-te...
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 04:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

You'd think they'd take their website and Facebook page down if the business didn't end up proceeding.
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 04:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 79
Views: 13868

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

That's funny, the hotel sites I found say May. Whenever they do, hopefully things will go well.

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -downtown/
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -downtown/
by jrd1964
25 May 2018 00:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

That does look similar to an upper floor I've been on there. If it's ready to open, it has to be in an existing building. Otherwise, downtown land prices would probably be too much for a small-format hostel. Good idea, but I would have thought Deep Ellum or maybe the Cedars before putting it in DTD.
by jrd1964
25 May 2018 00:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: LBJ East reconstruction
Replies: 8
Views: 1578

Re: LBJ East reconstruction

The squabbles and hand-wringing look to be over on this one. Construction contract will be awarded next year, with completion in 2024. Yes, commuters, 5 years of fun and detours..... https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/05/24/txdot-gets-long-awaited-go-ahead-move-forward-lbj-east-proj...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 22:55
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 40
Views: 4190

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Will they be doing any landscaping along the new streets? That and decent lighting would be awesome for that side of downtown. I would guess so, there's enough middle median (similar to what already exists on Cesar Chavez south of Commerce) for plants and lighting. Surely after this long of a wait,...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 22:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 40
Views: 4190

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Well, I knew it had to be somebody's railway path. Thanks for the update.
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 20:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 40
Views: 4190

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I guess we have a little history going on right now... the excavation/redo of the previous Cesar Chavez northbound lanes is exposing something probably not seen in many decades. There are rails and wood crossties among the dirt and debris--very likely from when the Houston & Texas Central RR occ...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 20:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 297
Views: 44270

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Good based on what I hear things have been getting out of hand with these clubs again. This time though you open and if you can not manage problems then you get shut down when your SUP comes up for renewal. I just hope there are a few more discouragements to clubs like this. I have been to Bottled ...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 16:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 72
Views: 8622

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Here's the Star-T version. Fort Worth is now bigger than Indianapolis, and is now behind Columbus, OH, but not by much.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local ... 40579.html

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