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The City of Dallas Development Thread




Statistics:

City Population: 1,197,000 (9th in the US)
Metroplex Population: 6,477,000 (4th in the US)
Cities: Dallas Collin Denton, Rockwall, Kaufman, Irving, Carrolton, Farmers Branch, Plano, Desoto, Addison, Fort Worth, McKinney

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Mayor: Mike Rawlings
Primary Airports: Dallas Ft. Worth Intl. , Love Field Intl.
Transportation Networks: DART



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North East Texas.

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As of: 2/22/2012.

Construction List:

Had some time today to do a a rundown of projects in Victory and Harwood. This does not include Uptown. I think I got all of them but if there is one missing let me know. Didn't include future projects like the Lexi, VII, or The Oliver.

Victory Park/Harwood Rundown


Victory Tower Old project shown
600ft
Proposed


Blue Ciel
33 Floors - 450ft
Under Construction


Katy Station
28 Floors - 310ft
Proposed


Frost Bank Tower
22 Floors - 292ft
Under Construction


Skyhouse
24 Floors - 274ft
Under Construction - Opens 2015


Skyhouse 2
24 Floors? - 248ft
Proposed


Victory Center
23 Floors
Starts Construction 2015


Victory Park Lane/Museum Way - Mixed Use
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2...e-housing-on-the-board-for-victory-park.html/


Alexan Skyline
10 Floors
Under Construction - Opens 2015


Victory Park Garage
7 Floors
Under Construction


Arpeggio Apartments
5 Floors
Under Construction


Camden Victory Park
4 Floors
Under Construction


Trademark Property Mix-Use
4 Floors


Harwood Park Restaurant
2 Floors
Proposed
 

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Hopefully this doesn't delay any further expansions...

DART ridership falls, despite opening of Green Line
06:52 AM CST on Wednesday, February 24, 2010
By MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER / The Dallas Morning News

Dallas Area Rapid Transit blamed lower gas prices, rising unemployment and higher fares for a steep decline in ridership in the last three months of 2009, according to a report released by the transit agency Tuesday.

DART's bus ridership took the biggest hit, but the sagging numbers affected light-rail and commuter rail service as well.

At the same time, senior executives unveiled gloomy revenue forecasts that could significantly delay major rail projects in downtown Dallas and in Irving, where there has been enormous anticipation of the scheduled opening of the Orange Line in phases beginning in late 2011.

"I don't know how serious this is," DART president Gary Thomas said, declining to reveal specifics of the short- and long-term sales-tax revenue forecasts, which his agency only recently received. He said the board would receive more details in March about what the numbers could mean for major projects.

Chief financial officer David Leininger said projects already under contract – including this year's completion of the Green Line to Carrollton and the early phases of the Orange Line in Irving – are safe.

But "any project not yet under contract" will have to be evaluated, he said. "There are some choices the agency will have to make."


Leininger declined to rule out significant effects on big projects, including the second rail line in downtown Dallas, scheduled to open in 2016, and the final leg of the Orange Line, scheduled to reach Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport by 2013.

The short-term picture is better, but only slightly. Leininger said revenue will probably be $13 million below expectations for fiscal year 2010. "All these numbers are manageable," he said.

The bad news about the finances – triggered primarily by sales-tax revenues that have slumped in the past 18 months or so and are seen as unlikely to recover quickly – came as the staff produced its quarterly report card on DART's operations.

That report, which the board did not discuss and which the board chairman said he had not yet seen, painted a somber picture on other fronts as well.

DART's 674 buses carried 16.9 percent fewer passengers in the final quarter of 2009 than they did a year before. On weekdays, the average number of one-way trips on the Trinity Railway Express commuter service fell 9.9 percent, and even the newly expanded light-rail attracted fewer passengers.

Despite the opening last fall of four new stations along DART's heavily promoted Green Line, average weekday ridership on the transit agency's 48 miles of light-rail fell 5.8 percent, to about 66,000 rides. That works out to roughly 30,000 round-trip passengers, including those who make connections from more than one transit vehicle each way.

Overall light-rail ridership fell less steeply, more than 2 percent, probably reflecting the big crowds on October weekends during the State Fair of Texas, which was the first time DART had offered direct light-rail service to Fair Park.

The report also makes clear that DART had a tough quarter across a wide range of performance and financial measures that go beyond declining ridership and falling sales tax revenue. Accidents with buses and trains were more common, buses and trains were more likely to be late, and even as the buses and trains became less crowded, complaints from passengers soared across the network.

Roy Hutt, a 32-year-old nursing student at El Centro College, says DART has been a tremendous help to him as he finishes his degree. "Oh, yeah, I think it's great," he said, noting that his train is almost always on time.

State government worker Joe del los Santos of Dallas agreed that the train is on time almost every day but said the buses – which he also rides daily – are not. "They are always late. Always," he said.

He also said he wished DART would patrol rail cars more frequently, because young "hoodlums" make him feel unsafe.

Security was one of the few bright spots in the report, however. So-called security incidents, which include reports of crimes, were down across the system – on trails and buses and at stations and transit centers.

The ridership slump followed a DART board decision last year to raise fares Sept. 1 to help offset a fall-off in sales-tax receipts. DART's fiscal year begins Oct. 1, so the report represents a review of the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, a year that DART forecasters had anticipated would bring both ridership and budget difficulties.

DART had taken in about $108 million in sales taxes in the last three months of 2007 and $101 million a year ago. The last three months of 2009 brought in only $97 million. The downward a trend has been offset in the short term by cost-cutting but has become increasingly worrisome for DART's long-term planners.

The agency is in the midst of the most aggressive light-rail expansion in the country, with the 28-mile Green Line due to open in full – on time and on budget – in December. And, if the schedule holds, the Orange Line is expected to connect directly to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in 2013..

But the new sales-tax estimates, which were not shared with the board or the public Tuesday, could make timely completion of projects not already under way difficult.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...dallas/stories/022210dnmetdart.1484d03e8.html
 

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^^ Rather unfortunate. I'd say it's almost too late to end plans on the orange line, since so much has already been done. And the Green Line going through Carollton and Farmers Branch is at %90 completeness... I am pretty sure that everything is going to slowly rise once the whole Dallas County is fully connected by DART.
 

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there is a new show this season out called the deep end, and it is filmed in dallas.

does anyone know if this is the building where the "aqua club" is where there is a pool and has all the dallas highrises in the background?



they can never fool us skyline and building buffs, this is supposed to be based in LA but they are constantly showing dallas streetscapes and highrises... lol
 

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there is a new show this season out called the deep end, and it is filmed in dallas.

does anyone know if this is the building where the "aqua club" is where there is a pool and has all the dallas highrises in the background?



they can never fool us skyline and building buffs, this is supposed to be based in LA but they are constantly showing dallas streetscapes and highrises... lol
Nope, that was filmed at the Joule Hotel, a few blocks away...



although the pool at the Mosaic is pretty cool too...

 

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Wow that building has some great views. I don't think I would want to be living with "formerly homeless" people though.
Why not? I'm sure there's some kind of screen process involved.
Homeless can happen to anybody given the right circumstances..
I'm willing to bet that they probably target normal people who have fallen on hard times and not the "chronically" homeless and unemployed who have no means (or intentions) of becoming financially independent.


BTW, anybody have any news with Saint Ann Court? That was one attractive building!
 

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First, there's the Main Street Garden Park, then the Pacific Plaza Park, Belo Park, the Woodall Rogers Park, and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Performance Park. How many green spaces is Dallas going to have eventually?

Also, i wish the name of the park above Woodall Rogers Freeway had just stuck to "Woodall Rogers Park instead of simply "The Park".
 

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First, there's the Main Street Garden Park, then the Pacific Plaza Park, Belo Park, the Woodall Rogers Park, and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Performance Park. How many green spaces is Dallas going to have eventually?

Also, i wish the name of the park above Woodall Rogers Freeway had just stuck to "Woodall Rogers Park instead of simply "The Park".
It really doesn't have a name yet that's why it simply gets reffered to as "The Park".
 

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In the former office space occupied by the now-defunct Mercantile Bank, there is the original Mercantile National Bank Tower, the Element, and the proposed Mercantile Continental Building residential conversion. What will become of the Vaughn Tower/Mercantile Commerce Building?
 

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In the former office space occupied by the now-defunct Mercantile Bank, there is the original Mercantile National Bank Tower, the Element, and the proposed Mercantile Continental Building residential conversion. What will become of the Vaughn Tower/Mercantile Commerce Building?
Mercantile Continental is about to start construction by Forest City. Mercantile Commerce is also now owned by Forest City but there's not a date for construction yet (it too will be converted to residential). Here's a thread with some information: LINK

Forest City also owns the parking lot behind the Mercantile Commerce and wants to turn it into Jackson Square, a 100-unit low-income apartment community. It probably won't happen anytime soon as there are other nearby low-income proposals that will be selected first (LINK)
 
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