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by itsjrd1964
24 May 2019 02:30
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: misc. developments
Replies: 13
Views: 2520

Re: Frisco: misc. developments

UNT’s new Frisco campus to preserve natural, green spaces for learning and play The future campus is now eyed for a 2023 opening, with fields of study to include business and data-related subjects. Green space, to include wetlands, will take up just less than half the acreage there. https://www.dal...
by itsjrd1964
24 May 2019 02:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: Food deserts / 'Food swamps'
Replies: 2
Views: 860

Re: Food deserts / 'Food swamps'

Dallas couldn't buy its way out of the food desert, so now it's hoping to plant a few small seeds Dallas' city officials change course on trying to stem the tide of food deserts, by looking at smaller targets instead of one (or a few) larger ones, like what happened with a recent addition at Simpso...
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 295
Views: 59363

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

cowboyeagle05 wrote:Bottle Blonde will also have to go...


Where's the cry-in-my-beer emoji for that one? ;)
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 181
Views: 38882

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

This is nothing more than a self-promotion puff piece by a north Dallas city councilman's over-adulating about his daughter's project work. Nepotism? ...whatever; besides it is completely an unrealistic architectural render of some blah blah avant-garde Dallas Midtown "signature tower" at...
by itsjrd1964
20 May 2019 14:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)
Replies: 37
Views: 5074

Re: Downtown Dallas: 508 Young Street (old Dallas Morning News building)

You know what would be badass on this piece of land? A freakin' CASINO! Can you imagine? Winstar Dallas, MGM Grand Dallas, Horseshoe Dallas! Dallas would benefit so much from casinos. Plus, I wouldn't have to drive all the way to Oklahoma anymore. Just a thought. It would, IIRR, have to come to a s...
by itsjrd1964
18 May 2019 16:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 181
Views: 38882

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

Additionally, the old Steak and Shake has been turned into a restaurant that looks like it was ripped straight from the sound stage of some crappy mid-90's TV show. Behold....Midtown Pizza. I hope they cleaned it up good in the process. It was boarded up a *long* time, plenty of time for mold'n'stu...
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2019 11:47
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71323

Re: Oak Lawn

Oh that's right, forgot about the construction angle--and the DART rail mess. Should make for an interesting, if not colorful, Pride time this year.
by itsjrd1964
17 May 2019 01:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71323

Re: Oak Lawn

Can anyone explain why Dallas pride won’t be in oak lawn this year?? I always thought that was the best thing about Dallas pride. Fair park seems weird. Not sure where you'll find it posted or otherwise online, but the negotiations and planning for the event(s) have had a bit of hand-wringing regar...
by itsjrd1964
16 May 2019 02:08
Forum: The Bus + Roads/Highways/Bridges
Topic: US 75-N. Central Expwy.
Replies: 11
Views: 1514

Re: US 75-N. Central Expwy.

I can't even imagine being faced with a $17 million property tax bill. I knew that block was pricey real estate, but, wow, that's a chunk.
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2019 04:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn
Replies: 33
Views: 4078

Re: Oaklawn: 2929 Oak Lawn

Interesting how we actually have 2 projects in the city (this one, and the AMLI at Fountain Place) that are taking actual tangible steps to match, evoke, or be an architectural good neighbor to, an existing/adjacent building.
by itsjrd1964
15 May 2019 03:30
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)
Replies: 114
Views: 24225

Re: Harwood Int'l District: No.12 Harwood Hotel (20 ST)

9B9D6794-3514-4780-BA7E-C5D29A6A4DCD.pngFirst thought was Soffitel, but that’s French. Maybe Swissotel?? If so, Swissotel is an Accor brand (company that used to own Motel 6/Studio 6). They only have 1 North American location, in Chicago on Wacker Drive overlooking the Chicago River. Elsewhere: Aus...
by itsjrd1964
13 May 2019 15:06
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity Forest Golf Course
Replies: 72
Views: 12654

Re: Trinity Forest Golf Course

There has been temporary digital signage on I-30 approaching Fair Park for "Golf Parking". Still up this morning. I'm sure the Byron Nelson crowd was just thrilled to have to park in South Dallas and then be shuttled farther south.
by itsjrd1964
13 May 2019 14:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)
Replies: 15
Views: 3300

Re: Downtown Dallas: Hampton Inn (Allen Bldg., 1700 Commerce)

Well, it's not Fireside Pies, but... Starbucks has been named as the tenant for the storefront by the Hampton Inn. The article doesn't give a timeframe for completion or opening.

https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news ... allas.html
by itsjrd1964
11 May 2019 03:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 430
Views: 100428

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

East side of the building tile replacement is almost done, looks fantastic and they are well underway on the south side facing Elm. Bright and shiny it will look like new when it's done. https://live.staticflickr.com/7888/47529840512_e10e2ef323_k.jpg Well, after months and months and *months* of th...
by itsjrd1964
11 May 2019 02:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation
Replies: 13
Views: 3962

Re: Downtown Dallas: Adolphus Renovation

The DMN reviews 2 of the Adolphus' retail offerings: Commerce Goods + Supply, and Otto's Coffee.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... ocery-bins
by itsjrd1964
11 May 2019 02:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 143
Views: 35419

Re: AT&T Discovery District

Downtown Dallas' landmark Manor House high-rise gets a redo

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -gets-redo
by itsjrd1964
09 May 2019 01:51
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: VisitDallas gets audited
Replies: 7
Views: 1030

Re: VisitDallas gets audited

VisitDallas CEO Phillip Jones has resigned, as well as the group's CFO.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/dallas- ... sion-board
by itsjrd1964
07 May 2019 07:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 342
Views: 71323

Re: Oak Lawn

So this will take out the gas station, Pizza Hut, and Einstein Bros. spots? The artwork looks like it goes that far north.
by itsjrd1964
03 May 2019 02:54
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall
Replies: 16
Views: 2757

Re: Frisco: Stonebriar Centre mall

https://qtxasset.com/styles/breakpoint_xl_880px_w/s3/hotelmanagement/1555298510/Hyatt-Regency-Stonebriar.jpg/Hyatt-Regency-Stonebriar.jpg According to this hotel-industry magazine article, the Hyatt Regency at the mall is still set to open next year. The construction/skeleton has topped out, and wi...
by itsjrd1964
30 Apr 2019 13:10
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Apparently the DMN is just now realizing what we've known since February, about the angle of the upcoming Costco off of Park Lane.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... -park-lane
by itsjrd1964
30 Apr 2019 10:47
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: More Buc-ee's!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2998

Re: More Buc-ee's!!

The Melissa location opened this week. The DMN got a photo-op. Now there are 4 in north TX, with 2 more (Ennis, Royse City) to come. A third has been locally talked-about in Waxahachie, but nothing very definite has come of it. https://www.guidelive.com/texas-yall/2019/04/23/bucees-melissa-tx-open-a...
by itsjrd1964
29 Apr 2019 12:51
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 60
Views: 11515

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Half of Collin Creek Mall is coming down, and more plans for the $1 billion Plano redo

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... dying-mall
by itsjrd1964
29 Apr 2019 12:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Red Bird Mall
Replies: 42
Views: 9878

Re: Red Bird Mall

Reimagine RedBird and Palladium USA will announce the development of Palladium RedBird Apartments, luxury residences with modern, upscale amenities, to the Oak Cliff community. "Luxury residences" and RedBird in the same sentence. My brain needs to Ctrl-Alt-Delete. Or find some flying pig...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 16:41
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Luxury casino-resort 100 miles from Dallas gambles on $500 million expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Oklahoma: New addition to Choctaw Casino-Durant

so, like, how does Durant compare to Shreveport as far as a destination for North Texas gamblers? IDK about current numbers comparing the 2 destinations. If you want your choice of 6 casinos, a horse race track, and being able to drink till 6am, then Shreveport is your answer. If you want a shorter...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 16:28
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Luxury casino-resort 100 miles from Dallas gambles on $500 million expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Re: Oklahoma: New addition to Choctaw Casino-Durant

Supposedly, OkDOT is planning to improve US 69-US 75 in the Calera/Choctaw/south-of-Durant stretch into a more freeway-ish setup where there won't be stop lights at all through Calera. This will also include conversion of the dumb light on the north side of Choctaw where the smoke shops/travel cente...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 08:51
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DART D2 Subway
Replies: 271
Views: 51035

Re: DART D2 Subway

With the conditions over the years--especially in recent years--of the elevators and escalators at Cityplace/Uptown and at Mockingbird, DART will obviously need to budget more than they realize toward maintenance and upkeep of elevators and escalators once the stations and infrastructure of the D2 r...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 08:43
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Prosper: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Prosper: misc. developments

Second pediatric health care system announces new location in Prosper Cook Children's is planning a new complex at US 380/Windsong Pkwy. that will evoke the original Fort Worth complex down to the blue pyramid-shaped roof accents. It will open in phases between now and 2022. Meanwhile, nearby, Chil...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 08:32
Forum: Texas Urban/Suburban/Exurban Development
Topic: Luxury casino-resort 100 miles from Dallas gambles on $500 million expansion
Replies: 8
Views: 437

Oklahoma: New addition to Choctaw Casino-Durant

Oklahoma's Choctaw resort and casino makes big play for business with new 1,000-room tower https://dallasnews.imgix.net/1556305259-CND---PORTE-COCHERE.jpg The expansion, which will come together in 2 years' time, will make the complex twice the size it is now, with more than 1650 rooms, pools (incl...
by itsjrd1964
27 Apr 2019 08:12
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Trinity River Park
Replies: 226
Views: 41140

Re: Trinity River Park

New models of Dallas' Trinity Park show a sinuous landscape, rebut critics

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/archite ... ut-critics
by itsjrd1964
25 Apr 2019 10:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place
Replies: 63
Views: 19872

Re: Downtown Dallas - Fountain Place

That would be ironic, as Tenet was in one of the office buildings at Galleria North for a while before moving downtown to Fountain Place.
by itsjrd1964
25 Apr 2019 03:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Prosper: misc. developments
Replies: 2
Views: 490

Re: Prosper: misc. developments

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' Blue Star Land has the dirt flying in Prosper The Gates of Prosper, a project with an ultimate size of around 500 acres at Preston/US 380, has completed its first phase (retail including Walmart, DSW, T.J. Maxx, Burlington, Ross, Old Navy, and Dick's Sporting Goods...
by itsjrd1964
25 Apr 2019 02:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Park Cities: misc. developments
Replies: 0
Views: 347

Park Cities: misc. developments

The Hotel Lumen, on Hillcrest across from SMU, has been sold. Tim Headington had been in on the ownership group of the property prior to the sale. As part of the transaction, the hotel will become a Graduate Hotel, a chain of mainly boutique hotels in college/university cities. It will reopen in spr...
by itsjrd1964
25 Apr 2019 02:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 564
Views: 114684

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The W Hotel has gone on the market. The residential portion of the building is not included in the potential sale.

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... hotel-sale
by itsjrd1964
25 Apr 2019 02:23
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

The DMN has an in-depth look at the Tom Thumb store at the Union complex. Apparently the chain was able to snag the former general manager of the ex-Albertsons in Uptown for the new store, so they have at least 1 person in-house that knows the neighborhood, traffic patterns, etc. The escalator that ...
by itsjrd1964
22 Apr 2019 11:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 5167

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

Well, I guess our Mr. Wilonsky did warn us about that one. At the rate we're going, the oldest thing in Dallas will be NorthPark.
by itsjrd1964
21 Apr 2019 14:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: The Drever
Replies: 430
Views: 100428

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I just read not too long ago that Thompson Hotels has become part of the Hyatt universe. It will be interesting to see if the hotel portion of this project will still go to Thompson, and Hyatt would want a bigger DTD presence, or if another brand is being considered--if there still is a hotel being ...
by itsjrd1964
21 Apr 2019 13:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0
Replies: 30
Views: 5167

Re: Demolished (and about to be) Properties 2.0

So, what was this? I don't recognize it with just the trees.
by itsjrd1964
15 Apr 2019 12:46
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Frisco: Wade Park
Replies: 87
Views: 18846

Re: Frisco: Wade Park

Development woes at Wade Park force healthful Frisco restaurant to close

https://www.guidelive.com/food-and-drin ... rk-lebanon
by itsjrd1964
13 Apr 2019 09:47
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Plano: Willow Bend Mall
Replies: 9
Views: 2915

Re: Plano: Willow Bend Mall

Cinépolis luxury theater opening in Plano's Shops at Willow Bend delayed to early 2020

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/ret ... early-2020
by itsjrd1964
10 Apr 2019 16:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Previously, Albertsons was the official grocery store of the Cowboys. Since the Albertsons-Safeway deal a while back, I guess TT has been included in Cowboys gear/merchandising.
by itsjrd1964
05 Apr 2019 20:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Also forgot: I checked the website, the store will be open daily, 6am-midnight. Groceries close to downtown till midnight. Amazing.

https://local.tomthumb.com/tx/dallas/2380-field-st.html
by itsjrd1964
05 Apr 2019 20:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel
Replies: 30
Views: 4574

Re: Downtown Dallas: Sheraton Hotel

Sure, it's a convention hotel, but so is the Omni, but at least the Omni tries to give guests a good selection of food/beverage, plus a nice art-filled atmosphere. Since I haven't seen the Sheraton's 'after' yet, I'm not sure what they didn't do from an appearance point. I still think with the hotel...
by itsjrd1964
05 Apr 2019 20:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Christopher @The Union (31 ST) + The Union office tower (22 ST)
Replies: 188
Views: 56874

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

Tnexster wrote:Anybody go in there today?


I did, I posted about it earlier in the Grocery Store news/development thread.
by itsjrd1964
05 Apr 2019 19:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

Here's the layout: 20190405_093212.jpg The Field St. side is along the right of the map. Ashland is along the bottom. There were *many* meal-replacement type of items, prepackaged and ready for lunching or grabbing on the way home from work. The lady at the checkstand asked while I was checking out ...
by itsjrd1964
05 Apr 2019 19:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Grocery Stores: news/development
Replies: 137
Views: 28609

Re: Grocery Stores: news/development

I realized today was the day that the Tom Thumb on Field north of Cedar Springs at the Union complex would be opening, so on the way home from work, I thought I'd go at least stick my head in the door. Wow, there were lots of folks there. There were 2 tables of employees signing people up for Reward...
by itsjrd1964
03 Apr 2019 19:18
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Collin Creek Mall
Replies: 60
Views: 11515

Re: Collin Creek Mall

Ch.11 weighed in as well, showing the mall and the City Council proceedings and a few schematics. They talked to a resident that spoke at the Council meeting. At the end of the video, the work on the Valley View/Midtown site and the Red Bird site was also mentioned. https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/04/...
by itsjrd1964
30 Mar 2019 14:07
Forum: Suburban + Exurban Development
Topic: Allen: Allen Premium Outlets
Replies: 1
Views: 1268

Re: Allen: Allen Premium Outlets

Recent bad weather in Collin County was damaging to the outlet center. 38 of the center's 115 stores were not on the center's website as being open. The article wasn't specific as to what exactly caused the damages at the center, but the area received hail and very windy conditions during the storms...
by itsjrd1964
29 Mar 2019 01:58
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 134
Views: 26054

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Not sure what the building on Live Oak & Harwood houses, but that would be a good one to convert as well. IIRR, there was a DMN or DBJ article about it being originally an insurance company office building, but that the current owners are making it (or have already made it) into a data center b...

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