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Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

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Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 16 May 2017 08:53

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Just thought I would say something even though many of you won't be surprised. They tore up the Akard street level side of this building months ago. So much so you can see it on Google Maps Streetview. Well just as I suspected they built a new drive up valet area. They installed a large porte-cochere recently and have poured steps down to the narrower sidewalk along Akard. On the positive side, they built a new entrance for a street-level Starbucks on the north side where the building comes to a point. Plus they added sidewalk seating on the Ervay side near the new doors.

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Jay9398
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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby Jay9398 » 16 May 2017 12:38

There are valet areas planned for the Chase plaza redo and the ATT Discovery District as well. While I also roll my eyes a bit at traditional valets, I think this wave is different. I think these properties are accepting the future of uber/Lyft/ride share/Self-Driving cars and planning accordingly. I'm ok with that.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 16 May 2017 13:48

The sign of reinvestment is also the positive spin to look at here so many of these 80's towers have seen no investment for decades beyond maintaining the status quo. Now new owners are spending millions to redo more than just furniture and wallpaper. The fact that the properties are being sold and purchased and reinvested in many significant ways including some configuring ground floors to hold retail is a positive sign.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby jrd1964 » 21 Nov 2017 16:47

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... er-in.html

Review of recently-completed remodeling at the building. A relocated Starbucks counter, new seating, new boardroom meeting area, exterior driveway, overhang, and new outdoor signage were included in the project.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby DPatel304 » 21 Nov 2017 17:26

The remodel looks nice, so I hope it does help them obtain more tenants. I'm disappointed that the area in front of the building now has a driveway/drop-off zone, which is far less pedestrian friendly than what it used to be:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Linco ... 96.8001867

But, there's no point in having a pedestrian friendly street presence if your building is 50% empty, so, if this is what will attract more people Downtown, then so be it.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby Tnexster » 21 Nov 2017 22:07

I work in Ross Tower and am really enjoying being in the middle of so much activity.

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mdg109
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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby mdg109 » 22 Nov 2017 12:59

I don't like driveways either, but the way they did this one is not that bad. The sidewalks are still wide and the driveway didn't feel intrusive.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 22 Nov 2017 13:50

Tnexster wrote:I work in Ross Tower and am really enjoying being in the middle of so much activity.


Can't decipher if this is sarcasm..

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby ArtVandelay » 22 Nov 2017 14:11

This building does not show well. Aside from the lobby, it's I Love the 80's on the tenant floors.

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Re: Ross Tower / 500 N. Akard

Postby Tnexster » 22 Nov 2017 16:49

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
Tnexster wrote:I work in Ross Tower and am really enjoying being in the middle of so much activity.


Can't decipher if this is sarcasm..


I should have been more clear, by activity I meant being in the middle of so many construction projects and being able to see the progress every day.


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