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by lakewoodhobo
13 Aug 2018 15:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 94
Views: 13217

Re: West End 1.0

West End Hotel Project Tries Playing Nice With Dallas’ Most Historic Parking Garage https://dallas.towers.net/2018/08/13/west-end-hotel-project-tries-playing-nice-with-dallas-most-historic-parking-garage/ Anderson’s client, Irving-based hotel developer Icon Lodging, wants to convert the building in...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Aug 2018 10:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 57
Views: 9013

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

The owner of this building is Headington, isn't it? I doubt he ever has to jump through any hoops. Seems to have carte blanche. He demolished some of the oldest buildings in Dallas without any pain whatsoever. I think it's fairly clear with recent developments that most of City Hall can be bought. ...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Aug 2018 09:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 57
Views: 9013

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

mdg109 wrote:Status update on the former Sol Irlandes building: looks like they added a balcony to the patio area.


Didn't the building owner have to jump through some hoops in order to add the balcony for the Woolworth? This seems like the same type of addition and we haven't heard anything.
by lakewoodhobo
13 Aug 2018 09:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges
Replies: 7
Views: 197

Re: Dallas Mayor Pro-Tem Dwaine Caraway Resigns, Pleads Guilty to Fed Corruption Charges

I'd like to think that the deck park was carried by real estate players on the D1 side, but I may be wrong. It's tempting to think that Dwaine Caraway got bags full of money for supporting the project, but he probably would've been caught. I disagree that I-35 between Marsalis and Ewing is not a goo...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Aug 2018 09:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6286

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Anyone know what this is about!?!?


Looks to be unrelated to the proposed car wash. The owners are FLOURNOY Development, a residential developer from Georgia. They've had the property since March of this year.

http://flournoycompanies.com/DevCurrent.asp

I'll see what else I can find out.
by lakewoodhobo
10 Aug 2018 14:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 357
Views: 46506

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I'm not counting on Hillwood to design a world-class public space here, but I'm pleasantly surprised by the effort to make something comparable in size to Victory Plaza a block away.

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by lakewoodhobo
09 Aug 2018 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 276
Views: 49795

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

I popped in to the Statler on Saturday and actually wasn't able to find R&B. I didn't spend too much time looking for it though, but this is definitely a place that's on my list of places to try out. The entrance is on the outside to the left of Fine China. I've been meaning to check it out too...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Aug 2018 16:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Canyon In Oak Cliff
Replies: 51
Views: 6536

Re: The Canyon In Oak Cliff

New Olive Garden planted in Oak Cliff marks restaurant growth spurt https://www.dallasnews.com/business/restaurants/2018/08/06/new-olive-garden-planted-oak-cliff-marks-restaurant-growth-spurt The new Olive Garden, which officially opened last week, is the third major draw to open in The Canyon in O...
by lakewoodhobo
07 Aug 2018 16:04
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 4030

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

After Royal Blue opening, downtown Dallas eager for more grocery options
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... ry-options

I didn't know about the proposed grocery store at Ross and Griffin.
by lakewoodhobo
07 Aug 2018 15:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 217
Views: 33286

Re: Oak Lawn

Matt777 wrote:Judging from the shape of the building in the rendering, I can say with 99.7% certainty that it's going to be in the old Beck's Prime space at Oak Lawn Ave and Avondale. Looks nice.


I'd be willing to bet that you're right.

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by lakewoodhobo
06 Aug 2018 13:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Reclaiming Cedar Creek through Oak Cliff
Replies: 0
Views: 68

Reclaiming Cedar Creek through Oak Cliff

This topic has come up on other threads, and I know Tamtagon is very passionate about this, so I wanted to put it out there. There should be an effort to clean up and reclaim Cedar Creek and eventually connect Kiest Park to the Trinity River. The foundation is there just waiting for a master plan an...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Aug 2018 12:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Zoo
Replies: 4
Views: 978

Re: Dallas Zoo

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djd-0y9U0AAuhSk.jpg:large "Brew at the Zoo" takes place Friday, Aug. 31. I've been really vocal about Dallas Zoo and Heritage Village hosting adult events like this, so I want this one to be successful. If you have any interest in attending, here is more info: ...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Aug 2018 13:48
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 94
Views: 11036

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

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Not counting on this being the final design of the shade structure, but it's what they have on their website currently.
by lakewoodhobo
03 Aug 2018 10:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 725
Views: 93691

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Very interesting article about what's happened to New York City over the last 10 years due to too much growth. Maybe a cautionary tale for us. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/777568002 I don't think so... Dallas has much more room for growth. I don't know where I read it; but in o...
by lakewoodhobo
03 Aug 2018 09:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 725
Views: 93691

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Very interesting article about what's happened to New York City over the last 10 years due to too much growth. Maybe a cautionary tale for us.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatod ... /777568002
by lakewoodhobo
02 Aug 2018 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 725
Views: 93691

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

I am not sure why we even pretend like we have a chance at this. Amazon absolutely will not move to a place that is located in a state that probably will have a bathroom bill passed during the next legislative session. Oh, forget the bathroom bill. Now that we're looking at Roe v. Wade and Obergefe...
by lakewoodhobo
01 Aug 2018 17:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 28513

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

The Christopher is now pre-leasing, so hopefully an announcement on Tom Thumb is coming soon.

https://thechristopherdallas.com/
by lakewoodhobo
31 Jul 2018 14:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6286

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

I wonder if Wynnewood Village will evolve into 'the next West Village.' Catering toward the Latino/Hispanic side of things. As much as I love the idea of a Hispanic West Village, most middle-class Hispanics shop at the same stores as middle-class white people, and this neighborhood isn't getting po...
by lakewoodhobo
31 Jul 2018 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6286

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

One thing that's pretty shocking to me is the amount of screens they plan on opening here, since 14 screens are typically what you see in new shopping centers out in the suburbs. For comparison, Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars is 7 screens and Cinépolis Victory Park is 8 screens. The amount of foot t...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Jul 2018 21:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6286

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

Hispanic-focused movie theater and LA Fitness to anchor Oak Cliff's Wynnewood Village https://www.dallasnews.com/business/leisure/2018/07/30/hispanic-focused-movie-theater-planned-wynnewood-village-oak-cliff California-based Maya Cinemas, which caters to underserved largely Hispanic communities, sa...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Jul 2018 16:25
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 59
Views: 7911

Re: Fair Park

Spectra has won the management bid for Fair Park. Here is a link to the briefing being presented to Park Board this Thursday and next steps. https://www.scribd.com/document/384853481/Fair-Park-Management-Briefing -August 9, 2018 – Special Called Meeting of the Park Board at Hall of State 5:30pm –8:3...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Jul 2018 13:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28239

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

ArtVandelay wrote:What's the story with this HART building? Why is it empty? And what's up with the sketchy night club in the back?


They have new signage on the building with new name and website. It doesn't look like there's a tenant signed yet: www.1933elm.com

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by lakewoodhobo
27 Jul 2018 15:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28239

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Jay9398 wrote:Also, heard a rumor that the old Chase Bank branch at Main and Akard will become a Chipotle.


That's a perfect location for them.
by lakewoodhobo
27 Jul 2018 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 28239

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

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by lakewoodhobo
27 Jul 2018 08:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 334
Views: 59370

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

Also there's already La Madeline at 2100 Ross, so unless they plan on moving it's unlikely that they would open a second location.

Still waiting on Chipotle to reopen downtown somewhere.
by lakewoodhobo
26 Jul 2018 11:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55004

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

So, how close are we to new shops and restaurants opening? So far only Exxir has been signing new tenants for their development: Tribal, Macellaio and Azucar Ice Cream are all new, with a ramen shop by the owners of Lucia and Macellaio coming soon... I assume it'll also go into an Exxir space. I do...
by lakewoodhobo
26 Jul 2018 07:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 7836

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

Sam's Club to open a technology office separate from Walmart in downtown Dallas https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/07/26/sams-club-open-technology-office-separate-walmart-downtown-dallas Sam's Club has hired about 100 technology employees in the Dallas area for a new office in downtown...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 18:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 43
Views: 9107

Re: West Dallas Developments

Not a lot of new information about "Soho Square" here, but the interviews with long-time and new residents are interesting.

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Large ... 54421.html
by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 18:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55004

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Novel Bishop Arts is almost done, and on the other side (not pictured) crews are working on the streetcar plaza facing Victor Prosper.

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by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 16:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 181
Views: 18390

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

DPatel304 wrote:It's not just a money issue, right? The neighborhood is still against it?


I'd like to know which neighborhood associations opposed this station (maybe Vickery Place?) but I have a feeling the most vocal opponents have moved on, gone elsewhere, or have been priced out.
by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 14:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

^They could offset some of those costs with rehabilitation tax credits, but of course it's easier said than done.

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by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 12:34
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 181
Views: 18390

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Very cool to finally see video of the Knox/Henderson station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... ssAvjXtGDw
by lakewoodhobo
25 Jul 2018 09:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

tamtagon wrote:Still wasting the 37th floor.

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This. I'm hoping they've noticed how the Statler is embracing its past and decided to emulate.

Also open the observation deck and restore the exterior mosaic tiles while they're at it.
by lakewoodhobo
24 Jul 2018 11:18
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 94
Views: 11036

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Not sure I've seen this posted, but here's the construction timeline for the park. The playground should start coming together in September with the pavilion in October... not things I expected to see anytime soon. https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36994379_2141636649386147_6407113520751...
by lakewoodhobo
24 Jul 2018 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 89
Views: 16889

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

^Whatever the final color and texture look like, I hope they've decided to keep the rooftop neon sign. I think that's a really cool feature that very few buildings in Dallas embrace.
by lakewoodhobo
20 Jul 2018 13:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 135
Views: 15967

Re: Trinity River Park

I know the Van Valkenburgh plan is still in the design stages, but I can't look at that rendering without wondering if it's physically possible without lots and lots of retaining walls to hold up those winding trails. I have a feeling that once those more realistic renderings are released, it'll rem...
by lakewoodhobo
18 Jul 2018 11:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 28513

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

Haven't visited this construction site in a while, but shouldn't we be having a rough timeline for completion? Tom Thumb should have a target opening month by now.
by lakewoodhobo
17 Jul 2018 12:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10601

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

The only way there will be high-rises in Trinity Groves is in the extremely unlikely scenario that they get HQ2. After Cypress Phase 2 and this hotel are done, I wouldn't be surprised if demand takes a long time to catch up. Cypress Phase 1 may be full per that story, but Trinity Green has a ton of ...
by lakewoodhobo
17 Jul 2018 08:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 52
Views: 6286

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2018/07/17/landmark-oak-cliff-high-rise-hits-market-sale "The View at Kessler Park" tower is on the market. I normally wouldn't post this but it's interesting that the current owners, after just two years, see the potential for market-rate un...
by lakewoodhobo
16 Jul 2018 10:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 75
Views: 10454

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I was reading a thread about the Wynnewood Kroger on one of the Oak Cliff Facebook groups, and several people mentioned the rumor of a Sprouts coming to the property that currently houses El Fenix at the SE corner of Colorado and Beckley. Anybody here heard anything about that? I think that rumor s...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Jul 2018 12:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55004

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

The Fiesta on Jefferson is the closest grocer to my home, so I end up going there quite a bit to pick up something I am missing for a meal. It's not super clean and the product selection is not great, but it's close. Having said that, I have been to quite a few of the other Fiesta's in Dallas and R...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 22:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 160
Views: 25888

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

R1070 wrote:They are digging below grade now.


Didn't think we would see another skyline-altering tower on the downtown side this cycle and now we're getting two. Knock on wood that we keep this momentum in time for the towers to finish and not end up with an unfinished Stoneleigh condos for several years.
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 14:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55004

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I'm hoping we get some other decent middle class grocery store before Central Market decides to build. Don't know where it could go though. I really think that one or two of the BA-adjacent Family Dollar stores, Jefferson Tower or Davis & Edgefield, would do really well as Aldi stores. I've lea...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Jul 2018 10:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55004

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Pretty sure the last time I was in Bishop Arts was around the first of May, not that long ago. Since then they've started digging the underground parking garage for the Exxir project, and many of the smaller town home and apartment buildings are done. Victor Prosper (Alamo Manhattan) has started to ...
by lakewoodhobo
09 Jul 2018 17:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17861

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

When I lived at Ross and Hall around 2012, nobody had a problem with Three Sheets or Sunset Lounge so clearly something changed. Maybe the crowds that used to go to Plush/Gatsby downtown moved over here and it became too loud and unruly. Like Confucius said, "this is why we can't have nice thin...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 14:55
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 36
Views: 1772

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

I've really enjoyed reading these stories, although most are painfully short essays that don't really go into a whole lot of detail. I know this was D Magazine's decision because, for example, Patrick Kennedy could write several dozen pages on any one topic. His story on replicating the Bishop Arts ...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 12:02
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0
Replies: 25
Views: 4030

Re: The Grocery Store Thread 2.0

I don't anticipate seeing them in Oak Cliff until more demographics down there change but that definitely seems like there future. I would have hoped for a Downtown location but that still seems far off for now until more residential comes down the line for the Cedars/Lamar/CBD and Deep Ellum. This...
by lakewoodhobo
06 Jul 2018 10:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 334
Views: 59370

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

^True, there's really no point in having a website until you're close to pre-leasing. The Katy's website was so early and placeholder that it was almost comical.

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