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by The_Overdog
13 Dec 2016 12:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 16164

Re: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

The Reunion Tower ball is plainly visible in that shot, which I don't think is true today. Now you have to travel past McKinney & Fairmount before you can see it.
by The_Overdog
13 Dec 2016 09:18
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: Collin County Transportation
Replies: 46
Views: 6036

Re: Collin County Transportation

His plan to 'end gridlock' involves building a highway out to Lake Lavon that connects with US75. Somehow I don't think the purpose of that is to 'end gridlock'.
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2016 15:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11664

Re: DART: Expansion

Per a chart I've seen the D2 subway timeline is: options are being discussed in Dec/Jan a 'screening evaluation' will occur in Jan/Feb a short list of subway options in Feb/early March a detailed evaluation March - June a refined LPA due beginning of June funding and approvals June - September. Per ...
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2016 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 121
Views: 16164

Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)

Per this, the Idle Rich is out of here, and will become an 18 story condo building.

http://dallas.towers.net/2016/12/12/mck ... or-uptown/

Will have underground parking, a restaurant on the 1st floor and units above averaging 1000 sq feet.
by The_Overdog
12 Dec 2016 09:41
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 174
Views: 22624

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Who the hell cares? Portland is not in Texas and if they don't want the shining star that is Wal-Mart, then it's up to them. That might bring more business to Texas, and I know you guys are all totally outraged on behalf of the companies, but business don't have feelings so they will be ok.
by The_Overdog
09 Dec 2016 16:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 234
Views: 31380

Re: Legacy West

Also just because they are doing a partnership doesn't mean DART won't be the operator. Looks like DART will be a 50% partner. This area will also be the test case for DART partnering with ride sharing groups via: Implements one “tap” scheduling and payment for services like taxi, Uber, or Lyft thr...
by The_Overdog
09 Dec 2016 13:40
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 234
Views: 31380

Re: Legacy West

Nothing out of the ordinary here. Private buses run the Richardson Telecom Corridor circulator, picking people up at DART stations and taking them to offices. Private bus systems also complete the loop in places like Seattle, San Francisco, and DC. Seems like there is a hole in the center of many tr...
by The_Overdog
09 Dec 2016 08:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 257
Views: 43972

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

Are there other restored mid-century modern commercial buildings that are comparable to this? Will this be one of the best examples in the country?


I'm not 100% sure, but I would guess that NYC, LA, Chicago, and Las Vegas are filled with buildings of a similar design style and age.
by The_Overdog
05 Dec 2016 11:00
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 21
Views: 4073

Re: Richardson: CityLine

Not technically a part of CityLine, but less than half a mile south so close enough: A new 5 story 420 unit apartment complex with a 7 story parking garage is being designed along Routh Creek Parkway. The complex will be built on private land adjacent to the Galatyn Woodland Nature preserve, about h...
by The_Overdog
02 Dec 2016 14:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates
Replies: 20
Views: 3460

Richardson Telecom Corridor Development Updates

The spec office building on the corner of Renner & US 75 is going vertical. It's one of those office buildings where the concrete sides are constructed offsite and they just lift them into place, so it looks about as stable as a cardboard box. I believe it's supposed to be 5 stories of office wi...
by The_Overdog
01 Dec 2016 09:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Medical City Tower D (201 FT / 12 ST after adding 93 FT + 5 ST)
Replies: 4
Views: 1497

Re: Medical City Expansion

I've seen that DBJ article for a day or two, but I wouldn't read it because I wanted to think about what makes it "Luxury." My wife had babies in MedicalCity and UT Southwest St Paul, and compared to St Paul, Medical City was total luxury in almost every way -not just the building but als...
by The_Overdog
30 Nov 2016 10:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Parking Garages
Replies: 84
Views: 11517

Re: Parking Garages

The bigger problem with garages becoming occupiable space though is the ramps. Many are mostly slanted concrete for at least 50% of the garage. The low ceilings in most parking garages are the main problem. Not conducive for high-dollar living or for even medium dollar office. The ramped floors can...
by The_Overdog
30 Nov 2016 10:17
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 234
Views: 31380

Re: Legacy West

LEgacy West isn't even open yet. Frisco Station isn't open yet, Wade Park isn't open yet. So when they open it will be #95 on the list. That's not going to curtail development. The rail line is still on the list for 2040, and the congestion study just completed (which took all those into account) b...
by The_Overdog
21 Nov 2016 16:08
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11664

Re: DART: Expansion

Grapevine is apparently banking on the Cottonbelt line being built and has some plans to create a northern DFW airport gateway station/housing/whatever around 114/121 and Texan Trail. They are not currently a member of DART. Greatwolf Lodge is slightly to the northwest of this site if I have my dire...
by The_Overdog
17 Nov 2016 14:00
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 245
Views: 31336

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

It is hard to imagine the Plano delegation throwing in with Grimes County.

Well there was one Plano city councilman who threw in with Grimes County, so it's not that hard to imagine. What could that guy even have to gain from being contrary? I'd bet many cities will be a closer vote than 7-1.
by The_Overdog
17 Nov 2016 13:58
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 234
Views: 31380

Re: Legacy West

You may perceive traffic to be bad in this area, but it's not near the tops of the list and even if it is for two hours a day, there's 22 other hours when it's pretty empty. US75 and 190 is the only congested section in Collin County to make the top 100 in TX worst even given TXDoT's questionable me...
by The_Overdog
10 Nov 2016 09:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 19870

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 The_Overdog
09 Nov 2016 08:42
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 174
Views: 22624

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

It is, but cheap rent in newer buildings can be a strong driver of diversification.
by The_Overdog
08 Nov 2016 15:19
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: TI Campus Conversion
Replies: 4
Views: 1130

Re: Plano: TI Campus Conversion

This place isn't really going to be much of an 'urban village'. The whole site is going to be oriented towards the highway. Most of the parking lots are going to remain as parking lots except for new two parking garages that are adjacent to the single-family housing across Chase Oaks Blvd - creating...
by The_Overdog
08 Nov 2016 12:25
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 174
Views: 22624

Re: Corporate Relocation/Expansions

http://www.wsj.com/articles/office-pileup-gets-worse-in-houston-1478619658 Article about Houston development and not Dallas, but I hope it doesn't foretell a future slowdown for Dallas. After all, Houston and Dallas are sister cities in that they both offer more or less the same business environment...
by The_Overdog
07 Nov 2016 12:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: North Dallas: FOURTEEN555
Replies: 4
Views: 1336

Re: North Dallas: FOURTEEN555

Where is this going to be located? Old Ewing Chevrolet doesn't mean anything to me - and the address I'm getting is a large lot with Spring Valley to the south and a tiny street called Landmark Blvd to the north, which is not really 'near' the intersection of the DNT and 635. I believe a division of...
by The_Overdog
07 Nov 2016 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 297
Views: 44044

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

I don't know how significant this is. In my experience, hostels are generally used by international travelers Since it takes the city of Dallas from zero hostels to one, I'd say pretty significant. Irving has one but not Dallas? What's up with that? And I think it opens up a cool area to not just i...
by The_Overdog
07 Nov 2016 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 100
Views: 19870

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower

So it will be built on the parking lot on the backside of Museum Tower, and across the street to the south the Nasher Sculpture Garden and the Meyerson Symphony Center on the north side. And the Belo Mansion across the street to the south east. Possibly one of the best locations in downtown Dallas s...
by The_Overdog
03 Nov 2016 11:17
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11664

Re: DART: Expansion

Surely it cannot be the pro-subway camp's argument that demolishing a parking garage will strangle downtown development. Why not? I think using the power of eminent domain to destroy recent private investment is problematic, even if the current use is against what I personally feel would be the bes...
by The_Overdog
03 Nov 2016 09:02
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART: Expansion
Replies: 100
Views: 11664

Re: DART: Expansion

D2 above ground was a bad idea because every route considered either bulldozed existing property or seriously constrained property currently under construction or being redeveloped. Bulldozing existing property for a rail line would constrain downtown development.
by The_Overdog
01 Nov 2016 16:21
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 3253

Re: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

For a suburban-esque stadium with parking? Where? Only about 4% of the land in the city is empty, and much of it has already been spoken for.
by The_Overdog
01 Nov 2016 15:33
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington
Replies: 16
Views: 3253

Re: Texas Rangers Stadium in Arlington

Does Dallas become a legitimate contender, or will the Rangers be lured by Frisco or Plano? Plano/Allen/Richardson doesn't have the space without bulldozing a neighborhood. Frisco/The Colony, Grand Prairie or Irving seem like the outsider choices with Dallas or Ft Worth being the lead choices. Howe...
by The_Overdog
28 Oct 2016 17:05
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 36
Views: 6621

Re: Fair Park

The reality is there is NO programing at Fair Park on a regular basis -- hence no reason for anyone to go. The State Fair seems to me is a scapegoat for the park department not creating any programing. Beyond that, I've not seen anything saying that State Fair has contractual requirements for parki...
by The_Overdog
28 Oct 2016 12:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 583
Views: 72049

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I have eaten at Pollo twice now and to be honest I can't see myself going back soon. I think the spices are pretty unique (curry mustard, some others instead of generic tex-mex salsas like all the rest), but other than that it's a bit too close to a Taco Cabana clone. Not sure why it needed to be a...
by The_Overdog
27 Oct 2016 08:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD
Replies: 10
Views: 1713

Re: DART Generated $7 Billion In TOD

I'm surprised we haven't seen the Parker road station turned into some TOD.


I've not seen any interest in building anything around that area and I follow the area pretty closely - the field next to BestBuy has been for sale since I moved to the Dallas area 16 years ago.
by The_Overdog
26 Oct 2016 14:14
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 137
Views: 14918

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

I don't see how the bus service can't be redone using the existing budget (or a minor increase for some new buses and drivers), but I don't know much about their plans.
by The_Overdog
26 Oct 2016 12:18
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Dallas Area Rapid Transit
Replies: 137
Views: 14918

Re: Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Not sure I agree it's a win. The only reason this was contentious to begin with is because DART was ready to basically pay $1b of their own money for the Cotton Belt and $400m for D2 with mostly Fed money. The only thing that has changed after this vote is now they are now willing to pay $1.2b for t...
by The_Overdog
25 Oct 2016 11:04
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 26
Views: 3773

Collin Creek Mall

The city of Plano is funding a study to consider daylighting Spring Creek on the east side of Collin Creek Mall's parking lot. Two proposals will be studied -one to just daylight the creek and a second to include some ponds or something more like an 'amenity zone'. I'm guessing this is the start of ...
by The_Overdog
25 Oct 2016 09:54
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Fair Park
Replies: 36
Views: 6621

Re: Fair Park

Now that we know what kind of revenue the fair generates, is it easier to determine whether or not the State Fair should stay in Fair Park? No not really, because they have stated in the past they don't actually count(or don't share those counts) guests coming into the door, so the 2.4m is either a...

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