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by LongonBigD
18 Apr 2019 16:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

The Knox district is going to be amazing in a couple of years! Between the massive retail work on Knox, Complete Streets on Knox and Henderson, McKinney and Cole street conversions, and various big residential projects increasing the density, I really think it'll turn into a jewel of a neighborhood...
by LongonBigD
17 Apr 2019 23:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

The skin and windows are going up quickly. Parking garage covering started on west side of building.

This one is a little darker in color compared to renderings. The drawings had blue windows instead of gray, but that may be a common way to illustrate glass and not indicative of glass color.
by LongonBigD
17 Apr 2019 22:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Small office building updates from Knox area. This is an announcement for a small project on Buena Vista a block south of Knox Street backing to the Katy Trail at Buena Vista and Armstrong (immediately south of 2M building). IMG_1578.jpeg It appears the lot is cleared for this project to begin. IMG...
by LongonBigD
10 Apr 2019 22:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26343

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Don’t you get a discount I’d you wear Cowboy logo on Sunday or something?
by LongonBigD
09 Apr 2019 20:31
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 43
Views: 4741

Re: The Transition of Uptown

DISD proposed demolishing Milam to make way for a new Travis. See a few posts below.

I didn’t know what they proposed for the Milam students. Apparently it was to merge them into Chavez (Ross & Carroll).
by LongonBigD
02 Apr 2019 15:50
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 43
Views: 4741

Re: The Transition of Uptown

Ben Milam is a terrible location for a school; however it has stood on that spot for over 100 years. If they need more room, conveniently the small apartment building immediately north was listed for sale a couple of weeks ago. The next lot north of that are some small dated condos ripe for redevelo...
by LongonBigD
01 Apr 2019 20:29
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: The Transition of Uptown
Replies: 43
Views: 4741

Re: The Transition of Uptown

I seem to remember a mention months ago of this plan. I’m thinking they said they would relocate the school to property already owned by DISD near 75 and Fitzhugh. Does anyone know more? All I can think is Ben Milan Elementary (a teardown??). If so, where does the elementary school go? They’ve alrea...
by LongonBigD
31 Mar 2019 12:14
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park
Replies: 104
Views: 19098

Re: Downtown: Klyde Warren Park

I realize now that it’s, alas — not a park extension. It’s a primarily a private fundraising space.

I guess I can live with that so long as it means they have a way to drive future donations to keep the park maintained.
by LongonBigD
29 Mar 2019 15:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 68735

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I noticed SkinnyFat was open last Sunday from across the street at Grimaldi’s. They had a raucous crowd watching college basketball that afternoon. It was loud and packed. Great energy! Hope it remains that busy and drives more retail/restaurants east down Cityplace. I’ve been wondering about the re...
by LongonBigD
25 Mar 2019 16:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16811

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

The pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird would be perfect for this proposed development. The approach begins right at the northern edge of this lot. The bridge dumps you off at the Dart station. I do wonder how this proposed building would have vehicular access. It would only be from NCX access road. ...
by LongonBigD
21 Mar 2019 15:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 105787

Re: Victory Park 3.0

There was a full page ad in last weeks Observer for South Victory as well. I dunno.....is it that big a space it needs two monikers? As long as it brings traffic though
by LongonBigD
20 Mar 2019 15:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53486

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

If the market is overbuilt with luxury apartment units, what is the historical solution based on previous cycles? Do they eventually convert to condos? Are the prices lowered to reflect softer market conditions? If the prices are lowered does this make it even harder to rent out older less luxurious...
by LongonBigD
27 Feb 2019 10:16
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Good to hear that is finally moving forward. 12 month construction schedule seems very aggressive. Isn't RH to have underground parking and 7-8 stories total? It makes me wonder if this is stick construction above the pedestal (retail store) for the hotel portion. RH-Side-Drawing-1.jpg UPDATE---Went...
by LongonBigD
24 Feb 2019 17:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

As of today, I believe they are forming the last floor with the roof yet to go. Bricks are being applied to outer skin. Two colors, a taupe color and a very dark blackish/grey brick. Glass work yet to begin. I took these shots of the buildings’ west facade this time (facing McKinney Ave). The photo ...
by LongonBigD
24 Feb 2019 17:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 27
Views: 7136

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

Demo almost complete. Here is a reminder of what’s planned and a shot of the (now) empty lots with Nove at Knox under construction in the background a block over.
by LongonBigD
16 Feb 2019 16:12
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 358

Re: Introducing the 2019 Dallas Mayoral Candidates - D Magazine

In a similar vein - maybe I missed it, but I was very surprised to see a story on a local news station yesterday telling how Laura Miller was announcing her bid to run for City Council District 13 (currently held by Jennifer Staubach Gates). She just can't keep out of this Preston Center stuff. What...
by LongonBigD
14 Feb 2019 20:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers
Replies: 14
Views: 1086

Re: Riverfront Blvd Hotel / Residential Towers

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Looks like it will be 20 stories


Yep. That’s about all we can muster here in Dallas.
by LongonBigD
05 Feb 2019 15:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 937

Re: Uptown: Cole Park Place Condos (3923 Cole Ave) (3 ST) - Completed 2018

This type of development (3 or more stories of condo flats) is seen more in Oaklawn west of Preston Road. I’ve only seen a small number (example 4345? McKinney Ave). I wonder what the difference in land cost is between these two parts of Oaklawn is and how much impact that has.
by LongonBigD
02 Feb 2019 10:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park
Replies: 10
Views: 921

Re: Oak Lawn: Lee Park/Oak Lawn Park

I like the idea of honoring Stanley Marcus. The article said he grew up in the Cedars. How about a park there? The name Turtle Creek Park is kind of a snooze. Agreed, there are plenty of things named Turtle Creek already. What’s wrong with the temp name Oak Lawn Park? Finally the article says to hav...
by LongonBigD
30 Jan 2019 11:29
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: MATA: M-Line Trolley
Replies: 86
Views: 22835

Re: MATA: M-Line Trolley

I am digging those white sidewalls!
by LongonBigD
28 Jan 2019 20:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

the Hudson / Trinsic project

https://thehudsondallas.com/apartments/

Exterior skin almost complete. Lots of stone and brick. Very minimal stucco at least from the McKinney Ave. $2,000 to $4,000 per month
by LongonBigD
28 Jan 2019 20:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

Working on the 15th floor now. Only four more to go. Walls going up, but no skin materials yet.
by LongonBigD
28 Jan 2019 20:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Armstrong &Cole
Replies: 27
Views: 7136

Re: Knox: Armstrong &Cole

Has it really been almost an entire year since the last posting about this project? The wheels of development turn slowly. Some news...demolition is well under way on several existing buildings, townhomes vacated, and fencing around the entire site including orange net fencing around lots of the tre...
by LongonBigD
22 Jan 2019 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 103227

Re: Northpark Center

The long timeline could have something to do with finding replacement parking spaces for all that surface parking that would need to be sacrificed. In addition to mall shoppers, they need to plan on space for construction crews and equipment. A new parking garage could add a year easily to the timel...
by LongonBigD
22 Jan 2019 16:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel
Replies: 98
Views: 28219

Re: Uptown Dallas: Dream Hotel

I’m not convinced this is a reflection of Dallas market conditions. This development has been a cluster bomb from the beginning. I for one am hoping they just walk away and someone else acts on this piece (now two pieces) of land.
by LongonBigD
16 Jan 2019 18:28
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 40436

Re: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike

As a frequent user of the sidewalks in Uptown, I must disagree with your comment that the sidewalks are “well-suited for the scooters.” They are not lawfully alllowed on the sidewalks. It is my understanding (and apparently only mine) that they must be ridden on the streets. The sidewalks are bad en...
by LongonBigD
03 Jan 2019 15:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

The zoning south of Armstrong in this area (except along Central) only allows about 30’ in height. A two story retail center would not work without underground parking. A zoning change would be required like the one across the alley west of this. They requested nine stories for apartments and got it...
by LongonBigD
02 Jan 2019 15:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 14
Views: 2501

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

This is a rendering of the remodel of the old strip center across Fitzhugh from The Terminal (south side of Fitzhugh between Cole and Travis). I found it a litte too late, as the center pretty much looks like this now. The center appears ready for interior finish out. The western-most space does app...
by LongonBigD
31 Dec 2018 17:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Stockdale owns the stretch from Kozy to Knox Street Pub, and with all those closing there must be some redevelopment plans. They also own a significant portion of the block on the east side of McKinney http://stockdale.com/properties/texas/knox-promenade That’s good information. Thanks. I am optimi...
by LongonBigD
07 Dec 2018 16:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: McKinney/Boll Tower - 2614 McKinney Ave - (18 ST)
Replies: 132
Views: 33082

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

I took the comment about ST residents wanting valet parking to mean so that outsiders don’t clog up the neighborhood with parked cars where they clearly are not welcomed.
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 18:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Has this link been posted already? [url]Weirsplaza.com[/url]

Don’t think I’ve seen this rendering from GFF site.
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 17:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

deweast wrote:Anybody know what the status is of Alliance Residential's block size project south of Cole and Armstrong? Also, anybody know what is going to be called?


Don’t know current status, but is to be called “ Broadstone Knox District” if memory serves.
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 16:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

R1070 wrote:Follain will be opening soon in the previous Wild About Harrys spot on Knox.


Duxiana (high end mattresses - cause it’s hard to find a mattress in Knox/Henderson) now open in this remodeled center as well.
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 16:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side
Replies: 241
Views: 58242

Re: Knox / Henderson - Knox Street Side

Update on The Hudson project going up on McKinney Ave north of Knox Street.
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 16:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Henderson Avenue Corridor
Replies: 90
Views: 22080

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Oh wow, that's surprising. Isn't Eberhard relatively newish (meaning the last year or so)? I think it opened in 2015/2016. From the way the demolished it down to the foundation only, I think they might be rebuilding it rather than demolishing it altogether. This does look like a rebuild, but that i...
by LongonBigD
25 Nov 2018 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)

They are forming the 10th floor now. Over half way up to 19 stories. This photo was a couple of weeks ago.
by LongonBigD
15 Nov 2018 16:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)
Replies: 14
Views: 2501

Re: The Terminal- Fitzhugh @ Katy Trail (Condos + Retail/Office)

I like it! Nice, if quirky, addition to the neighborhood. Really like the big windows. Happy to see retail incorporated as it was not included in Aura on McKinney two blocks east. Fitzhugh needs an update and this will help a lot. The base reminds me of the look of the power station 3 blocks north o...
by LongonBigD
05 Nov 2018 15:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 68735

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I'm sure that space won't stay empty long. IDK. That space immediately north has struggled to find its identity as well. Can’t remember the original, but then it was Patrizios and then something else. I hope someone can figure out the puzzle. The CE space may be big enough for two smaller operations.
by LongonBigD
02 Nov 2018 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 103227

Re: Northpark Center

I don’t know what kind of sales Pinto Ranch pulls in but I’m not totally surprised it’s in NorthPark. The mall is heavily visited by foreign visitors to our city. They expect to see (and hopefully purchase) more contemporary western wear. They also search out postcards to send home with Longhorn cat...
by LongonBigD
30 Oct 2018 22:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Cypress Waters
Replies: 47
Views: 7751

Re: Cypress Waters

Is this in Irving? I think it's technically within the Dallas City Limits and borders Coppell on one side and Irving on the other. It is Dallas. Look for “North Lake” on the map north of I635 and SE of where South/North Beltline connects to East Beltline (just NE of DFW Airport). Originally the res...
by LongonBigD
01 Oct 2018 16:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16811

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

Cafe Express at Mockingbird Station closed unexpectedly, leaving just two Dallas locations: Lovers and McKinney Ave. This does not bode well for Cafe Express in Dallas. The McKinney Ave location has been a ghost town in the evenings since reopening at the base of M-line Tower. Can anybody speak to ...
by LongonBigD
28 Sep 2018 21:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 68735

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I have heard that the property at SW corner of McKinney & Armstrong may be turning over. We know Knox Street Pub is closing. Now word is that Kozy is moving to Lakewood (lucky them). That leaves the Salon and Enterprise Car Rental. Doesn’t sound good for them. UPDATE: New temporary sign for Ent...
by LongonBigD
23 Sep 2018 19:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square
Replies: 128
Views: 30300

Re: Downtown Dallas: Thanks-Giving Square

dfwcre8tive wrote:No more dogs after October 15th, which will help restore some of the garden.


Uh-huh. And who exactly is going to enforce this? We’re talking about those who already ignore rules and common courtesy of picking up after so what’s another little sign gonna do?
by LongonBigD
23 Sep 2018 14:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: Oliver + Central (18 ST)
Replies: 47
Views: 14402

Re: Knox: Nove at Knox

Parking garage topped out I believe. Starting to form the first level of the tower.
by LongonBigD
21 Sep 2018 16:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 530
Views: 135548

Re: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)

I generally agree. Deck parks are pricey and sort of gimmicks but I do think they start to help with the damage done by freeways. My question is when does the gimmick give out and when does the park itself become as valuable as a park on land that would be much cheaper to build. I have expressed su...
by LongonBigD
06 Sep 2018 15:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site
Replies: 35
Views: 4030

Re: Old Cityplace Twin Tower site

Except for the view of downtown, what is the benefit of a sky bridge? If you really need to get across 75 without the elements, use the DART tunnel. In the very far future when lots north and south of Haskell are much more dense....,perhaps. Although atvthat time a deck park should be considered.
by LongonBigD
03 Sep 2018 22:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)
Replies: 24
Views: 8661

Re: Uptown Dallas: Alexan Katy Trail (~184 FT / 15 ST)

The park will be created when McKinney Ave and Cole become two-way streets.
by LongonBigD
28 Aug 2018 16:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 283
Views: 64741

Re: Oak Lawn

Almost forgot about Juggs. Speaking of long gone girl bars in Oaklawn... I still remember The Unicorn at Lemmon and Douglas, now Uncle Julio’s.
by LongonBigD
15 Aug 2018 17:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)
Replies: 41
Views: 13367

Re: Knox: The McKenzie (~240 ST / 22 ST)

It's been a while since an update on this one. I still like the way it acts as an exclamation point at the north end of McKinney Ave. They light it up at night now (very subtle, just some accent lighting at the top). From the outside, evidence of tenants has begun (there are chairs and bikes on some...

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