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by willyk
23 Jun 2017 02:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 121
Views: 17370

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: 13291

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: 173
Views: 27336

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: 15980

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: 20428

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: 2785

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: 7890

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: 17607

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: 173
Views: 27336

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: 109
Views: 19030

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: 173
Views: 27336

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: 361
Views: 47100

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: 89
Views: 16978

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: 372
Views: 54425

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: 13291

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: 100
Views: 24897

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: 100
Views: 24897

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: 342
Views: 61116

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: 8080

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: 8080

Re: Deep Ellum: Texas A&M expansion

I would like to see a stronger street presence for the parking structure.
by willyk
28 May 2017 21:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 125
Views: 18161

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

tanzoak wrote:
willyk wrote:I don't see the old ACS building in there. I would have expected them to renovate that building rather than take it down.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlyBrvWeDc0


Hahahaha. Touché!
by willyk
28 May 2017 03:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 125
Views: 18161

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

I don't see the old ACS building in there. I would have expected them to renovate that building rather than take it down.
by willyk
23 May 2017 21:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 361
Views: 47100

Re: Victory Park 3.0

If Park District and 1900 will deliver in 2017, and Union and No.10 will deliver in 2018, then now would be a good time to start planning for something office to deliver in 2019.
by willyk
23 May 2017 20:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 104
Views: 16758

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

If Cindy's Deli can survive the construction, she'll be in an enviable spot wedged between two business hotels and across from the Courthouse. Should be good business all day long.
by willyk
23 May 2017 20:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 214
Views: 27317

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Is Union Park on Main St gone?
by willyk
22 May 2017 21:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)
Replies: 141
Views: 31144

Re: Uptown Dallas: (PWC) Park District Tower (316 FT | 20 ST) + Residences at Park District (385 FT | 32 ST)

On the other hand, I am struck by the visual gateway the two buildings form as you enter town on Woodall from the east. It is an impressive entrance now.

(But I still wish 1900 was blue too.)
by willyk
19 May 2017 15:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 128
Views: 25920

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Those pools are wow--any idea of the amount of the upcharge?
by willyk
19 May 2017 03:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 361
Views: 47100

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I count about 20 apartment developments in or bordering VP. That should be sufficient to support the newly announced restaraunts. And it's much more than VP had going for it in prior iterations. Coming soon signs are up in the Vista building for "Rebees a Modern Texas Saloon." Victory Park...
by willyk
19 May 2017 02:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 128
Views: 25920

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Did they connect it to the Katy Trail. With VP finally getting some restaraunts, walking down the trail to dinner would be a nice option.
by willyk
12 May 2017 04:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff Progressing
Replies: 56
Views: 6702

Re: Oak Cliff Progressing

I believe that the Southern Gateway is reallly a rebuild of 35 being done by TXDOT, like the Horseshoe, and that the basic Gateway project is not funded by the City. So the Gateway will go forward. There was a recent announcement that TXDOT has awarded the contract. Part of the Gateway project, whic...
by willyk
08 May 2017 20:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 48
Views: 11058

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

This building has always had a deficit in street presenence. As a result, this end of Ross is simply dead and impersonal. The owners cannot duck the problem with a lobby upgrade. The dead street scene has always hurt the building and rents. If they abandon the retail, it will continue to hurt them.
by willyk
01 May 2017 21:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 50708

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

I'll admit that I am a 50s junkie, but the building is a great example of the period architecture and the setting, with unencumbered views from the park, puts it on the must-see-must-do list for Dallas. What better place is there to share a few Martinis and listen to some Rat Pack? I expect that the...
by willyk
26 Apr 2017 19:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 135
Views: 28624

Re: The Christopher @The Union (28 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

Do I correctly recall that Goldman leased in TCC for $20 psf? Something in that range would be irrestible to a tenant renewing in that building. Not to mention the new amenities on the way.

Ross Ave is starting to compete with McKinney Ave.
by willyk
26 Apr 2017 18:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 361
Views: 47100

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Great tenant. It's local. It's for the neighborhood. It's a destination. Great before a movie. Great after a movie. Hoping they serve breakfast. Kudos to Trademark.
by willyk
25 Apr 2017 18:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 24897

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

This was also a low cost / low risk design.
by willyk
24 Apr 2017 19:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood
Replies: 16
Views: 3530

Re: North Dallas: Alpha + Inwood

I am puzzled as to why they did not put this in Midtown. They will have a hard time competing once Midtown gets going.
by willyk
19 Apr 2017 02:36
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12455

Re: Downtown Progress

This sounds like a big improvement in rents along Ross Ave--can anyone else confirm? Rents in St. Paul Place average $10 per square foot less than those in the newest Uptown offices. The building is just over 80 percent leased, with major tenants including D Magazine, Crowe Horwath, Sendero Business...
by willyk
18 Apr 2017 22:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 47
Views: 7678

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

The consolidation is impressive but other than that, this is not a very good site. It's the deadest corner of downtown, with no real connectivity to the action in KWP or EMC. It connects to the Arts District, but it's not in it so no cachet for that. I just can't see anyone getting excited about wor...
by willyk
18 Apr 2017 13:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor
Replies: 112
Views: 17945

Re: East Dallas: Ross Avenue Corridor

Well since everything new they have been building along Ross looks about as inviting as a trip to the dentist for a root canal I don't expect to be surprised. Sounds like we will get some of the same bland toast apartments. Uptown started out the exact same way. It's not reasonable to expect invest...
by willyk
16 Apr 2017 23:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 173
Views: 27336

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

These guys mean business. The timing would be good for Greystar to deliver with this. DE is going to be all the buzz between this project and the loads of new restaurant/retail. People will want to live here for a "more authentic" alternative to Uptown. Any word on when Greystar will start?
by willyk
16 Apr 2017 23:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16102

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

rasec33 wrote:Paint it Dark and I think it will make a big difference!


Or scrims like the Miro did.
by willyk
13 Apr 2017 03:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 360
Views: 55380

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Tnexster wrote:That's a neat building, sad it has to go.


Good enchiladas too.
by willyk
10 Apr 2017 23:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: McKinney & St Paul
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

McKinney & St Paul

Construction fence. Big digging.

Restaraunt?
Remediation?
Fracking?
by willyk
09 Apr 2017 22:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 20428

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

That rendering certainly doesn't sell me but Tim Headington usually doesn't skimp on finishes so I am anxious to see what the final product actually looks like. I saw one block of checkerd blue and white tone tiles on the exterior today. Not sure if that blue translucent rendering is the real Tex M...
by willyk
07 Apr 2017 03:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 68
Views: 10007

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

I fear that this project falls into the same category as Spire and Midtown--investors who acquire large, strategic blocks of land but who lack the skill or money to develop it, and who lack the good sense to bring in a partner who can do it. For an example of someone who knew what they were doing lo...
by willyk
06 Apr 2017 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 14600

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

This will make an interesting block for Uptown with three unrelated "towers" (being generous with Sugar) side by side. Very dense, very urban. And it's somewhat noteworthy that people no longer feel they need a corner lot to do this.
by willyk
05 Apr 2017 04:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 71
Views: 14600

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

Do they have the Sugar building too?
by willyk
03 Apr 2017 20:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 10654

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

I'm still confused by y'all s perplexity of the connectivity. This site is connected to the busiest highways with the fancy white bridge. It's literally a quick ride from here to Uptown, Downtown, Oak Lawn, 35-corridor, 75 corridor, Klyde Warren, Arts District or even Deep Ellum and Oak Cliff. Has ...

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