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by lakewoodhobo
18 Nov 2019 10:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Virgin Hotel
Replies: 129
Views: 48902

Re: Design District: Virgin Hotel

Stills from a video on their Twitter confirming that the sign is installed and says "Virgin Hotels Design District"

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by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2019 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 675
Views: 204642

Re: Victory Park 3.0

willyk wrote:Chipotle under construction.


Update from today

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by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2019 11:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 230
Views: 75100

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Dude, Sweet Expansion: Beloved Chocolatier Takes Treats Downtown
https://www.dallasobserver.com/restaura ... 3H_zExc1FQ
by lakewoodhobo
15 Nov 2019 11:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Dallas: Medical District
Replies: 129
Views: 43908

Re: Dallas: Medical District

Houston developer Hines buys business campus northwest of downtown Dallas https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/11/15/houston-developer-hines-buys-business-campus-northwest-of-downtown-dallas/ Screen Shot 2019-11-15 at 9.56.12 AM.jpg Inwood is my primary crossing point to and from Oa...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Nov 2019 10:35
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: El Centro relocation
Replies: 1
Views: 248

El Centro relocation

Dallas’ Community College District Can’t Issue $1.1 Billion In Bonds Because of a Lawsuit https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2019/11/dallas-community-college-district-bond-package-lawsuit/ “As long as the election contest suit is pending or until a final, non-appealable judicial order that does ...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Nov 2019 08:22
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 467
Views: 167211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Do we know that El Fenix wants to sell? The owners seem to have hired Kairoi Residential from San Antonio (developers of Amelia Farmers Market) to build a multifamily project on the site. IMG_5591.JPG A self storage center is the first development deal!?! Sadly yes: https://www.dallasnews.com/busin...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Nov 2019 19:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 467
Views: 167211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I'm a little surprised too that Sprouts hasn't made a move into North OC. Judging by some of their other locations, Sprouts doesn't seem to need the same kind of average incomes that CM does to open in a neighborhood. I'm almost certain that the El Fenix at Colorado & Beckley, where Sprouts has...
by lakewoodhobo
13 Nov 2019 11:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 230
Views: 75100

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

It's just a nail salon, but Pink Toes Nail Bar is relocating from the Metropolitan to the Tower Garage next to the Crossfit-type gym (PAC-ELM or whatever it's called now). Significant because this particular space has been vacant for at least 12 years.
by lakewoodhobo
12 Nov 2019 11:58
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 19
Views: 1059

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

R1070 wrote:I think a Moxy would do well in Oak Lawn. There needs to be more options than just the Melrose.


Don't forget that the Feizy Center is becoming a Tru by Hilton. Technically in the Design District but it's closer to Oak Lawn than the Marriott Uptown is.
by lakewoodhobo
12 Nov 2019 10:53
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall
Replies: 19
Views: 1059

Re: Uptown: Dual Brand Hilton Tower / Oak Grove & Hall

Not sure how this compares in price to the Hilton Canopy at West Village, but it should be a nice alternative to that and the Intercontinental once it opens across Central Expressway.
by lakewoodhobo
12 Nov 2019 10:32
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Red Bird Mall
Replies: 55
Views: 19199

Re: Red Bird Mall

RedBird apartment community kicks off construction https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/11/12/redbird-apartment-community-kicks-off-construction/ Developers are breaking ground today on the next phase of redevelopment of Southwest Dallas’ RedBird Mall. Apartment builder Palladium US...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Nov 2019 16:20
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 467
Views: 167211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

I don't think that site has enough direct walk-able density to make that model work there even with the $700000. Maybe it should sit idle or become a restaurant. I love the ones downtown but they have a lot more people constantly passing in and out of the store than I think this site would. Also th...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Nov 2019 11:38
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts
Replies: 467
Views: 167211

Re: Oak Cliff: Bishop Arts

Royal Blue planned for West Davis sounds more like a restaurant than a grocery https://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2019/11/royal-blue-planned-for-west-davis-sounds-more-like-a-restaurant-than-a-grocery/ Amegy Bank to open in the old Gloria’s site on West Davis https://oakcliff.advocatemag.com/2019/11/...
by lakewoodhobo
09 Nov 2019 11:34
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 436
Views: 150885

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

I love how the renderings are trying to make it look very Klyde Warren Park by picturing the property from the museum lawn. Too bad the design is just a glorified cereal box with the JW logo on it. I love the concept of simple design but they still built the most boring looking project in Dallas. A...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Nov 2019 08:51
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 224
Views: 63849

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

Construction starts on downtown Dallas tower https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/11/05/construction-starts-on-downtown-dallas-tower/ “Our 25,000 square feet of retail and 200,000 square feet of office will be completed in first quarter 2021 – just under 18 months,” said developer S...
by lakewoodhobo
28 Oct 2019 11:21
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 147028

Re: Oak Lawn

Yeah to even IMPLY that a colorful crosswalk is more dangerous than the way a street is designed, particularly when it comes to speed, is laughable and anyone making that suggestion should be tarred and feathered.
by lakewoodhobo
16 Oct 2019 10:31
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 80016

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

This is not a surprise, but what is a surprise is the tone deaf post on their facebook page blaming their customers: "We tried very hard to give you healthful options but in the end we were not successful in attracting enough people to drive all the way down to the Farmers Market to eat."...
by lakewoodhobo
15 Oct 2019 10:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: West End 1.0
Replies: 205
Views: 68924

Re: West End 1.0

I wonder if the streetcar inside there will be donated to MATA or otherwise put to some use downtown. Would be a shame to see it destroyed.

EDIT: Looks like it's up for grabs along with everything else inside: http://dallas.culturemap.com/news/city- ... e-auction/
by lakewoodhobo
07 Oct 2019 11:23
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 198
Views: 50817

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

https://parksfordowntowndallas.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MainMap-1440x805_c.png According to this, there's a public restroom on the north side of the park. The ones at MSG and KWP can be somewhat monitored by staff at the food kiosk, but unless this has some Portland Loo technology I suspect i...
by lakewoodhobo
05 Oct 2019 16:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0
Replies: 216
Views: 80016

Re: DTD: Farmer's Market 1.0

New residential community on the way on downtown Dallas' east side https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/10/04/new-residential-community-way-downtown-dallas-east-side/ Back in 2011 when InTown Homes was seeking $3M in TIF to build their Farmers Market Square project, I never imagined...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Oct 2019 11:08
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 158
Views: 59262

Re: The Cedars Developments

For being the facade of the building, these are extremely small windows. Very odd looking. The part of the building underneath the bump might be a stairwell or some type of common area, according to the renderings. Screen Shot 2019-10-04 at 11.04.56 AM.jpg If it wasn't posted before, here's the fly...
by lakewoodhobo
04 Oct 2019 07:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: The Cedars Developments
Replies: 158
Views: 59262

Re: The Cedars Developments

Wow, they really are adding that giant baby-proofing on the building. Posted to Cedars Neighborhood Facebook page. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/71837974_10217866789440173_889715059620577280_n.jpg?_nc_cat=103&_nc_oc=AQkWolFKzEDaGvoF650UQPaiR43vF5pBy6Z4ZC6ZagKk6sKIxetMhIgT97v7BFSx...
by lakewoodhobo
03 Oct 2019 14:04
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment
Replies: 224
Views: 63849

Re: East Quarter: ~24 Building Redevelopment

mdg109 wrote:The rooftop deck looks cool. I wonder if they'll add any landscaping to the front of the building.


Bring back the Mason Bar (R.I.P.) and put it on the rooftop deck here.
by lakewoodhobo
01 Oct 2019 10:43
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Southern Gateway Public Green
Replies: 21
Views: 8546

Re: Southern Gateway Public Green

First $1 million raised to build deck park over Interstate 35 near Dallas zoo https://www.fox4news.com/news/first-1-million-raised-to-build-deck-park-over-interstate-35-near-dallas-zoo https://images.foxtv.com/static.fox4news.com/www.fox4news.com/content/uploads/2019/10/764/432/deck-park_southern-g...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Sep 2019 21:13
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 147028

Re: Oak Lawn

Looks like dirt is finally moving on the long awaited Melrose addition This was posted to Dallas History Guild on Facebook. Thanks for the heads up. https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/71678100_2400992513319497_587006803980582912_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&_nc_oc=AQmNDk2oPkIujWPjok1AWIYRbuEdnz...
by lakewoodhobo
30 Sep 2019 13:00
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DISD Administration Building
Replies: 25
Views: 10233

Re: DISD Administration Building

Finally back on.

Construction finally kicks off on old Dallas ISD campus east of downtown
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -downtown/
by lakewoodhobo
29 Sep 2019 18:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Victory Park 3.0
Replies: 675
Views: 204642

Re: Victory Park 3.0

The project's final name is Victory Commons and here is their website: https://www.victorycommonsuptown.com/
by lakewoodhobo
27 Sep 2019 14:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple
Replies: 474
Views: 127256

Re: Deep Ellum: Epic ~ Knights of Pythias Temple

First time I had seen the "alley" created between the Pittman Hotel addition and the main building.

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by lakewoodhobo
27 Sep 2019 10:43
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue
Replies: 38
Views: 9952

Re: D Magazine New Urbanism Issue

https://assets.dmagstatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Screen-Shot-2019-09-24-at-12.16.50-PM-1024x659.png URBANISM A New Study on Car-Free Living Says It’s Hard to Go Carless in Dallas We aren’t great at public transit or bike paths or sidewalks, and we love to drive. I feel extremely fortunate t...
by lakewoodhobo
27 Sep 2019 10:16
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 281
Views: 87172

Re: DFW Economy

If WeWork's model doesn't work, some office owners are in trouble https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/09/27/if-wework-s-model-doesn-t-work-some-office-owners-are-in-trouble/ This story has been brewing for a while, but I'm glad Steve Brown finally wrote about it from a local perspe...
by lakewoodhobo
27 Sep 2019 07:00
Forum: City Issues/News
Topic: DFW Economy
Replies: 281
Views: 87172

Re: DFW Economy

If WeWork's model doesn't work, some office owners are in trouble https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/09/27/if-wework-s-model-doesn-t-work-some-office-owners-are-in-trouble/ This story has been brewing for a while, but I'm glad Steve Brown finally wrote about it from a local perspe...
by lakewoodhobo
26 Sep 2019 09:48
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District 1.0
Replies: 60
Views: 13797

Re: Design District 1.0

New commercial building project in the works in Dallas' Design District https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/09/26/new-commercial-building-project-in-the-works-in-dallas-design-district/ The 72,000-square-foot project includes a small park and is [on Glass Street] just west of River...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Sep 2019 18:49
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village
Replies: 24
Views: 6509

Re: The Cedars: Old City Park & Dallas Heritage Village

^Ugly or not, it's just nice to see the corner anchored by the Lorenzo and the Buzz develop into a sustainable center of gravity within the neighborhood. As it relates to Old City Park, I would like to see more development along Griffin to connect this area with what eventually is built on the Ambas...
by lakewoodhobo
25 Sep 2019 10:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 147028

Re: Oak Lawn

Also, the triangular pad of lad adjacent to the Inwood/Love Field Station has been fenced off. Excited to see dirt moving at that site! Still can't seem to find renderings of that development though. New apartment community on the way at DART station in Dallas' medical district https://www.dallasne...
by lakewoodhobo
23 Sep 2019 16:09
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Oak Lawn
Replies: 462
Views: 147028

Re: Oak Lawn

The Starbucks on Oak Lawn and Congress opened up a week or so ago, and it actually does have a small indoor area. It's still a step back in pedestrian friendliness, but I guess it could have been worse? And I wonder what might go in the just-closed location at Oak Lawn and Rawlins. Such a high-traf...
by lakewoodhobo
23 Sep 2019 13:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas Retail
Replies: 230
Views: 75100

Re: Downtown Dallas Retail

Looks like the burger place Burguesa is taking over part of the Which Wich space that used to be their test kitchen. Chop House Burger continues to be surprisingly popular in this immediate area so I'm not totally shocked by this. Also, the new entrance to Partenope at 1900 Elm looks a lot nicer tha...
by lakewoodhobo
19 Sep 2019 10:12
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 46
Views: 16913

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

I realized after the most recent story came out that there's very little info out there about the other Cabana motor hotels that were developed by the same group of investors, including Doris Day, and whether they still exist. So far I've found three others, although one was never actually named Cab...
by lakewoodhobo
18 Sep 2019 11:47
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 198
Views: 50817

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

The revised Two Dallas Centre was designed by Araldo Cossutta (who worked with Pei and later designed the Tower at Cityplace). It included the 1.7 million-square-foot office building (twin towers joined at the 16th and 23rd floors) and a separate 500-room hotel. Site plan: pei02.JPG What a coincide...
by lakewoodhobo
17 Sep 2019 17:17
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Design District: Cabana Hotel
Replies: 46
Views: 16913

Re: Design District: Cabana Hotel

First look: Renovation of downtown Dallas' historic Cabana Hotel is moving ahead https://www.dallasnews.com/business/real-estate/2019/09/17/first-look-renovation-of-downtown-dallas-historic-cabana-hotel-is-moving-ahead/ https://dmn-dallas-news-prod.cdn.arcpublishing.com/resizer//4SMKQy1d2GqPavSv5b8...
by lakewoodhobo
14 Sep 2019 22:39
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 492
Views: 172739

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

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by lakewoodhobo
13 Sep 2019 16:53
Forum: Rail + Guided Transit
Topic: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail
Replies: 357
Views: 121438

Re: DALLAS to HOUSTON High Speed Rail

Tnexster wrote:Company announces $14 billion deal to build Texas Bullet Train

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/t ... 437777.php


This is huge. Hurry up and build it before the economy tanks.
by lakewoodhobo
13 Sep 2019 10:42
Forum: The Parks, Trails, + Miscellaneous Infrastructure
Topic: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park
Replies: 198
Views: 50817

Re: Downtown - Pacific Plaza Park

Opening date set for October 14

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by lakewoodhobo
12 Sep 2019 14:55
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA
Replies: 6
Views: 2350

Re: Downtown Dallas - 601 N Akard - YMCA

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/t-boone-pickens-downtown-dallas-ymca-building-to-be-sold/287-83998839-4e0c-4f04-b804-8a3e65342fa3 "We are committed to honoring and maintaining the T. Boone Pickens namesake and having a YMCA presence in the Downtown Dallas area," the statement said....
by lakewoodhobo
12 Sep 2019 14:40
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 628
Views: 187188

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

Oak Lawn to be near a big part of their target market? The space where Zephyr was on the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton might be too high budget (and really better suited towards a restaurant), but it's open. There's also the strip mall where Alexandre's is, and the refurbished 2 story st...
by lakewoodhobo
12 Sep 2019 11:54
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Deep Ellum 1.0
Replies: 628
Views: 187188

Re: Deep Ellum 1.0

For A Number Of Reasons, Including Repeated Vandalization And Corporate Overlord Takeover, Leather Masters Is Worn Out By Deep Ellum. https://www.centraltrack.com/deep-ellums-last-weird-shop-is-leaving-the-neighborhood Since the Texas Refrigeration Butcher Supply store closed, I can't think of anot...
by lakewoodhobo
11 Sep 2019 11:36
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 492
Views: 172739

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 lakewoodhobo
10 Sep 2019 20:11
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Mid Elm Lofts
Replies: 77
Views: 29181

Re: Mid Elm Lofts

mdg109 wrote:I didn't see any activity on the street level of this one, but looks like a sky bar/bistro will be on the rooftop.


Sky Blossom is soft opening on September 17.

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by lakewoodhobo
10 Sep 2019 10:57
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project
Replies: 436
Views: 150885

Re: Downtown Dallas: 2000 Ross Project

A little birdie told me the hotel portion is in the works with a hotel flag that is not currently in the Dallas market. Funny, I was in New Orleans recently and walked past the Hyatt Centric there. That was the original flag that was associated with this project. Maybe Andaz would be a better brand...
by lakewoodhobo
10 Sep 2019 10:27
Forum: Urban Development
Topic: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel
Replies: 492
Views: 172739

Re: DD: 1401 Elm and Thompson Hotel

https://merriman-maa.com/work-posts/akard-station/ I was thinking back to these old and overly ambitious plans for the DART building to serve as ancillary development for The Drever (RIP). If DART plans to stay at 1401 Pacific, they really need to partner with an anchor tenant that'll take over the ...

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