willyk wrote:The application says residential. Maybe that info was already in the mix, but a 40-45 residential tower is pretty aggressive I think. The walkable amenities in this spot are very limited. I like the EQ and everything they have done, but I am reminded of how Victory suffers with plenty of residential and limited retail and restaurant. And I think they need to do more to attract local services to make this work— dry cleaners, gym, bodega, breakfast joint, etc. All the Farmers Market residential is underserved too, so EQ could pull traffic from there for new neighborhood businesses.
I think aggressive is the wise move here, assuming they stick with the height/floor count we’re seeing now. Urby Design District, tor example, is going to add a huge population to the area and there aren’t all that many neighborhood services nearby (and Design District isn’t as walkable). Carpenter and Harwood Parks should really serve as a catalyst for development IMO, and I think we’ll see the effects of these two projects very soon (especially Carpenter Park). And at this point, the more residential units in the core, the better. Plus, I’d argue that we’ve seen a few other residential towers go up with similar heights in the past few years that also lack neighborhood services, but they’ve leased out like crazy. Not disagreeing with you but I’m not concerned, and certainly want any and all additional residential units (especially in towers) added to the core. Fingers crossed though.
JDumont146 wrote: It's actually easily walkable from National Anthem/300 Pearl to all of the amenities on Main/Elm Commerce plus the Farmer's Market, plus Deep Ellum. That's part of what I love about them building this area out.
Also, there's a lot of retail space on the ground floor of 300 Pearl that they haven't leased out yet - maybe they'll get some useful ones.
Yeah really wanna see what 300 Pearl ground-floor space becomes. Love all of the other renovations/“restoration” work they’ve done on other structures in the EQ, and like that some is going the boutique office route, etc., but I do worry about so much of the space going to uses like that and not having more retail space spread out through the project. Still stand behind the idea that a couple more towers with some big setbacks rising over an old preserved structure or two would be great, but know I’m getting ahead of myself with that one.
Very curious to see when Isosceles ends up being announced, and ultimately, what its unit price points will be. Naturally, it’ll be somewhat expensive due to the fact it’s gonna be a larger tower, but I’m wondering if we’ll see any affordable units set aside. Between 300 Pearl’s EQ Residences (very expensive) and future Isosceles, the EQ looks to be turning into a boutique, high-end neighborhood.