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by vman
15 Jan 2021 07:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 168
Views: 75170

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Victor.jan.south.jpg Victor.jan.east.jpg Victor.Jan.13.1.jpg The Victor has about six more weeks of work on its façade & the construction should be wrapped up on the tower. Each side of the tower has a unique aspect. I won't say I'm necessarily in love with this building, but it definitely has ...
by vman
11 Jan 2021 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 124
Views: 43353

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

I love that it looks different from the usual glass box. Looks to be a nice building, maybe single tenant for a small to midsize company? I would love to see dozens of custom buildings like this replace parking lots around central Dallas targeting small to midsize corporate relos. Not every relo ha...
by vman
18 Dec 2020 07:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Novel Turtle Creek
Replies: 34
Views: 8592

Re: Novel Turtle Creek

ntc-tower-view-3-02-9x16.jpg I wouldn't be surprised if this somehow gets squashed down 3-5 floors. Apparently, this beauty is happening very quickly. Great views of the city. I suspect this one will be a major hit. This is the best residential building built in this city in a while, imo. I would h...
by vman
23 Nov 2020 11:10
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I had to go on Loopnet for work last week and saw that the white office tower on 114 and Walnut Ridge has a sister tower proposed. I'm not sure when the original tower was built, but it has to be one of the newest towers in Las Colinas. The thing about these towers is that they've been replicated at...
by vman
23 Nov 2020 09:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

I notice yesterday driving past Las Colinas Village, Champps has closed!!
by vman
23 Nov 2020 07:23
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: CityLine
Replies: 37
Views: 15241

Re: Richardson: CityLine

I work near CityLine (at least for two more weeks until we move to Legacy West in Plano). Before Covid, I would drive down there for lunch and linger around the development. After returning to the office late this summer, I would drive down there every now and then and it's simply a shame what the p...
by vman
29 Oct 2020 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Houseman Building; 400 N. Akard
Replies: 8
Views: 1097

Houseman Building; 400 N. Akard

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... ment-redo/

Building will be converted to 1 bedroom apartments; 3 new floors will be added, bringing it to six stories.
by vman
27 Oct 2020 14:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 62689

Re: West Dallas Developments

MC_ScattCat wrote:I can ride a bike to VP or uptown in less than 10 mins from west Dallas. Trinity Groves, the pedestrian bridge, sylvan 30, bishop arts are all packed on weekend.

Klyde Warren get all the shine, but the Ron Kirk Bridge has also been a (underrated) success.
by vman
27 Oct 2020 11:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Newpark Dallas/Smart District
Replies: 215
Views: 75685

Re: Dallas Smart District

The lack of creativity in Dallas mid-high rise design is a consistent disappoint. Nearly everything that pops up in the Netherlands makes me ask, "Why can't Dallas do that?" I feel the same way. I don't believe a building has to be tall to be of good architectural or interesting design. I...
by vman
16 Oct 2020 11:59
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 160
Views: 70671

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I'm also wondering how this ice rink will work. I know some years ago, Klyde Warren had a mini 'ice' rink they set up which actually wasn't ice at all, but some sort of plastic-y surface. It seemed pretty lame, but I guess we can't expect much else when we live in Texas. I hope they find some pract...
by vman
14 Oct 2020 14:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.14 (388 FT / 27 ST)
Replies: 54
Views: 11153

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.14

Interesting that Haynes & Boone is moving from Victory Park, having just moved to One Victory Park 12 years ago. When they announced the move to One Victory Park, they said "our firm leadership set out to position the organization for the year 2020 and beyond." And now that we got to ...
by vman
14 Oct 2020 08:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.14 (388 FT / 27 ST)
Replies: 54
Views: 11153

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.14

Assuming the scale and placement in rendering is completely accurate (ignoring color wash and other unrefined bits), this answers questions: https://dmn-dallas-news-prod.cdn.arcpublishing.com/resizer/fIEYHvMUILg-kCRXI6I-XudbBJs=/1660x934/smart/filters:no_upscale()/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpub...
by vman
02 Oct 2020 11:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: The National/Thompson Hotel (1401 Elm)
Replies: 629
Views: 312915

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

I was downtown this weekend and drove down Elm Street right past this building. It's looking really good. But there are several white, what I believe to be planters, lining the front of the building. I swear they look just like oversized toilets. Hopefully, they'll look less so when the building is ...
by vman
01 Oct 2020 16:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Damage Done Pertaining to Central Dallas
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: Damage Done Pertaining to Central Dallas

As someone who left downtown about six years ago for the suburbs (the only reason being housing costs), I'm really puzzled to what you guys are talking about. I still visit downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum, Victory Park (worked there till about a year ago) Farmers Market etc. on a regular basis. I was ju...
by vman
14 Sep 2020 14:27
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

N Other notes... Blaze Pizza is opening on MacArthur down from Gap and next to Freebirds. Sauce Pizza closed. Hated to see that. Place was really great! Also, Modern Market near Whole Foods will not be renewing their lease. The space is already being marketed. Jam & Toast has added a 2nd locati...
by vman
11 Sep 2020 15:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 66
Views: 39812

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

^^^
mmmm It's giving me hospital.
by vman
09 Sep 2020 14:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Pegasus Place Tower
Replies: 19
Views: 4116

Re: Pegasus Place Tower

It seems in general the Stemmons area has been seeing some movement. Several new hotels in the mid priced range have opened including one near this tower. The large Stemmons towers site has been purchased as well. Seems like Stemmons is finally getting some reinvestment. Can anyone shed light on wh...
by vman
24 Aug 2020 07:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 357
Views: 174865

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I went to True Kitchen + Kocktails for their grand opening weekend and it was great despite the issues that come with grand openings and such. A beautiful interior with multiple spaces and good food, drinks, and music. My understanding is that they are booked via reservations until sometime in Sept...
by vman
22 Aug 2020 21:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 610
Views: 295258

Re: Oak Lawn

Zippers and Club Pegasus are closed for good and Tin Room is a big what if since I don't know anyone on their staff let alone who owns it. Peker's well I have no idea. So with Zippers and Pegasus gone that’s pretty much the end of the gay bars in that Fitzhugh/75 area, right? I remember going to a ...
by vman
21 Aug 2020 07:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 610
Views: 295258

Re: Oak Lawn

And yes it provides the community resources so yes it has value even if it looks a bit worn out and does have the homeless problem at its doorstep. The community room in that library is booked for events frequently and the Oak Lawn neighborhood around it has a wide range of residents who need it mo...
by vman
19 Aug 2020 07:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 208
Views: 80042

Re: Downtown Progress

I will say, the biggest deterrent right now to getting back to the perception of feeling safe is the visible homelessness in places that don't have a lot of activity (Pegasus Plaza, West End station, Main Street Garden). Weekends also feel a little unsafe after dark, just because you don't know whe...
by vman
17 Aug 2020 07:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 168
Views: 75170

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:
vman wrote:
clcrash19 wrote:
...What if I told you the same architectural firms do business in both places and that both cities are neither vanguards when it comes to architecture/ design.....

I would STILL say my OPINION is that the buildings constructed in Houston look better than the buildings constructed here.
by vman
16 Aug 2020 16:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 168
Views: 75170

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Some of you guys overrate houston so much on here its laughable.. i guess its a grass is always greener type deal, I work there every other week, its very bland, most high rises are no different than here. I don’t think I’m overrating Houston at all. It’s just my observation and opinion. In Houston...
by vman
16 Aug 2020 09:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 168
Views: 75170

Re: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)

Agreed on boring. Hines' simultaneous "The Preston" underway in Houston is far more worthwhile. Scroll down for rendering: https://www.hines.com/news/hines-announces-plans-for-the-preston-downtown-houstons-tallest-residential-community I was in Houston last week and let’s be honest, Houst...
by vman
21 Jul 2020 14:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 62689

Re: West Dallas Developments

Trinity River apartments in the works will overlook downtown Mill Creek Residential is planning a Beckley Avenue rental project. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/07/21/trinity-river-apartment-community-overlooks-downtown/ Developer Mill Creek Residential has filed plans with the...
by vman
17 May 2020 07:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 60
Views: 13603

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:McDonald's at West End station is closed and gutted. Feels unreal.

I know McDonald’s has been tearing down and then rebuilding stores. I know of three in the Irving area. Could it be that this location is being remodeled?
by vman
24 Apr 2020 14:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: 2811 Maple (~30 ST)
Replies: 15
Views: 5222

Re: New Uptown Tower

Sad to see the building they are tearing down go. Its been empty ever since I noticed it years ago so I get it but this section of Uptown definitely seems to be a hotspot right now. This high rise looks nice and they are obviously targeting empty nesters rather than college students/20 something cl...
by vman
14 Apr 2020 13:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 357
Views: 174865

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I was downtown this morning and it looks like the CVS at Lamar and Ross is gone.
by vman
11 Mar 2020 07:37
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

The Star Park development (Jerry Jones 161 / 114) has released some new information. Looks like they have 3 tenants listed on their site plan as confirmed. Velvet Taco, Parry's Pizzeria & Bar (looks like a cool place- they just opened a location in The Colony) and Starbucks. Shaping up nicely! ...
by vman
02 Mar 2020 10:08
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

More office space to be added to Toyota Music Factory "But there have been nagging vacancies in the retail space. Now Ark Group is asking to use two vacant floors in the building next to the new Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel as offices. The office space in the building would grow from 1...
by vman
27 Feb 2020 10:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 610
Views: 295258

Re: Oak Lawn

Yes, all they did was redo do a few updated disabled ramps at the corners...only thing really left is the new traffic light at Knight. The city wanted to redo the street similar to Lower Greenville but plan things out better for the businesses so to not disturb traffic patterns less while things we...
by vman
20 Feb 2020 11:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 506
Views: 256353

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

That area right around Klyde Warren and Pearl is just so dead. It's full of high priced valet driven restaurants but not much life. Are there people passing through to the park or walking into the office space sure but after 4 pm its a dead zone much like Downtown was back in the day. Office space ...
by vman
17 Feb 2020 09:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW
Replies: 5
Views: 3959

Re: Families vs Singles in Apartment construction in DFW

Some of the reluctance to build many 3BR apartments may be that single/coupled renters don't want to be around families and/or children. When I rented, I purposely would not lease in a community with 3 bedrooms for that very reason. Even when I purchased my townhome, I searched for a community with ...
by vman
11 Feb 2020 15:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 610
Views: 295258

Re: Oak Lawn

The space is a bit bland, but maybe the neighborhood can spice it up with local art or painted boxed plants? It's a shame the business owners in this area were so opposed to having a total new street design here. I went to a birthday party at Mattito's a few weeks ago. It was an early Saturday even...
by vman
05 Feb 2020 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?
Replies: 1067
Views: 454053

Re: Could Dallas land Amazon HQ '2'?

Oh boy. Here we go again. Multiple real estate sources told the Dallas Business Journal that the new construction Amazon is reportedly eyeing includes Uptown. Amazon has been in contact with developers regarding such an expansion, the sources said. With the amount of fulfillment centers here (two m...
by vman
28 Jan 2020 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Galleria
Replies: 109
Views: 42943

Re: North Dallas: Galleria

Well it seems the Galleria has already been working on renovation plans.
Mega mall makeover: Plans show ideas for Galleria Dallas redo
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... llas-redo/
by vman
23 Jan 2020 11:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 328
Views: 160254

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

On our last trip to London we stayed at a Z Hotel, which is a similar concept. These are perfect for people who need to stay one night to catch an early flight the next day or expect to spend very little time in their rooms. The amenities usually make up for the cramped space (free wine in our case...
by vman
15 Jan 2020 09:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Lower Greenville Development
Replies: 149
Views: 67081

Re: Lower Greenville Development

Cafe Brazil is barely holding on. Buzz Brews well they def seem to be expanding to every district in Dallas but they did close the Lemmon Ave location. Yeah I'm definitely not a fan of Cafe Brazil myself, but something in that realm seems like it would be good there, if not necessarily those two br...
by vman
15 Jan 2020 08:22
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: DTD: West End Square
Replies: 48
Views: 15326

Re: DTD: West End Square

DPatel304 wrote:Here's a video of the upcoming West End park:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWJvbjgHTM


Looks like a great opportunity for any restaurant that takes the old Spaghetti Warehouse space.
by vman
31 Dec 2019 07:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood No. 11 (The Forum)
Replies: 188
Views: 97523

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Harwood Number 12

Tnexster wrote:There are some of the original renderings from Harwoods previous plan for 12. These are horribly outdated.

http://www.bokapowell.com/project/harwood-phase-xii/


They sure love putting that (never-materializing) building greenery in their renderings.
by vman
27 Dec 2019 11:25
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

A few Friday notes... https://my.hfflp.com/GetDocument?BBArgs=PqoNPJ1mkBkMbxvt_Un3S2sp2F30QPUUhco_o0_VaLlUbFJx The right developer could do something really special with it! I hope something happens. The Music Factory will always feel incomplete to me until there's something (sizable) across the st...
by vman
18 Nov 2019 15:53
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 208
Views: 105337

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

I got a chance to visit this park yesterday (early Sunday) afternoon. I must say, I was very impressed. It's not cluttered with stuff, very walkable and just has a relaxing vibe. Not to mention, it's surrounded by highrises, giving it a spectacular view. I also didn't realize how easy and quick the ...
by vman
07 Nov 2019 08:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 792
Views: 368743

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Dallas is on its way to becoming Bowling Central, with another new bowling restaurant concept coming to town. Called Punch Bowl Social, it's a Denver-based chain that has claimed a prized location in a long unoccupied space at the corner of Main Street and Good Latimer Freeway, where it will combin...
by vman
31 Oct 2019 14:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 66
Views: 34473

Re: Cypress Waters

Very cool. They have just about completed the multi-use path along that side, almost all the way to the dam. It isn't officially open yet, but it's effectively done. It'll be cool to watch something of size (and not tilt-wall) go up. This place just seems to grow non-stop. They've also been doing s...
by vman
21 Oct 2019 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 128375

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

While I don't know the numbers, there are a couple of anecdotes that should tell a story. 1) Continued building of townhomes / apartments in the immediate vicinity 2) This Sunday I visited the market, and there was a material increase of both vendors (craftspeople, cooks, etc.) and visitors since l...
by vman
16 Oct 2019 07:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 128375

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Plus, as mentioned elsewhere on this thread, the space was way too big. I always thought the space was too large too. Even though the market is packed on weekends, it was crazy to think they needed that much space. The market has a much more "browsing, casual feel to it, which is why most of t...
by vman
14 Oct 2019 10:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 127856

Re: West End 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote: there's just so much more competition now.

Also it was dark, cave-like, rundown and always smelled bad in there.
by vman
13 Sep 2019 14:53
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 1121
Views: 514827

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

DBJ reporting that a Fortune 20 company has signed a lease for 200,000 sq ft in Las Colinas... That's a pretty significant chunk! I have a few guesses- could just be that McKesson or ExxonMobil is looking for more space in the area, or possibly Verizon is needing more space. I don't think this is a...
by vman
09 Sep 2019 16:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 610
Views: 295258

Re: Oak Lawn

The pride festival will stay at Fair Park most likely cause they want to grow that into a larger event on a bigger scale than it has been previously. The parade may still wander depending on other factors. The reality is Cedar Springs is too small for the crowd and size of participation. The securi...
by vman
05 Sep 2019 12:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 128375

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I'm more concerned with losing Ruibal's to an apartment developer, to be honest. That store generates a lot of foot traffic and is so emblematic of the district that it's hard to imagine the Farmers Market without it. I did notice a couple of weeks ago that the gated parking lot directly north of R...

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