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by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 08:19
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")

This is pretty much the interim configuration until more funds are available (around Neveruary 2050) to: - fully rehab the 35W/121/377/Spur 347 interchange *Definitely* needs it!! Awful mess. - add frontage roads along the entire length of project Needed, but I don't know how they're going to swing...
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 08:11
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 674
Views: 92753

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Lakegirl wrote:Whiskey Cake's food leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion.


I guess they care more about the "whiskey" than the "cake"? ;)
by jrd1964
01 Jun 2018 07:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57308

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Something that combined jazz, ZZ Top, barbecue, Mexican food, chicken fried steak, tacos, corny dogs, art, football, cheerleaders, margaritas, beer, whiskey and parades would be good. Wow, that's quite a list in the same mixing bowl. I don't know of any one event here, besides the State Fair, where...
by jrd1964
31 May 2018 07:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: Gaylord Texan
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Grapevine: Gaylord Texan

The expansion at the Gaylord is done. Additions include 303 guest rooms (new total, 1814 rooms (now 2nd in size locally behind the DTD Sheraton hotel)) and 86,000 square feet of meeting room area (new total, 490,000 square feet). The expanded meeting area includes a 30,000 square foot ballroom (the ...
by jrd1964
31 May 2018 05:22
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Denton: misc. developments
Replies: 1
Views: 247

Denton: misc. developments

The Fine Arts theater in downtown Denton has been acquired by a group that includes those that head up Dallas' Texas Theater. It will be programmed similar to how the Texas has been. Live events including music concerts and comedy are also planned. The renovation will include 35mm & 70mm project...
by jrd1964
30 May 2018 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Restaurants: general news/development
Replies: 7
Views: 1298

Re: Restaurants: general news/development

Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop, a Tulsa-based chain, is coming to Rockwall in August as well as Allen this year after the Rockwall location opens. https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drink/2018/05/30/coney-island-hot-weiner-shop-open-rockwall-allen-dallas#_ga=2.262752708.9120891.1527699936-1432607781.1...
by jrd1964
29 May 2018 03:21
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Homelessness
Replies: 43
Views: 2680

Re: Homelessness

Sunday night, a man vandalized the lobby area and smashed windows at the 1505 Elm building. He was arrested and believed to be homeless.

http://www.fox4news.com/news/man-arrest ... e-building
by jrd1964
29 May 2018 03:05
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: General roads/transport. issues
Replies: 3
Views: 400

General roads/transport. issues

After the "LBJ East" project, there are $24 billion worth of other local projects (all in TxDOT's Dallas District): * I-30 downtown canyon * I-30 between I-45 and Lake Ray Hubbard * I-30 between Lake Ray Hubbard and Rockwall-Hunt Co. line * I-35E between I-635 and US 380 (2nd phase) * I-35...
by jrd1964
28 May 2018 20:03
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: I-35W - North Frwy. ("North Tarrant Express")

Now that the phase is pretty much done north of Northside Drive, drivers are realizing that, other than the tolled express lane additions, the free lane capacity is pretty much the same.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/busin ... 85724.html
by jrd1964
28 May 2018 19:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Texas Live!
Replies: 71
Views: 7371

Re: Texas Live!

D has this about what will locate at the replacement ballpark. A food hall with local restaurants and a bar that will be speakeasy-style will be included there.

https://www.dmagazine.com/business-econ ... s/?ref=mpw
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 16:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 87
Views: 11934

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

According to a study, it looks like the online grocery tug-of-war between Amazon & Walmart is going Walmart's way for now.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... fort-worth
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 15:51
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: North Texas lakes
Replies: 5
Views: 489

North Texas lakes

There are many lakes in the area, and another is on the way. Originally the Lower Bois d'Arc Creek Reservoir, North Texas Municipal Lake recently had a groundbreaking. The lake will be in Fannin County northeast of Bonham, and is due to be complete in 5 years. https://www.ntmwd.com/projects/north-te...
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 04:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

You'd think they'd take their website and Facebook page down if the business didn't end up proceeding.
by jrd1964
26 May 2018 04:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building
Replies: 100
Views: 16791

Re: Downtown Dallas: Butler Brothers Building

That's funny, the hotel sites I found say May. Whenever they do, hopefully things will go well.

https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -downtown/
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/ ... -downtown/
by jrd1964
25 May 2018 00:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel
Replies: 6
Views: 561

Re: Downtown Dallas: L3 Hostel

That does look similar to an upper floor I've been on there. If it's ready to open, it has to be in an existing building. Otherwise, downtown land prices would probably be too much for a small-format hostel. Good idea, but I would have thought Deep Ellum or maybe the Cedars before putting it in DTD.
by jrd1964
25 May 2018 00:10
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: LBJ East reconstruction
Replies: 8
Views: 1826

Re: LBJ East reconstruction

The squabbles and hand-wringing look to be over on this one. Construction contract will be awarded next year, with completion in 2024. Yes, commuters, 5 years of fun and detours..... https://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/2018/05/24/txdot-gets-long-awaited-go-ahead-move-forward-lbj-east-proj...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 22:55
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 5424

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Will they be doing any landscaping along the new streets? That and decent lighting would be awesome for that side of downtown. I would guess so, there's enough middle median (similar to what already exists on Cesar Chavez south of Commerce) for plants and lighting. Surely after this long of a wait,...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 22:52
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 5424

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

Well, I knew it had to be somebody's railway path. Thanks for the update.
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 20:30
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 5424

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I guess we have a little history going on right now... the excavation/redo of the previous Cesar Chavez northbound lanes is exposing something probably not seen in many decades. There are rails and wood crossties among the dirt and debris--very likely from when the Houston & Texas Central RR occ...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 20:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57308

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Good based on what I hear things have been getting out of hand with these clubs again. This time though you open and if you can not manage problems then you get shut down when your SUP comes up for renewal. I just hope there are a few more discouragements to clubs like this. I have been to Bottled ...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 16:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 10438

Re: New Census Population Estimates

Here's the Star-T version. Fort Worth is now bigger than Indianapolis, and is now behind Columbus, OH, but not by much.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/local ... 40579.html
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 05:46
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 201
Views: 27844

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Six Flags is acquiring 5 water/theme parks: * Darien Lake, Buffalo, NY * Frontier City, Oklahoma City * Wet 'n Wild Phoenix, Phoenix * Wet 'n Wild Splashtown, Houston * White Water Bay, Oklahoma City This will be Six Flags' first park exposure to Houston since its Astroworld park closed in 2005. htt...
by jrd1964
24 May 2018 04:11
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: New Census Population Estimates
Replies: 89
Views: 10438

Re: New Census Population Estimates

D looks at a Pew research study about economic and other gaps in urban and rural areas. The article headline says that "older" and "more diverse" now characterize Dallas County. (charts for surrounding counties also included) https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2018/05/dallas-c...
by jrd1964
23 May 2018 15:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 401
Views: 57308

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

D is reporting that Vinty has been denied a renewal of their SUP permit. They have few good words to say about the place, either.

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... s-no-more/
by jrd1964
22 May 2018 05:09
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction
Replies: 77
Views: 10260

Re: I-30 South & East Dallas reconstruction

D Magazine's latest take on the latest I-30 plan is that the widening isn't as necessary as recommended, because in their view, I-30's traffic count hasn't really increased enough for adding more lanes.

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... expansion/
by jrd1964
22 May 2018 04:57
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 201
Views: 27844

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Warren Buffett's empire is growing here, this time Berkshire Hathaway's HomeServices of America is buying Ebby Halliday's realty (which also includes Dave Perry-Miller and Williams Trew), mortgage, and related services businesses, but no terms were disclosed. All the current names and identities wil...
by jrd1964
22 May 2018 04:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 114
Views: 17141

Re: AT&T Discovery District

More of Ch.5's report about the project:

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/ATT-R ... 60851.html
by jrd1964
21 May 2018 19:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 326
Views: 47856

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I hope I'm not adding more cold water.... The last several times I've been by there on the bus, I've seen no construction activity in or out of the access gates; the one facing Elm is chained and locked. And the times getting on the train at Akard, no construction sounds. None. There are some lights...
by jrd1964
21 May 2018 19:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 29569

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

I've meant to post about this but keep forgetting....

Does anyone know what's going on at the old Hart Furniture building? Workers going in/out, and the front door is propped open.
by jrd1964
21 May 2018 07:30
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 43
Views: 4942

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Apparently a mixed reaction to this year's Byron Nelson and the course, with the writer of this article in the Star-Telegram, well, just not feeling it...

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/spt ... 47054.html
by jrd1964
21 May 2018 07:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Fort Worth: misc. developments
Replies: 31
Views: 4052

Re: Fort Worth: misc. developments

Concern arising in north Fort Worth as a proposed Ikea store at I-35W/N. Tarrant Pkwy. north of the US 287 split has not yet broken ground. Apparently there are access and driveway issues, as well as a request by Ikea for city tax incentives. http://www.star-telegram.com/news/business/growth/article...
by jrd1964
18 May 2018 01:32
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 5424

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

As far as the new black mast-arm lights, only the ones facing eastbound Commerce/Pearl are on. All the other mast-arms are dormant, even though they have the blue street signs on them. IMO, they shouldn't have any of the new mast-arms up at all until they are ready to be used. The temporary span-wir...
by jrd1964
17 May 2018 12:29
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's
Replies: 42
Views: 5424

Re: Downtown: Cesar Chavez & Pearl re-do's

I'm not sure when they did it, but the old Cesar Chavez lanes between Pacific and Commerce have been blocked off (to finally work on them, I guess), and now all of that traffic has been moved to the (finally ready) new lanes. *Much* smoother! Now how many coffee/donut breaks will it be till the orig...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 22:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 19
Views: 1064

North Dallas: Galleria

Trademark Property has been hired by UBS to manage the complex; the 2 firms will jointly determine what next steps to take with the property's management and further development. No specifics were included in the article. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/05/15/fort-worth-real-estate-agen...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 22:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Convention Center
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: Allen: Convention Center

More about the convention center hotel: It will have 301 rooms, fitness center, bar, Stampede 66 restaurant (by Stephan Pyles), event lawn, courtyard, pool, and fire pit. Slideshow included at the linkie. https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/05/16/see-the-new-edge-being-designed-into-allens....
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 21:13
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Having managed, leased and owned a number of properties in Garland, my experience has been that the city fathers expect the 635 corridor to develop like the DNT through Frisco. They've been expecting this since LBJ opened, and needless to say have been disappointed over and over. So plan on this pr...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 20:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 52698

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

OMG. Stay Alfred also deals with the residences at the LTV Tower and the Mayflower. I have heard that firm has instances of one-hand-doesn't-know-what-the-other-hand-is-doing when it comes to reservations and arrangements. I don't understand.... *if* the non-hotel part of the Statler is supposed to ...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 20:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 74
Views: 7070

Re: East End: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Could it be that the other 6 are occupied with leases that don't expire yet? Or maybe D Mag (or Todd) miscounted?

Yes, please! The fewer cheesy names, the better. We've had more than enough of those around here.
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 17:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Stacy Green
Replies: 11
Views: 756

Re: Allen: Stacy Green

Several restaurants are already being mentioned for this project:
* Blue Fish Sushi
* ChopShop
* Hopdoddy
* Lazy Dog
* Lupe Tortilla
* Whiskey Cake

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... estaurants
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 12:44
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

I still have the store map they gave out somewhere in my stuff. The sections of the store were color-coded. There really were employees on roller skates. The first place I ever saw a full grocery selection, clothing, appliances, pharmacy, food court, plus a nice compliment of storefront services--al...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 06:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Garland: old Hypermart site
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Garland: old Hypermart site

Demolition work has started this week on the building. Still no takers, but the City of Garland is optimistic. Sad to see a piece of retail history going, but maybe there will be a good use for the land. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2018/05/15/hypermart-demolition-marks-long-awaited-st...
by jrd1964
16 May 2018 05:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 88
Views: 12861

Re: Downtown Progress

Does anyone know what the plan is for the old Dallas county records building in front of Dealy plaza? I always see it being worked on According to the linkies, there is still ~3 years of work left to do in the Records Building renovation. They're trying to make 1 whole building from 3 separate ones...
by jrd1964
15 May 2018 19:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 52698

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

I meant to post this sooner, but as I passed by the complex the other day, I noticed that just to the right of the DMN entrance, new TX historical markers have been set up for the DMN and A.H. Belo Corp. I wondered about this, since there were historical markers in front of the previous Young St. co...
by jrd1964
15 May 2018 19:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 283
Views: 52698

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

Wow, T_K, glad to see you took the plunge. So the ceilings and doorways aren't too short in height?
by jrd1964
15 May 2018 18:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 43
Views: 4942

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

The Dallas CVB has posted a list of things going on at Trinity Forest during the tournament besides golf.

https://www.visitdallas.com/things-to-d ... elson.html?
by jrd1964
15 May 2018 18:19
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 43
Views: 4942

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

Robert Wilonsky looks at the surrounding neighborhood angle, with some residents actually thinking positive about the effects of the golf course and tournament.

https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/comm ... ern-dallas

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