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by jrd1964
13 Apr 2018 06:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 482
Views: 55034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

As a side note, are the amount of bright billboard they have around the area really necessary? They are really distracting to both the band and the audience during the shows. I realize they make money on advertising with these, but it seems like overkill. There is now a huge one above the Alamo as ...
by jrd1964
12 Apr 2018 09:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon
Replies: 8
Views: 1784

Re: Rowlett: Crystal Lagoon

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/04/11/affordable-homes-to-be-built-at-rowletts-crystal.html Meritage and K.Hovnanian will be building 'affordable (less than $300,000)' housing as part of Bayside's residential area. Just over 100 homes in that price range will be built between the 2 buil...
by jrd1964
12 Apr 2018 08:57
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Wilmer: misc. developments
Replies: 0
Views: 60

Wilmer: misc. developments

I'm sure most would say 'What's going on there besides part of the Inland Port?' Well.... https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/City-of-Wilmer-Poised-for-Major-Growth-479467613.html Liberty Crossing, a mixed use development, will include residential (almost 450 apartments) and retail. Dallas ISD is plan...
by jrd1964
12 Apr 2018 08:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 84
Views: 9588

Re: Parking Garages

jrd1964 wrote:Has anyone heard about what is going on with the second garage that was so desperately needed for the Bank of America Plaza? Nothing has happened at the site up to now.


Sorry to repeat myself, but I thought I'd try again 8-)
by jrd1964
05 Apr 2018 14:50
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 0
Views: 150

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

https://krld.radio.com/articles/section-i-35w-north-tarrant-express-project-open This project, which is adding express lanes along I-35W from downtown Fort Worth to the US 287 split north of I-820, is ready to open today from the Northside Dr. exit to I-820. This also included a total redo of the I-...
by jrd1964
05 Apr 2018 14:39
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 107
Views: 13968

Re: DFW Airport

https://krld.radio.com/articles/new-pri ... rt-parking

The airport is looking into fluctuated pricing for terminal parking, a-la the express lane toll structure that LBJ Freeway now has. It hasn't been decided what range the prices will be.
by jrd1964
05 Apr 2018 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15693

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

DPatel304 wrote:
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:I don't like "i". A capital letter would look better imo.


I didn't even notice this until you pointed it out. Now it's going to forever bother me..haha.


Looks like Choice likes the small "i" for the logo:
by jrd1964
03 Apr 2018 05:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6872

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

They would at least need rolling carts and/or food trucks around. There really isn't that much to eat/drink close to where the park will be. Surely there are plans somewhat similar to Klyde as far as events/programming go.
by jrd1964
01 Apr 2018 18:38
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6872

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

It isn't worded well, but Live Oak is going away between St. Paul and Harwood. I don't know if there will be a media blitz or digital construction message boards or what for alerting drivers about the closure.
by jrd1964
01 Apr 2018 13:36
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 482
Views: 55034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

It may be a long learning curve on the whole Music Factory's part to attract a younger crowd, with so many other places (West 7th, Legacy, Uptown, Deep Ellum, Denton, etcetc) to go that they know already. There could be a case of habit--younger folks may not think of Las Colinas as a place to go at ...
by jrd1964
01 Apr 2018 09:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: The District (former Parkland hospital campus)

Just can't get past the name. Meanwhile, I could maybe see this working if the previous Parkland were like the current Parkland, off to itself. But previous Parkland is completely surrounded and wedged by the various UT-Southwestern departments/functions as well as by Children's Medical Center. Unle...
by jrd1964
28 Mar 2018 10:20
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 7
Views: 1252

Re: DART: Bus system

System changes began this week for DART buses. Not every route will see a change. Website for change info: http://www.dart.org/about/servicechange/servicechange.asp * Two long-time route numbers are going away: #1 and #400. The #1 will split into the #81 (Matilda route) and #82 (Skillman route). (No...
by jrd1964
28 Mar 2018 05:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: Downtown: Adolphus Tower

Before this gets too far, mdg's pics are from the Hotel, not the office Tower (the original topic) on the other side.

I have seen the new entrance doorway, and it's quite nice and a pleasant surprise.
by jrd1964
28 Mar 2018 04:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11156

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

There will be a rooftop bar up there. I can kinda see having a separate dedicated elevator for it, especially to keep the boozywoozys from disturbing the wrong hallway, or those who were there who aren't hotel guests who might have had too much fun on the roof... either way, it keeps the main elevat...
by jrd1964
28 Mar 2018 04:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 144
Views: 18327

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Good to see retail progress at the Mercantile building. Saw this over the weekend and meant to post about it. Seeing the pic, I just had a thought. Not looking up, just straight out ~at eye level--I get a kind of NYC- or Chicago-like visual vibe from this... old dept store on the left, storefronts/...
by jrd1964
27 Mar 2018 08:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Reunion Tower turns 40
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Reunion Tower turns 40

Hard to believe, but Reunion Tower has been open, revolving, and glowing since April 1978.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... e-for.html
by jrd1964
27 Mar 2018 08:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 35
Views: 6588

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... latin.html

According to the DBJ, the Fiesta name will stay after the acquisition.
by jrd1964
27 Mar 2018 01:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 35
Views: 6588

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/03/26/fiesta-mart-deal-creates-among-largest-hispanic-focused-us-grocers The parent company of a grocery chain called El Super with locations out west is acquiring Fiesta. The article didn't say if the 2 names would be combined. Not long ago, Fiesta ha...
by jrd1964
24 Mar 2018 18:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Inwood & Forest development
Replies: 3
Views: 565

Re: Inwood & Forest development

Years ago a development was proposed there, IINM, it was apartments and retail, plus something Jesuit-related for the part closest to the school. It may have been a 2008 recession victim. I don't know if what's going on now is a return to the same, or something else. I haven't heard anything about t...
by jrd1964
21 Mar 2018 09:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 144
Views: 18327

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

There's been a For Sale sign on the side of the Doug's/7-Eleven building for a while. I wondered how long it would be before some firm snapped it up.
by jrd1964
15 Mar 2018 15:34
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 30
Views: 3002

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

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/downtown-dallas/2018/03/15/going-long-long-awaited-cesar-chavez-boulevard-expansion-downtown-dallas We finally have an update. Officials are going for an August completion (really??) for the Cesar Chavez part. The Pearl portion hasn't progressed yet due to Carpenter P...
by jrd1964
15 Mar 2018 08:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Waters Creek
Replies: 5
Views: 1203

Re: Allen: Watters Creek

There ya go.
by jrd1964
15 Mar 2018 08:09
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: eSports Stadium
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Arlington: eSports Stadium

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Largest-E-Sports-Stadium-in-US-Opening-in-Arlington-476853393.html The eSports Stadium will open this fall in a portion of the current Arlington Convention Center. The article says it will be the biggest eSports venue in the US. (Supposedly, eSports are basically g...
by jrd1964
13 Mar 2018 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 111
Views: 20790

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

All the artwork and press about the project up to now has shown it and referred to it as a Tom Thumb.
by jrd1964
12 Mar 2018 16:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 482
Views: 55034

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... music.html

List of some of the restaurant spots at the Factory (and upcoming) and their statuses. Time-lapse construction site video also at the linkie.
by jrd1964
06 Mar 2018 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 194
Views: 38142

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

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:The Downtown Dallas 360 plan shows the intent of removing the off ramps off woodall. That alone will make a huge difference


So if that happens, will the only eastbound access be the Pearl (/Olive) exit?
by jrd1964
06 Mar 2018 12:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 114
Views: 17090

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Hopefully the area won't get overpriced like Uptown.
by jrd1964
06 Mar 2018 12:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 1927

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Appreciate the clarification. I haven't yet had the pleasure of Stephenville, so I wasn't completely aware of Tarleton's footprint there. I guess I meant more prominent in an urban vs. rural sense....there are potentially more eyeballs that will have a chance to see the Fort Worth campus than the St...
by jrd1964
06 Mar 2018 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 11
Views: 972

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

There was a previous thread about this project, but I'm not sure of the title. The hotel is going in east of Nick & Sam's where an apartment/condo complex is now; Wolf/Fairmount/Carlisle are the surrounding streets.
by jrd1964
06 Mar 2018 12:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 1927

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/03/05/luxury-30-story-condo-tower-takes-two-step-forward.html The Worth , a condo tower planned for the NW corner of downtown, was originally planned as a 24-story building. The city has since approved the project for 30 stories. Construction is planned t...
by jrd1964
02 Mar 2018 15:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grand Prairie Development
Replies: 22
Views: 3311

Re: Grand Prairie Development

Archived vids from Ch. 4's news about the Epic Waters opening:

https://youtu.be/_qG2bOAwOZo
https://youtu.be/XjlUo_O2DS4
https://youtu.be/ktu7y2LpuvI
by jrd1964
01 Mar 2018 15:40
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Trinity Metro (FWTA 'The T')
Replies: 3
Views: 280

Trinity Metro (formerly The T)

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/traff ... 45654.html

Fort Worth's transit has changed names, and has a new logo also. Spokespeople for the transit system try (in vain?) to explain the reason for the logo and the name change.
by jrd1964
01 Mar 2018 15:11
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 466

Arlington: Globe Life Field

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... -take.html

A construction update. Work has begun on the concrete columns after months of clearing the site and prep work.

The new Rangers field will seat 40,000 and will be ready in March of 2020.
by jrd1964
28 Feb 2018 13:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 25194

Re: Legacy West

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by jrd1964
28 Feb 2018 13:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 221
Views: 25194

Re: Legacy West

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/e ... 329333002/

Legacy Hall has attracted USA Today's attention.
by jrd1964
26 Feb 2018 18:01
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art
Replies: 1
Views: 352

DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/26/dallas-museum-getting-new-name-multimillion-dollar.html Yes, the space has been the Crow Collection of Asian Art, but the name is changing as part of a renovation and expansion. Part of the expansion is for displays, while the rest will be added to ...
by jrd1964
26 Feb 2018 13:25
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: More Buc-ee's!!
Replies: 0
Views: 320

More Buc-ee's!!

Buc-ee's, the bigger-than-life (and getting bigger than that) chain of travel stops, just announced another north TX location (to go with Terrell and north Fort Worth): Ennis. It will be on I-45 (exit not stated) and have 86 gas pumps. https://www.dallasnews.com/life/texana/2018/02/26/buc-ees-housto...
by jrd1964
23 Feb 2018 16:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 35
Views: 6588

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I'm guessing it'll be like when Target sold their pharmacies to CVS a bit ago. There is signage for both in and out of the store, but they didn't do the hyphenated Target-CVS thing in ads or on the building.
by jrd1964
23 Feb 2018 14:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 35
Views: 6588

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... g-rite-aid

DMN's take on the Rite Aid deal. Looks like Maria is reporting all local pharmacies at Albertsons/Tom Thumb/Market Street will adopt the Rite Aid branding.
by jrd1964
22 Feb 2018 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 35
Views: 6588

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/20/safeway-parent-albertsons-buying-whats-left-of.html Cerberus, the private equity firm that owns Albertsons and Safeway, has announced the acquisition of the rest of Rite Aid*. [* -- In the last couple of years, Walgreens had announced they wanted to...
by jrd1964
20 Feb 2018 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35785

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

https://dallasinnovates.com/dallas-pop-up-shop-unbranded-extending-year-round/ The Unbranded pop-up spaces that show up irregularly downtown are going to a permanent space at The Statler. With the move, the retailer is converting to an ongoing status, with a single-vendor focus every couple of months.
by jrd1964
20 Feb 2018 05:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/res ... -expansion

The parent of Golden Chick is acquiring a majority stake in Fireside Pies, and wants to expand their presence here.
by jrd1964
18 Feb 2018 09:05
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: TX Town/Place names and how they got them
Replies: 0
Views: 157

TX Town/Place names and how they got them

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/curious ... ames-weird

Not only names and origins, but pronunciations also... so those easy ones like Refugio, Palacios, and Nacogdoches will roll right off the tongue ;)
by jrd1964
16 Feb 2018 14:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/14/memphis-barbecue-staple-announces-expansion-to.html Corky's BBQ, a Memphis-based chain, is looking to TX for expansion. A franchisee wants to open as many as 17 locations in Houston and Dallas. The article is not specific on how many of those will b...
by jrd1964
16 Feb 2018 14:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 2
Views: 342

Restaurants: general news/development

[Similar to the general Grocery Store thread, general activity not especially specific to one area.]
by jrd1964
16 Feb 2018 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 18
Views: 1927

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/15/tarleton-begins-construction-on-80-acre-campus-in.html http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/education/article200065744.html Construction is underway for a new Fort Worth campus of Tarleton State University. The article doesn't say the main campus...
by jrd1964
16 Feb 2018 14:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco Station
Replies: 6
Views: 1301

Re: Frisco Station

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... house.html

Here's what was with the article. This Skyhouse looks glassier than the other 2 here. The article lists no construction/completion timeline.
by jrd1964
16 Feb 2018 13:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School
Replies: 32
Views: 4894

Re: Downtown Dallas: Dallas High School

It really looks nice all lit up and occupied at night now... beats the heck out of abandoned-looking pigeon fodder. Hopefully they will have the other phase(s) to go with it.
by jrd1964
15 Feb 2018 13:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15693

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

I drove by there a few nights ago, and there's no 'Cambria' or 'Cambria Hotel' outdoor sign yet. The only way to see its branding at a glance are flat-screen monitors placed at several of the front windows.

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