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by willyk
22 Feb 2021 05:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Assembly - 301 Crowdus
Replies: 3
Views: 466

Re: Deep Ellum: The Assembly - 301 Crowdus

Great looking. I didn’t see mention of a start date?
by willyk
20 Feb 2021 00:23
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Downtown Progress
Replies: 216
Views: 85744

Re: Downtown Progress

I hoping that we start to see some of the connective tissue between Main Street/Commerce and the Farmers Market/East Quarter start to show some fruit. With a new residential high rise in the East Quarter creating a new anchor and the Harwood Park visually advancing at some point in 2021 that side s...
by willyk
09 Feb 2021 00:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Are the people who oppose putting a QuickTrip on Lemmon in Uptown, also opposed to a putting a drug manufacturing plant on a pretty darn good multi-purpose site in Deep Ellum? I am not sure a gas station in Uptown on Cole Ave is a perfect corollary to rehabbing a building in Deep Ellum, but I have ...
by willyk
06 Feb 2021 01:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Are the people who oppose putting a QuickTrip on Lemmon in Uptown, also opposed to a putting a drug manufacturing plant on a pretty darn good multi-purpose site in Deep Ellum?
by willyk
30 Jan 2021 03:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 183506

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

A major vegan restaurant with L.A. roots is coming to Dallas. Called Belse Plant Cuisine, it'll be located downtown at 1910 Pacific Ave. #1400, next door to the Majestic Theatre, with an opening set for the first week of February https://dallas.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/01-28-21-belse-pla...
by willyk
28 Jan 2021 00:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA
Replies: 25
Views: 8250

Re: Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA

/\ good idea. JV could work too.
by willyk
24 Jan 2021 08:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 553
Views: 269798

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

I wonder how much Quick Trip would pay for a location like that? I would rather see a higher and better use too, but that is an awfully good location for a gas station, and Quick Trip is a big operator, so I bet the price was pretty strong. That might be the simplest explanation for why we aren’t ge...
by willyk
23 Jan 2021 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 353
Views: 169402

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

What has happened to the town home development near 345 between Commerce and Canton, by the self storage? Do the lenders have it now? I am surprised that the developer had to stop work. Even with COVID, single family is doing great in Dallas. The nearby In-Town Homes project sold out. And this parti...
by willyk
22 Jan 2021 09:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 353
Views: 169402

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Hardwood Park to break ground late summer 2021 Harwood Park design work officially kicked off in 2020, and the public weighed in on the concepts and amenities they want to see in this park in the East Quarter District of Downtown. Todd Interests and East Quarter pledged $1 million to Parks of Downt...
by willyk
20 Jan 2021 02:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 353
Views: 169402

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

There are not many restaurants, bars or retailers here outside of the Farmers Market itself. Not much that is neighborhoody like the Green Door. It seems that with so may Farmer’s Market apartments the neighborhood could support a lot more. I hope that the East Quarter becomes their pedestrian desti...
by willyk
17 Jan 2021 05:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Pegasus Place Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 5129

Re: Pegasus Place Tower

^I forgot about the OP.2 But with the former Mobil Oil HQ building intended to be a cornerstone of a biotech "hub" intended to grow dramatically, perhaps the huge vacant hospital will join the repurposing. Moving on.... Pegasus Place certainly proves the viability of repurposing older Par...
by willyk
16 Jan 2021 06:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Pegasus Place Tower
Replies: 20
Views: 5129

Re: Pegasus Place Tower

What makes this building especially well suited for biotech? Did the redevelopment add labs, refrigeration, exhaust systems, etc.? Extending the elevated North Campus Connector to this building would be a cool way to tie it to the rest of the campus. (This is a state agency. They love to build highw...
by willyk
14 Jan 2021 00:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 133
Views: 47810

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

This is a big shift away from the glass towers they were showing. Makes me think they are getting serious about doing something, and focusing on what would work over there.
by willyk
13 Jan 2021 05:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 351
Views: 201028

Re: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)

Someone should do a JV with Scottish Rite to develop their parking lot and fill in the other side of the park.
by willyk
12 Jan 2021 04:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 802
Views: 397681

Re: Victory Park 3.0

I am also disappointed to see the brewery building covered in stucco. I was hoping to see the old brick like the rest of the West End. Was the old brick too fragile? Did removing the gray paint damage it.
by willyk
09 Jan 2021 10:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings
Replies: 553
Views: 269798

Re: Uptown Dallas: Business Openings and Closings

Look on the bright side. Could’ve been a Buc-ee’s.
by willyk
07 Jan 2021 04:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 353
Views: 169402

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

A nifty video from the developer. I don’t think it’s in the thread yet.

https://vimeo.com/451220446
by willyk
05 Jan 2021 23:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 78
Views: 35316

Re: Design District 1.0

An interesting point of view on the DD... Dallas Design District investors plan office project and restaurant “The International has been at the top of our target acquisition list for years,” Quadrant’s Chad Cook said in a statement. “We are excited to integrate it with an additional 2.5 acres wher...
by willyk
03 Jan 2021 11:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 802
Views: 397681

Re: Victory Park 3.0

From September 2020 Local developer offers glimpse at future development possibilities in Victory Park Hillwood owns an 8.5-acre parking lot along Victory Avenue, where on the southernmost portion, Victory Commons One is currently being built. Two more office towers could eventually join it, the com...
by willyk
30 Dec 2020 23:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 133
Views: 47810

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

In a positive development for the people in the neighborhood, a grocery store on Singleton at Hampton has opened after the building sat vacant for years.
by willyk
30 Dec 2020 05:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 133
Views: 47810

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Is there data that indicates demand for high rise office in this neighborhood? I am concerned that this will be a white elephant.
by willyk
24 Dec 2020 13:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: Old Parkland
Replies: 87
Views: 26383

Re: Oaklawn: Old Parkland

Yup. We moved into that neighborhood between Old Parkland and Cedar Springs about 4 years ago and the transformation over here has been insane. Better townhomes/apartments/towers/retail popping up everywhere. Also tons of street improvements. It all seemed to start when Old Parkland started it's ex...
by willyk
24 Dec 2020 03:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 78
Views: 35316

Re: Design District 1.0

One of the most significant properties in Dallas’ Design District sold to an investor that’s been making a major play in the neighborhood. The award-winning International on Turtle Creek showroom and office complex on Irving Boulevard has been purchased by Dallas’ Quadrant Investment Properties. Qua...
by willyk
18 Dec 2020 03:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 605
Views: 283612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

eburress wrote:With Uber falling through I'm becoming jealous of Austin's ability to attract Bay Area tech refugees. Even Houston landed HP. Houston.


A contrarian view here, but I am wondering if the thing that is driving Uber to downsize, i.e. improving financial performance, might also drive the HQ to Dallas.
by willyk
18 Dec 2020 03:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 133199

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

Is the land where Ruibal’s sits owned by that business? I am surprised that nothing has been proposed for those blocks.
by willyk
17 Dec 2020 05:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 361
Views: 183506

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I count 12-14 hotels in and around EMC now. When travel resumes and those hotels fill, we should see a healthy amount of retail and restaurant traffic from hotel guests exploring the neighborhood.
by willyk
02 Dec 2020 02:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 353
Views: 169402

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Mballar wrote:Have any comrporate tenants been announced for the office space?


5 listed here: https://www.eastquarterdallas.com/tenants
by willyk
26 Oct 2020 21:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Newpark Dallas/Smart District
Replies: 215
Views: 80166

Re: Dallas Smart District

Given that there are 0 sq ft of office space currently under lease in this neighborhood, might it make more sense to prove up the market with a few nicely done 5-8 story buildings, THEN go tall?

Just asking.
by willyk
24 Oct 2020 01:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas Developments
Replies: 134
Views: 65718

Re: DTD Riverfront Project

And here is the first glimpse: https://dmn-dallas-news-prod.cdn.arcpublishing.com/resizer/54M75xbymKo8y3Y2CQMfHHMyluo=/1660x934/smart/filters:no_upscale()/cloudfront-us-east-1.images.arcpublishing.com/dmn/WOQJZT3JJBC2BCHYC2P6DWHNOY.jpg https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2020/10/23/dall...
by willyk
18 Oct 2020 04:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Hoping that a tightening DE market sends some adventurous retail and restaurant operators to the East Quarter, Farmers Market and Ross Ave.
by willyk
07 Oct 2020 06:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Honestly, I have always thought that what was attracting people to the new residential in DE was proximity and walkability to the bars and restaurants. That said, something that would help would with stability would be daytime stores, breakfast joints, soft goods stores and other retail that service...
by willyk
05 Oct 2020 06:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Seems like there is plenty of capacity available to shift the commuter traffic to Canton, Gaston, Live Oak and Ross.
by willyk
15 Sep 2020 06:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: City Lights
Replies: 122
Views: 75552

Re: Downtown Dallas: City Lights

To sit back and think about how desperate the city was for a grocery store of a decent size anywhere close to the CBD 20yrs ago. The Neighborhood Walmart and former Albertson's in the West Village being the only two options back then. Now we have Tom Thumb almost in Deep Ellum, a Tom Thumb in Uptow...
by willyk
09 Sep 2020 04:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West Dallas: Trinity Groves
Replies: 133
Views: 47810

Re: West Dallas: Trinity Groves

Is “looking for a joint venture partner” a sign of progress or a sign of slack demand?
by willyk
08 Sep 2020 03:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 50
Views: 29619

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

Would be nice if the City would improve the sidewalks on Dragon and Slocum to encourage more street life and investment between The Cabana, The Virgin and on to the Trinity Strand. Seems to be a frequent problem that Dallas has great assets to anchor infill, but Dallas doesn’t make the investments i...
by willyk
04 Sep 2020 06:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 517
Views: 263075

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

It would be nice if they figured out how to make more use of Annette Strauss Square—way underutilized now.
by willyk
02 Sep 2020 05:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 517
Views: 263075

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

All of the sudden we have street life in the Arts District. With this building, the TCT renovation, 2000 Ross and the Hall hotel and restaurants, the change in the feel is quite noticeable. You also feel like the Uptown mood has finally come to the south side of the park. It’s a remarkable change. A...
by willyk
12 Aug 2020 04:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 652
Views: 311055

Re: Oak Lawn

A simple sign ordinance on Lemmon would go a long way toward improving its appearance.
by willyk
26 Jun 2020 03:19
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 78
Views: 35316

Re: Design District 1.0

The Manufacturing District We envision building a community of like-minded companies that share a passion for what they do. To support that community, we have adopted a hub & spoke portfolio approach that allows us to provide unsurpassed amenities in the centrally located Manufacturing District...
by willyk
18 Jun 2020 03:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific
Replies: 52
Views: 10961

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2200 Pacific

Wish it would happen. Seems like Spire Phase II.
by willyk
06 May 2020 23:42
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 605
Views: 283612

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

Too many pessimists on this string... Will Uber ride off to Dallas with its headquarters? As cost-cutting pressures mount, speculation intensifies that Uber could move its San Francisco headquarters to lower-cost Dallas. https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2020/05/01/will-uber-ride-off-to-...
by willyk
19 Mar 2020 23:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 517
Views: 263075

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

They are doing it in Boston. CONSTRUCTION SHUTDOWN Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is shutting down construction sites across the city. Beginning Tuesday, he said, sites will have only enough staff to make secure them. Emergency repairs such as utility hook-ups and street repairs will be allowed. https://w...
by willyk
18 Dec 2019 23:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 169
Views: 79509

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

Now I say 15.
by willyk
16 Dec 2019 22:56
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 825
Views: 387500

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Nice job of capturing additional appreciation from their own project.
by willyk
16 Dec 2019 22:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park: The Victor (~453FT / 39ST)
Replies: 169
Views: 79509

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

Someone correct me but I think it’s 18. And do those forms move 4 floors at a time?
by willyk
11 Dec 2019 22:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 150
Views: 88231

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

As long as they get enough room nights to service the debt I am fine with the location.
by willyk
29 Nov 2019 16:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown: Harwood Park
Replies: 9
Views: 9118

Re: Downtown: Harwood Park

I noticed a sign on a building on Young St at the site that said Demo Delay. I wonder what’s up with that.
by willyk
26 Nov 2019 22:10
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Corporate Relocations/Expansions
Replies: 509
Views: 236937

Re: Corporate Relocations/Expansions

Interesting that they're moving from urban-style HQ to Westlake. You think they'd save enough dollars by going from SF and could afford / want to move into Dallas urban core. I guess they already had a facility out in Westlake though... Read “proximity to DFW Airport:” “Both companies have a sizabl...
by willyk
20 Nov 2019 22:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 230
Views: 132492

Re: West End 1.0

N Lamar Street is what is holding back the West End. That’s where the traffic counts are highest, but the scenery is mostly empty buildings, dead storefronts and surface lots. It looks derelict if you don’t know otherwise. More curb appeal on Lamar would pull people on to Houston and Record. The fro...

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