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by Jay9398
13 Aug 2020 08:59
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties
Replies: 44
Views: 6188

Re: Dallas Covid-19 Business Casualties

Walked by Dallas Fish Market on Main St this morning and noticed all liquor/glassware/etc has been stripped. I haven't heard anything official but it sure looks permanently gone.
by Jay9398
11 Aug 2020 16:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

I'm curious about this observation deck as well. Both historically and whether it is planned to be reopened. Was it an open-air deck on the roof of the building? Where was it exactly? Earlier in the renovation process, I think it was mentioned that it would be coming back. The website for the proje...
by Jay9398
06 Aug 2020 16:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

It's freaking awful. So bright. All night long. Don’t really think it’s bright at all. Here’s a suggestion; maybe spend some money on curtains... blackout curtains might be your best option if you think it’s bright lol beautiful is more like it .... Thanks, I hadn't even thought of any practical so...
by Jay9398
06 Aug 2020 09:33
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

It's freaking awful. So bright. All night long.
by Jay9398
30 Jul 2020 14:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Thankfully the lights are not nearly as bright as they used to be. Nice reasonably soft glow.

Also, they've cleaned half of the tower windows on the southern face and the difference is striking. Worth seeing if you can make it over here before they finish.
by Jay9398
01 Jul 2020 10:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Statler Hotel & Residences + Future DMN Offices (Old Statler Hilton + Old Library)
Replies: 328
Views: 164464

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

I heard from a pretty reliable source that they built over the approved setback for that district and the whole project is in limbo while they figure out what to do.
by Jay9398
18 Jun 2020 08:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce
Replies: 111
Views: 32216

Re: Deep Ellum: The Stack - 2700 Commerce

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is hands down the ugliest building in Dallas.
by Jay9398
18 Mar 2020 10:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: Flora & Olive Tower (~441 FT / ~39 ST)
Replies: 458
Views: 200086

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

There are workers active at this site and at the 1401 Elm building. I'm not saying the city won't do something, but they haven't even shut down City Hall yet.
by Jay9398
18 Mar 2020 08:14
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 80
Views: 40072

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

Bar/Restaurant named "Modern Vintage"
by Jay9398
11 Mar 2020 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)
Replies: 204
Views: 106124

Re: Harwood Int'l District: Bleu Ciel (390 FT / 33 ST)

Well, the rumor is 1401 Elm Street is looking at adding that penthouse to the Thompson Hotel as an event space and they are negotiating with 1505 Elm Street on how that arrangement could work for both parties. I just wish 1505 could get some ground-floor retail space back. It's amazing to think of ...
by Jay9398
17 Feb 2020 14:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: AT&T Discovery District
Replies: 415
Views: 154780

Re: AT&T Discovery District

The Beer Garden had a soft opening today, as did the AT&T Experience Store (open only to employees and family as of today). Most of the plaza is open to the public to walk through at this point.
by Jay9398
05 Feb 2020 08:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

It's hard to tell from street level but I assure you they have been very very active on this building and I would be surprised if they don't complete the work on or before EOY 2020. Electrical, plumbing, framing, sheetrock are all complete on almost all units (hotel and apartments). They have starte...
by Jay9398
07 Jan 2020 08:37
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Anyone know why they removed Queso Beso's cool-ish neon sign? This photo is from a few weeks ago before it opened.. went and had lunch there today and it was gone. How is the grub? I went by on Saturday evening (starving), but couldn't get myself to go in. The decor is so odd, and the lighting temp...
by Jay9398
28 Sep 2019 10:29
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Does anyone know what is happening with 1301 Main? With the Davis under renovation next door, I would hope there is some type of plan. *Old* rumor I heard was that it was additional space for Headington office and food prep operations. No retail in the plan as of the time of that rumor (from a form...
by Jay9398
16 Sep 2019 09:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

From the balcony early this morning.
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by Jay9398
11 Sep 2019 14:06
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA
Replies: 12
Views: 5006

Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA

It's for sale. Please oh please oh please don't let First Baptist scoop it up.

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/09/ymca-to-sell-its-downtown-building/
by Jay9398
11 Sep 2019 07:05
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

Maybe FOX4 news would be interested in a studio like the one for WFAA in Victory Park. They could put a media wall at the corner of Akard and Pacific with a news ticker, and when not streaming news content it can recreate the mosaic art from different Sanger-Harris stores. DART needs a media partne...
by Jay9398
29 Jul 2019 14:15
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle
Replies: 33
Views: 12246

Re: Uptown Dallas: The Quadrangle

There's a liquor store at McKinney and Bowen like a 1/4 mile away.
by Jay9398
26 Jul 2019 09:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 570
Views: 215659

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

This may wind up as a separate thread if it actually goes forward, but... Plat application has been submitted to the city for "Westdale Epic 2". Proposed land use is all commercial. This is located on the ~2 acre property immediately west of the current construction site. Otherwise bounded...
by Jay9398
26 Jul 2019 09:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment
Replies: 304
Views: 131059

Re: Cityplace East: ACS/Xerox redevelopment

Plat application has been submitted to the city for "The Central". Proposed land use is multi-family, mixed use development.
by Jay9398
17 Jul 2019 20:07
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

B22B565E-DD42-4108-A5CB-7BAEFE280248.jpeg 3716BC3F-CAA9-4A5D-A78F-2CE8E69AE4FA.jpeg AF2B2E44-752A-49BF-8397-EE937A016C62.jpeg 163A1F67-51F6-4C65-9BE7-82E1372245F7.jpeg In pic 1 you can see the progress on the marble on the Elm Street side. Almost done and looks really good. In pic 2 you see the wor...
by Jay9398
08 Jul 2019 13:08
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Katy Trail 1.0
Replies: 19
Views: 10210

Re: Katy Trail 1.0

Behind Bleu Ciel.
by Jay9398
18 Jun 2019 11:25
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I hope the windows are replaced Several windows in the tower have already been replaced. They are so clearly different and newer than the old windows that I can't imagine they wouldn't replace them all. The windows at street level actually look really good when they're clean. I don't know if they w...
by Jay9398
18 Jun 2019 09:44
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Hard to tell from the street level, but they're removing the middle plexiglass panels and what's left of the fluorescent lights behind them. Not sure if the panels on the right side are new or old but since there don't appear to be any missing pieces, I wanna say that they're new. If that's the cas...
by Jay9398
11 Jun 2019 13:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Shraman South Asian Museum
Replies: 144
Views: 48014

Re: Shraman South Asian Museum

They own both lots (1012 and 1100 McKinney) per DCAD.
by Jay9398
08 Jun 2019 13:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: North Dallas: Midtown
Replies: 199
Views: 78913

Re: North Dallas: Midtown

“unleash a major roadway project... to increase capacity and relieve congestion.”

They will literally never learn.
by Jay9398
30 May 2019 14:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 194
Views: 93414

Re: The Cedars Developments

exelone31 wrote:
joshua.dodd wrote:Something just seems off about this...


^This x 1,000


Yep.
by Jay9398
21 May 2019 10:45
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Link at Uptown
Replies: 131
Views: 48585

Re: The Link at Uptown

Apparently, the news is The Christoper the residential building that faces this property dropped rent prices significantly on this corner due to the construction of this project. This corner of the Christopher has the largest units in the building and they're listed for about 7K/month. Is that the ...
by Jay9398
16 May 2019 09:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 284
Views: 127734

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Saw 2200 Main today—they have done a remarkable job on the exterior. I never would have imagined that the white paint could be so completely removed and such a fabulous building would emerge from under it. Agreed, but what do you think about the windows? They look odd to me. If you're talking about...
by Jay9398
10 May 2019 09:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

I'm looking forward to that re-opened observation deck! Do you think they will still do the observation deck? That feature promised under the Drever regime surprised me because you're taking rentable space out of inventory for an amenity that isn't going to generate as much revenue. The public obse...
by Jay9398
11 Apr 2019 15:18
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)
Replies: 95
Views: 27705

Re: Downtown Dallas - 505 North Ervay (owned by First Baptist)

But wouldn't said family find it more convenient to go to a suburban church where parking is even easier? That's what I'm wondering. I get that Sunday's it is easier to get in and out of Downtown by car, but it is even easier still to get to a suburban church. Basically, if convenience if what this...
by Jay9398
11 Apr 2019 15:01
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Tnexster wrote:Is every piece mapped back to its original spot.


They cataloged and marked every piece before removal so I would imagine mostly yes (obviously some were damaged during removal and will have to be replaced).
by Jay9398
11 Apr 2019 14:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

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.
by Jay9398
08 Apr 2019 08:26
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza
Replies: 9
Views: 3785

Re: Downtown Dallas: Bank of America Plaza

"The owners have received approvals to construct a 15-story, 1,500-car parking garage on Commerce Street that would serve the high-rise."

Awesome. :roll:
by Jay9398
02 Apr 2019 11:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Thanks for the update! At this point, I'll take any sort of progress. This morning I noticed they have put up drops for worker overhang on the NE corner over Akard. I assume to start prepping for the marble. I just hope they don't get this entire building painted mint green and then run out of mone...
by Jay9398
30 Jan 2019 13:24
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

muncien wrote:No doubt! Glad they kept the general look and feel while improving aesthetic quality. I have been waiting and waiting for this place to open. If anyone catches wind of an opening date, please pass it along. Much thx!!!


The new City Tavern location is opening this afternoon at 4 PM.
by Jay9398
20 Dec 2018 09:25
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 80879

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

First let me say that there is definitely some laziness and irresponsibility at City Hall. There are endless sources of needless frustration and I agree with some of the points made above. With that said, have any of you actually read the ordinance and the supporting documentation provided to counci...
by Jay9398
16 Dec 2018 13:34
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Dallas BikeShare: VBikes, LimeBike, Spin, Ofo, Mobike
Replies: 169
Views: 80879

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

Wow. You just (incorrectly) explained the history of the bike and scooter regulations to the person who actually wrote them. LOL
by Jay9398
12 Dec 2018 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Can you tell what kind of work is going on inside? My apartment faces the south side of the building above the podium, and my office is in Renaissance tower facing the west side of the building much higher up. At least from those two vantage points, there has been no visible interior work for at le...
by Jay9398
12 Dec 2018 08:49
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 601
Views: 256620

Re: Downtown Dallas: The Drever

Its construction related material, not LED's. I live across the street. You can't see it in the photo posted, but at the bottom of the aqua stripe in the forefront, they have re-installed two marble panels. When they were prepping to do those 2 panels (as a test/POC, I presume) they smoothed out th...
by Jay9398
10 Nov 2018 15:52
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Davis Building
Replies: 50
Views: 21049

Re: Davis Building

They're re-building the Cupola right now.
by Jay9398
26 Oct 2018 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I heard yesterday from someone in the know that the sale has been finalized. Headington now owns the building containing the former Sol Irlandes space, Campisi's, Woolworth, and the State Farm Insurance space.
by Jay9398
28 Sep 2018 18:50
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: AMLI Fountain Place (562 FT / 46 ST)
Replies: 778
Views: 399870

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

Glass is going up on the west tower face. I’m almost embarrassed at how excited I am about this. Sorry no pics; was driving by.
by Jay9398
14 Sep 2018 09:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Oh, and OEP is still a place as far as I know as of a couple of weeks ago. I forget the name all the time of the ownership (I wonder why) of that place and if they were the same people that tried to go in at the bottom corner slot in the Davis Bldg. by Money Alley. Probably mixing it up a tad. OEP ...
by Jay9398
29 Aug 2018 13:46
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

I was told over the weekend that it will be 2-3 weeks after the current Tavern location closes before the new one will open. It is going into the Western-most portion of the Mid-Elm redo, right next to the Kirby garage. On another note, there's a new restaurant/grocery/bar open at KPMG Plaza, above ...
by Jay9398
29 Aug 2018 08:41
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: 1700 Pacific
Replies: 38
Views: 11416

Re: 1700 Pacific

I believe the building is allowed to take over the northern lane of Elm Street whenever they're ready. I imagine that could address the valet concerns.
by Jay9398
24 Aug 2018 08:03
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project
Replies: 77
Views: 31091

Re: Arts District: The Spire Mixed Use Project

To be fair, while I agree there is reason for skepticism about whether Spire can pull off such a development, we have to admit that a big part of the problem is still downtown Dallas. What projects in downtown Dallas have started and finished since Spire was first announced (2011, IIRC)? (I think t...
by Jay9398
23 Aug 2018 12:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 217
Views: 105665

Re: West End 1.0

Yes, we walked by this the other day to see what the crane was all about but didn't take a picture. The crane is wedged in where the garage doors were.

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by Jay9398
14 Aug 2018 11:43
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 320
Views: 142513

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

The owner of this building is Headington, isn't it? I doubt he ever has to jump through any hoops. Seems to have carte blanche. He demolished some of the oldest buildings in Dallas without any pain whatsoever. I think it's fairly clear with recent developments that most of City Hall can be bought. ...
by Jay9398
27 Jul 2018 10:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: Retail
Replies: 239
Views: 88687

Re: Downtown Dallas: Retail

Very excited about Royal Blue opening.

Also, heard a rumor that the old Chase Bank branch at Main and Akard will become a Chipotle.

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