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by willyk
01 Dec 2016 22:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 19269

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

Tnexster wrote:Really liking this one.


Gonna be a looker for sure.
by willyk
01 Dec 2016 22:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 110
Views: 18153

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Downtown needs a legit taco spot. Good to see.

I'd love for downtown to have a 24/7 dining options; tacos, pizza or something.

But im not sure we're quite there yet. This town needs more kitchens open passed 2 am.


Don't overlook Fuel City. :D
by willyk
29 Nov 2016 03:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 25192

Re: Downtown Dallas: Synn Building 1217 Main St

I have no idea if this is current. 1217 MAIN STREET Bringing together a successful multi unit operator and a non-performing building in Downtown Dallas with untapped potential, the firm successfully assisted in creating a successful multi-story, multi-concept entertainment destination. This transact...
by willyk
29 Nov 2016 03:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Courtyard by Marriott (12 St)
Replies: 121
Views: 23538

Re: Courtyard Marriott at Ferris Plaza (12 stories; site of Jefferson Hotel)

This seems like an odd spot for new hotel construction without many amenities nearby. The only appeal is walkability to the DCC. But a site near the Aloft would do that too and have better access to Main. Is it safe to say that holding down the cost of the site is what is driving the site selection?...
by willyk
26 Nov 2016 21:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)
Replies: 72
Views: 19269

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 8 (New Rolex Building)

It's interesting that some of the columns cannot make a continuous run from the ground to the top of the building. I suspect that the engineering to make that work is not trivial.
by willyk
26 Nov 2016 05:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St
Replies: 88
Views: 25192

Downtown Dallas: The Commissary - 1217 Main St

Heavy renovation is taking place-- street closure, scaffolding, etc. Does anyone know what's up?
by willyk
25 Nov 2016 16:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten
Replies: 32
Views: 7347

Re: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten

If you can provide the parking retailers will show up. The problem now is only solved because Tim Headington and Neiman Marcus can afford to solve that problem. More parking is always more better, but I question whether it is still necessary for successful retail in this part of Downtown. In the ne...
by willyk
24 Nov 2016 12:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 68
Views: 15095

Re: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

The mission appears to be that this will be a national, maybe international, destination.
by willyk
21 Nov 2016 20:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 147
Views: 38262

Re: The Union

Restaurateur Sam Fox's 'love letter to Italy,' the latest to seal deal at The Union Dallas Restaurateur Sam Fox plans to bring yet another of his restaurant concepts to The Union Dallas near Victory Park, by opening his firm's "love letter to Italy," called North Italia, in 2018. The Ital...
by willyk
20 Nov 2016 17:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street
Replies: 35
Views: 8703

Re: Downtown Dallas: 400 Record Street

Former Mansion chef dreams up gold-plated French restaurant for Dallas Sounds great...but does anybody know what this stuff is? There'll be gougeres with Gruyere and truffle salt. Escargots beignets with green garlic aioli. Salmon rillettes with horseradish and warm scallion bread. There'll be cris...
by willyk
20 Nov 2016 05:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74622

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Walked by what used to be the old Angela Scott space today and saw plans laid out for the 4th floor expansion of the parking garage across from the W. Looks like they will be adding an additional floor soon. There does appear to be construction activity cranking up on the top floor of the garage. W...
by willyk
18 Nov 2016 18:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten
Replies: 32
Views: 7347

Re: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten

I like the gold leaf-- adds a lot of life to the facade.
by willyk
18 Nov 2016 05:58
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW in the Media
Replies: 30
Views: 8083

DFW in the Media

CRE Nationally: Markets to Watch 1. Austin 2. Dallas 40. Houston The Dallas/Fort Worth area is perceived as a business-friendly environment that offers an attractive cost of doing business, an adequate and well-educated workforce, and world-class trans- portation access by air, rail, and road. The l...
by willyk
17 Nov 2016 04:23
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 53209

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Plano will have representatives in the Texas House and Senate. This signals them to support the project come January. It is hard to imagine the Plano delegation throwing in with Grimes County. But maybe TCR wants to get enough of these supporting resolutions that indirectly they can say have the sup...
by willyk
16 Nov 2016 21:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 16152

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

Agree-- looks the form is changing now. Probably the top.
by willyk
15 Nov 2016 21:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 455
Views: 74622

Re: Victory Park 3.0

it's amazing how, here, development continues despite the eminent removal of the mavericks from victory park. No offense intended BWL, but more and more the arena looks like the odd man out in VP. There has never been any synergy between the arena and the residential or retail. If anything, trying ...
by willyk
15 Nov 2016 04:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 14650

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower | 335 FT / 21 ST

Looking at how quickly the office leased up versus all of the empty retail space, I am wondering if we have some tension developing in Uptown between the desire for developers to land too many high end, destination restaraunts when the what the neighborhood needs is moderately priced restaraunts and...
by willyk
15 Nov 2016 04:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten
Replies: 32
Views: 7347

Re: Downtown Dallas: Forty Five Ten

A Wind-Powered Sculpture Is Downtown Dallas’ Newest Art Installation
The kinetic, pinwheel-like work is slightly less imposing than the giant eyeball next door.


http://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2016/11/a-wind-powered-sculpture-is-downtown-dallas-newest-art-installation/
by willyk
13 Nov 2016 22:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 356
Views: 64533

Re: Downtown: The Drever

I was on Main Street on Saturday afternoon and it was bustling with people from end to end. The Statler and the other hotels will come on line soon, and add fuel to fire. By the time the Drever is done, I expect that the neighborhood service businesses will have arrived, and EMC will be a fairly com...
by willyk
13 Nov 2016 05:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 110
Views: 18153

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Crafty Irishman Public House on Main / Merc Retail Spaces . This one opened fairly recently. Not sure we ever picked it up. Getting pretty good reviews. The Merc retail has been dormant for way too long. Once the cluster of hotels at the Statler opens, Main should be a very viable street for restau...
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 21:11
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 76
Views: 16798

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

Dallas' Uptown neighborhood takes step towards two-way traffic along McKinney, Cole avenues It also paves the way for a possible expansion of the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority's trolley system in the future by giving the streetcars curbside access, which is a requirement of transit organization...
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 18:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 66
Views: 13660

Re: Trinity Groves

Captured in a song...https://youtu.be/-KufFjcWOUQ
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 04:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 25
Views: 4582

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Looking at the renderings from the NBBJ plan in the DMN article, notably absent is KWP's proposed flyover bridge on Pearl St.

The bridge is contrary to this proposal, which would make the Arts District flow into KWP and north and south on Pearl, and I hope the omission means the bridge won't happen.
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 04:33
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 25
Views: 4582

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Here is the link to Spire, which has shown no life whatsoever this cycle.

http://www.thespiredallas.com/
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 04:26
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Arts District: Master Plan
Replies: 25
Views: 4582

Re: Arts District: Master Plan

Copying these posts from the Flora and Olive thread so we can get a general discussion going about the Arts District. 10 Nov 2016 04:26 tamtagon wrote: So, this the last developable Flora Address in the Arts District, right? The city performance hall has a pending whenever plan that could change, bu...
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 04:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 177
Views: 37021

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower

I was wondering about the same thing, especially since the Arts District says they want more residential there. So where would it go? Unless google maps of the area is way off, there are tons of surface parking lots to the southeast and southwest that can still be developed. They have plenty of spa...
by willyk
11 Nov 2016 04:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (~273 FT / 23 ST)
Replies: 107
Views: 32271

Re: Victory Park: Cinépolis /The 23 (23 ST)

9 floors poured for the residential building. Expect to see the second floor taking shape on the theatre/parking building soon.
by willyk
10 Nov 2016 20:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 456
Views: 80843

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

by willyk
10 Nov 2016 04:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 177
Views: 37021

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower

So, this the last developable Flora Address in the Arts District, right? The city performance hall has a pending whenever plan that could change, but with Hall Condos seemingly on tap, this will be the last of it. I wouldn't be at all disappointed to see the Belo addition replaced with a welcoming ...
by willyk
10 Nov 2016 04:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Kroger
Replies: 9
Views: 2752

Re: East Dallas: Kroger

Will the Kroger front 75? I can't tell if their parcel gets all of the way there.
by willyk
10 Nov 2016 04:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 98
Views: 22359

Re: Harwood: No. 10 Harwood - 22 Floors

Why don't they create a TIF or PID and rebuild Harwood St. from Blue Ciel to St. Anne's?
by willyk
10 Nov 2016 04:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List
Replies: 36
Views: 12753

Re: Comprehensive Dallas Development Map / List

Awesome x Awesome!
by willyk
09 Nov 2016 22:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No. 10 Harwood (22 ST)
Replies: 98
Views: 22359

Re: Harwood: No. 10 Harwood - 22 Floors

Arcade looks fab! How do people in the neighboring buildings get to it?
by willyk
04 Nov 2016 21:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas Trail System
Replies: 59
Views: 14391

Re: Dallas Trail System

The Connector is 9% of the trail and nearly 50% of the cost.
1 of 11 miles.
$21M of $43M.
The perfect is the enemy of the good.
by willyk
31 Oct 2016 22:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Katy (310 FT / 30 ST)
Replies: 58
Views: 16152

Re: Katy Station

Tnexster wrote:Drove past this over the weekend a couple times, really up there now but looks like they are still adding floors. Does anybody know what floor they are on?


I would say mid 20s. Announced height is 30. Should be getting close.
by willyk
31 Oct 2016 22:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 196
Views: 26137

Re: Trinity River Park

I wonder if they mean Simmons will fund 155 of the 285 acres if the the Trinity Trust can raise the funds for the remaining 130?
by willyk
31 Oct 2016 02:54
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 316
Views: 53209

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

14 Beautiful Train Stations From Around the World

http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=54737
by willyk
29 Oct 2016 07:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Trammell Crow Apartments
Replies: 4
Views: 1685

Re: East Dallas: Trammell Crow Apartments

Ross is gaining momentum as the next McKinney Ave. Just like McKinney connected downtown to Knox-Henderson and stimulated Uptown and the West Village, Ross is connecting Downtown to Lower Greenville. The Lower Greenville end is getting stronger as the Henderson and Fitzugh investments reach to Ross....
by willyk
28 Oct 2016 03:59
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 295
Views: 50368

Re: Legacy West

An amazing build out, but let's compare to Uptown/Downtown. We are looking at roughly 1000 apartments with the nearest grocery store 3.5 miles away. It's a large office park with some restaurant skewed shopping. With all of the land in the hands of a few developers, every project will be tightly con...
by willyk
27 Oct 2016 22:38
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The West End
Replies: 24
Views: 6064

Re: The West End

It doesn't have to be dead. (Under the El in CHI.)

Image
by willyk
27 Oct 2016 22:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
Replies: 68
Views: 15095

West End: Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

So far, it has raised more than $43 million of the expected $61 million budget. Construction will begin when the goal is reached, with officials expecting the project to take around two years. http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city-life/10-27-16-holocaust-museum-new-location-name-west-end/
by willyk
27 Oct 2016 22:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 30332

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

I think Corrigan needs some help. Is the gray the original color or was it painted-- can they power wash it back to something better? Can they do anything else to liven up the extrerior or is it to stay as is? This image has a more appealing color scheme, with some contrast on the core of the design...
by willyk
27 Oct 2016 04:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower (335 FT | 21 ST)
Replies: 56
Views: 14650

Re: Uptown Dallas: McKinney & Olive Tower | 335 FT / 21 ST

I'm a little surprised the rest of the retail space hasn't been snatched up. An interesting observation. I do not know if they are having a problem or not, but if Del Frisco's indicates the caliber of the tenant they want, then they are aiming very high. So the resistance of luxe tenants might be t...
by willyk
26 Oct 2016 20:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 242
Views: 39980

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

North Texas became the nexus for these firms and their more than 30,000 workers because of the potential for hiring and creating new business environments here, top officers with all three companies told an international real estate group meeting in Dallas. Honestly, I don't understand what they me...
by willyk
26 Oct 2016 04:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End: Factory SIX03
Replies: 42
Views: 10145

West End: Factory SIX03

A little bit of new detail... https://www.bisnow.com/dallas-ft-worth/news/construction-development/a-tale-of-uptown-and-downtown-as-told-by-dprs-new-and-redevelopment-66441#ath I wonder what kind of retail they will attract--anything but restaurants? I bet places like Shinola would do well.
by willyk
25 Oct 2016 20:14
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 242
Views: 39980

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

Goldman competes for employees with the financial services operations going in at Legacy and CityLine. They had to move some place appealing or they would lose their employees. $20NNN plus much better attractions than the burbs makes this a very shrewd move.
by willyk
25 Oct 2016 20:03
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The West End
Replies: 24
Views: 6064

Re: The West End

The old Dallas Alley takes you to arches under the freeway to a plaza to Hooter's. It's not a bad walk. The fact that the Market was derelict is what made it off-putting.

When the Factory is done and the Victory retail comes on line, there will be plenty of people traversing the Vast Underwoodall.
by willyk
24 Oct 2016 22:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Tower Petroleum - The Saint Elm Hotel (1907 Elm) & Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific)
Replies: 148
Views: 30332

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

Lots of quality investment happening near Main Street Garden now-- 4 new hotels, 3 new residential developments, the law school, the Morning News. This should be a great location for Fireside Pies. I even saw a new incarnation of the Rio Room on Commerce. We should see more good restaurants soon.
by willyk
24 Oct 2016 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 292
Views: 66604

Re: Downtown: The Statler

$$$$$$$$$ for some TOD. Any relation to the Dallas News advocating for HSR is purely coincidental.

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