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by Tucy
16 Oct 2018 14:10
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 299
Views: 41245

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Well, the stupidity of SB977 is so obvious, I didn't think it needed to be pointed out. HSR is a proven transportation technology that has been used extensively, and is far safer than road travel. TXDOT is a TRANSPORTATION agency for the state... not a HIGHWAY agency. Having bureaucrats actively PR...
by Tucy
16 Oct 2018 11:42
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 299
Views: 41245

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

What a couple of stupid laws... Question... Can we make highways meet 'minimum security requirements'? 3,000 fatalities per year in Texas alone... One can disagree with the public policy of SB977 (but just calling it stupid does not really make the policy case). As to SB975, what is objectionable a...
by Tucy
16 Oct 2018 10:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41796

Re: Legacy West

About 1 1/2 years ago, Plano was seeking funding for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge in this same location. https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/plano/city-county/2017/03/27/plano-backs-pedestrian-bridge-connect-legacy-west-shops-legacy/ Does anyone know unfunded plans for a pedestrian bridge e...
by Tucy
16 Oct 2018 10:45
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 299
Views: 41245

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

While the state has studied expanding intercity passenger rail service in Texas, it has yet to commit any funding for them. In fact, in just the last session the Texas Legislature passed laws prohibiting TXDOT funding HSR. Per https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Texas-lawmakers-didn-t-st...
by Tucy
16 Oct 2018 10:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 338
Views: 52808

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Is this financing (that they are scheduled to close on October 25) the same financing they were scheduled to close no later than June 29?
by Tucy
14 Oct 2018 10:32
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Hurricane Harvey
Replies: 35
Views: 3879

Re: Hurricane Harvey

Is it really bad to allow building in flood zones? As long as the buildings are built to withstand likely/possible high waters (appropriate elevation, etc), I don't think there's a problem. FWIW, I believe most cities, including Dallas, allow buildings to be constructed in flood zones.
by Tucy
14 Oct 2018 10:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4341

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

^ Thanks
by Tucy
12 Oct 2018 14:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey
Replies: 60
Views: 4341

Re: The Cedars: Texas Odyssey

The train station isn't a part of the Texas Odyssey. Texas Odyssey includes the Ferris Wheel, live music venue, and a few restaurants around the base of the Eye of Texas. The HSR station is a separate project but often included due to its proximity to Texas Odyssey. I am not sure if we really need ...
by Tucy
09 Oct 2018 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 133
Views: 29310

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

September 2018

1 unit sold. 26 sold in 10 months. 132 remaining.
by Tucy
03 Oct 2018 14:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

September 2018

Zero units sold
100 sold in 70 months. (1.43 per month) 14 remaining.
Rolling 12-month sales: 15 (1.25 per month)

Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 8 months.
Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales over the prior 12 months: 6 years, 10 months.
by Tucy
22 Sep 2018 08:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 54976

Re: Northpark Center

Though the Galleria isn't talked about much- they could compete by embracing DFW's/America's growing diversity and courting stores from all over the world. The Galleria's around America were all developed by Hines Development group out of Houston and they are all managed by the same management grou...
by Tucy
21 Sep 2018 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 101
Views: 13313

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

http://res.cloudinary.com/culturemap-com/image/upload/q_auto/ar_4:3,c_fill,g_faces:center,w_1200/v1537455979/photos/276474_original.jpg New eatery and market is dishing casual fare in Dallas' Arts District. Called The Artisan, it's a new restaurant concept at KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts, located on the...
by Tucy
21 Sep 2018 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24123

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Tnexster wrote:I'm not sure I understand why the developer would not want to maximize the potential of a property like this rather than just settle for a basic strip model design.


Perhaps this design does maximize the potential for the developer.
by Tucy
21 Sep 2018 13:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 286
Views: 49037

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Maybe they are slow-rolling it, hoping to have a hotel to build by the time they get that far. ;-)
by Tucy
21 Sep 2018 13:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 4921

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I think you have a misunderstanding of the full-service hotel market. Thanks, but I don't think so. I agree with everyone that it makes sense to do a business oriented hotel in Uptown . It's a very desirable part of town, and there's plenty of great places for a solo business traveler to walk to fo...
by Tucy
20 Sep 2018 07:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown
Replies: 46
Views: 4921

Re: Uptown Dallas: Marriott Uptown

I know this isn't a convention center hotel but I thought they did have some conference room space to accommodate smaller groups. Exactly, that was my read on it as well. My whole beef is that they went out of their way to focus on the convention/conference features of the hotel. I agree with every...
by Tucy
19 Sep 2018 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 133
Views: 29310

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

August 2018

1 unit sold. 25 sold in 9 months. 133 remaining.
by Tucy
18 Sep 2018 11:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 190
Views: 24123

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

hjkll wrote:Isn’t Trammell Crow also doing 2000 Ross? It was supposed to have residential and now it doesn’t. TC is an anti urban company period.


No. Trammell Crow is not doing 2000 Ross.
by Tucy
18 Sep 2018 09:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 27
Views: 4889

Re: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

For the site next to Galatyn DART rail station, it may have been mentioned before, but it's confirmed to be a 372 unit multifamily building. The lot is relatively small, maybe 2 acres, so if this has parking it is either going to be kind of tall or have tiny units. AMLI Galatyn Station (4-5 stories...
by Tucy
18 Sep 2018 04:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 286
Views: 49037

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

ContriveDallasite wrote:Does anyone recall how large the retail space at the base was planned for?


Somewhere near 25,000 square feet.
by Tucy
06 Sep 2018 05:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

August 2018

Zero units sold
100 sold in 69 months. (1.45 per month) 14 remaining.
Rolling 12-month sales: 16 (1.333 per month)

Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 7 months.
Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales over the prior 12 months: 6 years, 8 months.
by Tucy
30 Aug 2018 08:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 398
Views: 72517

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

vman wrote:That pool at the Fairmount is really active.


It looks likea water aerobics class or something similar.
by Tucy
29 Aug 2018 22:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)
Replies: 172
Views: 37853

Re: Arts District: 1900 Pearl (362 FT | 25 ST)

This will be another Fortune 500 HQ downtown. I’m not seeing this company on the Fortune 500 list... am I missing it? Boston based Steward merged with Nashville area IASIS in 2017, projected annual revenue in 2018 almost ~8 Billion. Probably central location brought the big wigs to Dallas? https://...
by Tucy
29 Aug 2018 09:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56307

Re: Victory Park 3.0

When the building was announced in the news, it was announced as the new tallest building in VP. I'm not sure that will be the case. The "announcement" that it would be the tallest building in VP may be little more than Steve Brown leaping to the (desired) conclusion that because it has m...
by Tucy
28 Aug 2018 13:30
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 204
Views: 24084

Re: DART D2 Subway

Streetcars haven't been built in Dallas to serve commuters as much as to serve developers - improving real estate values. Some will suggest DART built the light rail lines in the wrong places, but not from me. Every single line parallels a heavily used freeway, at least in part, although the distan...
by Tucy
23 Aug 2018 16:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10683

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Every time I see this thread reactive I get a little excited. It's ridiculous the amount of projects that have started-/finished in the time that Spire was first announced. To be fair, while I agree there is reason for skepticism about whether Spire can pull off such a development, we have to admit...
by Tucy
23 Aug 2018 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10683

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

whit5125 wrote:Cant City Hall get off of their collective asses and do something for just freaking once?


What would you have the city do?
by Tucy
23 Aug 2018 11:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 76
Views: 10683

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

Every time I see this thread reactive I get a little excited. It's ridiculous the amount of projects that have started-/finished in the time that Spire was first announced. To be fair, while I agree there is reason for skepticism about whether Spire can pull off such a development, we have to admit...
by Tucy
20 Aug 2018 12:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2372

Re: 900 Main

Sources: Commercial real estate in Dallas, Fountain Place, Trammell Crow Center, Bank of America Tower's parking garage plans, The Statler, Hampton Inn Downtown, Dallas in general. So... apparently no source. If all of those examples still aren't enough for you, and just how commercial real estate ...
by Tucy
19 Aug 2018 21:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2372

Re: 900 Main

It's just so their lease sheet can have a certain ratio of parking spaces/square footage that higher than competing buildings. It's not based on actual demand. GROSS. Source? Sources: Commercial real estate in Dallas, Fountain Place, Trammell Crow Center, Bank of America Tower's parking garage plan...
by Tucy
17 Aug 2018 19:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 56524

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

ArtVandelay wrote:Have they delivered the 24 hour diner that was promised?


Did they really promise a 24 hour diner? (The answer to your question is no, at least according to their website.)
by Tucy
17 Aug 2018 19:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 900 Main
Replies: 48
Views: 2372

Re: 900 Main

Matt777 wrote:
Tnexster wrote:I like a good mystery


It's just so their lease sheet can have a certain ratio of parking spaces/square footage that higher than competing buildings. It's not based on actual demand. GROSS.


Source?
by Tucy
04 Aug 2018 14:31
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 97
Views: 12880

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

http://parksfordowntowndallas.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PP-3-RESIZED-1440x805_c.png Not counting on this being the final design of the shade structure, but it's what they have on their website currently. I love the look of that structure, but it doesn't look like it would provide much shade.
by Tucy
03 Aug 2018 10:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco Station
Replies: 26
Views: 3007

Re: Frisco Station

Awesome! Another TOD! (Tollway Oriented Development)
by Tucy
02 Aug 2018 14:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56307

Re: Victory Park 3.0

My goodness, reality gets rough treatment around here. I'm not even going to try to respond to all of the strawman and other false arguments that have been thrown out. Suffice to say, I did not suggest that no one takes DART to the AAC. Of course some do. None of the strawmen change or even address ...
by Tucy
02 Aug 2018 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56307

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Yes and the fact remains that most residents in DFW do not live in an urban environment, do not have access to or are unwilling to use mass transit or mass transit doesn't go anywhere near their final destination which leaves what? A car, which is the primary means of travel in DFW and unfortunatel...
by Tucy
02 Aug 2018 10:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 408
Views: 56307

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I hope it's an easier place to park and I am assuming it is, the parking situation before was awful and expensive which seemed to be a big deterrent. You realize this is an "urban forum," right? So easy and abundant parking is the antithesis of good urban planning. Yes and the fact remain...
by Tucy
02 Aug 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

It kind of goes without saying that they are expanding to somehow increase their capacity or utility as a data center; that is, after all, the purpose of the building. It's just that it is such a small addition relative to the size of the existing building...
by Tucy
02 Aug 2018 08:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Market Center area
Replies: 15
Views: 1041

Re: Dallas: Market Center area

If you Google the Crystal Palace, you'll notice that it's much more spread-out and shorter (3ish stories). Who knows if the new owners will want to maintain that style, but one can imagine how a 4 story-tall expansion could make the Infomart appear even more consistent with its historic inspiration...
by Tucy
01 Aug 2018 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 133
Views: 29310

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

July 2018

5 units sold. 24 sold in 8 months. 134 remaining.
by Tucy
01 Aug 2018 15:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

July 2018 Five units sold (biggest month ever for Museum Tower) 100 sold in 68 months. (1.47 per month) 14 remaining. Rolling 12-month sales: 17 (1.42 per month) Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales thus far: 6 years, 6 months. Sellout projection, based on the pace of sales over the prior ...
by Tucy
01 Aug 2018 06:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 9018

Re: Fair Park

Cronies lose another one, thank goodness. Now maybe we can get a Springtime Exposition on the same scale as Autumnal State Fair. Some big time soccer games, Earth Day, Dallas Film Festival, Farm Aid Concert featuring Willie Nelson (please), Cinco de Mayo.... I didn't realize this, but I think the C...
by Tucy
30 Jul 2018 15:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Is 90% sold a blurry line as well? Do that many people actually live there or is it mostly purchases made for investment/resell? I ask this question honestly.


If it's being publicized by the marketing folks at Museum Tower and reported by Steve Brown, you can count on it being a blurry line. ;-)
by Tucy
28 Jul 2018 09:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

... the well was most definitely soured. It's a shame. There was minimal interest in Museum Tower units long before the glare problem reared its ugly head. (Hence the dearth of pre-sales; hence the lack of anyone willing to invest their own money in the project; hence the ownership by the Pension B...
by Tucy
27 Jul 2018 13:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 359
Views: 54976

Re: Northpark Center

I presume Saint Laurent is moving from HPV?
by Tucy
27 Jul 2018 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

There is really no evidence that the reflection issue caused Museum Tower's slow sales. I'm not aware either of any evidence on a spreadsheet or database reported to condo owners, for sure; and I'm not aware of any reporting vehicle asking around if the glare is a problem with people able and/or co...
by Tucy
27 Jul 2018 12:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 189
Views: 22393

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

FIFY

muncien wrote:DALLAS is also notorious for going with the most costly, overbuilt, unnecessary, option available... So, the 100m isn't surprising. But the reality of building a simple, functional station is probably half that.
by Tucy
27 Jul 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

^ The more important point is that, whatever the state of the recession in 2010, Museum Tower opened at the very end of 2012, NOT in 2010. You set a laughably low bar for an "accomplishment". 90% sold only 2 1/2 years after the marketing team's projected sell-out date. Yeah, that's quite a...
by Tucy
26 Jul 2018 18:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 155
Views: 24335

Re: Museum Tower

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/26/downtown-dallas-high-profile-museum-tower-almost-sold "Opened during the worst of the Great Recession in 2010 . . ." For the love of God, does Steve Brown ever check his facts? -- Museum Tower opened in the last month of 2012, NOT ...
by Tucy
23 Jul 2018 17:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 294
Views: 41796

Re: Legacy West

Yeah, the idea of Plano adding another 200,000 people in townhomes, apartments and mid & high-rise dwellings is pretty hilarious.

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