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Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 17 Jul 2019 14:57
by cowboyeagle05
DPatel304 wrote:
cowboyeagle05 wrote:Ah, a Texas chain with locations in Austin and Houston already.


Yeah. I guess it makes business sense, but it's weird to me how alike the nightlife is in Dallas, Houston, and Austin these days.


Don't tell Austin that they like to think anything they have is completely unique and locally owned...

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 25 Jul 2019 11:33
by DPatel304
Let’s Check In on That Planned Mixed-Use Development on Henderson Ave.
Construction is now slated to begin at the end of 2019, about a full year after the initial plans.

https://www.dmagazine.com/frontburner/2 ... erson-ave/

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 25 Jul 2019 12:45
by emmasensei
Read that article with keen interest, since the impending Henderson Ave renaissance was a factor in buying in the location we did. Kind of a puff piece overall, though. Masinter is saying all the right things, but treading very, very carefully. Clearly there's a lot of drama and strife behind the scenes that's been going on for years (and now that I've moved in and have interacted with the neighborhood's vehement NIMBYs, it's unsurprising). Thank goodness it's still moving forward, and fingers crossed Masinter isn't all talk, no walk. Literally.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 25 Jul 2019 14:42
by eburress
I tweeted Masinter the other day in hopes of getting an update on the project, so this is a timely post (thanks)! haha

It is pretty incredible to think about all the land Open Realty owns along Henderson. We've heard little-to-nothing about their plans for the rest of their Henderson Ave property, but with so much of it either vacant or underutilized, there is a LOT of potential for development.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 25 Jul 2019 15:18
by Tivo_Kenevil
Let's make this happen!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Jul 2019 00:42
by malachi896
Can't wait for this to kick off! Similar to @emmasensei, we too largely bought in this area due to the future vision of Henderson. Also, is it just me, or does the city's rebuild of the street already seem way behind schedule? When they kicked off at in the spring, it was supposed to be done in 4 phases and take a year. Instead, it seems they are stuck on the same part of Henderson between Willis and the vet building.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Jul 2019 05:41
by eburress
I also get that sense. They are making *some* progress on Henderson (there are signs of activity like occasional road closures), but it seems much slower now than their initial "flurry" of activity.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Jul 2019 11:08
by emmasensei
malachi896 wrote:Can't wait for this to kick off! Similar to @emmasensei, we too largely bought in this area due to the future vision of Henderson.


Hi Henderson neighbor! Let us know if you ever want to grab a drink. eburress and I have already met IRL :lol:

Also, on a related topic, I completed a pretty in depth focus group this morning all about the Henderson Avenue Sprouts! I totally reamed them out for the depressing treeless wasteland that is their football field-sized, always-empty parking lot. (I'm not a monster--I like Sprouts very much otherwise and I'm sure that very suburban-style store was built pre-renaissance. I just haaaate the orientation of the store. You think CVS is bad...)

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Jul 2019 11:57
by eburress
^^ That's awesome...nice work! I have a feeling that once the large Henderson Ave development (does it have a name yet?) or the rebuild of Henderson itself wraps, Open Realty Advisors will start developing some of their other properties along Henderson, including a redo of the Sprouts property.

Open Realty's holdings along Henderson are in red, as of a few years ago:
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It's pretty easy to see the vacant or underutilized spots they own and the development potential.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 06 Aug 2019 20:50
by emmasensei
More changes afoot. Snapped this while walking to Gemma for dinner tonight. This lot (anybody know what it used to be? it's between Jake's and an old laundromat) is for sale.

Utility work in the foreground is either prep for the next phase of the streetscape redo, or (we hope) improvements to the various errant sprinkler systems along Henderson that water the asphalt instead of the landscaping.

EDIT: apparently it's being sold as a package of three lots. Interesting. I suppose we should hope Masinter snaps this up, if he's serious about creating cohesion and a strong sense of place along Henderson. http://www.weitzmangroup.com/properties/henderson_pads

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 07 Aug 2019 09:36
by eburress
^^ Exciting! Yeah, hopefully Masinter or someone with similar intentions can snap it up and get it developed.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 07 Aug 2019 22:42
by malachi896
emmasensei wrote:
malachi896 wrote:Can't wait for this to kick off! Similar to @emmasensei, we too largely bought in this area due to the future vision of Henderson.


Hi Henderson neighbor! Let us know if you ever want to grab a drink. eburress and I have already met IRL :lol:

Also, on a related topic, I completed a pretty in depth focus group this morning all about the Henderson Avenue Sprouts! I totally reamed them out for the depressing treeless wasteland that is their football field-sized, always-empty parking lot. (I'm not a monster--I like Sprouts very much otherwise and I'm sure that very suburban-style store was built pre-renaissance. I just haaaate the orientation of the store. You think CVS is bad...)


Awesome! Great to meet you all and always down to meet people in the neighborhood - when I am actually in town and around. Great news on more sites becoming available on the street; agree with everyone here - hope it gets seamlessly worked into the masterplan for the street, even if masinter and open realty don't snatch it up

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 12:35
by eburress
Yep, it sounds like we need to schedule a meetup for the forum's Knox Henderson chapter ;)

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 21:58
by jsoto3
https://gff.com/view/henderson-avenue-m ... mixed-use/

GFF was hired by Open Realty Advisors and CIM Group in 2012 to help master plan and design significant improvements to the portfolio of nearly fifty properties on Henderson Avenue. The first and most significant of the planned projects is a mixed-use development on Henderson between Glencoe and McMillan on an over 1,000’ long, 3.55 acre primarily vacant tract of property. As a catalyst project for the corridor, special emphasis has been placed on streetscape design, quality of public space making and walkability, with the goal of adding value to the overall portfolio.

This vision for Henderson Avenue required changing the existing zoning that encouraged nodes of bar and restaurants separated by low-rise multifamily uses to a more cohesive plan that will allow up to two levels of creative office above ground level retail and will create an uninterrupted pedestrian-friendly streetscape along the entire length of the site. At either end of the site the scale steps down to small one-story boutique retail buildings that respect the transition to the adjacent residential neighborhoods. The planned project includes a two-level below grade garage with 525 spaces, +/- 63,000 SF of ground level retail and restaurant uses, and +/- 80,000 SF of second and third level office uses.

Prior to and throughout the rezoning process the neighboring community was extensively engaged and encouraged to provide feedback. Many suggestions and concerns on the part of neighbors influenced the final design and allowed Open Realty Advisors to win the overwhelming support of the neighboring property owners polled by the city.


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Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 23:40
by eburress
SUCH an awesome project! I can't wait for this to get underway!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 10:57
by Tivo_Kenevil
This is fantastic and by far the most transformative project we have going on in the city. The focus on pedestrian infrastructure should be applauded. Well done.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 11:55
by emmasensei
The cherry on top is the mention that this is only the first major project within a portfolio of 50(!) properties along Henderson. (Really? 50?) I can't wait to see the street in 5 years and experience the enhanced quality of life in my neighborhood.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 12:04
by eburress
^ Definitely! And hopefully the Uber expansion happens because that's only going to speed up the timetables for these developments.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 12:20
by exelone31
Did something new happen with this indicating that it's supposed to start soon? The development looks amazing, but I feel like it's been in a holding pattern for quite some time.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 14:05
by emmasensei
Upthread, there was a puff piece/interview with the developer in D Magazine that explained the work has been delayed due to design work, and that they now hope to break ground later this year. Still vague, but implies the wheels are at least turning.

The Henderson complete streets project, combined with utility work on adjacent streets, adds an additional layer of uncertainty to the groundbreaking of this development. You can see and feel the investment pouring into the neighborhood from every direction, but at the moment, it feels pretty overwhelming and chaotic in a not-so-pleasant way (same with Knox; it's less a pedestrian shopping district and more a dirt patch at the moment). South of Henderson is nothing but torn up roads, half-built homes (and the accompanying parking/trash that comes with construction), renovations, alleyway upgrades, old trees being felled, utility pole replacement, and every lot is either for sale or being churned up. And this is before the influx of returning SMU students and the bus traffic associated with Solar Prep school, which just had more traffic signage installed this week.

I can't imagine how the area would feel if this development was also going full throttle simultaneously. I think our roads would seize. I'm excited about all of it, but also ready for the denouement.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 09 Aug 2019 16:29
by cowboyeagle05
I mean we have the same problem in the immediate Oak Lawn area Lemmon Ave, Turtle Creek, Wycliff and Fitzhugh are being rebuilt and paved so getting home from outer areas largely means I am always getting in some sort of roadway construction traffic.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 16 Aug 2019 12:55
by emmasensei
Mesero on Henderson is undergoing what appears to be a more-than-cosmetic renovation in prep for something new. Hooray! But I have no idea what the new spot will be. Anybody know? I imagine they're trying to finish construction to dovetail with the completion of the first phase of the Complete Streets, which is making that area a hot flaming mess right now.

Mesero closed last year over a rent hike: https://dallas.eater.com/2018/8/20/1775 ... nt-dispute

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 09:11
by Kelley USA
I know absolutely nothing about this company, but Jamon Iberico (largest purveyor of cured ham) will open a 2 story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Ave... Based in Barcelona they have 150 shops across the country. This will be their 1st US location. Seems like a big deal!

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/cooking ... s-location

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 10:43
by eburress
Oooh, exciting! Thanks for digging that up, Kelley!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 10:51
by exelone31
Kelley USA wrote:I know absolutely nothing about this company, but Jamon Iberico (largest purveyor of cured ham) will open a 2 story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Ave... Based in Barcelona they have 150 shops across the country. This will be their 1st US location. Seems like a big deal!

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/cooking ... s-location


Interesting, I had no idea that they had stores. Pretty cool!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 11:30
by Matt777
Kelley USA wrote:I know absolutely nothing about this company, but Jamon Iberico (largest purveyor of cured ham) will open a 2 story restaurant, bar and store on Henderson Ave... Based in Barcelona they have 150 shops across the country. This will be their 1st US location. Seems like a big deal!

https://www.dallasnews.com/life/cooking ... s-location


Exciting! I loved these kind of places during my travels in Spain. A mix of the traditional ham business, tapas, and of course drinks like wine and sangria should be a hit.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 12:47
by lakewoodhobo
I love this news. Now we know what’s taking over the old Mesero space, with an opening slated for late October.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 17:51
by Tivo_Kenevil
Ahhh! Jamón Ibérico is awesome! Can't wait for this. A slice of Catalonia in Dallas ..love it!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 18:41
by emmasensei
This will be practically in my backyard, and I also booked a vacation to Barcelona two days ago. How serendipitous.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 21 Aug 2019 20:25
by malachi896
emmasensei wrote:This will be practically in my backyard, and I also booked a vacation to Barcelona two days ago. How serendipitous.


Flew back from Barcelona after two weeks in Spain last night while thinking about how awesome it would be to have one of these in our neighborhood here in Dallas. Wake up to see this in the morning. I still can’t believe it!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 12:59
by eburress
I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but over the weekend I noticed a bulldozer and a few other trucks on the site of that big Henderson Ave development. There has been some utility work happening on Henderson so this could just be staging, but maybe not... :)

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 26 Aug 2019 19:42
by malachi896
eburress wrote:I don't want to get my hopes up too much, but over the weekend I noticed a bulldozer and a few other trucks on the site of that big Henderson Ave development. There has been some utility work happening on Henderson so this could just be staging, but maybe not... :)


fingers crossed!

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 10:31
by lakewoodhobo
emmasensei wrote:Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor.


Step Inside 77 Degrees, Henderson Avenue’s Stunning New Rooftop Bar
https://dallas.eater.com/2019/8/27/2083 ... pen-photos

You know it's an Austin export when they just assume people call Dallas "DTX" the way Austinites call their city ATX.

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Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 10:38
by exelone31
lakewoodhobo wrote:
emmasensei wrote:Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor.


Step Inside 77 Degrees, Henderson Avenue’s Stunning New Rooftop Bar
https://dallas.eater.com/2019/8/27/2083 ... pen-photos

You know it's an Austin export when they just assume people call Dallas "DTX" the way Austinites call their city ATX.

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Not the type of place I'd hang out at too often, but that rooftop does look pretty awesome.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 11:50
by Tnexster
lakewoodhobo wrote:
emmasensei wrote:Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor.


Step Inside 77 Degrees, Henderson Avenue’s Stunning New Rooftop Bar
https://dallas.eater.com/2019/8/27/2083 ... pen-photos

You know it's an Austin export when they just assume people call Dallas "DTX" the way Austinites call their city ATX.

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Maybe they think this is what we should be calling ourselves instead of DFW. I wonder what FW would do if we tried to adopt something like that?

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 13:55
by eburress
lakewoodhobo wrote:
emmasensei wrote:Okay, finally this is all making sense. The linked article explains that the building will host 77 Degrees on the second/third floors and the Irish bar on the first floor.


Step Inside 77 Degrees, Henderson Avenue’s Stunning New Rooftop Bar
https://dallas.eater.com/2019/8/27/2083 ... pen-photos

You know it's an Austin export when they just assume people call Dallas "DTX" the way Austinites call their city ATX.

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I don't understand the rationale behind ANY aspect of this project. The Irish pub portion may do fine but I predict 77 Degrees lasts <1 year.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 14:36
by emmasensei
Agreed. It's a bizarre structure and while these photos make it appear chic, I think it's tacky in real life (my opinion only). It took forever to get built, so I'm sure the construction costs were sky high. Too big for the street. The neighborhood is beginning to turn away from raucous nightlife and evolve into a more community-oriented one. This project has been befuddling from the beginning.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 14:57
by eburress
Totally agree. Its exterior is a poorly executed mess and as baffling as the juxtaposition of Irish and tropical venues is, the most confusing thing to me is that despite its biggest selling point being its view of Downtown, Downtown isn't visible from the majority of the venue. I just don't get it.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 15:03
by MC_ScattCat
I can't wait for this place to open! It's nice to have a soccer bar. I've spoken to owners and I think place will do fine.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 15:34
by Matt777
I think people here are overthinking the design a bit too much. It's not designed to appease us urbanists, or even be super functional. It's designed to be an instagrammy place where young people will go en masse and overpay for mass amounts of alcohol, equaling big profit. Look at how much revenue Bottled Blonde is pulling in.... it's insane money. Something like $800-900k per month.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 27 Aug 2019 15:59
by emmasensei
Well, my friend group (we're young people who overpay for alcohol) just arranged an outing to this place this Friday, so I'll report back I suppose. Although a few people in the group text (decidedly non-urbanist) are also already making fun of the decor, so take that as you will :lol:

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 30 Aug 2019 23:34
by eburress
Some of the early reviews of 77 Degrees are in:

"77 degrees miserable grand opening! I really love that I can hear music and girls screaming from this bar’s rooftop reverberating throughout my entire house. How on earth did this rooftop bar get approved by the city in a residential neighborhood?"

The neighbors may not be pleased but you went there tonight, emmasensei. What did you think?

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 06:15
by emmasensei
How do I say this dispassionately?...

I hated it. I felt like I was on a low-budget cruise ship with a bunch of Large Adult Children. I can also say that nobody was there to actually take in any views of Downtown Dallas. And the stairs are RIDICULOUS.

Basically, I'm not their target audience (my dance-on-the-bar days were fun but long behind me), and to be fair, I went in expecting to hate it. But I'll reiterate my confusion: sure, there are a lot of 20-somethings in apartments in this area, but the immediate surrounding neighborhoods seem increasingly to be...people...more like me? Tired Old Millennials and Gen-Xers with jobs, families, mortgages, and reasonable bedtimes. The homes being built just off Henderson are only getting larger, fancier, and more expensive. We're seeing 4-bedroom homes priced at over a million getting built. Are the people buying those homes really going to go drink suspiciously blue drinks and scream at each other at a place like 77 Degrees? Maybe? I guess? Ugh.

I've said this before, but Henderson is rapidly growing up, and this bar just doesn't make sense--architecturally, spatially, culturally. And it'll make even less sense once the initial opening excitement and first-month-of-the-school-year hoopla settles down. And then even LESS sense once all of the more sedate and grown-up projects on Henderson get underway.

Henderson was not the right spot for this bar. I really feel for the poor soul you quoted, eburress! :lol: They're in for a rough few months before this place inevitably shutters.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 07:42
by tamtagon
Simply because it seems so out of place might be what makes it a success.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 08:05
by eburress
All of the things wrong with this place; its poorly-executed, haphazard appearance, its ridiculously poor street presence (on what some project to be Dallas' most walkable street), its lack of consideration to its neighbors, the practicality of having a space in Dallas that's 100% outdoors, and so on...

Maybe this is all part of a calculated strategy to make this place a success

- or -

Maybe all these awful decisions are indicative of people who didn't know what they were doing or where they were doing it.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 12:16
by malachi896
Walked by a few times this weekend and just find everything about it obnoxious. Still have hope for the pub concept downstairs, but feel like that market point is already well served by the Old Monk and Skellig on this strip. Don't see this place lasting at all. It will have a nice flurry of people from across town coming to it as the new hot spot, but once that wears off, it won't generate anywhere near enough neighborhood traffic to sustain itself.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 12:40
by emmasensei
Don't forget about the new Skellig beer garden going in shortly (and whatever the mysterious little white cottage is that's being built next to Henderson Dental...looks like that'll have a little patio as well, so it's probably some type of cafe).

I actually think the beer garden is a nice/thoughtful addition that makes sense in context and helps define the street as more than just a late night party spot.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 18:24
by MC_ScattCat
malachi896 wrote:Walked by a few times this weekend and just find everything about it obnoxious. Still have hope for the pub concept downstairs, but feel like that market point is already well served by the Old Monk and Skellig on this strip. Don't see this place lasting at all. It will have a nice flurry of people from across town coming to it as the new hot spot, but once that wears off, it won't generate anywhere near enough neighborhood traffic to sustain itself.


I disagree. I actually see this place lasting. I know a lot of people who are excited about Jack & Ginger’s opening below as well. Quite a few people live in the area as well.

The Old Monk is and will be a different vibe. Plus that area is too hard to park at. Too bad they don’t complete the DART station there.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 31 Aug 2019 20:09
by malachi896
I definitely have higher hopes for the pub, especially if it turns into a legitimate neighborhood spot to watch soccer. We'll see about 77 degrees, Dallas just seems to cycle through hot spots like that fairly quickly.

Re: Henderson Avenue Corridor

Posted: 01 Sep 2019 09:53
by HarryMoto
The 77 Degrees here in Houston seems to do well but it's in a neighborhood (Midtown) without many long-time homeowners who would complain about Generation Z and millennial carousing. In Dallas, 77 Degrees would seem to be a better fit in Deep Ellum, along with Bottled Blonde and the like.