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Old Posted Jul 19, 2010, 4:16 PM
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The next downtown park is about to start...

Site work to start on 1.6-acre Belo Garden in downtown Dallas
12:00 AM CDT on Saturday, July 17, 2010
By DAVID FLICK / The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1.2a36497.html

The first visible step toward construction of another downtown park will begin Monday with removal of lead-contaminated soil from the 1.6-acre site.

Willis Winters, Dallas' assistant parks director, said soil removal from what is now a parking lot at Main and Griffin streets should take 50 days, clearing the way for construction of the new Belo Garden to begin Nov. 1.

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The lead contamination is the result of fill dirt that was brought into the site decades ago, according to Winters. Contaminated soil reaches a depth of 15 feet on some sections of the site.

The $14.5 million park is scheduled to open in early 2012.

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Old Posted Jul 20, 2010, 3:54 PM
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Today's official announcement for the Spire development downtown (near the Arts District)...

SITE PLAN

Mixed-use project is planned for land near Dallas' Arts District
10:32 AM CDT on Tuesday, July 20, 2010
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
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The corner of Ross Avenue and Routh Street is the intersection of schlock and awe.

On the north side of the busy downtown Dallas crossroads, you have the inspiring architecture of the Arts District.

Across the street, there are blocks of scruffy parking lots and a few faded commercial buildings.

The investors who own almost 12 acres in a triangle roughly bounded by Ross, North Central Expressway and Leonard Street see the mostly vacant area as downtown's next development district.

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Spire also believes in its game plan – to start slowly with a first 21-story building at San Jacinto and Leonard Street and add to the project as demand grows.

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The timing is right to start working on another downtown office project, Pustmueller said.

"There are a bunch of leases that are going to start to roll over in the next few years," he said. "We want tenants to consider Spire's project when they are looking downtown."

WDG Architecture designed the master plan for Spire, which includes landscaped streets and a central park.

Spire Realty expects its improvements in the area to help create a more pedestrian-friendly link between the Pearl Street DART rail station and the Arts District.

"We want to capture the traffic walking through our neighborhood," Smith said. "We decided to take the approach of building what would really enhance the Arts District."

For Spire, that means a 360,000-square-foot building with some ground floor retail space and a row of residential units facing the planned park.

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These were pulled from WDG Dallas Architecture PLLC's website www.wdgdallas.com









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Old Posted Jul 21, 2010, 4:56 PM
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Perot Museum of Nature & Science (now under construction)

Some new (and old) renderings from the website: http://www.natureandscience.org/expa...the_vision.asp



































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These buildings are scheduled for implosion on October 30th to make way for First Baptist Church's expansion.







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Old Posted Oct 18, 2010, 1:03 AM
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Museum Tower

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Old Posted Oct 21, 2010, 3:48 PM
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The Dallas Arboretum is expanding...

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1.2491620.html
Dallas Arboretum a 'world class' attraction
Sunday, October 17, 2010

...Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the arboretum, pointed out that in past years, MSN.com named the arboretum one of 10 things you must see in America in the spring. This year, the site named it one of the 14 best gardens in the world for spring flowers.

The arboretum's education programs led all the other large botanic gardens in the nation in a poll by the Directors of Large Gardens.

...Another educational program, the Texas Pioneer Adventure, won the Program Excellence Award, the highest award given to a botanic garden by the American Public Garden Association.

...Growth since 2000 .... Arboretum attendance has risen from 302,362 to 560,000 people a year.

...The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden: Opening in mid-November 2012, this 7-acre science adventure garden will be the only one like it in the world. It will have 15 learning areas, most of them outside, 150 interactive exhibits, and the latest in technology. Capital campaign chairman Cecile Bonte led the drive that has raised close to $50 million for the project.

Many improvements
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens has made countless improvements and additions through the years, thanks to its generous supporters.

Oddly enough, however, a lack of space is what occupies Brinegar's thoughts these days.

"I wake up at night thinking about parking," [Mary Brinegar] said. "So many major donors want their names on something of visual beauty, and a parking garage is not that kind of feature. Yet it is our greatest need. ... Parking facilities cost many millions of dollars. We have this on our plate to solve in the future, and it will be our next greatest hurdle."
Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden should break ground this fall/winter:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....18425dab.html





http://www.dallasarboretum.org/Learn...rensGarden.htm
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First Baptist Dallas implodes buildings to make way for renovation
by CASSIE CLARK
Dallas Morning News
Posted on October 30, 2010 at 10:06 AM
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/First...106370693.html

With a series of ear-piercing pops, nearly 200 pounds of dynamite brought down a portion of First Baptist Dallas in downtown this morning.

Cheers and whistles could be heard from a viewing area on the 14th floor of the Hartford Building where a small crowd including Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress and a bevy of photographers watched as four buildings were imploded.

A cloud of dust and debris filled the air, but thanks to the chilly and dense air, it was nearly clear within 15 minutes of the demolition, which is making way for a $115 million facility that will include a new sanctuary, an education building, a fountain plaza and 1 acre of public green space.

"There's no sadness," Jeffress said. "Just great memories."

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The Statler has a new owner who plans to renovate and redevelop the huge empty building.

http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/a...o-develop.html
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Here's a tour and some photos of the Dallas Statler Hilton. It's currently being restored; there are a lot of great Mid-Century features hidden under countless renovations.

Harwood Historic District » Blog Archive » Swinging the Statler-Hilton Back to Life - Celebrating the Past and Promoting the Future of a Dallas Landmark District









And photos of the old Dallas Public Library next door. Together they form the best block of 1950s architecture in Dallas. The hotel has been vacant for 10 years; the library, nearly 30.

Here's a tour of the library... a time capsule of 1950s design:
http://www.harwoodhistoricdistrict.c...entrallibrary/













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what exatcly is the projected opening date of the new hospital?
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Took this picture on last week when I was up for New Years Eve!
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Museum Tower construction

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I really need a camera. The Museum Art Tower looks like the exterior is arriving very close to being finished. Today I saw glass up on one part of what looks like to be the highest level.

I'm not sure how many 150+ Meter buildings are going up in the U.S. outside of New York with the new World Trade Centers, but I'm glad a new one is almost finished in Dallas.
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New 23-story office building announced for Victory Park:
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/c...ctory-park.ece

There's also a 378-unit apartment building going in across the street.

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Old Posted May 15, 2012, 2:21 AM
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Belo Garden — downtown's newest park — opened over the weekend.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/commu...arking-lot.ece

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