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#51 cjyoung

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Posted 11 November 2015 - 06:47 PM

Well Jetta and XOM are O&G so any new white collar position created is either filled with current available talent or one is brought in from outside the city.  O&G jobs are never going to be open long in FW as there is depth here to fill those openings.  Frost is consolidation of spaces that will open more class B spaces on Hulen for example.

 

What the city needs is to attract companies that are not O&G.  Hard to do with a lack of depth in the talent available that are not O&G positions and poor performing ISD's.  FW has all the land and necessities to make people want to live here. 

 

Add it the fact that local developers are not know for going out on a limb to build ambitious local projects outside warehouses and infill projects.  Most of the development from West 7th and other areas are outside developers.  There is a reason that City Place is hurting, lack of tenants.  The city has plenty of class A leasing available.  What separates us from Dallas is the mindset not to build till the need arises and in corporate relocations, time is usually not on the side of builders, unless it is a massive relocation like Toyota.

 

There is no easy answer to this problem.  It takes time to develop that talent base.  Having more college graduates stay in the city is a start.  Having places like near southside and magnolia, etc is a good start to make a recent college graduate stay versus moving to Dallas because they have something to do like their neighbors to the East.

 

It is certainly the chicken and egg problem. 

Talent to do what?



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 12:33 AM

bingo ..... toyota moved to frisco in part because of the isd, north fort worth (northwest isd) and prosper and celina and lovejoy and westlake  are blowing up in part because of the isd. when our politicians understand that we'll start to see some corporate interest in moving into our city. 

 

btw heard the westin deal fell through. im bumbed, it looked promising 



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 09:42 AM

 

btw heard the westin deal fell through. im bumbed, it looked promising 

 

Place your betting money on Sundance Square's future boutique hotel being the "one". :ninja:



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Posted 06 December 2015 - 04:15 PM

bingo ..... toyota moved to frisco in part because of the isd, north fort worth (northwest isd) and prosper and celina and lovejoy and westlake  are blowing up in part because of the isd. when our politicians understand that we'll start to see some corporate interest in moving into our city. 
 
btw heard the westin deal fell through. im bumbed, it looked promising 


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 12:58 AM

As long as Salsa Limon survives, that's all I care about - both because I love them and I love that diner building.

the building is going to be moved 



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:49 AM

 

As long as Salsa Limon survives, that's all I care about - both because I love them and I love that diner building.

the building is going to be moved 

 

 

I'm pretty sure it's safe. It's on the other block. 


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Posted 07 December 2015 - 07:24 PM

btw heard the westin deal fell through. im bumbed, it looked promising 

 

I'm wondering if the dismissal of the deal, should it not go through, was due to a lack of an agreement with Westin:City of Fort Worth or is this an economic decision?  Would another hotel chain take this project up?



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Posted 07 December 2015 - 07:31 PM

The developer couldn't get the financing together. It sounds like another potential buyer is in place for the property, but no word if that buyer is planning a hotel.

http://www.star-tele...le48519365.html

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Posted 08 December 2015 - 06:28 PM

On the plus side  maybe this will push the museum place hotel and final phase forward.



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:32 AM

http://durangotexas....ment-bites.html

 

Quality Material here:

 

"This hotel deal that collapsed was not an enterprise where a developer assessed there was a great demand for his product, and hence economically feasible to build.


Instead of this hotel deal coming about via market forces, it came about, like so many of Fort Worth's boondoggles do, by the city offering an incentive to a developer to develop something which the developer would not develop, unless, well, bribed.

In this case, in August, the Fort Worth City Council approved a 10 year deal where up to $7.8 million collected in city hotel taxes would be returned to the developer.

That deal was not sweet enough to make the project work.

So, the developer tried to get the city to increase the incentive, in other words, tried to increase the shakedown. The city said no. And then the developer also said no to building the hotel."



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:39 AM

I find that blog to be very cynical.


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#62 Austin55

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:28 PM

Surprised "Boondoggle" was only used once. 

 

That blog is always.... Interesting. 



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:02 PM

Durango... I've read his crap before. 

Dude isn't even from here, so what he says means little as far as I'm concerned. 


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:18 PM

I like how he mentions the convention center hotel and points to Dallas as a city that can court development without incentives. I guess he forgot that the city of Dallas owns their convention center hotel and paid in full for the construction costs.

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 11:52 PM

Our convention center hotel is so successful that it wants to expand. Durango apparently doesn't see that.

 

That said, I will agree that losing the Tandy subway to RadioShack is a disapointment considering the outcome of what happened.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 04:11 PM

Dos Gringos has been demolished. Garrett Demolition was out their on Saturday flattening the place. All that is left are the oak trees on the south side of the building and a pile of rubble. I'll grab pics this evening.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 08:16 PM

That was fast!



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 09:36 PM

Durango... I've read his crap before. 

Dude isn't even from here, so what he says means little as far as I'm concerned. 

 

Wow, I didn't realize only people "from here" had a valid opinion. We might as well shut this site down and go home if only born and bred Fut Wuth folks are welcome.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 09:38 PM

That was fast!


It was. I drove by on Wednesday and there wasn't any activity at all.

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 09:57 PM

If the hotel fell through, someone must be planning something else. Who's paying for this demolition?

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:37 PM

From what I understand, only the developer that was initially involved has pulled out.  I believe that there is a deal for that developer to sell their interest in the project to another developer.  I know that some of the behind the scenes action was still going forward before Christmas, and as far as I know a hotel is still planned for the site.



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 02:55 PM

 

Durango... I've read his crap before. 

Dude isn't even from here, so what he says means little as far as I'm concerned. 

 

Wow, I didn't realize only people "from here" had a valid opinion. We might as well shut this site down and go home if only born and bred Fut Wuth folks are welcome.

 

 

"Valid opinion"...

I may not like a fact, but I have to accept it since it's a fact... can't say the same for opinions. 

There's just something extra annoying about someone who moves from somewhere and seemingly does nothing but complain about the new place he or she currently resides. Bad enough we have people born and/or raised here doing it with no real solution or suggestions to fix whatever they're complaining about. 


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Posted 12 January 2016 - 05:28 PM

 

 

Durango... I've read his crap before. 

Dude isn't even from here, so what he says means little as far as I'm concerned. 

 

Wow, I didn't realize only people "from here" had a valid opinion. We might as well shut this site down and go home if only born and bred Fut Wuth folks are welcome.

 

 

"Valid opinion"...

I may not like a fact, but I have to accept it since it's a fact... can't say the same for opinions. 

There's just something extra annoying about someone who moves from somewhere and seemingly does nothing but complain about the new place he or she currently resides. Bad enough we have people born and/or raised here doing it with no real solution or suggestions to fix whatever they're complaining about. 

 

I usually just ignore those type of people because there is a reason why they ended up here in the first place. 



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 10:33 AM

New "high profile" investor at Dos Gringos site identified:

 

http://www.star-tele...le57472248.html

 

Clay Mazur (Magnolia Motor Lounge, Capital Bar, new owner of the MCM former S&L across from the Convention Center Arena) got the former hotel site, and The Carlyle Group (co-developer of the west 7th district adjacent to the properties) bought the land across Morton Street.



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Posted 08 February 2016 - 11:44 AM

The demo company was out this morning demoing the auto shop behind Dos Gringos (not sure it was purchased by Mazur) but I noticed on google maps Mazur Capital is at 3012 Bledsoe. Only one lot sits between the properties and is owned by an individual owner of a heating and cooling company. Just speculating a larger land acquisition strategy may be in play here since the lots were immediately turned into parking lots.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 10:28 PM

HRI was mentioned in the city plan commission agenda 

 

 

Applicant: HRI Properties. d. Applicant Requests: Approval of a waiver of the required additional ten (10) feet of right-of-way dedication for University Drive.

 

Curious whats up here.



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Posted 19 February 2016 - 09:23 AM

I meant to comment on this a couple days ago. I received a notice in the mail they are re-platting the Dos Gringos lots for a hotel. So apparently their is still a hotel planned? I will attach my docs (if I can remember) when I get home.



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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:31 PM

I've heard rumors that Salsa Limon's land has sold and it will be closed, rumor is another hotel, possibly an extended stay type, is being planned over there. Not sure how accurate any of this is, just a through the grapevine thing. 



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Posted 22 February 2016 - 06:55 PM

That would be terrible if the Topsy's building were demolished.  Surely a forward thinking owner could think of a way to wrap a hotel around it, but I wouldn't count on it since it's demolition delay only.



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:59 AM

That would be terrible if the Topsy's building were demolished.  Surely a forward thinking owner could think of a way to wrap a hotel around it, but I wouldn't count on it since it's demolition delay only.

it's going to be picked up and moved. 



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 02:46 PM

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Posted 24 February 2016 - 02:52 PM

Holy cow there's lots of news there but it's all very vague. There's several projects mentioned there.



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:04 PM

Holy cow there's lots of news there but it's all very vague. There's several projects mentioned there.

Where is there available land space for The Canopy by Hilton "near the Convention Center"?



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:06 PM

I'll start a new thread so we don't go off topic.



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Posted 24 February 2016 - 03:35 PM

So they have a hotel in mind for the south tower of City Place?

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 12:22 PM

Since I have been out of commission, I haven't been keeping up with as many meetings going on at the city.  On Sunday, I was reminded about the Historic and Cultural Landmarks Commission meeting that was held yesterday.  I should have posted the agenda, but I didn't.  There are several historic structures on that agenda where the owners are seeking demolition.  One of these is the former Topsy's Cafe, which is now Salsa Limon.  The link to the agenda is posted below.

 

http://fortworthtexa.../Individual.pdf

 

However, there may be some good news.  Some interested parties have been involved with seeking a way to relocate the building since the hotel project was announced.  That hasn't happened yet, but there is a possibility the building can be saved.  Here is a link to Fort Worth Business where more details on the development are provided.

 

http://www.fortworth...9154a3a527.html







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