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#106756 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 19 October 2017 - 02:49 PM

I don't think Ron lives in Fort Worth.


I'm glad y'all found each other to debate with. Keeps me from tilting at windmills.

#106200 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 03:16 PM

I think the house has been connected to utilities, the foundation has been completed and some paint has been touched up. I believe the house is going to be listed soon and the owner has applied for a zoning change with a historic overlay to prevent future threats to the structure. This picture is from last week before they painted the foundation trim.





#106192 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 27 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

I'm guessing actual operation of the line will be contracted to an experienced private operator like Herzog does for the TRE. 

#106111 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 25 September 2017 - 04:01 PM

I feel like we've had this discussion before. LOL

#105970 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 19 September 2017 - 11:15 AM

Any proposal Fort Worth sends with Dallas will be seen as a Dallas proposal. Fort Worth would be much better off submitting its own proposal despite Amazon's request for one proposal per metro area.


Fort Worth used to anchor its own metro area, and is by far the largest U.S. city to not anchor its own census-defined metro area.


IMO, Fort Worth ought to be considered its own metro area.



Well apparently Frisco didn't get that memo because they've already produced a video including Jerry Jones touting Frisco. There's your regional effort.

#105837 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 15 September 2017 - 10:43 AM

I was under the impression that TRWD only acquired the land they needed for the bypass channel. I don't have time to fact check that information, but at the very least, La Grave field and the surrounding land is privately owned.


Edit: So is Panther Island Brewing at 501 N. Main.  I tried doing a georeference search for other area properties, but TAD's site isn't cooperating.


Edit 2: Scratch that on La Grave.  It is owned by the water district, but I believe the current proposal to field a team there calls for a private land owner to swap nearby land for the field with TRWD.


TRWD is probably the largest owner of property in the P.I. area. Followed by Panther Acquisition Partners, the current owner of LaGrave Field and nearby tracts. One of the larger parcels on the west side is still owned by Union Pacific/St. Louis Southwestern. I'm pretty sure they are willing to sell as they are no longer providing service to that site.


As others have reported, Jim Lane was longtime friends with Carl Bell and made arrangements for TRWD to buy several of Bell's tracts for above market rates when he was going through bankruptcy. But that is a matter for the politics page. The remainder of Bell's tracts including the ballpark went to his creditors who then sold to Panther Acquisitions. 


I'm sure Amazon could put together a sufficient sized tract to build a nice HQ.

#105697 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by AndyN on 12 September 2017 - 01:47 PM

Sorry for the double post, but rename asked about TRV funding.  I've gone back and read posts from last year and I'm unclear on where the funding stands. It sounds like it's been approved as part of one bill and appropriated in another omnibus spending bill.  After both bills were approved, there was mention that there was no guarantee the Corps passes up backlogged projects to fund TRV and that the money could disappear in future funding cuts.  My point was that funding still may be in limbo and I was concerned that the funding and construction timeline may not match up with Amazon's wants or needs.  More of a question than a statement.


I don't recall all the mechanics of the arrangement, but PI is full speed ahead regardless of funding. Tarrant Regional Water District has massive financial resources (why do you think the west side gang fought so hard to keep control?) and has been paying the bills for PI in anticipation of being repaid when federal funds and/or TIF money is available. I believe the majority of the delays are over now and we won't see any issues like with the bridge construction. At least I hope not.


As for transportation, the PI folks are actively planning for a transit line. Wouldn't take much to extend it to 9th and Jones Intermodal Station.


I think PI is a great suggestion for Amazon. Housing, office and amazing lifestyle all in a central location. I hope the CofC, the Mayor, and JD Granger get together with a knock it out of the ballpark proposal.

#104867 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 13 August 2017 - 09:04 PM

The house is down on the new foundation now and the artificial stone blocks are being installed and look great. I'll try to grab a picture this week.

#104736 The Dash bus connector

Posted by AndyN on 08 August 2017 - 02:43 PM

Man, it's about butts in seats. Identify where your riders are, where they want to go and connect the two places.


Battery ZEBs sound good, but what is the environmental cost of the total lifecycle of the batteries? Not sure what flavor battery they are going with but lithium titanate batteries were mentioned on one of the buses electricron linked to. Battery production has issues and then end-of-life recycling and/or disposal need to be looked at in the big picture.


Personally, I prefer ETBs, but I realize the T doesn't have a budget for that and many complain the overhead contact system is visual pollution..

#104666 TEX Rail project

Posted by AndyN on 04 August 2017 - 11:25 AM


Stadler completes first US assembled FLIRT for TexRail project:



#104647 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by AndyN on 02 August 2017 - 03:56 PM


"She (Mayor Price) also discussed a possible $400 million bond issue in 2018 -- with 65 percent of that money dedicated to transportation."


I'm sure in city-speak that means streets.

#104488 FW Cats/LaGrave For Sale

Posted by AndyN on 27 July 2017 - 08:04 AM

Demolition by neglect.

#104450 Trinity River Vision

Posted by AndyN on 26 July 2017 - 09:40 AM

I haven't seen it yet but someone says they actually finally poured a concrete pier.

#104204 Project at Northside & 35 on the Trinity.

Posted by AndyN on 11 July 2017 - 11:17 AM


1000 year event? Don't think I've ever seen that indicated before, but that's a much better situation than a 100 year event. Haven't we had some 500 year events in the past 10 years?

Still have to design for it. I don't think this area has seen anything close to a 500 in quite some time. A couple of years ago, when a lot of the areas were flooding the measurement location just upstream peaked at 7 tenths below the 100' elevation.


*edit* I don't even think it was over a 500 year event when Montgomery Wards was under water.


All of the occupied spaces are 2' above the project flood elevation established by the Corps of engineers. That's about 12' above the 100 year elevation.



Maybe I am thinking of Midland. I'm pretty sure someone has had a 500 in the last 10 years.


They must be getting a map revision, because you normally can't build in the floodway and I'd say a majority of their site is solidly in the floodway, much less the 100 year floodplain. This is a curious project for me. 




Of course, these conditions are pre-bypass channel and downstream Gateway park storage, etc. I wonder how much of their engineering relies on the Panther Island Project being completed.

#104108 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by AndyN on 07 July 2017 - 08:08 AM

This house just got set down in the middle of 13+ acres (at least 10 houses by my count) that are currently up for sale and prime candidates for demolition and redevelopment. I'd say that is moving from the fire into the frying pan.