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Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

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Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby itsjrd1964 » 21 Feb 2020 11:12

lakewoodhobo wrote:Dallas’ Hunt Realty focuses on big deals at home
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... s-at-home/


“We decided a couple years ago to redirect our strategy back — going back to our roots of investing in projects and developing sites right here in North Texas,” Kleinert said. “That shift opened the door for us to become passionate about, and ultimately acquiring, the Fields estate property in Frisco and rethinking development possibilities of our two most significant assets, Reunion and Northend.


Saw this in the Victory Park thread. So, what could Hunt be thinking of doing with Reunion? Offices, residential, mixed? The only open space there is the former Reunion Arena site, IINM. Hopefully whatever they have planned this time works out more completely than their original plans from the 1970s (yeah I know, different times, different economy, but still...).

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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby Roman_Patrick » 21 Feb 2020 11:23

i have always wondered why they havent built a mix used residential/offices/recreational space in the Reunion Arena site. its perfect, and the views would be GRAND. Hope they aim for something like that

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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby Zmitz » 21 Feb 2020 11:26

I wonder if they would build something grand and iconic in order to take their place in the skyline...or if they would do something shorter so as to not 'mess' with that iconic angle of the skyline. Hopefully the former.

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Postby lakewoodhobo » 21 Feb 2020 11:41

How about a residential tower with a spire shaped like a cone or a pyramid. Of course it would light up similar to the ball.

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Postby Cbdallas » 21 Feb 2020 11:50

I would actually be fine with a more residential mixed use at Reunion to activate the surrounding area. Leave the iconic towers to take out those low rise Northend apartments next to Victory.

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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 21 Feb 2020 12:31

The site was a part of the Amazon HQ proposal so they obviously have an idea how much they could fit in that area. Realistically though that site feels so disconnected despite having a great view of the river if you like staring at the Highway.
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Postby muncien » 21 Feb 2020 12:39

Not to sound like a broken record... But like I say with every corner of the CBD... A series of 10-20 floor midrise residential buildings with a few coffee/pub/neighborhood services at the bottom would be perfect. Mix owner occupied units with rentals 50/50, and you'd have a nice family oriented corner of downtown. Save the center of the core for entertainment, shopping, and office.
That's probably not at all what HUNT has on it's mind, but it's certainly something the core could use. Not everybody wants to live on Main street, or in a 60 floor luxury penthouse, but it's great to have it just a short scooter ride away.
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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 21 Feb 2020 13:05

Hunt/Woodbine was previously marketing it as a corporate HQ spot for any company looking to move to Dallas. I guess they are finally going to create a proposal and see if they get any better bites. After all, they will be close to the High-Speed Rail station which will be another attractive bullet point that will make them unique vs other office projects in town.
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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby MC_ScattCat » 21 Feb 2020 14:45

I'd love to see more retail around Union Station. Make Union a real hub. Something like St. Louis did. Make it DART, Greyhound, HSR, Streetcar all connected. Have more mid rises and maybe make it a nice little neighborhood. connect N. Oak Cliff to Cedars and downtown.

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Postby cowboyeagle05 » 21 Feb 2020 15:03

Its been dreamed up many times and recommended by many consultants but it's not a natural hub for our transit system. The West End is where DART has ost of its traffic and let's be honest they have room for the busses and trains to pick up and drop off. DART wants to phase out the East Bus Transfer station for that reason. Plus Hunt exclusively rents the top half of Union Station as their event space for the Reunion Hyatt Hotel. Now if Hunt wants to finally let go of its lease on Union Station and we can find the room to integrate all the bus connections plus the needed train connections maybe. At least the High-Speed Rail station is closer to Union Station than the West End. Hunt has the upper hand here so if they want to make it a hub they have the power to influence that direction.
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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby TreeFrog » 30 Apr 2020 17:45

Wolfgang Puck restaurant at Dallas' Reunion Tower gone for good
https://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/04-30-20-five-sixty-wolfgang-puck-reunion-tower-closed/

According to a release, Five Sixty By Wolfgang Puck, the upscale Asian restaurant that sits atop Reunion Tower, is closing not just for the duration of the pandemic, but permanently.

A release says that, "with the closure of Reunion Tower due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been decided that Five Sixty restaurant will remain closed to undergo scheduled improvements. Given this extended closure, in combination with the unknown timeline due to the Coronavirus, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck will not reopen."

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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby Tnexster » 02 May 2020 23:17

Can't say I'm surprised at some of these being closed.

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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby tamtagon » 03 May 2020 07:39

It's good to change restauranturs every so often.

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Re: Reunion (Tower, hotel, and??)

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 05 May 2020 00:03

Yeah, this sounds like their problems long existed before COVID and it was a good excuse to exit altogether.
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