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by jetnd87
09 Sep 2020 07:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

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

Dallas ranks #3 for tech jobs behind NYC and DC (per this source). Obviously a grain of salt given SF is #5 here.
by jetnd87
24 Aug 2020 09:47
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 183
Views: 64511

Re: Downtown Progress

I think the "flight" reaction is (a very understandable) overreaction. Once things settle - on the social and health fronts - the trend of many people desiring urban locales will return / hold. The biggest question mark in my mind is office space - it's not going to zero, question is how b...
by jetnd87
04 Mar 2020 11:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 288
Views: 114212

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

Ah. I was under the impression that they have been based on recent articles. That being said, 1900 Pearl sold for a pretty penny, so from the developer's POV probably a success. Re: the uber conservative local developer mentality - is it as simple as the fallout from the 1980s over-building / crash ...
by jetnd87
04 Mar 2020 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 288
Views: 114212

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

And what does that mean for those 80s office buildings? Do they require a new investor to put in capex to make them competitive with newer product? Should / can they be converted to residential? On the surface, it just baffles me that we have experienced this amount of economic and population growth...
by jetnd87
04 Mar 2020 10:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 288
Views: 114212

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

Hillwood is always so underwhelming. I've asked it before and I'll ask it again - why can't Dallas support 50 stories plus projects? I mean the area is adding 1.5M residents per decade. I acknowledge that we're spread out and the corporate / residential high-rise growth is distributed throughout DFW...
by jetnd87
27 Feb 2020 20:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 183
Views: 64511

Re: Downtown Progress

Ugh. Not shocked, but hate to see it
by jetnd87
27 Feb 2020 20:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ TL;DR version: Guy who builds high rise residential buildings likes high rise residential buildings.


Yea, not sure what the issue is with high-density development in an urban environment...
by jetnd87
27 Feb 2020 16:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

Not really sure where to post this so I'll post it here...https://www.dmagazine.com/business-econ ... n-density/
by jetnd87
25 Feb 2020 10:35
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

One thing that I've noticed is just how many projects have been announced, renderings released, (in some instances) fences put up, etc. but no dirt has been moved. Not entirely sure what to make of it, aside my from impatience.
by jetnd87
25 Feb 2020 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 217
Views: 128180

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Yea that's shocking, especially given they're charging some of the highest rents in the market and the area is still underdeveloped for residents (i.e., next to North End, empty lots, etc.). With those numbers, how are we not seeing residential towers breaking ground in adjacent lots right now?
by jetnd87
20 Feb 2020 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 225247

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

A bit of opening news to offset the rash of start of year closures: https://www.papercitymag.com/restaurants/dallas-grazing-table-coffee-shop-uptown-fount-board-and-table/. Concept looks intriguing. And back to normally scheduled programming, looks like Water Grill farther south along McKinney Ave h...
by jetnd87
20 Feb 2020 08:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 330059

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Well clearly his other hotels are in vastly different types of locations. Let's hope that he elevates the design appropriately for this neighborhood.
by jetnd87
19 Feb 2020 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 745
Views: 330059

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Stars' owner acquires two tracts of land from Hillwood adjacent to AAC to develop a hotel, conference center, and other entertainment / retail options.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... tory-park/
by jetnd87
14 Feb 2020 12:54
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 160
Views: 66808

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

Not gonna lie - very jealous of the height Austin is somehow able to command.
by jetnd87
14 Feb 2020 11:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 314
Views: 141227

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

That's a lot of square footage
by jetnd87
14 Feb 2020 09:15
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/02/14/dallas-apartment-market-soars-with-more-than-a-dozen-high-rises/ Apparently DFW has 20 high-rise apartment buildings in the works right now. Tbh, that's less than I thought, but maybe RealPage is being stricter with their definition. And whi...
by jetnd87
12 Feb 2020 14:55
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Bike Harwood (Harwood St. from Main->Dallas Heritage Village)
Replies: 8
Views: 5734

Re: Bike Harwood (Harwood St. from Main->Dallas Heritage Village)

Good. Would love to see some more pedestrian / bicyclist-friendly infrastructure and thought put into Harwood District.
by jetnd87
12 Feb 2020 10:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 217
Views: 128180

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Should be a matter of time before surrounding parking lots are converted into new projects. Excited to see what becomes of the El Fenix parking lots in particular.
by jetnd87
11 Feb 2020 10:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 595
Views: 257221

Re: Oak Lawn

What is it about the residents here that make them so anti-urban?
by jetnd87
03 Feb 2020 13:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 292
Views: 136873

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Sure looks like a pedestrian walkway between the new building and that triangular building where Nick Badovinus is putting in his new restaurant.
by jetnd87
31 Jan 2020 17:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 271901

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Given these guys' level of investment and recent speed of projects in Downtown Dallas, I'm not terribly worried. Maybe that's naive optimism.
by jetnd87
30 Jan 2020 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 77
Views: 17418

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

Tnexster wrote:If you are living in the apartment tower behind...along McKinney...your view is about to change drastically. As in, you won't have one. Imagine a balcony that looks at a wall of glass.


That's what happens in every urban environment though.
by jetnd87
28 Jan 2020 10:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST
Replies: 77
Views: 17418

Re: KDC & Miyama Project - 30 ST

I wish that this was going to be at least as tall as Museum Tower across the park. 30 stories is not very tall. Dallas just can't seem to get any traction on height. I totally agree. I just don't understand / haven't heard a good answer as to why Dallas can't get more height, especially with prime ...
by jetnd87
23 Jan 2020 14:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 98
Views: 48337

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Probably a toss up. Construction can bring a lot of headache - especially for retail - but increased development will up this area's sex appeal. I think uptown, particularly the VP / Harwood / lower McKinney area of uptown is a good case in point. Virtually all of the new and existing office develop...
by jetnd87
23 Jan 2020 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 98
Views: 48337

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

Bummer to hear. Despite this, they should be positioned well for the longer term (small consolation). This general area will probably be one of the busiest areas for development in urban Dallas, and with their recent remodel, Fountain Place should be well-positioned to capture new leases. The area s...
by jetnd87
16 Jan 2020 21:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 328
Views: 151671

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Apparently Headington loves them and helped bring them here. Still awesome though. And agree with your earlier post DPatel on another thread...Downtown isn't something until it is. It's already come a very long way from 10 years ago.
by jetnd87
14 Jan 2020 19:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 56577

Re: New Census Population Estimates

So per this article, DFW added ~1.35M residents. I've seen some sources say that Dallas city proper added ~150K residents from 2010-2019. So the mix was around 10:90 Dallas:Suburbs (incl. FW). Now within that 10%, I have no idea how much was in "urban" vs. non-urban neighborhoods. Even if ...
by jetnd87
14 Jan 2020 16:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 147
Views: 56577

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Assuming this pace of population increase continues, it will be interesting to see how the people and developments are allocated to urban areas, Dallas proper, and suburbs. Even if the increase continues as it has - most going to suburbs - it should still instigate a ton of new urban development. I'...
by jetnd87
08 Jan 2020 20:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 749
Views: 317082

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I also like that the majority of these projects in Deep Ellum (and our other upstart neighborhoods in fact) are mixed use. Past neighborhood busts and hangovers were driven / exacerbated by single-use mentality (entertainment / nightlife for Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville, West End or office for Downt...
by jetnd87
08 Jan 2020 14:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 749
Views: 317082

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I think this is great for the neighborhood for all the reasons everyone said.
by jetnd87
07 Jan 2020 21:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon
Replies: 186
Views: 91456

Re: Uptown Dallas: Central Market at McKinney and Lemmon

Whichever the case, a Central Market at the spot will be a boon to that specific stretch of Uptown and should really help link it to West Village (plus provide a ton of foot (and vehicle) traffic). Still pissed that CVS got built though...
by jetnd87
07 Jan 2020 21:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 485
Views: 215928

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

The boutique hotel should help a little (more so than the handful of lux residences I'd think), but we'll have to wait for the Atelier to start filling up to bring a bunch more bodies down there on a regular basis. Followed by the JW Marriott which should have a much bigger impact than the Hall hotel.
by jetnd87
30 Dec 2019 15:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 9436

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

The entire neighborhood is being constructed out of thin air, to the point where it's not so much exciting, but downright uncomfortable to witness. Not many folks seems to actually live there anymore (or yet). It's like one of those terrible, far-flung McMansionville neighborhoods in the middle of ...
by jetnd87
22 Dec 2019 17:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 9436

Re: Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Re: #2, I recall someone on this forum saying that they heard the developer speak at an event back in November and he mentioned they were targeting to break ground Feb/March 2020. It's a long time, but HEB / Central Market notoriously takes their sweet time in any expansion / major capex. They're a ...
by jetnd87
22 Dec 2019 07:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Most Exciting Projects of 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 9436

Most Exciting Projects of 2020

Hey all - 2019's almost over, and I wanted to start a fun, brief conversation on what projects / developments the forum is most excited for this coming year. To start, below are the 3-5 current and proposed projects I'm most pumped about (in no particular order). I think I'm most excited about the d...
by jetnd87
12 Dec 2019 15:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt
Replies: 288
Views: 114212

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hillwood Urban's ~50 storey tower on former BoA motorcourt

Probably another nothingburger, but I've noticed several what I assume to be drilling trucks / rigs on this site. I'd assume they're drilling for soil samples? Not sure if anyone on the forum has any knowledge or better guesses.
by jetnd87
12 Dec 2019 14:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower
Replies: 66
Views: 28548

Re: Uptown - Warsaw Restaurant Office Tower

Agree it's decent infill. Still would've preferred more height but particularly ground floor retail...
by jetnd87
09 Dec 2019 09:22
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 416
Views: 168341

Re: DFW Economy

Would love the group's thoughts here. Dallas actually listed as one of the major cities that has seen a net loss of high-tech jobs (along with DC, LA, Chicago).

https://www.wsj.com/articles/five-citie ... lista_pos1
by jetnd87
26 Nov 2019 09:58
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)
Replies: 160
Views: 66808

Re: Austin's proposed tallest (in 4 yrs)

That's pretty nuts. Most of those are >30 stories too...
by jetnd87
25 Nov 2019 10:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 482
Views: 191601

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Ah, here we go:

"The “vast majority” of Bay Area-based roles are not anticipated to be affected by the move, it said. Schwab expects to retain a sizable corporate footprint in the city."
by jetnd87
25 Nov 2019 10:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 482
Views: 191601

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Interesting that they're moving from urban-style HQ to Westlake. You think they'd save enough dollars by going from SF and could afford / want to move into Dallas urban core. I guess they already had a facility out in Westlake though...
by jetnd87
15 Nov 2019 14:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 749
Views: 317082

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Read today that Biscuit Bar is opening a 3rd location in The Epic with extended hours (morning and late night).
by jetnd87
15 Nov 2019 07:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 481
Views: 225247

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Not the normal business opening posted here, but there's a Primrose daycare / pre-school in-progress at Uptown side of North St. Paul Street and Woodall Rogers near KWP. I take this as a very encouraging sign of the maturity and development of Uptown and the CBD / greater Downtown in general. Busine...
by jetnd87
14 Nov 2019 10:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd
Replies: 62
Views: 21774

Re: Turtle Creek : 2999 Turtle Creek Blvd

Even with the CEO of Mandarin Oriental's announcement?
by jetnd87
14 Nov 2019 09:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)
Replies: 28
Views: 9301

Re: Uptown: Luxury Hotel, 2025 Cedar Springs (Pizza Hut Strip Mall)

Haven't heard anything thus far. Bit of a tangent, but applicable to this, what is going on with Dallas' hotel scene right now? Currently, the following projects are (fairly reliably) in the works: - Pittman Hotel (Kimpton) as part of The Epic - Virgin Hotel in the Design District - Mandarin Orienta...
by jetnd87
14 Nov 2019 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)
Replies: 64
Views: 24069

Re: Uptown Dallas: 1899 McKinney (McKinney/Akard/St. Paul Triangle)

This morning I noticed that the parking meters on this block of Akard had been covered with "Permit Only" bags. Wonder if we'll start seeing demolition of the current building soon. I can't imagine construction taking too long to start given 100% pre-lease for 10 years...
by jetnd87
13 Nov 2019 14:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments
Replies: 36
Views: 9569

Design District: Urby High-rise Apartments

A New Jersey developer that has major projects in the New York metro area plans to build a high-rise residential building in Dallas’ Design District. Urby – a unit of Hoboken-based Ironstate Development Co. – is working on the luxury rental project on HiLine Drive near Turtle Creek Boulevard. The t...
by jetnd87
13 Nov 2019 09:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 151
Views: 72870

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

While I agree that this is not some big improvement worthy of an "atta boy," I don't think it'll do too much to hinder the pedestrian experience here. There shouldn't be a constant flow of car traffic in/out of this driveway. Even if there was decent traffic, you experience plenty of this ...
by jetnd87
12 Nov 2019 14:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 38
Views: 12073

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

So if this is going into the plot of land at Noble and Hall, what is the empty land + other vacant building (next to Hopdoddy, across McKinney from McKinney Avenue Trolley Apartments)?

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