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by Jay9398
11 Apr 2018 08:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15517

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

I'm not a city planning expert or someone who really even spends a lot of time thinking about transportation infrastructure. I'm just a downtown resident who will walk or take transit wherever possible when I need to get somewhere. In my opinion, the pedestrian experience on the 1600 block of Elm ha...
by Jay9398
09 Apr 2018 08:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15517

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

Considering that Elm in downtown is the busiest bus corridor in the entire system (20 bus lines go down it), it absolutely needs a dedicated transit lane. The fact that it's only been done half-heartedly in the past isn't a reason why it shouldn't be done going forward. It appears that the travel l...
by Jay9398
09 Apr 2018 08:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Thanks for posting this! Are there any plans to renovate and remodel the ugly parking garage next to it? https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7814819,-96.799209,3a,75y,184.2h,99.12t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sD-K_ig52n5izozFWDnn-yQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en It would be nice if they could cover those steel frame...
by Jay9398
04 Apr 2018 16:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15915

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

Cool! But how are they clearing the site without touching the parking lot? Isn't the whole site parking lot? It's that weird strip right by the Olive exit ramp that wraps around Museum Tower. It looks like the work goes the length of the Pearl Side of the lot, but it's hard to tell for sure from my...
by Jay9398
04 Apr 2018 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15915

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.
by Jay9398
29 Mar 2018 12:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 21
Views: 2682

Re: Davis Building

Downtown Dallas' landmark Davis Building gets $45 million redo https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/03/29/downtown-dallas-landmark-davis-building-gets-45-million-redo Mycon Construction says it's been hired to renovate the 250,000-square-foot residential and retail building at 1309 ...
by Jay9398
27 Mar 2018 14:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11027

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

If I remember correctly from the original proposal it's an elevator available to the public that would take you to the top level/rooftop restaurant without going through the hotel.
by Jay9398
20 Feb 2018 08:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35373

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

willyk wrote:Scout looks great—we asked about opening and the front desk said “Q1.” :(

But it’s destined to be the Rec Room for all of Downtown.


Scout opened yesterday. I haven't been, but a friend says it's awesome.
by Jay9398
09 Feb 2018 09:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 21
Views: 2682

Re: Davis Building

A crew is working on the cladding of the Davis building garage on the Elm Street side. Started yesterday and have so far just removed 3 small rectangular sections, so I can't tell what exactly the intent is.
by Jay9398
07 Feb 2018 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11027

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

I can see from my office at Renaissance Tower that the construction scaffolding is coming off of this one now. Honestly, it looks worse than I expected. Lazy design. Uninspired color palette. Cheap materials. Complete unawareness of - if not outright contempt for - the nearby public spaces. This thi...
by Jay9398
25 Jan 2018 08:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 194
Views: 37777

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

Tnexster wrote:Iv'e been wondering what that hole is in the middle of the site.


My guess is elevator infrastructure.

Thanks for the pics!
by Jay9398
16 Jan 2018 09:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12040

Re: Museum Tower

Awesome, thanks for the explanation!
by Jay9398
10 Jan 2018 10:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12040

Re: Museum Tower

There were originally 115 units shown on DCAD. When units are combined, the combined units then show up on DCAD as one unit. Thanks. Are the combined units in your count of solds (90) or remaining (25)? How do you account for this in the sellout projection? If you can't tell/don't care, that's fine...
by Jay9398
08 Jan 2018 14:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Museum Tower
Replies: 84
Views: 12040

Re: Museum Tower

I know this thread sometimes veers toward the snarky and contentious, so let me start by saying this is just an honest question. I'm confused. Tucy's updates total 115 units (90 sold, 25 remaining). The Candy's dirt article that everyone enjoyed so much stated "Currently there are 108 homes, af...
by Jay9398
21 Dec 2017 09:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15915

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~460 FT / 42 ST)

I don't actually know anything for sure. With that said... I can see the site from my office and it's still an active parking lot. As of last week there was still a sign saying monthly parking is available. The same construction management company doing Park District was slated to do this project. M...
by Jay9398
30 Nov 2017 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 113
Views: 15517

Re: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)

cowboyeagle05 wrote: My next question will be who owns the giant surface parking at Elm and Harwood? That will be much more attractive with the new park and this development.


http://dallascad.org/AcctDetailCom.aspx?ID=00000102389000000
by Jay9398
20 Nov 2017 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 43
Views: 4976

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

I really like these renderings but I wish they didn't pretend Woodall Rogers doesn't exist.

I wonder if the iconic tower plans were impacted by D2 alignment.
by Jay9398
13 Nov 2017 13:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 33
Views: 6981

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

Austin55 wrote:Just me or is a bunch of stuff gone?


Not just you.
by Jay9398
07 Nov 2017 13:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

This one continues to chug along. I was surprised to see through the roof of the building to the right, which of course means they're nowhere near the finish line. IMG_1928.jpg The removal of the roof on the building to the right is very recent. I just noticed it yesterday. They are installing wind...
by Jay9398
25 Oct 2017 09:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 669
Views: 62621

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

That scathing D Magazine article about DART, and the UTA study it cites are about DART failing the city as a whole, with a focus on those who need transit and can't afford it or get to it. I live and work downtown, and as an experienced IT professional, I am probably in the demographic that Amazon w...
by Jay9398
24 Oct 2017 08:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 72
Views: 8657

Re: Dallas Smart District

BofA has one and so does Renaissance Tower and those work because they such a large captive audience who just wants a cheap sub sandwich. I went walking through the tunnels a few weeks ago and the Renaissance Tower food court is still thriving. I still eat there sometimes. I had not been to the BOA...
by Jay9398
13 Oct 2017 16:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 86
Views: 11027

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

The Drever should be as nice or nicer than the Statler when it is done.
by Jay9398
07 Oct 2017 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 43
Views: 6647

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

We had happy hour there last night. I actually like the wood screens. They're easy to take down if (when?!?) that part of town gets a little more friendly, but in the meantime it's a nice way to block the street/parking lot activity.

Also, the staff is super friendly. Highly recommend.
by Jay9398
05 Oct 2017 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

So a lot has been going on with this building that isn't really obvious from the street. They have been removing marble from the West and South sides of the building. They built a model hotel room that I can see from my place, but it's not really a great photo opp because mostly what I can see is dr...
by Jay9398
29 Sep 2017 20:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 16419

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Butcher shop in the basement, boulangerie on the ground floor. They will sell to the public and supply CBD and the Joule. Upper floors I heard will be Headington office space but that rumor is less reliable.

Last opening date info I heard was 10/19.
by Jay9398
27 Sep 2017 10:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 208
Views: 24247

Re: Oak Lawn

We walked by the Centrum last night and decided that it now looks about 20 years old instead of 40. Not a huge improvement. And it is still very unfriendly from the first floor facing the sidewalk, especially on the Oak Lawn side.
by Jay9398
11 Aug 2017 08:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 194
Views: 37777

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

Just peeked out the window. Lot is still paved, with some evidence of core sample drilling. No dirt moving yet.
by Jay9398
09 Aug 2017 08:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 114
Views: 16903

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Interesting, thanks. The DCAD map doesn't identify it as an owned parcel, but it's kind of inconsistent that way with DART and city land.
by Jay9398
08 Aug 2017 15:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 114
Views: 16903

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Probably asked before but why did they even bother with roads through this development, seems like they could have made all to access points from the streets surrounding the development. I don't know, but from looking at the parcel map it may be because of an apparent easement running from Hawkins ...
by Jay9398
07 Aug 2017 09:29
Forum: Texas Town + City Issues/News
Topic: Oil industry - Texas "tea"
Replies: 29
Views: 3463

Re: Oil industry - Texas "tea"

tamtagon wrote:What is Texas doing to take the economy past oil?


They don't have time for that right now. They've got to protect the womenfolk from non-existent threats in the potty.
by Jay9398
01 Aug 2017 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 208
Views: 24247

Re: Oak Lawn

Maybe they're hoping that deferred maintenance on the Legacy of Love monument will cause it to topple over. Then it can be replaced with something that's not a poorly-designed phallic eyesore.
by Jay9398
31 Jul 2017 10:10
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up 2017
Replies: 12
Views: 1014

Re: Meet-Up 2017

I'm in; can't do this weekend, though.
by Jay9398
31 Jul 2017 08:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 93
Views: 15915

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~460 FT / 42 ST)

homeworld1031tx wrote:Bumping this one back up - it had a scheduled start date of 'no later than July', as per the DMN article from March. Any movement at the proposed site?


Still a functioning parking lot as I look at it out the window right now.
by Jay9398
14 Jul 2017 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

The slowest 4 story project of all-time so true, this project has looked the same at street level for so long. Really glad to see those pics from the top though, now i can see what they've been doing all these years. The cinderblock structure went up very quickly over the last month or so. Most of ...
by Jay9398
14 Jul 2017 13:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Street view and the view from my apartment where you can see the new exit structure cowboyeagle05 mentioned:

Elm1.JPG
Elm2.JPG
by Jay9398
14 Jul 2017 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 30
Views: 3867

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

I'm glad there's a picture of how bad those buildings were before. I'll post some current pics later today.
by Jay9398
06 Jul 2017 15:41
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 129
Views: 11392

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Brettoj wrote:Seems more to be a company philosophy. Their new buildings in Georgia also are right next to a rail line.


They like a good neighbor.
by Jay9398
27 Jun 2017 14:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Aside from the pictures posted earlier in this thread of work done on their deck, there still isn't any evidence that anything is going on inside the building besides posting concept art to Facebook. It's been almost a year since 1401 Elm has been owned by Drever. Rebar still hangs off the building...
by Jay9398
21 Jun 2017 09:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

cowboyeagle05 wrote:They are adding another floor on top its in the renderings. https://thedreverdallas.com/

drever-render1.jpg


Thanks for finding that! I actually went to the site the other day to try to figure it out and didn't see that particular picture.
by Jay9398
21 Jun 2017 08:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

They have removed the roof and most of the support beams. Curiously, the weird four-piece podium thing and most of the glass is intact. I can't tell what their plans are for this, but it has been interesting to watch.
Drever062117.JPG
by Jay9398
22 May 2017 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 226
Views: 29742

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Some shots from lunch today. Most of this work is not visible from the street.

Drever2.JPG


Drever1.JPG
by Jay9398
17 May 2017 14:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 16419

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Still don't know about that color. The translucent blue will look eye catching at night That's not the finished state, is it? I thought they were going to tile over that blue stuff. It appears so. It fits the rendering posted above. However, some color is desperately need in that corner too much ta...
by Jay9398
16 May 2017 12:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard
Replies: 9
Views: 1660

Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

There are valet areas planned for the Chase plaza redo and the ATT Discovery District as well. While I also roll my eyes a bit at traditional valets, I think this wave is different. I think these properties are accepting the future of uber/Lyft/ride share/Self-Driving cars and planning accordingly. ...
by Jay9398
10 May 2017 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 194
Views: 37777

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

Pike5370 wrote:
Austin55 wrote:I really love the way it looks. I said over on SSP, Almost like Fountain Place's never built twin is finally coming along.


What is SSP?


https://skyscraperpage.com/
by Jay9398
03 May 2017 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 231
Views: 35373

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

Yes, the resident entrance is on Jackson St. Right by the red brick portion shown in the last of those old images above from dfwcre8tive.
by Jay9398
03 May 2017 14:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 84
Views: 12721

Re: The Cedars Developments

stucco.jpg Huh. Just looks boring to me, as is all housing that wasn't built for rich people. I don't get the hate. Going back to this question again, what does rent run in the Cedars area? I assume it is more affordable but I really don't know. You can get a 1 bedroom in this lovely edifice for ab...
by Jay9398
03 May 2017 13:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 84
Views: 12721

Re: The Cedars Developments

tanzoak wrote:Honestly, I don't even know what this stucco style that you guys are talking about is, anyway. Pictures?



stucco.jpg
by Jay9398
03 May 2017 09:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 84
Views: 12721

Re: The Cedars Developments

There is absolutely nothing wrong with stucco in general. It can be lovely when it is applied correctly and fits the design of a building. There are plenty of lovely, well-designed homes in Highland Park that make good use of stucco. The "stucco" everyone is right (in my opinion) to hate i...
by Jay9398
01 Mar 2017 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 16419

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Synn 1.JPG
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Synn 3.JPG

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