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by willyk
20 Oct 2017 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94255

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

When it comes to Amazon HQ2, Moody's thinks Austin has the best shot https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/news/2017/10/13/when-it-comes-to-amazon-hq2-moodys-thinks-austin.html I haven't seen too many of these 'lists', but DFW doesn't seem to be ranked all that high or ever listed on the ones I have s...
by willyk
19 Oct 2017 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 7870

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

Skate park would be perfect! It would attract participants and an audience. Low capital costs and operating costs. Include a concession for rentals. Great idea.
by willyk
17 Oct 2017 23:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 7870

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

I want to be positive about this. I'm concerned that over two years later, only half of the the building has "prospective leasers." The plans to build a food hall in the first floor, also, seem very half baked. They announced it with zero leases. It's just "something they're talking ...
by willyk
14 Oct 2017 23:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 24862

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Coming together really well. This will be one sharp building.
by willyk
12 Oct 2017 21:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16718

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

After this will Downtown have enough hotels???? Hopefully. Seems already like way too many to me. More to come somewhere...look at the limited number of hotels in all of Uptown, with so much offfice, residential and entertainment. 1. Crescent 2. ZaZa 3. Ritz 4. Stoneleigh 5. W 6. Hyatt House Might ...
by willyk
10 Oct 2017 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 5
Views: 1927

Re: Design District 1.0

There’s a new project—perhaps apartments—going up on Dragon Street just behind the Cabana. Anyone have info on this?
by willyk
08 Oct 2017 03:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 18908

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

The Combs Produce site is fenced off and demo or remediation is happening. Does anyone know if a project is in the works?
by willyk
04 Oct 2017 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 100
Views: 13716

Re: West End 1.0

So are we to expect no other significant projects with the Crescenr properties—nothing like Six03? Dallas-based Corgan Associates Inc. has been hired to make a minimal amount of upgrades to the properties to give them “a Class A feeling that Crescent is known for,” Luik said. The majority of the pro...
by willyk
02 Oct 2017 20:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 361
Views: 46952

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I am encouraged by the arrival of neighborhood restaurant and a retail, as distinguished from destination restaurant and retail. Make this place livable and good things will follow.
by willyk
01 Oct 2017 21:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 20401

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

exelone31 wrote:WOW! That looks great! Such a unique and creative outcome for what was a pretty plain building.


...was a derelict building.
by willyk
29 Sep 2017 22:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16059

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

It's the only game in town for this part of DT. I am glad just to have something there. Maybe now we'll some infill around it. The Not-Trump Hotel would be a good fit.
by willyk
28 Sep 2017 22:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16059

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:The garage is a nasty eye sore. Turkish mike if you read this .. shame on you for ignoring the garage design.


Some scrim would help a lot.
by willyk
26 Sep 2017 02:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 11045

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

I am surprised we don't see any sign of the restaurant/retail. The competition in Uptown and VP will have lots of it. This corner of DT is dead.
by willyk
25 Sep 2017 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 27
Views: 4457

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

The location is currently an armpit, but the Lowest Stemmons Project should clean it up and make this a worthy location for a boutique hotel.

ftp://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/ocr/paved/lowest-stemmons.pdf
by willyk
19 Sep 2017 23:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94255

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The weak airport DQs Austin. Dallas by comparison has: •two airline hub airports •a freight airport •major intermodals •I-30, 35, 20 & 45 •HSR on the way •round trip to Seattle in one day **************** Then we have this nice quote from the web: Seven U.S. states currently don't have an income...
by willyk
19 Sep 2017 22:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 100
Views: 13716

Re: West End 1.0

tamtagon wrote:Remaining developable sites in Victory Park and West End meet the Amazon HQ2 requirements. just sayin


Please add Reunion and DMN to your list.
by willyk
18 Sep 2017 18:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Whatever happened to hostel that was coming? That's something that is severely lacking in Dallas.


I believe that construction has started in that building. I hope it is for the hostel--what a cool place to stay that would be.
by willyk
17 Sep 2017 04:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 24862

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)

Is that a lighting system on the garage?
by willyk
13 Sep 2017 01:21
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 35035

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

I think the HSR project could be an excellent infrastructure project to bring investment back into to Houston after Harvey.

BTW, does anyone know if the proposed station site flooded, as compared to downtown?
by willyk
10 Sep 2017 22:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94255

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

New York Times Picks Denver https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/09/09/upshot/where-should-amazon-new-headquarters-be.html NY Times eliminated Dallas from the running because of our weak transit and bad congestion rankings according to the company INRIX: Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and Austin. Las C...
by willyk
09 Sep 2017 02:40
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12398

Re: Downtown Progress

The updates at TCC, FP and Chase will make a difference. I fear the laggards will be B of A and Renaissance, but EMC has become viable and unique and I hope that becomes their draw.
by willyk
07 Sep 2017 20:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 733
Views: 94255

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

The city is Dallas based on existing success stories. 50,000 employees does not mean PhDs and MBAs. It means tech savvy operational people. Those are the same people who are already fueling the successful Liberty Mutual, TDAmeritrade, State Farm, JPMorganChase, etc. projects. The people Amazon need...
by willyk
04 Sep 2017 15:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 109
Views: 18908

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

The old white warehouse building on the north side of the Shed has been demolished. I guess the final residential building is on the way.
by willyk
31 Aug 2017 03:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 62
Views: 9725

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

The City needs to do a better job of pushing these deals through. Dallas is not a blank slate like Frisco. Dallas needs investment to grow its tax base and the only opportunities are urban redevelopments like this. The same thing happened at Preston Center. If people want the City and DISD to spend ...
by willyk
30 Aug 2017 16:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 20401

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

It does a good job of creating a lively retail destination on Main St. I see lots Instagram posts in it's future.
by willyk
23 Aug 2017 23:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55309

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

But there is no major grocery store near Bishop Arts--correct? So the location is a good bet for any store. The cultural fit between CM and the BA crowd is icing on the gluten free cake.
by willyk
22 Aug 2017 23:24
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 35035

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

tamtagon wrote:I cant wait to be excited again when the hotel/train station complex renderings start!


TCR website says construction could start in late 2018. So we should start seeing station renderings soon.
by willyk
17 Aug 2017 22:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn done in a converted textile factory. Why not DE?

http://blondetigers.com/hotel-life-brooklyn/
by willyk
16 Aug 2017 21:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum isn't just a place anymore...it's a destination (No cynicism intended. This is the inflection point. Get ready for a river of OOT Money.) Jack White-backed concept to open new HQ, flagship store in Deep Ellum "Even though our customers tend to be way up north, at the end of the day w...
by willyk
05 Aug 2017 06:15
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: New Oak Cliff Streetcar
Replies: 81
Views: 10154

Re: New Oak Cliff Streetcar

That's an additional reason for using Young Street for the streetcar, city library, city hall, farmer's market, arts district, and convention center are all great places to run free transit to. This seems to be a bit of an If You Build it Scenario. The other routes will serve many more riders from ...
by willyk
02 Aug 2017 17:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences
Replies: 101
Views: 19024

Re: Arts District: Hall Arts Hotel & Residences

So much action in the Arts District and on Ross. It's time for Lucy to do something...especially before Spire announces some half baked thing and screws up the market.
by willyk
01 Aug 2017 22:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 87
Views: 18442

Re: Dallas: Medical District

I think these are very clever and innovative uses of the buildings. Ware is both catering to the natural population of the medical district and offering them something they can't get anywhere else. My initial reaction is that he can make this work. Much of this seems to be targeted at the doctors an...
by willyk
31 Jul 2017 20:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Gaston and Ross need drastic make overs for that to happen! Ross seems to be happening as we speak dontcha think? A turnaround on Gaston is hard to imagine. But Ross to Gaston, downtown to Greenville, plus the Henderson corridor, would be enough to make a nice neighborhood and connect everything to...
by willyk
31 Jul 2017 03:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

tamtagon wrote:Finally, at long last, the end is in sight for East Dallas to continue as a suburban addition to downtown.

...yes! And to bridge the dead zone between downtown, Lower Greenville and Lakewood. Won't that be nice.
by willyk
28 Jul 2017 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hannibal Lecter wrote:^ I think it's more a case of cheap dirt

...and freeway visibility.
by willyk
24 Jul 2017 20:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 87
Views: 18442

Re: Dallas: Medical District

So if not professional buildings, what would succeed here?
by willyk
24 Jul 2017 20:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 370
Views: 53578

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Way underserved for hotel and residential.
by willyk
24 Jul 2017 16:24
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12398

Re: Downtown Progress

Are there? I can only think of one... Hunt. What buildings am I overlooking? Totally speculating here, but what about DMN, Belo, and DART, and ATT? I'm not sure if they're single tenant, but seems like they may be... off the top of my head anyway. There are likely others as well. Thanks. DMN True, ...
by willyk
24 Jul 2017 15:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 87
Views: 18442

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Is there a market here to turn some of these buildings into professional buildings like at other hospitals? Or do the County and University force their professionals to take space in captive buildings?
by willyk
24 Jul 2017 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 27
Views: 6213

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Then the Katy Trail Connector will be the last piece linking the Trinity Trails via the Katy Trail all the way to White Rock Lake. Actually...right now you can: -Take the Katy to the south end of VP. -There you pick up the connector under I-35 to the Continental/Ron Kirk Bridge Park. -From there, p...
by willyk
19 Jul 2017 21:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 53
Views: 7604

Shraman South Asian Museum

I had forgotten about this proposal but it was mentioned on another thread. Something is wrong with this picture: -Southeast Asian Museum Site = 4.7 Acres -Perot Tower / B of A Site = 1.75 Acres What else should go here? (I do not oppose the museum. But there is an opportunity to do that and more.)
by willyk
18 Jul 2017 23:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 17568

Re: The Cedars Developments

Google Maps shows the old Pilgrim's Pride site as 2000-2400 S Good Latimer.
by willyk
18 Jul 2017 22:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 125
Views: 18080

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Sam's Club was an incredibly stupid use of such a good site. Now TCC will make 10x the money with a mixed use development. The neighborhood should get a cut of the value they added.
by willyk
13 Jul 2017 01:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)
Replies: 12
Views: 2451

Re: Oak Lawn: Parkland Knight (Knight and Fairmont) (4 ST)

I would like to see the TJ's or Central Market move forward (or both). The neighborhood is ready.
by willyk
06 Jul 2017 19:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown: Mercantile Place
Replies: 18
Views: 3633

Re: Downtown: Mercantile Place

Great location. So much pent up demand for this. I bet they smash their projections.
by willyk
05 Jul 2017 03:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 125
Views: 18080

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

All great stuff, but the Plano project is much less expensive and still gets a lot of bang for the buck. Plano is simply converting a Texas U-Turn lane into a pedestrian bridge. This would be quite doable at Haskell/Blackburn. Plano City Council on Monday announced support for an application to the ...
by willyk
03 Jul 2017 05:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 125
Views: 18080

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Plano is connecting Legacy West to Legacy Town Center by turning a Texas U-Turn lane over the Tollroad into an appealing pedestrian crossing. That would be a good thing to do here. The City would recoup the investment from the increase in property values on both sides of 75, plus all of the new inve...
by willyk
27 Jun 2017 03:01
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 57
Views: 7579

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I would be surprised if KWP makes it into the bond package. The City sees that KWP and the Perot have plenty of private support and could raise this money themselves. There are plenty of other worthy projects that don't have a moneyed following that need the City's money or they won't happen. They w...
by willyk
27 Jun 2017 02:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Overall Construction Levels
Replies: 25
Views: 5174

Re: Overall Construction Levels

City of Dallas construction is dropping through the floor. We've gotten 7,762 units (5,938 multifam) issued permits over the past 12 months. Compare that to a year ago, when we had issued permits for 13,525 units (12,091 multifam) over the previous 12 months. We haven't had as slow of a year since ...
by willyk
23 Jun 2017 02:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 121
Views: 17315

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Does this developer have a record of doing anything of this scale? I am worried they are in over their heads and that is why nothing has happened here.

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