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by exelone31
22 Apr 2019 13:02
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 539
Views: 136967

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

This may seem crazy, but if there are only 8 floors left, are we still feeling good that the angled top is going to look as sharp as in the renderings? I think it looks awesome regardless, but just curious when that shape will start to appear.
by exelone31
12 Apr 2019 11:28
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 164
Views: 30557

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Jay9398 wrote:Ye Olde Scarlet Pimpernel Tavern (yes, seriously...) aka the old City Tavern space opened last night at 6. The space is definitely much improved. We'll see how they do.


Wow, that is an amazing name.
by exelone31
11 Apr 2019 11:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26560

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Redblock wrote:
LongonBigD wrote:Don’t you get a discount I’d you wear Cowboy logo on Sunday or something?



The discount is on game days.


Now THAT'S choice.
by exelone31
11 Apr 2019 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Northpark Center
Replies: 463
Views: 104014

Re: Northpark Center

I guess that lessens the probability for an Eataly near Cityplace, eh?
by exelone31
09 Apr 2019 15:06
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70285

Re: Legacy West

Seeing as Frontburner Restaurant Group owns both Legacy Hall and Velvet Taco I'm shocked they were able to get them! Ha! :) It's disappointing that the article was written without acknowledging that. I would have never known that! Thanks Kelley I wonder why Velvet Taco wasn't part of the initial li...
by exelone31
09 Apr 2019 14:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 106427

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Thanks for sharing the photos of Hero. I agree it looks really slick and huge. I worry that it will just feel cavernous and empty a majority of the time, but perhaps there is some "build it and they will come" aspect to this. It would be cool if Victory Park was the de facto game day hang,...
by exelone31
08 Apr 2019 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 129
Views: 26560

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Random, but I also noticed they had a 'fan shop' section which was selling a bunch of Cowboys merchandise. Perhaps it is because of the proximity to the AAC and they want to appear as an extension of the Victory Park area? If so, I'm all for that, as this part of town really needs some more cohesio...
by exelone31
02 Apr 2019 08:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Fenix site
Replies: 22
Views: 1432

Re: El Fenix site

The whole enchilada: El Fenix's landmark Uptown Dallas property is for sale https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/04/02/whole-enchilada-el-fenixsuptown-dallas-property-sale That would be pretty huge if this site gets redeveloped into something mixed use a la The Union. It wouldn't be...
by exelone31
01 Apr 2019 11:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 156
Views: 35092

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Quick update: Driving by this morning, it appears demolition work has started on the former JC Penney anchor space in the mall. The garage connected to that area on the north side of Valley View has been demolished, so it looks like some meaningful progress. I have made tons of snarky comments about...
by exelone31
29 Mar 2019 15:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 417
Views: 109137

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Thanks for the photos, Alpaca! I went down to Bishop Arts for a date night last Friday and it was awesome as usual. For me, it's great to have a well-rounded set of options in one spot. You can eat anywhere from casual to upscale, there's cool retail (Wild Detectives, various boutiques, art, etc), a...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 16:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113994

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Evolution of Deep Ellum..

Punk, Hard-core, post-hardcore, douche-core.


:lol: this is quality
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 13:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 30820

Re: The Cedars Developments

I can not wait to see what historical building CVS tears down to build a boring pharmacy that would look at home in Garland... While completely unrelated to this area, there was recently a 7-11 and former Black Eyed Pea that was torn down in Far North Dallas to make way for.....a CVS. The best part...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 11:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 131
Views: 24224

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Thanks for the pics. I really hope the Medusa night club turns into something else once the park is completed. For sure. It's kind of surprising (or maybe not) how little street-level retail space exists around the park. The Medusa and maybe one or two other spots are it. Hopefully there will be en...
by exelone31
28 Mar 2019 11:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 117
Views: 30820

Re: The Cedars Developments

For those who are rolling their eyes at the transition of the Uptown scene to Deep Ellum (ie - myself), it seems the Cedars is being groomed to become the next "hip" area. I know there's a bunch of stuff there now, but it hasn't reached the tipping point IMO. There's a gap in general retai...
by exelone31
27 Mar 2019 14:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Las Colinas/North Irving Development
Replies: 804
Views: 178902

Re: Las Colinas/North Irving Development

Axe throwing is a ton of fun. I've been a couple of times to a spot in Richardson (hidden within an industrial park off Arapaho), and it's cool.

I could see that being a huge hit there, and it doesn't require quite as much space as similar attractions like bowling.
by exelone31
27 Mar 2019 11:36
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)
Replies: 8
Views: 446

Re: Meet-Up: Wednesday, March 27th 6PM-8PM @ Purse Building (West End)

+1 on the "caw" code word. I'll just go ahead and shout that when entering any public space, just in case...
by exelone31
27 Mar 2019 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 541
Views: 113994

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

https://i.imgur.com/344LH49.jpg This banner was displayed on this building (across the street from Bottled Blonde): https://www.google.com/maps/@32.7854552,-96.7878295,3a,75y,11.45h,86.85t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1soKYT18Be1Eb-19kY06UADQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192 So I guess it's official, this northern section ...
by exelone31
25 Mar 2019 14:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 186
Views: 54831

Re: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)

joshua.dodd wrote:Another Starbucks? Why?


I've got zero problem with a Starbucks down there. It's great to have unique, local options in an area, but some of what draws critical mass to an area is familiarity. Plus, Starbucks usually goes hand-in-hand with Tom Thumb.
by exelone31
25 Mar 2019 12:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 58
Views: 16694

Re: West Dallas Developments

As West Dallas' iconic Belmont Hotel grows sad and shabby, a push to make it a historic landmark https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/commentary/2019/03/22/west-dallas-iconic-belmont-hotel-grows-sad-shabby-push-make-historic-landmark I know this article doesn't really blow the alarm trumpets, but the...
by exelone31
21 Mar 2019 08:55
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70285

Re: Legacy West

https://dallas.eater.com/2019/3/20/18274351/red-stix-vietnamese-legacy-hall-closed-beijing-brothers-opening Looks like Red Stix is now leaving Legacy Hall as well. I will be curious to see what the long-term viability of Legacy Hall is for truly unique restaurants. It sounds like the margins are pr...
by exelone31
20 Mar 2019 16:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 156
Views: 35092

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

There is a lot happening around the general Galleria area so I think with this demolished and the area around this growing it will become more lucrative for this development. Also has great connection to both airports with LBJ and the Tollway right there which is important for big companies. Agreed...
by exelone31
20 Mar 2019 16:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 299
Views: 69295

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

While it does seem absolutely ridiculous, let's not forget that this very area has hosted the likes of Sisu, so having an absurdly packed pool/cabana scene is not out of the realm of possibility.
by exelone31
20 Mar 2019 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 156
Views: 35092

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

I walked by the yesterday and I saw that demolition is in progress on the parking garage. Indeed! Despite little-to-no media coverage, the 3rd Annual Scott Beck Single Week of Demolition is underway! For this entire week, stop by the site to view a individual construction worker doing his darndest ...
by exelone31
19 Mar 2019 11:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 144
Views: 38402

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

I think the rendering looks pretty solid. It doesn't need to be anything incredibly fancy, just a spot folks can do play.
by exelone31
11 Mar 2019 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Mockingbird Station
Replies: 92
Views: 16985

Re: Dallas Mockingbird Station

I'm excited to see this development take shape. It should make for a really nice complement to what's already in place at Mockingbird Station.
by exelone31
08 Mar 2019 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 204
Views: 56329

Re: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)

Perhaps the artist lofts are managed and marketed separately?
by exelone31
07 Mar 2019 12:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Dallas: Tennyson Village
Replies: 5
Views: 967

Re: East Dallas: Tennyson Village

Developer drops plans for home community at Timberlawn hospital site Centurion has reversed course, and won't develop the Timberlawn acreage after all. https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/03/06/developer-drops-plans-home-community-timberlawn-hospital-site Ghosts 1 Developers 0
by exelone31
19 Feb 2019 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Smart District
Replies: 106
Views: 24914

Re: Dallas Smart District

Dallas12 wrote:
willyk wrote:Class A space in a Class C location. It will never fly.

The same thing was said about the Crescent once upon a time...


+1 was thinking the exact same thing
by exelone31
18 Feb 2019 16:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53963

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

^ Looking at the article, this place looks awful IMO. I know Deep Ellum has been drifting away from it's old image for some time now, but this will seemingly put it over the top. Perhaps the charm will move over to East Quarter or Exposition Park. Or hop the highway over to The Cedars. There's still...
by exelone31
18 Feb 2019 15:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 255
Views: 53963

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

https://dallas.eater.com/2019/2/15/18226405/komodo-deep-ellum-opening-club-restaurant Following the influx of more outsider nightlife spots to Deep Ellum (think Bottled Blonde from Arizona and forthcoming Punch Bowl Social from Denver), a clubby “Asian fusion” restaurant from Miami has also set its ...
by exelone31
14 Feb 2019 11:38
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 48
Views: 10230

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Glad to hear this is hopefully moving ahead. I'm curious to see a larger plan for the area, as I thought they were going to try to keep some of the existing mall and incorporate it into the development, but that might be off the table now. I also wonder how this redevelopment will impact the ring of...
by exelone31
13 Feb 2019 12:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 106427

Re: Victory Park 3.0

Welp, for anyone worrying that the notorious Uptown crowd will be taking over Deep Ellum, it seems a beacon is starting to emit from Victory Park. Dibs, bros!
by exelone31
13 Feb 2019 12:12
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 330
Views: 73194

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

For those curious, per Wikipedia, the population of Leon County as of the 2010 Census was 16,801.

After all the back and forth on this, I am honestly kind of amazed that our highway system even exists.
by exelone31
11 Feb 2019 15:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 366
Views: 91222

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

Good find!

The person really just says there's "a lot more news", so the definition of that could be stretched depending on how optimistic you want to be.

I am hopeful that there could at least be some appealing retail.
by exelone31
08 Feb 2019 15:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Legacy West
Replies: 316
Views: 70285

Re: Legacy West

I think some of it may just be the nature of the business as well. I mean, John Tesar (and lots of other notable local chefs) don't really have a great track record for staying in one place for a long time. There are a few exceptions, but it seems like many bounce from place to place. With Legacy Ha...
by exelone31
04 Feb 2019 12:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 129
Views: 23266

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

This area is so exciting. There are already tons of people who visit the Farmer's Market, and this seems to be close enough that it could turn into another big, walkable destination.
by exelone31
28 Jan 2019 14:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Re: Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters

One thing of interest to add, I drove by yesterday and demolition was in progress of the old Pancho's building.

I'm wondering if Eiland is looking to clear out the space to sell it, or perhaps wipe it clean and come back to the city with a new approach.
by exelone31
28 Jan 2019 11:41
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters
Replies: 4
Views: 422

Richardson: Eiland Coffee Roasters

https://www.dallasobserver.com/restaurants/richardson-city-council-votes-no-on-proposed-eiland-coffee-roasters-roastery-and-cafe-11522598 If anyone is familiar with Central Expressway up in Richardson, you've probably driven by the site of the former Pancho's Mexican Buffet several times. The buildi...
by exelone31
25 Jan 2019 09:26
Forum: Art + Sol
Topic: DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art
Replies: 9
Views: 2139

Re: DTD: Crow Museum of Asian Art

Wow, I wonder what else might be next for UTD? As a UTD alum, it's been pretty exciting to see how the university has changed since I graduated.
by exelone31
25 Jan 2019 09:20
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 48
Views: 10230

Re: Collin Creek Mall

I really hope this gets rolling without any pushback. I know Plano has had its share of NIMBYs making lots of noise, but this development makes a ton of sense.

The question becomes, which redevelopment will finish first: Collin Creek Mall or Valley View Mall?
by exelone31
25 Jan 2019 09:13
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: Silver Line
Replies: 229
Views: 46564

Re: the Cotton Belt line

I'm sure this is mentioned in plans somewhere, but is the North Lake station planned to be within walking/scootering distance of Cypress Waters? I've seen maps that mention a Cypress Waters alternative, but that seems to be a pretty compelling spot to have a station.
by exelone31
23 Jan 2019 12:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 58
Views: 16694

Re: West Dallas Developments

^ Great find! I'll be curious to see what ends up going there.

It's a bummer to hear about the Bolsa/Smoke folks. Their restaurants are solid, but it's always strange when something you hold in high regard is exposed for lots of financial red flags.
by exelone31
23 Jan 2019 12:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 408
Views: 94081

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

trueicon wrote:Fear not, I found Drever's 10 year challenge pic.

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Lol, too much progress to be accurate tho
by exelone31
17 Jan 2019 15:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower
Replies: 34
Views: 4779

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bryan Tower

Hopefully they plan to have weekend hours too. They will be fairly close to the revamp Pacific Plaza, so it would be cool to be able to grab something there and go over to the park.
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 15:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 40744

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

This will be a really interesting test to see which type of electric personal transportation people prefer. I have a feeling the scooters will still win out. To me, they seem to be a bit more universally user friendly. That said, D Magazine isn't complaining about the bikes(.........yet), so maybe t...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 12:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 32197

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Apparently, "the community" see the hospital as a necessity along the lines of a fire department, police department, sanitation department, parks, street lights.... whatever There's way too much nuance in my opinion to try to lay it all out. I'm not trying to get roasted for grumbling abo...
by exelone31
15 Jan 2019 11:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 123
Views: 32197

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Hannibal Lecter wrote:Must be nice to just stick your hand in the taxpayers' pocket every time you want a shiny new building.

Can you tell I paid property taxes yesterday? :-)


Good grief, I was thinking the exact same thing. It would be lovely to have that line item fall of my tax bill.
by exelone31
07 Jan 2019 08:42
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Grapevine: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 711

Re: Grapevine: misc. developments

More lodging/residential/fun coming to Grapevine: * A Wisconsin company is planning a development with 490 hotel rooms, 100 condos (a timeshare format), and an indoor water park on Grapevine Mills Blvd. * A pricey 275-unit apartment complex and a dual-branded (Holiday Inn, Staybridge Suites) hotel ...
by exelone31
28 Dec 2018 11:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 524
Views: 106427

Re: T

I went for a walk through Victory Park on my lunch break yesterday. Usually, I walk through AAC, crossing the plaza. When I approached the steps to the plaza off Olive St, I noticed the center is putting huge concrete planter boxes there along with a "NO TRESPASSING" sign prominently disp...

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