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by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:28
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 53
Views: 20962

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

Good to see Cesar Chavez finally done (after entirely too long)... now to see how long Pearl will take.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 42
Views: 13541

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

That many rooms as well as the meeting/ballroom space will definitely require a good bit of dedicated parking somewhere.
by itsjrd1964
01 Apr 2020 13:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

According to an article this week in the DMN, they named: * The Adolphus * Hilton-Lincoln Centre * Westin-Stonebriar among the hotels that have closed, while the new Virgin Hotel is still trying to stay open even with upwards of 200 layoffs. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/economy/2020/03/31/hot...
by itsjrd1964
31 Mar 2020 06:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell
Replies: 42
Views: 13541

Re: Cityplace East: 2711 N. Haskell

I wonder, besides the other hotel amenities, if the owners/developers are thinking of having a different parking area built and available for guests, or if they will make everyone do like some of the downtown properties and have only valet-based parking without self-parking.
by itsjrd1964
31 Mar 2020 05:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

It won't be just downtown, or just restaurants. Any business that's been running by the seat of their pants and not planning adequately for downturns or surprises could be in trouble. It could be an interesting year or so around here.
by itsjrd1964
30 Mar 2020 12:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113155

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DART is making more changes, beginning April 6, with supposedly temporary timing adjustments. All light rail routes will run every 20 minutes during the week. Other changes mainly involve the bus schedules.

https://www.dart.org/about/servicechang ... il2020.asp
by itsjrd1964
30 Mar 2020 12:44
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15165

Re: DART: Bus system

More changes, starting April 6, as DART makes new, and supposedly temporary, schedule adjustments to most bus routes. The bulk of them will have a more-weekend-style timing to them.

https://www.dart.org/about/servicechang ... il2020.asp
by itsjrd1964
28 Mar 2020 03:16
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15165

Re: DART: Bus system

DART is making some changes to ensure passengers are well-distanced: * Interior areas at transit centers that have them, will close. Outdoor areas will remain available. * Concierges, the information window clerks, will be reassigned to other duties. * For boardings onto buses that have side doors, ...
by itsjrd1964
25 Mar 2020 04:28
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

My employer issued us all letters. I get to work at night before any curfew gets going, but it's good to have something from my bosses to at least try to cover my arse. The occupancy at my hotel has gotten to 20-25% and held for now. Our companion hotel next door has only had 4 or 5 guests and may h...
by itsjrd1964
20 Mar 2020 09:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

Well, I spoke too soon. My GM relieved me this morning, and gave me 2 options. Either a full temporary layoff, or a cutback to 24 hours (3 nights)/week. I've gotta call the Workforce office and see which of these is the better deal. In either case, IDK what I'll have left after rent/bills/DART (if I...
by itsjrd1964
19 Mar 2020 23:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

My asst. GM told me when I got to work, that several hotels will have to close, including the Renaissance at the Market Center. The company furloughs reported this week will include property-level employees at various hotels. Again, I was assured that I still have my position for now.
by itsjrd1964
19 Mar 2020 19:59
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

Thanks CT, I actually just got through watching it. I've been off for 2 days but had an email from the GM wanting me to do some filing when I get to work tonight, so I must still have my job. I've tried to get a hold of my landlord to see what she would do in the event I might lose my job or get fur...
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 13:35
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Dead Man's Curve

Well, they can't finish this project soon enough. Yet another accident there Tuesday night, as an 18-wheeler jackknifes at the curve.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/jackk ... s/2333316/
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 12:18
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

I've only been to 1 store since this all started, a Walmart in Plano (Monday morning, 3-16). I didn't get a good look at general merchandise, mainly grocery. There were no paper towels, Kleenex, or toilet tissue. Much of the rest of grocery looked like the day after Christmas. Very spotty. Frozen fo...
by itsjrd1964
18 Mar 2020 03:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

My hotel's GM is now telling us, no more breakfast buffet. When we use up what's left we will go to grab-and-go bags. Apparently cheaper for the hotel, and will encourage guests to go back to their rooms instead of lingering in a big group in the lobby. The GM said also we have passed below the poin...
by itsjrd1964
16 Mar 2020 11:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

Here's a running list of area business closings and changes I found:

https://www.wfaa.com/mobile/article/new ... ec94d1d65a
by itsjrd1964
16 Mar 2020 10:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

I am currently working for an extended-stay chain, and other employee's hours have already been cut. I am thankful and fortunate that mine have not. Our occupancy has slid steadily since awareness of the virus. Last week we were in the 40-50% range, this week we are in the 30s. The forecast through ...
by itsjrd1964
11 Mar 2020 18:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Fields Ranch development
Replies: 15
Views: 6550

Re: Frisco: Fields Ranch development

Frisco okays site plans for new PGA Omni hotel and resort

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... nd-resort/
by itsjrd1964
11 Mar 2020 18:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: Sundance Square
Replies: 6
Views: 2958

Re: Fort Worth: Sundance Square

Downtown Fort Worth landmark will become luxury hotel The former Continental Life Insurance building at 714 Main will become a Kimpton Hotel. The 24-story building will have 232 rooms and be open by summer of next year. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/03/11/downtown-fort-worth-...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 15:24
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Dead Man's Curve

New update:::: Just got an email earlier today from one of the local traffic reporters, who heard from a TxDOT spokesperson, who said westbound US 175 should open to I-45 by mid-April. That could change if weather is an issue in-between; at the latest, it would be May before all is fully done. Appar...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 14:27
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

I wish I had that info, but I wasn't working there this time last year. Based on an average I've seen since being there, a ballpark of at least 80%-90%. But my property is an extended-stay type, and it fluctuates some. We were busy during the Fair/Texas-OU, and expected to drop off some after that, ...
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 13:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

I just looked at the forecast for the next month at the hotel where I work, and every night but 2, we will be projected to be at less than 50% occupancy. The hotel company even has a new request code for those with reservations wanting to cancel based on the coronavirus situation.
by itsjrd1964
10 Mar 2020 13:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 373
Views: 120396

Re: DFW Economy

Ordinarily, it would be a help to spring break and pre-summer travelers to have gas at less than $2/gallon (at many stations), but now with the sickness-of-the-moment messing up nearly everything these days, there won't be a whole lot of moneymaking for a while at either end of the pipeline, I'm afr...
by itsjrd1964
08 Mar 2020 09:37
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas to get another Area Code
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Re: Dallas to get another Area Code

Tnexster wrote:Been a while since we got a new one, anybody remember when Mayor Kirk wanted to keep 972 out of Dallas?


I think I'd forgotten that. Not surprised that anyone felt that way back then. Now it's not a big deal.
by itsjrd1964
03 Mar 2020 23:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 44
Views: 11527

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/03/03/massive-redevelopment-would-replace-former-parkland-campus/ A Dallas real estate developer is giving the first look at an ambitious plan to repurpose the former Parkland Hospital campus northwest of downtown Dallas. Property company EB Arro...
by itsjrd1964
03 Mar 2020 18:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas to get another Area Code
Replies: 2
Views: 1364

Dallas to get another Area Code

As if we don't have enough numbers to remember around here, another Area Code is coming to Dallas: 945 . Dallas' 3 Area Codes, 214, 469, and 972, will not be enough as of next year. Houston just got a 4th one in the last couple of years. Existing surrounding codes include: * 682/817 - Fort Worth * 9...
by itsjrd1964
29 Feb 2020 02:48
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: TexRail
Replies: 137
Views: 46322

Re: TexRail

TEXRail gets money to expand its commuter trains into the Fort Worth medical district Trinity Metro wants to extend TexRail to a proposed station near one of the Medical District hospitals, but they have to work out an agreement with Union Pacific and Fort Worth & Western railroad first. Trinit...
by itsjrd1964
27 Feb 2020 10:47
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113155

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Sorry about the delay, but I finally got a couple of angles of the Parker Road Station 'candlesticks'. One I got with the trains parked, the other has all trains clear so you can see better where they are placed. 20200227_100417.jpg 20200227_100546.jpg I don't know how well those who are visually-im...
by itsjrd1964
27 Feb 2020 10:32
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Dead Man's Curve

I think I've found out the correct status so far. It looks like the eastbound lanes of the new section have opened up, as well as the direct I-45 connection to those eastbound lanes. If you don't exit at the new US 175 exit and try to use S.M. Wright instead, there won't be any US 175 signage at the...
by itsjrd1964
26 Feb 2020 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 105320

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

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The image of the year for Dallas! Amazing. The Richards Group folks might have a Borg of a building themselves, but they sure found a way to make gallons of lemonade from this lemon!
by itsjrd1964
26 Feb 2020 00:42
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Dead Man's Curve

I haven't been able to get down there to see for myself. I am hearing elsewhere online that the transition wasn't quite as quick as Ch.5 advertised. One of the directions is slowly opening up, the other is yet to open. I don't remember as to which direction opened up first, I'll have to look again. ...
by itsjrd1964
22 Feb 2020 22:49
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Dead Man's Curve
Replies: 13
Views: 5943

Re: Dead Man's Curve

It looks like construction work on US 175 is about to turn a corner, so to speak. Ch.5 is reporting that traffic will be routed off the infamous curve and onto the new connection and terminus at I-45 over the weekend. Once that is all done, work can begin to transform S.M. Wright into a parkway/boul...
by itsjrd1964
21 Feb 2020 11:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)
Replies: 9
Views: 1883

Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Dallas’ Hunt Realty focuses on big deals at home https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/21/dallas-hunt-realty-focuses-on-big-deals-at-home/ “We decided a couple years ago to redirect our strategy back — going back to our roots of investing in projects and developing sites right her...
by itsjrd1964
21 Feb 2020 10:44
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 36
Views: 18671

Re: DFW in the Media

The incomplete implosion of the old ACS building is viral nationwide. Even the Legoland at Grapevine Mills has crafted a plastic version of the 'Leaning Tower of Dallas'. https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2020/02/18/dallas-leaning-tower-building-demolition-vpx-dnt.ktvt https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/19...
by itsjrd1964
20 Feb 2020 22:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 742
Views: 263152

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Sandman has a long way to go as far as name recognition. It was a Canada-only chain until now. The first US property just opened not long ago in Plano adjacent to Granite Park/Legacy, but took quite a while to get built and opened. I wouldn't get too excited about this possibility (or the one at the...
by itsjrd1964
19 Feb 2020 01:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good
Replies: 34
Views: 9642

Re: Hoque Global Cedars- So Good

The first piece of the SoGood District goes to City Plan Commission this week. "Corsair at SoGood" will be a multifamily building at the north corner of Cesar Chavez and Corinth. Screen Shot 2020-02-18 at 10.26.46 AM.jpg WTH kind of name is "Corsair at SoGood"? I guarantee that ...
by itsjrd1964
06 Feb 2020 02:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 534
Views: 212284

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Here's a blog article about smaller-format Target stores: https://blog.bonbrand.com/reinventing-the-corner-store-can-targetexpress-disrupt-walgreens/#.XjvL1vRME0M Also, 2 articles about Walgreens' urban concept stores that should (already) be here IMO, but for some reason, aren't: https://csnews.com...
by itsjrd1964
04 Feb 2020 18:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: DART: Bus system
Replies: 44
Views: 15165

Re: DART: Bus system

I can't say I'm surprised that the bus system won't be a quick presto-change-o for a local or an outside consultant. The service area is pretty spread out, demand is mixed (some along routes, others in various spots/neighborhoods/corporate/shopping areas), and not every area city participates or wan...
by itsjrd1964
04 Feb 2020 17:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 345
Views: 113155

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

There are 2 sets of these already at the Parker Road station. The installation differs from the picture as all the barrier 'candlesticks' are the same height. I wasn't thinking about the ADA angle when I first saw the Parker Road installation; I figured they didn't want anybody trying to hop over th...
by itsjrd1964
03 Feb 2020 18:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 341
Views: 123038

Re: Legacy West

Work starts on Legacy hotel site in Plano New Mikayo Hotel is planned in Campus at Legacy West https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/03/work-starts-on-legacy-hotel-site-in-plano/ Isn't it Miyako ? https://www.planotexas.org/802/Miyako-Hotel-to-open-first-Texas-locatio Here's more ...
by itsjrd1964
01 Feb 2020 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 74
Views: 7954

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

>>dumb question moment<<

Which corner is this going to? I pretty much thought all the Klyde Warren-adjacents along the north were spoken for, once the Park District/PwC complex went in.
by itsjrd1964
01 Feb 2020 09:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 251614

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

quixomniac wrote: *Cough*Cough* Case Building*


And I've always wondered, case of what? Beer? Bottled water? Diet Dr Pepper? ;) ;) :lol:
by itsjrd1964
01 Feb 2020 09:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 738
Views: 251614

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

New residential tower would join Deep Ellum historic building https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/01/08/new-residential-tower-would-join-deep-ellum-historic-building/ Update with renderings. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/01/31/first-look-next-deep-ellum-high-...
by itsjrd1964
01 Feb 2020 09:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 534
Views: 212284

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
lakewoodhobo wrote:

Tomorrow is the first day of February and the clock is ticking.

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For what exactly?


Don't they have a certain length of time for the project, per the stipulations of the TIF/City/whoever said so?
by itsjrd1964
31 Jan 2020 10:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 74
Views: 7954

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

Any idea which hotel brand this time? It should be one that's not already represented in the CBD/Uptown.
by itsjrd1964
30 Jan 2020 22:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Red Oak Development
Replies: 4
Views: 995

Re: Red Oak Development

Kelley USA wrote:
itsjrd1964 wrote:That seems a bit far south for a data center site.


Remember that Google is also building a $600M data center in neighboring Midlothian.


Already forgot about that. I guess it's the data/capacity of a data center, and not necessarily the location.
by itsjrd1964
30 Jan 2020 09:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Red Oak Development
Replies: 4
Views: 995

Re: Red Oak Development

That seems a bit far south for a data center site.
by itsjrd1964
30 Jan 2020 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 556
Views: 199256

Re: Oak Lawn

Historic Braniff Airways hostess dorm on the tollway will be restored for retail and office space https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/09/18/historic-braniff-airways-hostess-dorm-on-the-tollway-will-be-restored-for-retail-and-office-space/ Bar and restaurant on the first floor, offi...
by itsjrd1964
30 Jan 2020 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 71
Views: 20813

Re: Design District 1.0

Per the D Magazine version of the story: And to make all that happen, they’ll have to help people navigate the short stretch of twisty, messy highway that divides them. “We’re working on a possible pedestrian path over here,” says Weeden. “We think that would be good, pre-game/post-game stuff.” htt...
by itsjrd1964
27 Jan 2020 15:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 80
Views: 24930

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Fort Worth's Heim Barbecue just tweeted earlier today that they'll be opening a new location at the former Mockingbird Diner near Love Field. No timeline mentioned.

https://twitter.com/HeimBBQ/status/1221 ... 69568?s=19

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