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by Tucy
12 Apr 2018 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 84
Views: 9481

Re: Parking Garages

I would surmise that they still plan to build it, but don't want to spend the money until they have some new tenants in hand. (The building is more than 1/3 empty.) I suspect they have the plans for the new garage ready to go. A parking garage won't take all that long to build. So they include the p...
by Tucy
10 Apr 2018 14:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 69
Views: 6767

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Good news on the parks, pretty hilarious headline that's obviously attempting to SEO the crap out of the Klyde Warren Park name. Editor: "I need a snappy headline for this article. Three new parks, you say? How big are they?" Steve Brown: "Well, each one is around 4-5 acres, so 15-is...
by Tucy
05 Apr 2018 13:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 68
Views: 11029

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

ArtVandelay wrote:Marriott website says the hotels are opening May 2018.

I’m going to be surprised if this ever gets finished.


Now it says July 2018. (FWIW, when this project was first announced, the hotel was supposed to open no later than 2015.)
by Tucy
05 Apr 2018 10:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15926

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

A spokesperson @ ZOM in Miami replied to an email inquiry that I made last month that construction on the project would be underway by July . Who knows....We've all been around the block with this one for years now. I hope this moves forward soon. Did they say what year? ;-) (Just asking, because l...
by Tucy
05 Apr 2018 10:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18621

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Nothing sold in March 2018. 7 sold; 151 remaining.
by Tucy
04 Apr 2018 16:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15926

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

I hadn't thought about this site in a while, but reading this thread made me look out the window. There are bulldozers out there right now clearing the site on the Pearl street side. The parking lot has not been touched yet as far as I can tell from up here. Cool! But how are they clearing the site...
by Tucy
04 Apr 2018 15:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15926

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Probably what you are seeing is the base which is where the artist lofts are located. The tower portion is the only way the project can really financially work. The developer can not afford to just build a few affordable artist lofts on a pricey site in the Arts District so yes the tower is very mu...
by Tucy
04 Apr 2018 13:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 10
Views: 1302

It is pretty funny to see what DART takes credit for. In their FY2017 Progress Report they take credit for, among others: Parkland Hospital Toyota Music Factory Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel Hidden Ridge and Pioneer Resources HQ The Toyota Music Factory website gives one a pretty good idea o...
by Tucy
04 Apr 2018 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12059

Re: Museum Tower

March 2018

Two units sold.
93 sold in 64 months. 22 remaining.

Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 8 months.
by Tucy
27 Mar 2018 11:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6181

Re: New Census Population Estimates

September (as well as demographic info for counties/metros). Then tracts and block groups in December. Cool. I wonder Dallas finally will get to 4K in pop. density. Definitely would like to what downtown looks like. Smaller than the city level, everything is a bit lagged. The info we get in Decembe...
by Tucy
27 Mar 2018 11:06
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6181

Re: New Census Population Estimates

tanzoak wrote:
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:When will Dallas proper census information be available?


September (as well as demographic info for counties/metros). Then tracts and block groups in December.


City population estimates will be released in May.
by Tucy
27 Mar 2018 10:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 99
Views: 12016

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Another article about "that giant code violation sitting at LBJ Freeway and Preston Road called Valley View Center":

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... believable
by Tucy
22 Mar 2018 14:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 51
Views: 6181

Re: New Census Population Estimates

2017 Metro census estimates came out this morning. It should surprise no one that DFW added more people than any other metro area. What is a bit surprising is that the estimates show DFW growth slowing slightly. I would not have expected that. 2017 population estimate (July 1): 7,399,662 2016 estima...
by Tucy
20 Mar 2018 13:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35421

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

flyswatter wrote:I looked just yesterday at availability online and they showed almost nothing. Maybe because of the problem they took all the inventory offline temporarily?


That seems like a good possibility. If there are only 130 residents, that suggests they are only about 50% occupancy, at best.
by Tucy
20 Mar 2018 12:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35421

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

Yikes. This is going to be costly: Residents in downtown Dallas' historic Statler Hotel will have to relocate for repairs https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/03/16/residents-downtown-dallas-historic-statler-hotel-will-relocate-repairs It's a little surprising that almost a year afte...
by Tucy
15 Mar 2018 13:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12059

Re: Museum Tower

Museum Tower has chopped another $3 Million off of the price of the penthouse. It was recently listed at $16.5 Million. Now they are asking $13.5 Million. When they began "heavily marketing" the penthouse back in mid-2015, they priced it at $24 Million, including a $3 Million build-out all...
by Tucy
10 Mar 2018 02:33
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-345
Replies: 140
Views: 7678

Re: I-345

It's so handy when someone mentions the Embarcadero when discussing I-345. You know right away that they're just parroting stuff they've heard, and really don't know what they're talking about. I live in SF and work as a transportation engineer, so let’s hope that I have some sort of idea what I’m ...
by Tucy
08 Mar 2018 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

One might be able to infer a preference for an urban setting from some of the RFP language, but that is quite different from what was stated above, to-wit: that a downtown location was one of their stated requirements. That is simply not true. If you didn't see Amazon's original HQ2 site, how are y...
by Tucy
08 Mar 2018 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

One might be able to infer a preference for an urban setting from some of the RFP language, but that is quite different from what was stated above, to-wit: that a downtown location was one of their stated requirements. That is simply not true.
by Tucy
08 Mar 2018 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 205
Views: 26241

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Now that Virgin is opening a hotel in Dallas does that signal a market for a potential Hard Rock? I ask because Virgin is a brand that markets differently than a Marriot or a Hilton. Was W Hotel that bellwether of more rock and roll brands coming to the market? How about the Lorenzo it certainly pl...
by Tucy
07 Mar 2018 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Relax dude. They took down the website once HQ2 fever took hold, but yes, it was clearly stated there. It looks like you're misremembering. The website is still up, and it was frequently archived. It appears to have never said what you claim. And as I said earlier, it seems very unlikely they would...
by Tucy
07 Mar 2018 14:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It was listed as a requirement on the HQ2 website, along with their requirements about international airport, being adjacent to transit, etc. Link? Quote? Anything? It seems unlikely they would have requirements listed on their website that are contrary to what is in the actual RFP. Relax dude. The...
by Tucy
07 Mar 2018 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

It was one of their base requirements, locating in a center city, urban location. No. It was not. Nothing of the sort appears in the RFP. It was listed as a requirement on the HQ2 website, along with their requirements about international airport, being adjacent to transit, etc. Link? Quote? Anythi...
by Tucy
07 Mar 2018 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Awesome reporting, DMN. My "source," Amazon, already stated as much in their initial HQ2 requirements. Where in the RFP did they state that they required (or even preferred) a downtown site, or that they were "probably headed" to a downtown site? (If a downtown site is one of th...
by Tucy
07 Mar 2018 11:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

According to DMN's sources, if Amazon chooses DFW for HQ2, they're probably heading to Downtown Dallas Awesome reporting, DMN. My "source," Amazon, already stated as much in their initial HQ2 requirements. Where in the RFP did they state that they required (or even preferred) a downtown s...
by Tucy
06 Mar 2018 16:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18621

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Yikes! Werent there presales on this building? I thought they wanted to reach a certain threshold before they even began construction? Maybe they don't include presales? Don't know how it all works but maybe they do not consider it sold until the unit has been finished out and the keys are handed o...
by Tucy
06 Mar 2018 16:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18621

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Yikes! Werent there presales on this building? I thought they wanted to reach a certain threshold before they even began construction? Maybe they don't include presales? Don't know how it all works but maybe they do not consider it sold until the unit has been finished out and the keys are handed o...
by Tucy
06 Mar 2018 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18621

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Tnexster wrote:I would have figured BC would be selling faster than that.


Agreed.

1 unit sold in February 2018. 7 sold; 151 remaining.
by Tucy
06 Mar 2018 13:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12059

Re: Museum Tower

^ Thanks jimmyx18. Good info.

February 2018

One unit sold.
91 sold in 63 months. 24 remaining.

Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 8 months.
by Tucy
02 Mar 2018 12:34
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Arlington: Globe Life Field

tamtagon wrote:...cannot wait to see the mixed use version of the retractable roof Baseball Stadium that attaches to the Dallas Convention Center and connects to the Trinity River Park Overlook, Union Station, HSR Stations (I-45 and I-35).


:lol: You forgot your 2,000 hotel rooms.
by Tucy
02 Mar 2018 11:07
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Arlington: Globe Life Field

Yes, the trend in MLB for quite some time has been to smaller (40,000-ish) stadia. But Arlington and DFW like to do things bigger, so I had not realized we had joined the trend.
by Tucy
01 Mar 2018 16:05
Forum: The Pitch
Topic: Arlington: Globe Life Field
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: Arlington: Globe Life Field

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/28/texas-rangers-1-1b-globe-life-field-begins-to-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. I had ...
by Tucy
01 Mar 2018 13:10
Forum: The Airports
Topic: DFW Airport
Replies: 107
Views: 13822

Re: DFW Airport

It seems like this mixture of international and domestic in the same space is something DFW will be able to accommodate easily considering they are planning further major changes at our older terminals. The new terminal they are discussing could integrate these things and move that project further ...
by Tucy
21 Feb 2018 13:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

https://www.texascentral.com/project/ Nearly 50,000 Texans, sometimes called “super-commuters,” travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth more than once a week. Many others make the trip very regularly. The approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line will offer a total travel time...
by Tucy
20 Feb 2018 12:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Hence my initial comment that, as it is being developed, the near-downtown or adjacent-to-downtown site does not appear to be that much of a plus for us. If the stations does happen, the plus for us is a growing downtown environment. The thousands of trips to Dallas made each week will support 2,00...
by Tucy
20 Feb 2018 11:49
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Seems unlikely the pedestrian bridges in Texas Central's plans would leave out moving sidewalks; for those few HSR passengers connecting to LRT or bus or streetcar, a ten minute walk might be welcomed after sitting for 90 minutes. Most people are going to get in a car at one of the parking garages....
by Tucy
20 Feb 2018 09:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 205
Views: 26241

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 Developers in Dallas' Victory Park have just built four new apartment towers, a movie theater and additional retail. Now...
by Tucy
20 Feb 2018 09:25
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

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 Tucy
19 Feb 2018 08:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I believe that of the finalist cities DFW and Austin are the only ones without a Top 50 University in the US News and World Report ranking. Not stellar for us but Seattle is in the same boat with UW at #56 and clearly Amazon was able to grow there. Columbus Denver Miami Indianapolis I believe Unive...
by Tucy
19 Feb 2018 00:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

PonyUp13 wrote:I believe that of the finalist cities DFW and Austin are the only ones without a Top 50 University in the US News and World Report ranking. Not stellar for us but Seattle is in the same boat with UW at #56 and clearly Amazon was able to grow there.


Columbus
Denver
Indianapolis
by Tucy
16 Feb 2018 15:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62696

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

In the unlikely scenario that Amazon splits HQ2 between two cities (to take advantage of different incentives, lessen the impact on housing, etc.) they would probably have to be in the same state. Isn't Texas the only state with two separate metro areas on the list? IF they split HQ2 between two ci...
by Tucy
14 Feb 2018 22:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 184
Views: 27072

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

tamtagon wrote:The hotel is confirmed, right, but the residential tower is 'at a future date?"


Hotel confirmed? I thought not.
by Tucy
08 Feb 2018 15:56
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

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 Tucy
08 Feb 2018 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 117
Views: 18621

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Bleu Ciel has started selling units. Since some have asked for information on Bleu Ciel sales, here you go: Sales appear to have kicked off on December 21 and by the end of the month of December, 2017, they had recorded 5 sales. 158 total units in the building. 5 down; 153 to go. 1 additional unit ...
by Tucy
08 Feb 2018 14:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12059

Re: Museum Tower

January 2018

Zero units sold.
90 sold in 62 months. 25 remaining.

Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 8 months.
by Tucy
07 Feb 2018 16:02
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 56
Views: 4760

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I understand Perot's desire to have a dedicated path from the super popular park to the museum, but that elevated walkway is just about as silly as the elevated parking garage. Exactly right. We already have a "dedicated path". It's called sidewalks. We have spent/are spending hundreds of...
by Tucy
07 Feb 2018 09:37
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 56
Views: 4760

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

tamtagon wrote:Are plans still rolling along to build a parking garage, office, restaurant and elevated walkway to Nature & Science museum?


Let's hope not.
by Tucy
01 Feb 2018 13:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 119
Views: 15995

Re: DFW Economy

NM
by Tucy
31 Jan 2018 15:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 208
Views: 24282

Re: Oak Lawn

I may be wrong about this, but gurl I know I'm not... while the importance and awareness of a coherent cohesive gay oriented entertainment conglomerate anchoring a gayborhood has become less important in the lives of maturing teens and young adults, the existence of these destinations has not. As m...
by Tucy
31 Jan 2018 14:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 242
Views: 24742

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I am counting the blessing that at least the train stops at edge of our downtown and will be able to connect with DART at the center of our city. Houston was not so lucky. ^^^^^^^ Exactly! Additionally, the new bullet train terminal will only be three blocks from DART's Cedar Station ... pretty swe...

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