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by willyk
09 Sep 2017 02:40
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 94
Views: 17093

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: 954
Views: 145568

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: 135
Views: 28121

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: 76
Views: 15360

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: 24937

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: 374
Views: 75944

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: 316
Views: 52756

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 14067

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: 134
Views: 30443

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: 91
Views: 23805

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 91
Views: 23805

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: 456
Views: 80314

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: 94
Views: 17093

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: 91
Views: 23805

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: 56
Views: 10265

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: 58
Views: 11079

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: 22165

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: 190
Views: 29724

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: 19
Views: 3673

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: 4549

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: 190
Views: 29724

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: 190
Views: 29724

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: 79
Views: 12312

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: 6610

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: 140
Views: 24978

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.
by willyk
22 Jun 2017 02:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 16072

Re: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)

The website says RBM will offer rentals. And that Local Press + Brews will have a spot on Houston open to the public. I was not expecting any retail here--this is very promising.
by willyk
20 Jun 2017 19:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 186
Views: 37255

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

We are entering a new phase of the cycle now: Uptown Overflow.

This is the stage when every project within one mile of Uptown is a success.
by willyk
20 Jun 2017 02:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)
Replies: 64
Views: 19179

Re: Uptown Dallas: M Line Tower (240 FT / 20 ST)

DFW never offered its residents the option of a urban lifestyle until Uptown came along. Apparently there is plenty of pent up demand for this in a Metroplex of 6 million people. Developers getting these rents, even with this much new product entering the market, indicates that the Uptown market may...
by willyk
17 Jun 2017 23:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 24937

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

Saw more of the tile. Gonna be a looker.
by willyk
17 Jun 2017 02:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Gentrification
Replies: 14
Views: 3595

Re: Gentrification

The Mayor's process would become politicized. If someone wants to tear down an old apartment building in a place like East Dallas to put up a new one, like the many projects happening today, they will have to run a political gauntlet over displacing moderate income renters with more well off renters...
by willyk
16 Jun 2017 17:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 10073

Re: West End: Factory SIX03

With all of the properties that have changed hands, I wonder why Factory is the only significant redevelopment to date.
by willyk
15 Jun 2017 01:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 92
Views: 22165

Re: The Cedars Developments

Well, one man owns a large portion of it at least the Lamar stretch. He has been pretty slow paced at developing it until recently when the Alamo and that new apartment block was built. He seems to be wanting to slowly phase in more development. Doesn't Mark Cuban own some parcels near by? Maybe th...
by willyk
14 Jun 2017 04:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 186
Views: 37255

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

We've got trouble, right here in River City, that's trouble with a capital T and that rhymes with B and that stands for Blonde. Bottled Blonde, Opening in Deep Ellum, Accused of Racism and Liquor License Violations in Chicago http://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/bottled-blonde-opening-this-summ...
by willyk
14 Jun 2017 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 135
Views: 28121

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

by willyk
13 Jun 2017 15:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 186
Views: 37255

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

dd_dweller wrote:
Now I wish Elan Citylights new apartment tower would go up. This area needs a grocery store to walk to.


Yes :!: :!: :!:

I am hoping once the Ascent is stabilized they move over here--but the neighborhood is more than ready. There are enough attractions to support several more towers.
by willyk
09 Jun 2017 18:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74060

Re: Victory Park 3.0

It's odd because this appears to be the Hines site not the Hillwood site.
by willyk
08 Jun 2017 17:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 105
Views: 26241

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Isn't it here simply because Dunhill owns most of the DD and its partners have the financial clout to get it done? No developer in their right mind would buy an isolated development tract here, and no bank would finance it, on an If You Build It theory. But as Dunhill's flagship for the redevelopmen...
by willyk
07 Jun 2017 22:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80314

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Deep Ellum is rapidly emerging as the rival to Knox for the best walking neighborhood in Dallas (and since the vibes are so different, both can be best). Easily more bang per block here than McKinney, Lower Greenville or EMC.

But with all this attention, they need to keep it real, that's all.
by willyk
07 Jun 2017 02:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 16072

Re: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)

With most of the cement poured at Cinepolis and some of the new residential coming on line, I am looking for the buildout of the new retail to get started.
by willyk
05 Jun 2017 19:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 32038

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

The second of three cranes was removed today.
by willyk
04 Jun 2017 19:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 32038

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

It appears that the last floor has been poured for the garage and now steel is going up--for the theatre I am guessing.
by willyk
01 Jun 2017 23:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 440
Views: 92050

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

Pretty big challenge to design something that adds not detracts from the tower. I think they succeeded.
by willyk
01 Jun 2017 23:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 10124

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

The architect was seeking to evoke the image of a toothless grin.
by willyk
29 May 2017 22:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion
Replies: 48
Views: 10124

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

I would like to see a stronger street presence for the parking structure.

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