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#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 The View of Fort Worth at Northside & 35

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.

#104007 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by AndyN on 30 June 2017 - 01:32 PM

Decent turnout. My sincere apologies to my coworker, Robert Allen, who is just past the left edge of the picture.



#103946 Chase putting whole city block up for sale

Posted by AndyN on 26 June 2017 - 09:41 AM

I don't think the price of natural gas could support the cost to put in a well at this time. The price per square foot for surface would be prohibitive to putting a pad at this location. Much cheaper to drill from an established pad and is within reach of the Westgate Well just south of the T&P Warehouse/Star Telegram Warehouse.


Looks like core samples for development design.

#103908 Central Tourism District

Posted by AndyN on 23 June 2017 - 01:01 PM

I see entertainment and hospitality as falling under the general category of "business". Unless it becomes >50+% residential, CBD seems appropriate and a term understood by most people, No need to introduce a neologism and start confusing people.

#103584 High Speed Rail - Texas

Posted by AndyN on 09 June 2017 - 12:37 PM

How's that for post moderation?


I think this HSR thread is appropriate place to discuss the Fort Worth-Dallas line.as it is not necessarily part of the TCR project. We can adjust as needed.

#103465 TRWD 2013

Posted by AndyN on 02 June 2017 - 04:16 PM

The term fake news is a trendy neologism and has nothing to do with my political affiliations. You seem to be getting your facts wrong. Constantly. The effort to replace the water board incumbents was backed by supporters of all stripes and affiliations. Lon Burnham was one of the people who lost their election to voter fraud and he is no tea party republican.


Looking forward to the first warrants in Tarrant county.


Prosecutors in Dallas have issued an arrest warrant relating to the vote harvesting fraud: https://www.dallasne...oter-fraud-case