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Old Posted Feb 4, 2006, 5:30 PM
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DART parking: Can they top it?
Mockingbird station may sell air rights for apartments, retail

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....22d64127.html


12:00 AM CST on Saturday, February 4, 2006
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News


Developers are trying to strike a deal with DART to build apartments and retail on parking lots at the Mockingbird rail station.

At least two firms – FirstWorthing Corp. and Prescott Realty Group – are vying for the chance to develop on top of the transit station parking lots, real estate brokers familiar with the deal say.

The mixed-use projects and parking garages would replace more than six acres of surface parking between Mockingbird Lane and Yale Boulevard, just east of North Central Expressway.

While a deal is expected to move forward soon, DART officials aren't talking about their plans.

"We have nothing new to report or confirm at this time," spokesman Jeff Hampton said.

And the developers involved in talks with the transit agency are also keeping mum.

"We have no comment on the DART parking lots at this time," FirstWorthing executive vice president John Allums said Friday. "It is still in DART's court."

Likewise, officials with Prescott Realty Group declined to talk about the pending project.

Both developers have recently submitted proposals to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for building projects and improving pedestrian access to the area around the DART station.

DART has had discussions with various developers for almost a decade about building on top of its Mockingbird station lots.

Such projects are common in other cities with rail transit systems.

Last year, the company formally asked for proposals from developers interested in building at the Mockingbird site.

Developing such projects in Dallas is harder because apartment rents here are lower than in many major cities, said real estate analyst Ron Witten with Witten Advisors.

"The economics of these deals aren't easy," he said. "Developers of these types of projects will find a challenge with the high construction costs in today's market."

Usually developers are required to replace all of the parking spaces in a new garage and then sign a long-term lease for the air rights to build over the public parking.


There are 708 parking spaces at the Mockingbird lots.

Developers have already hitched a ride on DART with apartment projects adjacent to the stations in Plano, near Uptown's Cityplace station and – most recently – with two apartment communities planned in Richardson.

The Mockingbird Station apartment and retail complex constructed in the 1990s just east of North Central Expressway was a ground breaker for such developments in North Texas.

Mockingbird Station's developer, Ken Hughes – who looked at building on the DART lots back in the 1990s – hopes the project moves forward. "It would be fabulous if we could get more density at that station," he said.

E-mail stevebrown@dallasnews.com
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Hunt Tower Craneage. Boy did this develop quickly from concept to actual construction.




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Ritz-Carlton update from TexasStar

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Mosaic attracts fitness center
http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/s...ewscolumn6.html

Developers Larry Hamilton and Ted Hamilton of Colorado-based Hamilton Properties Corp. are welcoming a fitness facility and restaurant to the retail piece of their downtown Dallas Mosaic project.

Renovation work is under way on the Mosaic residential development, which should be completed by 2007.

The project consists of a 21-story and 32-story building that together will include 443 apartments and 20,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

Dallas-based City Commercial's Teri Dorazil brokered a lease for Pulse, a Dallas-owned independent gym.

And the culinary talent behind Fuse, which is in the Dallas Power & Light Building on Commerce Street, is also developing a 6,600-square-foot restaurant called Scene at Mosaic. Hamilton Properties is an investor in Fuse and will also have a stake in Scene.
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Third Rail Lofts crane finally rises downtown

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Old Posted Feb 7, 2006, 5:29 AM
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Old Posted Feb 7, 2006, 5:31 AM
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The Hunt Tower crane assembled by Ninjatune

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The supports for the moving video screens are going up at Victory Plaza. Photo by BigD5349

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Lake Cliff Tower renovation progress by boozo

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Old Posted Feb 11, 2006, 9:15 PM
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Joule Urban Resort crane going up by Ninjatune.


Here's a nice compilation of the crane going up by Ninjatune. Usual greatness by Ninjatune

http://forum.dallasmetropolis.com/sh...p?t=805&page=4
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Old Posted Feb 13, 2006, 1:32 AM
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West Village expansion, by TexasStar

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Old Posted Feb 13, 2006, 6:27 AM
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Joule Urban Resort Crane by Ninjatune

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The House by Stark model, showing the downtown facing side, by jsoto3



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beautiful. Victory Dallas is taking no short cuts. This is a quality development with quality architecture. I think it will definititely be the crown jewel of Dallas or even............nah I'm not going to go there.
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there are some great projects underway in dallas right now! keep it up
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Some great Joule Urban resort crane photos by crescentboi and Ninjatune

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More West Village area expansion courtesy of crescentboi. This one is right across McKinney from the main West Village on Cityplace West Blvd. The masterplan is going quite well. Two 20+ story residential towers are announced across Cityplace Blvd where the driving range currently sits. This is a couple of blocks from the pictured development above


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The afforementioned next additions to go in on the block on the left of the above photo.




a reminder of the masterplan that obviously is not being followed exactly, but it gives you and idea of the concept(large urban village, with lots of retail, very close in scale to Victory, but more pedestrian friendly, and built around a subway station and trolley line.) The renderings above are on blocks 7A and 7B and are expected to break ground in the next couple of months(that means July in Dallasese). The last two construction pics are of block 7C(the last pic) and the block to the right of outlined "West Village" across Blackburn. The ZOM labelled building is the completed Mondrian.

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Third Rail Lofts (17 story residential) and Gulf States building renovation from crescentboi. Yes, Main St is a pretty busy place these days:



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Criswell Center expansion(First Baptist Church in DTD) by crescentboi:


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