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Las Colinas to get a taste of Uptown
Gables to develop 13-acre, mixed-use site in Urban Center

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....135e265f.html

10:58 AM CST on Wednesday, January 11, 2006
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News


Gables Residential, the busiest apartment builder in central Dallas, is going to take a little bit of Uptown to Irving.

Gables has purchased about 13 acres in the center of Las Colinas, where it plans to build a high-density mixed-use project. The lakeside development will include hundreds of apartments, a shopping center and a future condo tower and hotel.



The development site is in the Las Colinas Urban Center on O'Connor Boulevard east of State Highway 114. It is directly across the street from Las Colinas' landmark bronze mustangs sculpture.

"It's across from Williams Square and on the water," Gables senior vice president Doug Chesnut said Monday. "It's a great piece of real estate."

Gables purchased the property from the Las Colinas Land LP in a deal negotiated by Cousins Properties. The sale was one of the last made by Cousins before Houston developer Hines took ownership of the remaining vacant land in Las Colinas at the end of 2005.

It will take almost a year to plan and engineer.

"We will do it in multiple phases," Mr. Chesnut said. "We can make this the heart of the Urban Center."

Early concepts call for almost 800 apartments with more than 200,000 square feet of retail space on the lower floors.

With more than 1,000 apartment units under construction in Las Colinas, the addition of an Uptown-style retail center should boost rental demand in the neighborhood, said Dallas apartment analyst Mike Puls.

"Walking to nearby retail is a great advantage for apartments," he said.

And Gables has experience with mixed-use development. It is part of the next phase of Dallas' Cityplace project.

The two Gables projects are located across the street from the West Village and include apartments above ground-level stores.

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Las Colinas to get a taste of Uptown
Gables to develop 13-acre, mixed-use site in Urban Center

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont....135e265f.html

10:58 AM CST on Wednesday, January 11, 2006
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News


Gables Residential, the busiest apartment builder in central Dallas, is going to take a little bit of Uptown to Irving.

Gables has purchased about 13 acres in the center of Las Colinas, where it plans to build a high-density mixed-use project. The lakeside development will include hundreds of apartments, a shopping center and a future condo tower and hotel.



The development site is in the Las Colinas Urban Center on O'Connor Boulevard east of State Highway 114. It is directly across the street from Las Colinas' landmark bronze mustangs sculpture.

"It's across from Williams Square and on the water," Gables senior vice president Doug Chesnut said Monday. "It's a great piece of real estate."

Gables purchased the property from the Las Colinas Land LP in a deal negotiated by Cousins Properties. The sale was one of the last made by Cousins before Houston developer Hines took ownership of the remaining vacant land in Las Colinas at the end of 2005.

It will take almost a year to plan and engineer.

"We will do it in multiple phases," Mr. Chesnut said. "We can make this the heart of the Urban Center."

Early concepts call for almost 800 apartments with more than 200,000 square feet of retail space on the lower floors.

With more than 1,000 apartment units under construction in Las Colinas, the addition of an Uptown-style retail center should boost rental demand in the neighborhood, said Dallas apartment analyst Mike Puls.

"Walking to nearby retail is a great advantage for apartments," he said.

And Gables has experience with mixed-use development. It is part of the next phase of Dallas' Cityplace project.

The two Gables projects are located across the street from the West Village and include apartments above ground-level stores.

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'ULTRA URBANISM!' - MOSAIC TOWERS BREAKS GROUND

http://www.downtowndallas.com/current.htm#mosaic

Construction has begun


Mayor Laura Miller praises Hamilton Properties for their dedication to Downtown Dallas
Gary Thomas, DART, shares his vision for a true Transit Oriented Development



A DART light rail train ceremoniously ripped through a banner stretched across the tracks, signifying the kick-off of the redevelopment of Mosaic Towers on Thursday, January 12. Mayor Laura Miller and DART President Gary Thomas were on hand to celebrate, each stressing the importance of this Transit Oriented Development and its "ultra urbanism."

The 21-story and 32-story Mosaic Towers, originally built as the headquarters for Fidelity Union Life Insurance and Texas Power and Light Company, were built in 1952 and 1960 respectively. The buildings are being combined into one residential property, renamed Mosaic in honor of the millions of glass tiles on the 1960’s structure. Originally designed by architect Wyatt C. Hedrick and commissioned by Carr P. Collins and William Lynch, Mosaic will become one of the largest pieces of the 'mosaic' for Downtown Dallas as one of the residential projects.

The Mosaic restoration will include 433 apartments, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 770 parking spaces. With a planned budget of $100 million, Mosaic should be completed in 2007.

Colorado-based Hamilton Properties Corporation is developing the project which will also include an innovative dog park and movie theater for its residents. In addition to the Mosaic, Hamilton Properties' projects in Dallas also include the historic Davis Building and Dallas Power & Light which continue to reinforce Downtown’s residential community.

Mosaic: 1950 - 2006
December 16, 1950 – Carr P. Collins makes public announcement that Fidelity Union Life Insurance and Texas Power and Light will erect a 20-story office tower at Bryan and Bullington streets and a 7-story parking garage at Federal and Akard.

May 25, 1952 – Carr Collins announces that the project is ahead of schedule and will begin occupancy of the lower floors on October 1st and will be completely finish by January 1, 1953.

September 1952 – Col. John A. Smith Jr., property manager, announces tenants of the tower will include Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas & Pacific Railroad, Texas Heart Association, and several oil companies and law firms.

November 11, 1958 – Charles S. Sharp of Mayflower Investments and Fidelity Union Life announces the construction of a new 30-story tower.

May 1959 – Plans are approved by City departments to raise the height of the new tower from fifteen floors to thirty three floors. Downtown Dallas ranked #2 in the nation (after New York) in growth of the Central Business District for a continuous decade.

1972 – City Council approves a bond program to begin construction of the first of the “underground” traffic relief program by building a below grade Truck Terminal to serve all office towers bounded by Pacific, Ervay and Bryan Streets. Initial designs call for service for only Fidelity Union Life, Republic National Bank and the Medical Arts Building.

1992 – The property becomes primarily vacant and only used for parking and storage purposes for TXU Corp.

2006 – Hamilton Properties Corporation begins construction to convert the property into the largest in-town multi-family project, and renames the towers Mosaic.

Fidelity Union featured in The Dallas Morning News - 1953.

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'ULTRA URBANISM!' - MOSAIC TOWERS BREAKS GROUND

http://www.downtowndallas.com/current.htm#mosaic

Construction has begun


Mayor Laura Miller praises Hamilton Properties for their dedication to Downtown Dallas
Gary Thomas, DART, shares his vision for a true Transit Oriented Development



A DART light rail train ceremoniously ripped through a banner stretched across the tracks, signifying the kick-off of the redevelopment of Mosaic Towers on Thursday, January 12. Mayor Laura Miller and DART President Gary Thomas were on hand to celebrate, each stressing the importance of this Transit Oriented Development and its "ultra urbanism."

The 21-story and 32-story Mosaic Towers, originally built as the headquarters for Fidelity Union Life Insurance and Texas Power and Light Company, were built in 1952 and 1960 respectively. The buildings are being combined into one residential property, renamed Mosaic in honor of the millions of glass tiles on the 1960’s structure. Originally designed by architect Wyatt C. Hedrick and commissioned by Carr P. Collins and William Lynch, Mosaic will become one of the largest pieces of the 'mosaic' for Downtown Dallas as one of the residential projects.

The Mosaic restoration will include 433 apartments, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 770 parking spaces. With a planned budget of $100 million, Mosaic should be completed in 2007.

Colorado-based Hamilton Properties Corporation is developing the project which will also include an innovative dog park and movie theater for its residents. In addition to the Mosaic, Hamilton Properties' projects in Dallas also include the historic Davis Building and Dallas Power & Light which continue to reinforce Downtown’s residential community.

Mosaic: 1950 - 2006
December 16, 1950 – Carr P. Collins makes public announcement that Fidelity Union Life Insurance and Texas Power and Light will erect a 20-story office tower at Bryan and Bullington streets and a 7-story parking garage at Federal and Akard.

May 25, 1952 – Carr Collins announces that the project is ahead of schedule and will begin occupancy of the lower floors on October 1st and will be completely finish by January 1, 1953.

September 1952 – Col. John A. Smith Jr., property manager, announces tenants of the tower will include Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Texas & Pacific Railroad, Texas Heart Association, and several oil companies and law firms.

November 11, 1958 – Charles S. Sharp of Mayflower Investments and Fidelity Union Life announces the construction of a new 30-story tower.

May 1959 – Plans are approved by City departments to raise the height of the new tower from fifteen floors to thirty three floors. Downtown Dallas ranked #2 in the nation (after New York) in growth of the Central Business District for a continuous decade.

1972 – City Council approves a bond program to begin construction of the first of the “underground” traffic relief program by building a below grade Truck Terminal to serve all office towers bounded by Pacific, Ervay and Bryan Streets. Initial designs call for service for only Fidelity Union Life, Republic National Bank and the Medical Arts Building.

1992 – The property becomes primarily vacant and only used for parking and storage purposes for TXU Corp.

2006 – Hamilton Properties Corporation begins construction to convert the property into the largest in-town multi-family project, and renames the towers Mosaic.

Fidelity Union featured in The Dallas Morning News - 1953.

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Here's a link to the Fidelty Union Bank redo. If you click on location it will bring you to screen that will show you "Thanksgiving Square" and have green bar labeled "Click here to see the before photography shoot". Some fun shots of what is there now.

http://www.mosaicdallas.com/
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Here's a link to the Fidelty Union Bank redo. If you click on location it will bring you to screen that will show you "Thanksgiving Square" and have green bar labeled "Click here to see the before photography shoot". Some fun shots of what is there now.

http://www.mosaicdallas.com/
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Below is a rendering of the additional 16-story condo tower at Maple Terrace.
This new tower and the renovation of the existing building is apparently getting underway very soon.




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Photo by crescentboi from last weekend of the 'Village on the Green' in North Dallas by the Galleria:




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A 10-story office building will be coming down on Sunday, January 29, at 0800. This area is where the rather sizeable Park Lane Place development is going in.
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Below is a rendering of the additional 16-story condo tower at Maple Terrace.
This new tower and the renovation of the existing building is apparently getting underway very soon.




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Photo by crescentboi from last weekend of the 'Village on the Green' in North Dallas by the Galleria:




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A 10-story office building will be coming down on Sunday, January 29, at 0800. This area is where the rather sizeable Park Lane Place development is going in.
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Photo of the Ritz-Carlton site by TexasStar on 15Jan06:




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Info on the Joule Urban Resort:

Gatehouse Capital Wearing Developer's Hat for $40M-Plus Joule
By Connie Gore
Last updated: January 20, 2006 10:15am

http://www.globest.com/news/457_457/.../142181-1.html

DALLAS-Stepping into its second major project in the city, Gatehouse Capital Corp. will partner with the local owner of the former Dallas National Bank Building to develop a 120-room luxury concept hotel in the Downtown.
It's been estimated that the "Joule," designed by Adam D. Tihany of New York City, will cost upward of $40 million to develop. A Gatehouse contact says the developer's hat was won in a confidential yet competitive process staged by the bank's owner, Tim Headington, owner of the Headington Cos.

The Dallas-based Gatehouse, which has a stake in the W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, will steer the Joule, touted as an "urban resort," until it opens in 2007 and then turn over the reins, as previously announced, to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Inc. of San Francisco. Caroline Lerner, Gatehouse's vice president of development, tells GlobeSt.com that the 17-story, 90,000-sf bank building at 1530 Main St. will get another three floors, including a mezzanine level, so it can be readily connected to a proposed 48,000-sf structure at 1526 Main St. To marry the new and the old, the 1920s-era landmark's gothic design will be retained.

The Joule will feature a rooftop pool and grill, 1,000-sf fitness center and signature restaurant with a nationally recognized chef at the helm. "It's a very serious process of choosing someone who really fits Dallas and our project," Lerner says, pointing out that there's ample time to mull over the menu of candidates.

The Joule concept is still being fine-tuned, but it doesn't appear the Dallas hotel is destined to be a prototype for a new brand. "It's so unique," Lerner says, "that I'm not sure how we'd replicate that."


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Fort Worth Trinity River Vision:
(older visuals)

New Uptown District:






The TXU Plant:


Tarrant County College proposed downtown campus





^ Updated visuals of this project located here: http://www.uptownfortworth.com/
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Photo of the Ritz-Carlton site by TexasStar on 15Jan06:




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Info on the Joule Urban Resort:

Gatehouse Capital Wearing Developer's Hat for $40M-Plus Joule
By Connie Gore
Last updated: January 20, 2006 10:15am

http://www.globest.com/news/457_457/.../142181-1.html

DALLAS-Stepping into its second major project in the city, Gatehouse Capital Corp. will partner with the local owner of the former Dallas National Bank Building to develop a 120-room luxury concept hotel in the Downtown.
It's been estimated that the "Joule," designed by Adam D. Tihany of New York City, will cost upward of $40 million to develop. A Gatehouse contact says the developer's hat was won in a confidential yet competitive process staged by the bank's owner, Tim Headington, owner of the Headington Cos.

The Dallas-based Gatehouse, which has a stake in the W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, will steer the Joule, touted as an "urban resort," until it opens in 2007 and then turn over the reins, as previously announced, to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Inc. of San Francisco. Caroline Lerner, Gatehouse's vice president of development, tells GlobeSt.com that the 17-story, 90,000-sf bank building at 1530 Main St. will get another three floors, including a mezzanine level, so it can be readily connected to a proposed 48,000-sf structure at 1526 Main St. To marry the new and the old, the 1920s-era landmark's gothic design will be retained.

The Joule will feature a rooftop pool and grill, 1,000-sf fitness center and signature restaurant with a nationally recognized chef at the helm. "It's a very serious process of choosing someone who really fits Dallas and our project," Lerner says, pointing out that there's ample time to mull over the menu of candidates.

The Joule concept is still being fine-tuned, but it doesn't appear the Dallas hotel is destined to be a prototype for a new brand. "It's so unique," Lerner says, "that I'm not sure how we'd replicate that."


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Fort Worth Trinity River Vision:
(older visuals)

New Uptown District:






The TXU Plant:


Tarrant County College proposed downtown campus





^ Updated visuals of this project located here: http://www.uptownfortworth.com/
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Another visual of the FW Trinity River Vision from the uptownfortworth.com site:




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1900 McKinney will be about 310' now.


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Hunt Tower site update. Photos by TexasStar on 15Jan06:
(also a look at the two W Hotel buildings. . .)





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Another visual of the FW Trinity River Vision from the uptownfortworth.com site:




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1900 McKinney will be about 310' now.


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Hunt Tower site update. Photos by TexasStar on 15Jan06:
(also a look at the two W Hotel buildings. . .)





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Criswell Center update. Photo by TexasStar on 15Jan06:




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One Arts Plaza update from a little ways away by TexasStar, 15Jan06:




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Omni Hotel Fort Worth (Convention Center) has a rendering now:
(~500 ft. / 38 st. | 608 rooms + 97 condominiums)




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Dallas Market Center expansion news: http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dm...id=11&p_id=160


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6-story South Tower coming up for Arlington Memorial Hospital (2 articles, the latter is one that links further to more Hospital news in North Texas) :

AMH Readies for Largest Expansion in Its 47-year History
12/14/2005
Arlington Memorial Hospital announced plans today for a $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the facility's 47-year history; work is set to begin in early 2006.
Visit: http://www.texashealth.org/hospitals...C0EA292F400B84

ARLINGTON, Texas – Arlington Memorial Hospital (AMH), the hub of community health care in the Arlington-Mansfield-Grand Prairie area, is expanding to meet the increasing health care needs of the growing communities around it. Representatives from the hospital and its parent organization, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources (THR), announced plans today for a $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the facility's 47-year history.

“This is the next great step for Arlington Memorial,” said Oscar L. Amparan, president of the hospital and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources. “The city of Arlington and the surrounding communities have counted on Arlington Memorial for almost half a century. Arlington Memorial and THR are committed to providing patients and their physicians with facilities, technologies and services that are advanced, convenient, comfortable and family-friendly.” Amparan was appointed president of AMH in June.

The new six-story surgical tower, approved by both the AMH and THR Boards of Trustees, will increase the hospital's size by more than 200,000 square feet, adding 16 operating rooms for inpatient and day surgery, plus 48 private patient rooms. Groundbreaking for the tower is scheduled for Feb. 9, with completion expected in September 2007.

Texas Health Resources President and CEO Doug Hawthorne said the expansion, which is part of an overall 10-year, $1.5 billion growth plan for the 13-hospital system, follows THR's mission to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

“There is a direct correlation between the health of people in a community and their access to care,” Hawthorne said. “We believe it is essential to provide access to advanced care near where people live and work. This much-needed expansion will enable Arlington Memorial to continue to be the center of health care in the community.”

Arlington Memorial's central Arlington location positions it as the nexus for health care services to the communities of Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield. These three communities have experienced significant population growth during the past few years, and Arlington Memorial is stepping up to the challenge of supporting the needs of this fast-growing and diverse population, Amparan said.

“These additions of new operating rooms, private patient rooms and new technology are exciting news for the community and our medical staff,” said Dr. Stephen Lenhoff, chief of the medical staff at AMH. “We will be able to offer our patients some of the most advanced procedures available in this region.”

Amparan thanked the hospital's partners for supporting the new project.

“The strength of the Texas Health Resources system, the ongoing generosity of community-minded donors and Arlington Memorial's long-established relationships with physicians make this expansion possible,” Amparan added.

Contractors for the project include architectural firms HKS for the new construction and LBL, which will work with HKS on the renovation aspects of the project. The construction company is Centex.

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North Texas hot in hospital construction
07:01 PM CST on Saturday, January 21, 2006
By BOB MOOS / The Dallas Morning News
Visit: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...m.237df53.html

Older hospitals sometimes have to be rebuilt so they can accommodate the newest medical technology.
Forty-seven-year-old Arlington Memorial Hospital is building a $76 million tower to replace its operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical suites.
Even though Texas doesn't require a certificate of need, area hospitals have become skilled at identifying market niches that need filling, Ms. Standefer said.
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth announced plans last month for a women's hospital to alleviate a shortage of obstetrical services in Tarrant County.
The hospital will also offer gynecological surgery, an intensive care unit for premature and low-birth-weight babies, a breast center and a sexual dysfunction clinic.
"Pulling together women's health care services and providing them all under one roof has great appeal," Mr. Hilsabeck said.


More at link regarding the topic 'North Texas hot in hospital construction'. . .



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Richardson news:

$34M Transit-Oriented Development Will Rise in Galatyn Park
By Connie Gore
Last updated: January 20, 2006 09:00am
http://www.globest.com/cgi-bin/udt/i...tory_id=142160

RICHARDSON, TX-With the land deal set to close in the summer, Legacy Partners Residential Development Inc. has unveiled a $34-million plan to develop 278 units in a mixed-use mid-rise at the doorstep to the light-rail station in Galatyn Park. The news ends a four-year wait for a residential developer to take the lead in the city's 500-acre centerpiece.

Spencer Stuart Jr., senior vice president and Texas partner for the Foster City, CA-based Legacy, has sealed the deal after seven months of talks with the Hunt family, city officials and Galatyn Park Corp., the land's caretaker. Designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects LP in Dallas, the four-story "Venue" will include about 7,000 sf of street-level retail and a four-story parking garage.

In sync with the Venue's construction is a plan to extend Plaza Drive to Galatyn Parkway, opening up another eight acres for high-density development in front of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station. The street bisects a $5-million plaza flanked by mid-rise office buildings, a hotel and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and events.

"What we hope to do is continue this partnership and try to do other projects within Galatyn Park as this one becomes successful," Stuart tells GlobeSt.com. Galatyn Park's land bank, supported by two light-rail stations, has 450 untapped acres, including additional tracts for residential build-out.

About a dozen transit-oriented developments have sprung up around DART stations in recent years. Another dozen developments, plus or minus, are on the drawing board, with plans well under way in Farmers Branch and Carrollton, says Doug Allen, DART's executive vice president. "They're learning from Richardson," he says.

Stuart says it's uncertain at this time if the Venue will be held long term or sold after it's stabilized. Also to be determined is whether or not to outsource retail leasing. The retail space is earmarked for restaurants and boutique-type shops. As for the units, they will start to deliver about 14 months into the 18-month construction cycle, according to Stuart. The one- and two-bedroom rental units will average 950 sf, with a projected average rent of $1.30 per sf.

The two-year-old events center was the last ground-up construction in the plaza, but there's been some retooling of surrounding office space since the Calabasas, CA-based Countrywide Financial Corp. came to town in late 2004 with a plan for a $200-million campus seeded by 496,480 sf of existing space, an option on another 282,000-sf structure and 16.7 acres primed for development. "Countrywide moving in here has really created momentum," says Donald A. Dillard, vice president of the Galatyn Park Corp.


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Grapevine news (4 12-st towers) :

High-rise condos win approval
By ELLENA F. MORRISON
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
Posted on Wed, Jan. 18, 2006

Views of a shimmering Lake Grapevine will greet residents of the city's first high-rise condominiums -- the Lofts of Grapevine -- from as low as the fourth floor, project officials told the City Council on Tuesday night.

"Not if we don't get some rain," joked Councilwoman Sharron Spencer.

With 12 stories of condos stacked on top of two levels of parking, residents will also be able to view three golf courses and the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine. They won't have to go far to shop, either. Grapevine Mills mall is within walking distance.

"Just the overall setting, the incredible views, it really all plays into what we are trying to create," said Jon Koster of Links Equities, the project's development company.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the project, which was also approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The complex's 370 homes will be divided among four towers. All four towers are expected to be completed in six or seven years, project officials said. Work will include a hike-and-bike trail.

Hardwood floors, 11-foot ceilings, 1,790 square feet, parking and other amenities will cost a buyer an average of $453,071. Construction on the project, at 2301 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., could begin late this year, but sales could start as soon as mid-February.

"The charm of your city will really be an incredible draw," Koster said.

"Just the overall setting, the incredible views, it really all plays into what we are trying to create."
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Criswell Center update. Photo by TexasStar on 15Jan06:




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One Arts Plaza update from a little ways away by TexasStar, 15Jan06:




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Omni Hotel Fort Worth (Convention Center) has a rendering now:
(~500 ft. / 38 st. | 608 rooms + 97 condominiums)




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Dallas Market Center expansion news: http://www.dallasmarketcenter.com/dm...id=11&p_id=160


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6-story South Tower coming up for Arlington Memorial Hospital (2 articles, the latter is one that links further to more Hospital news in North Texas) :

AMH Readies for Largest Expansion in Its 47-year History
12/14/2005
Arlington Memorial Hospital announced plans today for a $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the facility's 47-year history; work is set to begin in early 2006.
Visit: http://www.texashealth.org/hospitals...C0EA292F400B84

ARLINGTON, Texas – Arlington Memorial Hospital (AMH), the hub of community health care in the Arlington-Mansfield-Grand Prairie area, is expanding to meet the increasing health care needs of the growing communities around it. Representatives from the hospital and its parent organization, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources (THR), announced plans today for a $76 million surgical tower – the largest one-time construction in the facility's 47-year history.

“This is the next great step for Arlington Memorial,” said Oscar L. Amparan, president of the hospital and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources. “The city of Arlington and the surrounding communities have counted on Arlington Memorial for almost half a century. Arlington Memorial and THR are committed to providing patients and their physicians with facilities, technologies and services that are advanced, convenient, comfortable and family-friendly.” Amparan was appointed president of AMH in June.

The new six-story surgical tower, approved by both the AMH and THR Boards of Trustees, will increase the hospital's size by more than 200,000 square feet, adding 16 operating rooms for inpatient and day surgery, plus 48 private patient rooms. Groundbreaking for the tower is scheduled for Feb. 9, with completion expected in September 2007.

Texas Health Resources President and CEO Doug Hawthorne said the expansion, which is part of an overall 10-year, $1.5 billion growth plan for the 13-hospital system, follows THR's mission to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

“There is a direct correlation between the health of people in a community and their access to care,” Hawthorne said. “We believe it is essential to provide access to advanced care near where people live and work. This much-needed expansion will enable Arlington Memorial to continue to be the center of health care in the community.”

Arlington Memorial's central Arlington location positions it as the nexus for health care services to the communities of Arlington, Grand Prairie and Mansfield. These three communities have experienced significant population growth during the past few years, and Arlington Memorial is stepping up to the challenge of supporting the needs of this fast-growing and diverse population, Amparan said.

“These additions of new operating rooms, private patient rooms and new technology are exciting news for the community and our medical staff,” said Dr. Stephen Lenhoff, chief of the medical staff at AMH. “We will be able to offer our patients some of the most advanced procedures available in this region.”

Amparan thanked the hospital's partners for supporting the new project.

“The strength of the Texas Health Resources system, the ongoing generosity of community-minded donors and Arlington Memorial's long-established relationships with physicians make this expansion possible,” Amparan added.

Contractors for the project include architectural firms HKS for the new construction and LBL, which will work with HKS on the renovation aspects of the project. The construction company is Centex.

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North Texas hot in hospital construction
07:01 PM CST on Saturday, January 21, 2006
By BOB MOOS / The Dallas Morning News
Visit: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...m.237df53.html

Older hospitals sometimes have to be rebuilt so they can accommodate the newest medical technology.
Forty-seven-year-old Arlington Memorial Hospital is building a $76 million tower to replace its operating rooms with state-of-the-art surgical suites.
Even though Texas doesn't require a certificate of need, area hospitals have become skilled at identifying market niches that need filling, Ms. Standefer said.
Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth announced plans last month for a women's hospital to alleviate a shortage of obstetrical services in Tarrant County.
The hospital will also offer gynecological surgery, an intensive care unit for premature and low-birth-weight babies, a breast center and a sexual dysfunction clinic.
"Pulling together women's health care services and providing them all under one roof has great appeal," Mr. Hilsabeck said.


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Richardson news:

$34M Transit-Oriented Development Will Rise in Galatyn Park
By Connie Gore
Last updated: January 20, 2006 09:00am
http://www.globest.com/cgi-bin/udt/i...tory_id=142160

RICHARDSON, TX-With the land deal set to close in the summer, Legacy Partners Residential Development Inc. has unveiled a $34-million plan to develop 278 units in a mixed-use mid-rise at the doorstep to the light-rail station in Galatyn Park. The news ends a four-year wait for a residential developer to take the lead in the city's 500-acre centerpiece.

Spencer Stuart Jr., senior vice president and Texas partner for the Foster City, CA-based Legacy, has sealed the deal after seven months of talks with the Hunt family, city officials and Galatyn Park Corp., the land's caretaker. Designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects LP in Dallas, the four-story "Venue" will include about 7,000 sf of street-level retail and a four-story parking garage.

In sync with the Venue's construction is a plan to extend Plaza Drive to Galatyn Parkway, opening up another eight acres for high-density development in front of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station. The street bisects a $5-million plaza flanked by mid-rise office buildings, a hotel and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for Performing Arts and events.

"What we hope to do is continue this partnership and try to do other projects within Galatyn Park as this one becomes successful," Stuart tells GlobeSt.com. Galatyn Park's land bank, supported by two light-rail stations, has 450 untapped acres, including additional tracts for residential build-out.

About a dozen transit-oriented developments have sprung up around DART stations in recent years. Another dozen developments, plus or minus, are on the drawing board, with plans well under way in Farmers Branch and Carrollton, says Doug Allen, DART's executive vice president. "They're learning from Richardson," he says.

Stuart says it's uncertain at this time if the Venue will be held long term or sold after it's stabilized. Also to be determined is whether or not to outsource retail leasing. The retail space is earmarked for restaurants and boutique-type shops. As for the units, they will start to deliver about 14 months into the 18-month construction cycle, according to Stuart. The one- and two-bedroom rental units will average 950 sf, with a projected average rent of $1.30 per sf.

The two-year-old events center was the last ground-up construction in the plaza, but there's been some retooling of surrounding office space since the Calabasas, CA-based Countrywide Financial Corp. came to town in late 2004 with a plan for a $200-million campus seeded by 496,480 sf of existing space, an option on another 282,000-sf structure and 16.7 acres primed for development. "Countrywide moving in here has really created momentum," says Donald A. Dillard, vice president of the Galatyn Park Corp.


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Grapevine news (4 12-st towers) :

High-rise condos win approval
By ELLENA F. MORRISON
STAR-TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
Posted on Wed, Jan. 18, 2006

Views of a shimmering Lake Grapevine will greet residents of the city's first high-rise condominiums -- the Lofts of Grapevine -- from as low as the fourth floor, project officials told the City Council on Tuesday night.

"Not if we don't get some rain," joked Councilwoman Sharron Spencer.

With 12 stories of condos stacked on top of two levels of parking, residents will also be able to view three golf courses and the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine. They won't have to go far to shop, either. Grapevine Mills mall is within walking distance.

"Just the overall setting, the incredible views, it really all plays into what we are trying to create," said Jon Koster of Links Equities, the project's development company.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the project, which was also approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

The complex's 370 homes will be divided among four towers. All four towers are expected to be completed in six or seven years, project officials said. Work will include a hike-and-bike trail.

Hardwood floors, 11-foot ceilings, 1,790 square feet, parking and other amenities will cost a buyer an average of $453,071. Construction on the project, at 2301 N. Grapevine Mills Blvd., could begin late this year, but sales could start as soon as mid-February.

"The charm of your city will really be an incredible draw," Koster said.

"Just the overall setting, the incredible views, it really all plays into what we are trying to create."
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Developers it's 'the catalyst to make growth jump over' North Central Expressway
10:28 PM CST on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
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Work on North Dallas' next megashopping complex starts this weekend with a bang. On Sunday, demolition crews will blow up a 10-story office tower on the east side of North Central Expressway at NorthPark Boulevard to make way for the new mixed-use development. Along with an urban-style shopping complex, the 33-acre Park Lane Place will include apartments, condominiums, a hotel and office space.The price tag for the development is close to $400 million – even higher than the NorthPark Center shopping mall expansion under way across Central. "We haven't really found anything of the magnitude of this – certainly not in Dallas," said Tod Ruble with developer Harvest Partners. "We're fully capitalized and will be starting all the construction on the site."

The first phase will include 550,000 square feet of shopping, 315 apartments, a 65,000-square-foot health club, a 201-room hotel and 50 high-rise condominiums. The new buildings will line a boulevard that will be constructed from Blackwell Street north to Park Lane. Two mirrored-glass office towers at the north end of the 33-acre site will remain in the development, along with Culinary Art Institute that occupies its own building. A series of parking garages will be constructed along the east side of Central and elsewhere on the property to accommodate almost 5,000 cars. Whole Foods Market plans an 80,000-square-foot store near the northwest corner of Greenville Avenue and Blackwell. The developer plans to announce other tenants after construction starts. "The first phase is about 65 percent leased," Mr. Ruble said. "We are now working on most of the restaurant-type leasing."

When complete, almost 1.9 million square feet of buildings will be on the site, which previously housed the NorthPark East office and retail complex. Harvest Partners has spent more than two years working on the development. "There's a lot of doubters, but when this comes out of the ground there will be a lot of activity," Mr. Ruble said. But first, the 28-year-old NorthPark Three office tower has to come down. It occupies property that will be used for parking and the high-rise condos and hotel. Mr. Ruble said the cost of converting the office tower to another use proved to be costly. "We went through numerous studies on how to save that building," he said. The Park Lane Place complex will be connected to the DART light rail station at Park Lane with a new pedestrian link. "It will be transit-oriented, which is a huge buzz word these days," Mr. Ruble said. PM Realty Group will develop the apartment buildings. The structures will include a low-rise loft building with ground-floor retail and a 16-story tower.

Dallas architects Good Fulton & Farrell designed the complex, working with Callison Architecture of Seattle. Part of the development will be funded by almost $20 million in tax increment financing provided by the city of Dallas. City officials are hoping that Park Lane Place will be a shot in the arm to the area just east of Central. "This truly is the catalyst to make growth jump over on the east side of North Central Expressway," Mr. Ruble said. Traditionally some North Dallas shoppers have been reluctant to cross Central, real estate brokers say. "The customer that lives west of Central will travel east for the right product," said Steve Lieberman with the Retail Connection. "The customer base is there. "If you offer them a unique mix of retail and entertainment they will go," Mr. Lieberman said. Construction of Park Lane Place is starting as expansion of NorthPark Center is winding up.

"NorthPark has been the premier shopping center for Dallas-Fort Worth," Mr. Lieberman said. "You are talking about an intersection that commands that type of investment." Harvest Partners originally planned to build a more traditional shopping center centered around so called "big box" retailers. "We didn't think that was the right thing to do," Mr. Ruble said. "This is probably one of the best undeveloped pieces of retail real estate in the country. "Where else do you find 33 acres of zoned land in one of the top 10 markets in the country across the street from a top shopping mall?"

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Developers it's 'the catalyst to make growth jump over' North Central Expressway
10:28 PM CST on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...e.17935ca9.html

Work on North Dallas' next megashopping complex starts this weekend with a bang. On Sunday, demolition crews will blow up a 10-story office tower on the east side of North Central Expressway at NorthPark Boulevard to make way for the new mixed-use development. Along with an urban-style shopping complex, the 33-acre Park Lane Place will include apartments, condominiums, a hotel and office space.The price tag for the development is close to $400 million – even higher than the NorthPark Center shopping mall expansion under way across Central. "We haven't really found anything of the magnitude of this – certainly not in Dallas," said Tod Ruble with developer Harvest Partners. "We're fully capitalized and will be starting all the construction on the site."

The first phase will include 550,000 square feet of shopping, 315 apartments, a 65,000-square-foot health club, a 201-room hotel and 50 high-rise condominiums. The new buildings will line a boulevard that will be constructed from Blackwell Street north to Park Lane. Two mirrored-glass office towers at the north end of the 33-acre site will remain in the development, along with Culinary Art Institute that occupies its own building. A series of parking garages will be constructed along the east side of Central and elsewhere on the property to accommodate almost 5,000 cars. Whole Foods Market plans an 80,000-square-foot store near the northwest corner of Greenville Avenue and Blackwell. The developer plans to announce other tenants after construction starts. "The first phase is about 65 percent leased," Mr. Ruble said. "We are now working on most of the restaurant-type leasing."

When complete, almost 1.9 million square feet of buildings will be on the site, which previously housed the NorthPark East office and retail complex. Harvest Partners has spent more than two years working on the development. "There's a lot of doubters, but when this comes out of the ground there will be a lot of activity," Mr. Ruble said. But first, the 28-year-old NorthPark Three office tower has to come down. It occupies property that will be used for parking and the high-rise condos and hotel. Mr. Ruble said the cost of converting the office tower to another use proved to be costly. "We went through numerous studies on how to save that building," he said. The Park Lane Place complex will be connected to the DART light rail station at Park Lane with a new pedestrian link. "It will be transit-oriented, which is a huge buzz word these days," Mr. Ruble said. PM Realty Group will develop the apartment buildings. The structures will include a low-rise loft building with ground-floor retail and a 16-story tower.

Dallas architects Good Fulton & Farrell designed the complex, working with Callison Architecture of Seattle. Part of the development will be funded by almost $20 million in tax increment financing provided by the city of Dallas. City officials are hoping that Park Lane Place will be a shot in the arm to the area just east of Central. "This truly is the catalyst to make growth jump over on the east side of North Central Expressway," Mr. Ruble said. Traditionally some North Dallas shoppers have been reluctant to cross Central, real estate brokers say. "The customer that lives west of Central will travel east for the right product," said Steve Lieberman with the Retail Connection. "The customer base is there. "If you offer them a unique mix of retail and entertainment they will go," Mr. Lieberman said. Construction of Park Lane Place is starting as expansion of NorthPark Center is winding up.

"NorthPark has been the premier shopping center for Dallas-Fort Worth," Mr. Lieberman said. "You are talking about an intersection that commands that type of investment." Harvest Partners originally planned to build a more traditional shopping center centered around so called "big box" retailers. "We didn't think that was the right thing to do," Mr. Ruble said. "This is probably one of the best undeveloped pieces of retail real estate in the country. "Where else do you find 33 acres of zoned land in one of the top 10 markets in the country across the street from a top shopping mall?"

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