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600-foot observation wheel planned for Euless development
Construction of a 600-foot observation wheel is being planned at a 200-acre development called the Villages of Bear Creek in Euless, owned by Bear Creek Associates II and Bear Creek Associates III partnerships.
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uh yea.. old news. its got its own thread too. whereve you been
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That's a lot of nice mid-sized stuff. Too bad about that big ugly complex on the lake. I hate it when nice natural places like lakes and mountains get these big condo complexes and ruin it for the locals who have been there a long time. Maybe George Bush has something to do with it. He hates nature.
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wow... Dallas is exploding w/ projects!
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What a great thread. This is the first boom I have ever seen in Dallas. Could someone please post a picture of the Crescent?
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A great thread indeed

I would have to say Dallas is the most underrated big city in America maybe?!? Sooo much going on, yet you hear very little about it...
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Thanks for the information!

Dallas is well on its way to becoming the #4 metro in the US with all this development, not to mention the job growth to go along with it.
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actually there is only one natural lake in all of Texas and it's not this one. Part of the surrounding of Joe Pool is actually a state park, so it's protected. But for the most part there are housing developments and parks, so there is nothing really to disturb there that's natural. The lake itself is not very old at all. I believe it was formed in the 80s.

http://skylinegruve2002.dallasmetrop...HECRESCENT.jpg

The Prado at Ashton Place is going up to the left of this pic, and the field in front is actually proposed for a Ritz Carlton. So I guess that's another announcement for this thread, a Ritz Carlton.
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actually there is only one natural lake in all of Texas and it's not this one. Part of the surrounding of Joe Pool is actually a state park, so it's protected. But for the most part there are housing developments and parks, so there is nothing really to disturb there that's natural. The lake itself is not very old at all. I believe it was formed in the 80s.

http://skylinegruve2002.dallasmetrop...HECRESCENT.jpg

The Prado at Ashton Place is going up to the left of this pic, and the field in front is actually proposed for a Ritz Carlton. So I guess that's another announcement for this thread, a Ritz Carlton.
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That is my favorite building in Dallas or at least i think thats the one. What is that?
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The Crescent. It has office, Four-Star hotel, and a very upscale shopping area . Pretty much THE symbol of Uptown Dallas. The Vendome up the street also has similar architecture. Many share your opinion that this is one of Dallas' best.

Here are views of it that most non-Dallasites never see.
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...stantangle.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...idedistant.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...nt/sidedet.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...ranceshops.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...plusshafts.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...nsidecourt.jpg

Office towers (what most see in pictures)
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...gatetowers.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t.../lookingup.jpg

Here is the hotel part
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...ent/hotel2.jpg

http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t...cent/hotel.jpg
http://www.bluffton.edu/~sullivanm/t.../sideangle.jpg
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Lakeside DFW (Grapevine Lake northern shore just north of DFW airport) Another Las Colinas/Legacy type development

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$2.6 Billion DFW Airport capital improvement

Skylink inter-terminal rail system that will link to DART light Rail






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Trinity River Park (under construction)
will be the nation's largest urban park
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Great Job Owlhorn. Here's a just announced project...



Downtown spot may be home to new apartments
Gables seeks to convert vacant Republic Bank Building into complex



08/05/2003

By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

One of downtown Dallas' office skyscrapers could be getting a new lease on life – as rental housing.

Gables Residential, one of the largest apartment owners in Dallas' trendy uptown district, wants to turn the vacant Republic Bank Building into apartments. It would be downtown's largest converted apartment project.

Built in 1954, the Republic Bank Building was Dallas' first modern, post-war office tower.

The 36-story aluminum-clad building was the city's tallest when it opened – and the neon-lighted "rocket" sculpture on the roof makes it look even larger.

The landmark structure has been vacant since 1995, when developers gutted it to remove toxic asbestos.

Now Florida-based Gables has drafted a plan to spend $39 million refurbishing the building at Bryan and Ervay streets into 227 luxury apartments plus retail space.

To make the development feasible, Gables Residential plans to seek $3 million in downtown tax increment finance funding to support the redevelopment.

Architect RTKL Associates – which has its office next door – has been hired to do design work.

"They have made a presentation and shown us what they want to do with the building," said Larry Fonts, who heads the Central Dallas Association. "It would be a tremendous multi-use development."

Gables, which manages more than 52,000 apartments in four states, has never done a project like this, said Cathy High of Gables' corporate communications department. "We don't have any high-rises like that," she said.

Gables owns six large apartment communities in the Uptown area. In June, it also bought the 334-unit Knoxbridge complex on the eastern border of Highland Park.

The real estate investment trust owns 86 apartment communities in Atlanta; Houston; South Florida; Austin; Dallas; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C.

"Financially they are solid and have delivered on their promises to the community in the past," said Dallas City Councilwoman Veletta Lill. "They have been a good neighbor in the Uptown area, and I would anticipate a good relationship with them downtown."

She said the $3 million in public sector incentives that Gables is seeking for the Republic Bank Building is a conservative request. "Percentage-wise, this is a great deal for the city," Ms. Lill said. "Our investment in this property would be small compared to other properties we've invested in downtown."

The renovation would restore one of the last large vacant buildings in Dallas' central business district.

The Republic Bank Building is on DART's downtown light rail line and is next to Thanksgiving Square. It was designed by architect Wallace K. Harrison, whose other works include the United Nations Building in New York and parts of Rockefeller Center.

The taller 48-story Republic Bank Tower next door, which was built in 1965, has been remodeled into office space.
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That new "W Hotel" and "Cowboy Stadium" are stunning. Dallas needs an update and these projects will help out a lot! Good for the Big D!
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Here's an urban park that the people want to build but for tearing down an old hotel and the abandoned public library. I think it could be a great idea.

http://www.dallasnews.com/localnews/...oop.a3d4f.html

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Nasher Sculpture Center (Awesome!!!! and will be completed in October)





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New Apparel Center downtown in the Arts District!

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09:57 PM CDT on Wednesday, August 13, 2003
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...elmkt.2b07.html

About two dozen fashion wholesalers have leased space in downtown Dallas to create an apparel showroom center.

The group, called the Fashion Industry Guild, will take about a third of the recently renovated Southwestern Plaza office building at 1807 Ross Ave.

The leases represent one of the largest industry expansions in years for the central business district. Some of the showrooms will be new to Dallas, but most are relocating from the Dallas Market Center on Stemmons Freeway.

Developer Brook Partners – which owns the building that formerly housed Southwestern Life Insurance Co. – plans to have the first phase of the 100,000-square-foot apparel mart open by January.

"This is a whole industry that's coming to downtown – not just another tenant," said Brook Partners CEO John Sughrue.

A group of showroom owners began scouting the downtown area earlier this year for a location. Their earlier plan to move into the historic Mercantile National Bank fell through.

Now the same group plus a few others have signed on in Southwestern Plaza and plan to create a small, independent apparel mart.

"We will be the boutique hotel version of the fashion market center," Mr. Sughrue said.

Federico Mariel, who's operated his fashion showroom at the Dallas Market Center for 18 years, said the independent showrooms want to broaden the options for retail buyers who visit Dallas.

"We're going to offer a different shopping experience and attract the same buyer" as the Dallas Market Center, Mr. Mariel said.

The 23 showrooms will show dozens of fashion lines, including Trina Turk, Tracy Reese, Rebecca Bruce, Tommassini, Puma, Ya-Ya, Me & Ro, Wasabi, Hat Attack, Vitamina Jeans, Central Park West, Nicole Miller and Tommy Bahama.

Mr. Sughrue said his firm is negotiating with an additional 10 to 20 showrooms that have expressed an interest in the building.

Peter Rauch, who represents the Tommy Bahama apparel line, said that a second fashion mart should bring more buyers to Dallas, just as a similar concept has done in Los Angeles.

"The biggest challenge for the independent showrooms in this business is the buyers have so many opportunities," Mr. Rauch said. "There's New York, and L.A. and Chicago, Atlanta and Las Vegas.

"Our goal today is try to win more of them back to Dallas by offering something different," he said.

The showroom operators said their decision to set up a small fashion mart shouldn't be characterized as a revolt from the much larger Dallas Market Center.

"This core group started looking months ago," said showroom owner Suzanne Collier. "We needed a better venue because our buyers were going elsewhere to shop. We needed to give them something new."

The location of the Southwestern Plaza building – between the Fairmont Hotel and the Dallas Museum of Art – is a radical change from the Stemmons Freeway locale of the current wholesale district.

"It was the location and the quality of the space – more than anything – that convinced this group to make the move," said Lyle Burgin of Brook Partners.

Brook Partners began redeveloping the 1807 Ross building three years ago with an eye toward turning it into a high-tech center.

When the dot-com and telecom market burned out, the owners converted the five-level building into multi-use office space. About two-thirds of the building will still be used for general office tenants.

The new fashion mart will occupy the lower two levels and part of the basement. A three-story stairway will connect the showrooms.

The showrooms will occupy about 80,000 square feet with 20,000 square feet set aside for seasonal, temporary display space.

The park in front of the building at Ross and Akard Street is also getting a makeover. The public plaza will be named for Dallas businessman Henry S. Beck Jr., whose family's Beck Group general contracting firm occupies the top floor of Southwestern Plaza.

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"We will be able to create special events in the park associated with our trade shows," Mr. Burgin said. "We see it as an extension of the common area space."

Business owners in the area said they welcome the prospect of retail buyers coming to downtown. "This will give us an additional ability to market Dallas," said Frank Naboulsi, general manager of the Fairmont Hotel. "It will help revitalize the downtown core."

Brandt Wood, whose company operates several restaurants and entertainment venues downtown, said the fashion center will add to pedestrian traffic.

"This is probably second in importance only to the new Nasher sculpture garden in terms of the cultural contribution it could make to downtown," Mr. Wood said.

Competitor's doubts


Operators of the much larger and competing Dallas Market Center disputed the notion that fashion buyers would want to spend extra time downtown. "Buyers want one-stop shopping – an efficient place with lots of parking," said Cole Daugherty, public relations director for the Dallas Market Center.

Mr. Daugherty said the new downtown fashion market could wind up as a "hodgepodge" and that "it doesn't hang together very well."

The Dallas Market Center is in the midst of a $20 million, 1-million-square-foot project to remodel part of the World Trade Center. It announced earlier this year that it will close the landmark International Apparel Mart and consolidate the fashion showrooms into its largest wholesale market building. FashionCenterDallas is scheduled for completion in first-quarter 2004.

"We are marching ahead with our project. We have 600 tenants and thousands of lines," Mr. Daugherty said. "We have a 40-year history in the apparel business here."

He said independent wholesalers who are moving downtown have been "walking up and down our halls" trying to solicit tenants.

"The barriers of entry to opening up a comprehensive marketplace are incredibly high," Mr. Daugherty said. "You just can't open up the doors and hope people show up."
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