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by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 20:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 372
Views: 54117

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Sounds like a lot more than 'nobody' knows about it now. This should bode well for possibilities of attracting more hostels around DFW in the future.
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 20:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 12
Views: 825

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

I've always been amazed at how few restaurant/bar choices there are in a hotel with this many rooms. The Adolphus, Anatole, and Statler all have more restaurants/bars, yet fewer rooms.
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 07:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Panther Island
Replies: 2
Views: 179

Fort Worth: Panther Island

The project will span 800 acres when completed, which could be in 2028 or later, depending on individual projects within the development. Currently, a project to build 3 bridges, 1 each on North Main, Jacksboro Hwy., and White Settlement Rd., is still coming along, despite a year-long delay. That wa...
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 06:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 3798

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Despite the misleading headline, a Home2 Suites (a Hilton extended-stay brand) is being planned on University Drive near the Cultural District/West 7th area.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... n-property
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 06:27
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 48
Views: 7168

Re: Collin County Transportation

Residents in Prosper aren't liking a possible plan proposed amongst those that have been brought up about the US 380 bypass in McKinney.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/prosper ... ss-highway
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 05:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 13
Views: 1148

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

cowboyeagle05 wrote:It will most likely end up with a shipping/distribution warehouse of some kind on the site.


You're likely right, despite the grandiose hopes among the TPTBs in Garland.
by jrd1964
25 Jul 2018 05:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 89
Views: 16976

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Initial designs and computer mock-ups don't always look like the finished product.
by jrd1964
23 Jul 2018 21:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10570

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The goings-on lately in the grab-and-go meals segment has seen many players come along in the last few years, with Snap Kitchen one of the few survivors. Many north TX grocers are represented in the space, and seem to be able to compete. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/07/23/sizzle-g...
by jrd1964
23 Jul 2018 21:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Legacy
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Plano: Legacy

Headquarters II is a new project with twin 14-story office towers and a high-rise hotel, to be built at Headquarters/Dallas Pkwy. It is set for completion in early 2020, but no announced tenants for the office space nor definite plans or brand for the hotel were revealed at the groundbreaking. https...
by jrd1964
23 Jul 2018 20:12
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Royse City: misc. developments
Replies: 0
Views: 67

Royse City: misc. developments

As north Texas grows, the sprawl continues, I guess... Now another edge development, Waterscape, gets going on 300 acres. 50 of the first 275 homesites have already sold. Plans call for 1000 homes to be built there in total. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/23/1000-home-waters...
by jrd1964
23 Jul 2018 20:02
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 13
Views: 1148

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Just went by the site last Friday, and the building is gone now. Didn't take them long at all. Strange to see a place that really made retail history, that is now only a memory.
by jrd1964
20 Jul 2018 13:58
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 32
Views: 5419

Re: TexRail

longhorn wrote:When does service start?


According to this,
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/traf ... 95449.html

Dec. 31.
by jrd1964
20 Jul 2018 01:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 69
Views: 6707

Re: Texas Live!

More renderings made available this week.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sports/Rang ... B_DFWBrand
by jrd1964
19 Jul 2018 19:01
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 187
Views: 19008

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Good to see that SeaBass, Justin, Ty, and the other tickerers are getting the word out.
by jrd1964
19 Jul 2018 08:58
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team
Replies: 6
Views: 168

Dallas Cowboys: Forbes most valuable sports team

On Forbes' worldwide top-50 list of sports teams, the Cowboys are tops for the third year in a row.

* valuation: $4.8 billion
* revenue: $840 million
* earnings: $350 million

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... uable.html
by jrd1964
19 Jul 2018 08:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 7
Views: 806

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

Highway and construction officials have deemed the I-35W project "substantially complete" even though several small parts of the project away from the freeway main lanes still are not quite done. Most of the remaining parts include service roads, ramps, and miscellaneous items. The Belknap...
by jrd1964
19 Jul 2018 08:18
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 137
Views: 21482

Re: DFW Airport

Starting in September, DFW will not allow those picking up passengers to idle or wait at curbs in front of a terminal. There will be special 1-hour and 2-hour spaces in nearby parking areas available for those waiting for passengers. Anything curbside will become loading/unloading zones. Transportat...
by jrd1964
17 Jul 2018 04:26
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 23
Views: 4064

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

State Farm is adding more data center capacity in Richardson, with another building on part of the old Owens Spring Creek Farm site.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... w-building
by jrd1964
17 Jul 2018 04:22
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Fort Worth: West 7th area
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: Fort Worth: West 7th area

Fort Worth's plan to one-way several West 7th-area streets (which started Monday) has already led to confusion. (What a surprise...)

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/traffic ... se-drivers
by jrd1964
17 Jul 2018 04:18
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 21
Views: 2919

Re: Southwest Airlines

Southwest is launching international cargo service, starting with Mexico City; other cities will be added later on.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/sou ... ernational
by jrd1964
17 Jul 2018 04:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

Is D-FW's next great community sprouting from the plains outside Fort Worth?

It might be away from the urban part of Fort Worth for now, but it'll be in the city limits.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... fort-worth
by jrd1964
16 Jul 2018 07:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10570

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

As a McKinney Costco store opens (July 25), apparently there is interest about a 2nd Dallas location -- the ex-Sam's off Greenville/Park Lane. Soil testing has been done in recent days on the site; the ownership of the site varies by source. There looks to be ties to Costco in one way or another, de...
by jrd1964
16 Jul 2018 06:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 27
Views: 2929

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I don't understand putting this particular hotel in Uptown instead of Downtown. The type of client that books at a full service Marriott hotel is (generally speaking) a business traveler who (presumably) is traveling for a convention. The problem is that the convention center (downtown) is not walk...
by jrd1964
16 Jul 2018 05:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 246
Views: 41596

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Not sure if anything's changed, other than not enough construction workers or any back-pedaling on the part of potential tenants or bank financing. I don't see much media reporting on a rush of anyone wanting to be a part of the project, as of yet. The hotel part doesn't seem specific as to a brand ...
by jrd1964
16 Jul 2018 05:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17929

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

I guess they felt like they had to sell to raise $$$$ so they could have the nice shiny spot on N. Central. I'm not sure how set they are for amount of magnet campuses, but I guess another near DTD wouldn't hurt.
by jrd1964
16 Jul 2018 05:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10570

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

From what I've seen, it's mostly standalones, big-box-o-ramas, or suburban neighborhood centers. Nothing like Whole Foods on McKinney or the 2 upcoming Tom Thumbs near DTD. From what I can tell, they're not hot about collaborations, other than the spaces that are along the front wall (banks, fast fo...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 17:10
Forum: The Airports
Topic: Southwest Airlines
Replies: 21
Views: 2919

Re: Southwest Airlines

For the first time in decades, Southwest has decided to phase out serving of peanuts on flights. The article doesn't say what they will serve instead, if any.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... straw.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 17:08
Forum: The Airports
Topic: American Airlines
Replies: 4
Views: 1616

Re: American Airlines

American has recently announced plans to use biodegradable straws and wooden stir sticks, instead of plastic ones used up to now.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... straw.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10570

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Looks like Walmart still wants to be in the small-format/convenience/fuel segment, with one in Crowley, another this week in Plano, and 3 more to come in Lake Worth, south Arlington, and The Colony. Even though they tried small-format stores before, and bailed out of all of those (Brookshire's snapp...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10570

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The Central Market at Northwest Hwy./Midway (ex-Albertsons, ex-Sun Fresh) will open September 5.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... ewest.html
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 16:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 246
Views: 41596

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

dallaz wrote:*tries to find something postive to say*

Well...at least it’s not an aslphat parking lot :?


...or, an asphalt parking lot, either. ;) ;)
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 15:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16089

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

I am still glad it is there though and someday it will get repainted. My thoughts exactly. Considering this part of town doesn't have much going on (even less when this building was first proposed), I feel lucky that we got something like this. Yes it's ugly, but it's not abandoned, and the ugly is...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 02:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 7
Views: 806

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

The latest.... looks like late September for finishing the main part of what's left to do. The work around the Belknap/Airport Frwy. exit will take till the end of the year; it got started after the other I-35W work did, and is technically considered a separate project, despite it looking like it's ...
by jrd1964
13 Jul 2018 00:31
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 32
Views: 5419

Re: TexRail

Development is coming along at several of the future TexRail stations.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... fw-airport
by jrd1964
11 Jul 2018 03:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

One little known part of this project: The entrance from northbound 35E to the DNT will be moved south of Spur 366 (Woodall Rodgers). There will no longer be direct freeway access from westbound 366 to the DNT -- you'll have to cut through Uptown on Pearl or Griffin. I didn't realize that before. T...
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 02:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Lowest Stemmons Project
Replies: 21
Views: 1803

Re: Lowest Stemmons Project

It would be difficult to do a sinking/below-grade of I-35E, especially this part, with Turtle Creek and other streams crossing it and nearby.
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 01:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Fort Worth: Sundance Square

A long-awaited CVS store has opened just off Sundance Square at 5th/Houston, in an old Ojos Locos sports bar. It is actually a 2-level store, with meds/pharmacy upstairs amd snacks/drinks/home stuff downstairs (looks like they'll have to keep the elevator working all the time without fail...). https...
by jrd1964
10 Jul 2018 01:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

Workers are completing homes there at a pace of 1 per day. There have been 211 homes sold there in just over a year.

https://www.star-telegram.com/news/busi ... 71559.html
by jrd1964
05 Jul 2018 22:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 25
Views: 2156

Re: Homelessness

They're not all like that. I know, because I was homeless for a year. I have never resorted to hurting or attacking anyone, nor have I broken into anyone's home or business. It's awful that things have happened to you and around you that have led you to how you feel, but please, don't throw me (and ...
by jrd1964
03 Jul 2018 09:48
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 25
Views: 2156

Re: Homelessness

I don't know why the $$$ and time overruns. I have heard that if CitySquare does any more housing (I have a feeling they will) they will approach it differently next time.
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 17:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 25
Views: 2156

Re: Homelessness

Thanks so much for the info. I know housing first has worked really well in other cities, and BC Workshop has helped out with a small village here in Dallas, but that takes a lot of money to start up and sustain. I'm going to check out the library and see what the experience is like. I forgot to me...
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16749

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

According to their website, the hotel is due to open in September.

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -district/
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16749

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

I still hate the design and I mean hate but the two positives are its an affordable brand in an area I would like to see this kind of development and at least we got street trees and a nice wide pedestrian-friendly sidewalk. I still wish they had come up with a design that engaged the street better...
by jrd1964
02 Jul 2018 10:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 25
Views: 2156

Re: Homelessness

The central library is one of the few places one can go to in their situation, outside of a shelter, and not get run off by police or property owners. There's a/c, sockets to charge up cell phones, computers, and that outreach program also. The bathrooms used to be a problem with folks trying to bat...
by jrd1964
30 Jun 2018 14:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch
Replies: 9
Views: 594

West Fort Worth: Walsh Ranch

(or like in some articles and sites, "Walsh") This development, on the site of vast ranchland, will encompass 7200 acres, with 15,000 homes, and as many as 50,000 residents eventually. The first phase, almost all residential, will include around 1/3 green space. The project, 12 minutes wes...
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 16:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 301
Views: 45018

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

A higher barrier fence will probably look better, but having actual work going on behind it would be even better than that.

I guess this project is as complicated (if not more so) as The Statler was, with multiple parts to the building and multiple eventual contractors/financial sources.
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 16:26
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Greater DFW-area trails
Replies: 3
Views: 275

Greater DFW-area trails

Two new bridges were installed this week on trails in the River Legacy section of north Arlington. This will be part of a 64-mile hike-bike pathway that will eventually connect Fort Worth to Dallas. https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/arlington/article213816814.html This trail is part...
by jrd1964
29 Jun 2018 08:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 214
Views: 27065

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Knox Street Pub is closing in November. It's been open for around 30 years (per the article and website).

https://www.guidelive.com/bars-and-cock ... losing-sad
by jrd1964
28 Jun 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)
Replies: 10
Views: 1547

Re: DTD: Republic Center/Towers (I, 36 st., 602 ft.; II, 50 st., 508 ft.; III, 8 st.)

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/02/06/new-architecture-center-headed-landmark-downtown-dallas-tower The Dallas Center for Architecture will be a new space for exhibits, displays, and lectures, and will be located on the first floor of the southeast corner of the building (by Pa...

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