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Why Louis Vuitton chose this ranch south of Fort Worth for a factory


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Johnson County might not be known for high fashion, but that hasn’t stopped Paris-based luxury retailer Louis Vuitton from selecting the rural area south of Fort Worth for its third U.S. manufacturing plant.

A large ranch just outside of Keene, about 28 miles south of downtown Fort Worth, has been purchased by Louis Vuitton for construction of a leather goods workshop to make luggage and purses. The facility is expected to be under construction by early next year and open by 2019, eventually employing up to 500 people, officials said.
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“Most of their manufacturing plants are in more isolated places,” Harmon said. “They call their employees artisans, and they like an area with a lot of serenity to it. They’re going to put a lot of glass in the building, so the workers will have a view of the land. It’s still going to stay a working ranch. They have exotic game now.”
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Louis Vuitton operates 17 workshops worldwide, including two in California. Most of the workshops are in Europe, a company official said.

The Texas workshop probably will have fewer than 100 employees in the first year, with a gradual expansion to about 500 employees over several years, the official said.
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Construction of the Louis Vuitton plant is expected to cost about $20 million.
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Here are some photos I snapped this weekend in Grapevine. Dallas Rd which intersects Main St. is poised to be a small urban hub among the burbs in the next few years with the TexRail station, a boutique hotel, and several hundred apartments being completed.


Looking North towards Dallas Rd on Berry St


Looking South down Berry St. from Dallas Rd


Building 1 on Dallas Rd.


Building 1 along Jean St. across from Grapevine Brewery. This building will have >12,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space.


Building 2 along Dallas Rd. To be completed in 2018, later than building 1.


Field where construction begins soon on train station, hotel, and parking structure.


Pulled this image from the City of Grapevine GIS website. Great tool to see who owns local lots. Interesting to note that the land adjacent to where the TexRail train station is, marked "Dallas Road 9166" is owned by a real estate development company. Currently, a Sunbelt Rentals sits on this land.
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Development planned for one of last vacant tollway sites near the Dallas Galleria
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rving-based apartment builder JPI is eyeing the almost 10-acre site on the west side of the tollway north of Alpha Road for a large retail and apartment development.
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rving-based apartment builder JPI is eyeing the almost 10-acre site on the west side of the tollway north of Alpha Road for a large retail and apartment development.
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/...-near-galleria
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Irving apartment project starts near new Music Factory
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Developers are building an apartment community near Irving's new Toyota Music Factory entertainment and retail center.
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The 387-unit rental home project will be built east of the Irving convention center near Northwest Highway and Las Colinas Boulevard, across from the Irving Convention Center.
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Development planned for one of last vacant tollway sites near the Dallas Galleria



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The planned project would include more than 700 rental units in two phases plus ground-floor retail space. The Jefferson East Branch development is in Farmers Branch northwest of the Galleria Dallas shopping mall.
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"The site is already zoned for multifamily; we are just modifying the site plan," Brendel said in an email.

Architect JHP designed the 6-story buildings.

JPI is also working on a separate, more than 400-unit apartment project just south of the tollway tract at Inwood and Alpha Road. The rental units would be part of a 13-acre mixed-use development that includes retail, office and a hotel on the former site of a big box store.
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DFW Airport to close busiest runway for $160M rebuild project


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DFW Airport has received two grants for airfield improvements from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Most of the Airport Improvement Program grants, about $49.5 million, will be used to refurbish Runway 17-Center/35-Center and make associated taxiway improvements. Another $2.6 million will help upgrade lighting for the terminal ramp areas.
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The rehabilitation project is scheduled to take place in mid-2018. The runway will be closed for about four months, but DFW’s six additional runways will allow a full schedule of flight operations, airport officials said. Customers should not see significant air traffic delays due to the closure, officials said
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The rehabilitation project for Runway 17C/35C includes installation of an updated pavement sensor system for measuring weather impacts.
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U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, said the improvements will maintain DFW Airport’s position as “the nation's premier transportation hub.”

"I am honored to represent DFW Airport in Congress and look forward to the seeing the impacts these improvements will have on air-travel, trade and job creation in North Texas,” Marchant said.

The rehabilitation consists of replacement of the center third of the runway, which is about 6,000 feet long, 50 feet wide and reaches a depth of more than three feet. The runway is comprised of 12 inches of lime-treated sub-base, 8 inches of cement-treated base and 18 inches of Portland Cement concrete.

Afterward, the entire runway will be resurfaced with a composite section of Portland Cement concrete and polymer-modified high-performance asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.
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DFW Airport serves more than 65 million customers per year, making it one of the most frequently visited super-hub airports in the world.
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Frisco P&Z approves zoning request for housing development with grass rooftops



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Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request from the owners of the property to rezone 57 acres on the northeast corner of Independence Parkway and Rolater Road from agriculture to single family.
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The homes in the proposed development would have a modern, sleek interior while the outside would have customized gardens, including grassy rooftops. According to the developer, these types of homes are popular in other countries, such as India and Dubai.
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The developer has also enhanced open space amenities, upgraded the bridge design, reworked the open space and provided a connection of a trail to the cul-de-sacs within the proposed development.
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During Tuesday’s meeting, there were several residents present who spoke in favor of the development.

One resident spoke against the project, arguing the proposed developed was too different and was not likely to be successful in Frisco. Some residents said it was that uniqueness that would “place Frisco on the map.”
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McKinney National Airport to build new terminal as growth surges.

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Partnership to develop new luxury harbor-side community in Rockwall


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A newly formed joint venture partnership — Dallas-based Atticus Real Estate and Agoura Hills, California-based AMCAL Equities LLC — plans to begin construction by the end of the month on a luxury community near the harbor of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall.

Upon completion, the four-story, 228-unit apartment community, called Harbor Urban Center Apartments, will sit on a 2.14-acre tract at the southeast corner of Summer Lee Drive and Horizon Road, just south of Interstate 30, in Rockwall.
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"We see the Rockwall market as an excellent opportunity to deliver a high-end, Class A+ product in a market poised to continue its tremendous growth," said Mark Humphreys, who is CEO of Atticus Real Estate Services and Humphreys & Partners Architects.
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The community's amenities include a rooftop garden with views of Lake Ray Hubbard, as well as two courtyards with grills and outdoor kitchens, cabana-style seating with fire pits and televisions.
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Construction is slated to begin by the end of the month, with completion expected in October 2019.
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Architecture, design firms unveil plans for Plano ISD fine arts center



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Plans for Plano ISD’s $50 million fine arts center became clearer Wednesday after the design and architectural firms hired by PISD released detailed renderings of the facility.

The facility will include a 1,500-seat performance hall, rehearsal space, black box theater and art gallery, according to a joint news release from Perkins+Will and Bora Architects.
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“Four state-of-the-art venues will showcase students’ hard work and talent. Our design is a celebration of these young learners, and reflects the district’s commitment to the transformative power of arts education that we find optimistic and inspiring. We want the building to be a bright, beautiful invitation to the whole community.”

The arts center will be located at the southeast quadrant of Park Boulevard and Alma Drive and is expected to be complete in August of 2020, according to the release.
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“A blend of elegance and functionality, the Fine Arts Center was designed to inspire creativity while cultivating an effective educational environment. It will be a crown jewel for the school district and the community.”
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Grapevine council approves $30M contract to begin TEXRail construction



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Grapevine City Council approved a contract with Coury Hospitality for Phase 1 of the TEXRail project coming to the corner of Main Street and Dallas Road at its meeting Dec. 5. The contract amount is not to exceed $30,185,180.
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The contract allows the Coury Hospitality team to begin construction of the garage, basement and site work for the project. With the approval, crews can mobilize on the TEXRail site during December and begin construction so that the garage is ready to receive commuter rail traffic by December 2018.

“I think this is going to be an amazing project,” Council Member Darlene Freed said.
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A second guaranteed maximum price for Phase 2 of the project will be brought before the council in March, which will encompass the station, the plaza and the tower at the TEXRail station.
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Downtown Grapevine is so charming and such a neat place.
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McKinney National Airport announces new terminal and hangar project



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The City of McKinney announced they have entered into a public-private partnership with Western LLC for a $16 million construction project at the McKinney National Airport that will update and expand its facilities and include a new state-of-the-art fixed-base operator (FBO) terminal and 40,000-square-foot hangar. Construction is expected to begin this spring and will take approximately 12-18 months.
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Operations continue to increase year-over-year at the airport and this opportunity to enter into a public-private partnership with Western LLC allows the city to capitalize on their expertise and reputation as a well-respected developer in the aviation industry while helping us meet the demands of new businesses pouring into Collin County and the larger Dallas area,” said Mayor George Fuller.

McKinney National Airport is home to Fortune 500 business aircraft that travel worldwide. McKinney Air Center, the FBO that provides fuel and other services to aircraft at McKinney National Airport, was named best in the nation in the 2017 Pilots’ Choice Awards by FltPlan.com for the third time in its four-year existence.
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It was also named Top Star FBO and Top Regional U.S. FBO in the South Central region.
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Also regarding McKinney National Airport:

A new commercial passenger terminal is planned on the east side of a planned second runway and taxiway.

Current and future runway operations:
  • Current runway - 7,002' X 150' with ultimate expansion of 8,502' X 150'
  • Proposed runway - 6,002' X 100' with ultimate expansion of 7,002' X 150'
  • Proposed taxiway - 6,002' X 50' with ultimate expansion of 7,002' X 75'

For comparison:
  • William P. Hobby (shortest runway) - 5,148' X 100' (12L)
  • Love Field (shortest runway) - 6,147' X 150' (18)
  • William P. Hobby (longest runway) - 7,602' X 150' (30L)
  • Love Field (longest runway) - 8,800' X 150' (13R)

View McKinney National Airport's Layout Plan here


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Alamo Drafthouse movie theater lands notable, new Texas address: Denton


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Denton has been on the minds of Alamo Drafthouse execs for years. But the first stop for this dinner-and-a-flick movie house in North Texas was Richardson. Then the Cedars in Dallas. Las Colinas and Lake Highlands are next. Finally, Denton gets its moment: Alamo No. 5 is expected to open in June 2018 in little d, the city where some Alamo high-ups went to college.

The coming-soon Alamo Drafthouse in Denton will be located in Rayzor Ranch, near the intersection of 380 and Interstate 35E.
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"Denton has been a market we wanted Alamo Drafthouse to locate for a very long time," says DFW COO Bill DiGaetano in a statement.

The movie theater will be home to a bar and restaurant called Vetted Well.

You may recognize that as the same-named bar with "killer cocktails and Dallas skyline views," our beer editor Tiney Ricciardi reported, at the Alamo Drafthouse in the Cedars. At Vetted Well in Denton, it'll pour something like 30 local beers, according to a statement.


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Plans advance for 4-story hotel near downtown Plano



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The plot is across the President George Bush Turnpike from the city of Richardson’s massive CityLine development, which is home to State Farm and Raytheon corporate offices.

The approved amendment allows an increase of the maximum allowable height of the hotel from two stories to four stories.
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Plans for DART’s future Cotton Belt Line, which will link downtown Plano to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport when completed, could have the potential to revitalize downtown Plano, Day said in a previous interview with Community Impact Newspaper.

“[The Cotton Belt] is basically a really unique opportunity to expand our downtown core to the south and … continue what we hope is a synergy between downtown Plano and CityLine station—revitalizing that southern K Avenue corridor in Plano,” Day said.

The Cotton Belt Line is projected to begin operation in 2022.

The approved site plans for the hotel will remain pending until Plano City Council decides whether to accept the zoning amendments approved by the planning and zoning commission.
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Houston developer kicks off new Baylor Scott & White medical office building in DFW



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The three-story medical office building, called Medical Office Building III, will sit adjacent to Baylor Scott & White's 296-bed hospital on the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Irving campus.
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The new medical office building is roughly 80 percent pre-leased to medical providers, including, HealthTexas Provider Network, the Arlington Orthopedic Associates, the Dallas Nephrology Associates, Pure Dermatology Center and Touchstone Imaging.

GSR Andrade is the project architect. Dallas-based MYCON General Contractors is the general contractor for the project.

The Irving medical office building is slated to open to patients this fall.
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Boeing doubles its new Plano operation, makes room for 200 more workers


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Less than a year after announcing the move, Boeing is doubling the size of its office in Plano's Legacy West development.

The Chicago-based aerospace firm has rented another large block of offices at the northwest corner of Legacy Drive and the Dallas North Tollway.

In April 2017, Boeing announced it was moving the headquarters for its new global services division to the $3 billion Legacy West project, joining Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JPMorgan Chase and FedEx Office.
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"Yes, Boeing is expanding its footprint in Legacy West," said spokeswoman Lisa Maull. "We will add another 35,000 square feet to accommodate global services as well as growth in some other capability areas within Boeing.
"This added capacity will allow for more than 200 employees at this location."
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Boeing's Plano office is located above the shopping and retail buildings along Windrose Avenue.
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Boeing said it chose to locate its new division here because of the geographic location and access to a large, talented labor pool.
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Sources: Frisco to develop park bigger than Dallas' Fair Park


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The city of Frisco has roughly 300 acres of prime developable land alongside Panther Creek on Brinkmann Ranch under contract, with plans to build a city park with sports fields that, if developed, would be bigger than Dallas' Fair Park.

Officials with the city are expected to close on a tract at the northwest corner of Eldorado Parkway and Preston Road on Feb. 5, multiple sources say.

By luring the Dallas Cowboys' world headquarters and practice facility and recently landing a Major League Lacrosse team, sources say Frisco is branding itself a premier city in North Texas to raise a young athlete.
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Mayor Jeff Cheney declined to comment on the would-be deal, but said parks are an important part of Frisco's future.

"I've always said I want Frisco to have the best park system in the entire country," Cheney told the Dallas Business Journal.

The Brinkmann Ranch tract is owned by North Texas businessman Baxter Brinkmann.
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As North Texas continues to add rooftops and residents to its ranks, parks have become an important part of communities' development strategies. In Dallas, city leaders are working to develop and program four parks within the central business district for residents.
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Habitat for Humanity to convert shipping containers into homes for affordable housing in McKinney



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For now, it's just a sliver of land and an old abandoned house at the corner of Bumpas and Fitzhugh streets on McKinney's east side.

But if all goes according to plan, town homes built from shipping containers will begin rising up within a year on the site.

Named The Cotton Groves, the community is a new stock of affordable housing planned for the northern Collin County suburb.

North Collin County Habitat for Humanity purchased the nearly three-acre plot on the city's east side in November. Last month, McKinney City Council members unanimously approved plans for the 35-unit neighborhood development.


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Each home will be made of four shipping containers to make-up a 1,280-square-foot home. The homes will feature three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a second-floor balcony and covered carport.

Habitat plans to sell the homes to people at 30 percent of their gross monthly income.

Qualified applicants must have lived or worked in north Collin County for one year, currently be living in substandard housing and willing to contribute sweat equity to help build their home and others.

"The ultimate goal was to serve more families," said Celeste H. Cox, CEO of the North Collin County Habitat for Humanity.
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