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#107429 Large plot off University & Jacksboro Hwy

Posted by JBB on 21 November 2017 - 05:08 PM

I knew it had moved further out on Jacksboro Hwy. That is some prime real estate. It has great access to Rockwood Park.

#107396 Hemphill/Lamar/Taylor Connector project ?

Posted by JBB on 20 November 2017 - 07:37 AM

I wish I understood why this project is so important when there are 2 other perfectly functional connections less than a half mile away. It is costing a fortune, far more than originally projected, and I would bet that a portion of that money would be more than enough to remodel and beautify the connections at Jennings and Main.

#107395 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by JBB on 20 November 2017 - 07:24 AM

I was impressed by the claims that the building is more structurally sound than an outside observer would have thought

It's a pre-WW 2 steel reinforced concrete building. If nothing is done to it, it will stand longer than most of us will live.

#107313 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by JBB on 14 November 2017 - 03:58 PM

I would think that pestering then to the point of sellling is the more likely play. Seizing the property is going to be incredibly expensive since I would expect the current owner to not let it go quietly.

#107274 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 11 November 2017 - 06:31 PM

I'm not Electricon, but the TRE and TEX Rail trains don't turn around.  They have a cab on each end (more specifically a cab in the locomotive on the front end and a control cab on the last car for the TRE, the TEX Rail trains have a cab on each end).   And they'll go to the maintenance yard on the north side for storage.

#107204 Central Tourism District

Posted by JBB on 09 November 2017 - 02:26 PM

The city has stated that there's a need for another hotel similar to the Omni that could possibly be directly connected to the convention center. I believe the idea is that the new space won't be needed until the arena is demolished and replaced with more exhibit and meeting areas.

I also believe John is making a reference to the history behind the development of the Omni. The city attempted to build a convention center hotel in the early 00s that was to be city owned and operated. The project was to be paid for with bonds that were not voter approved. A large petition campaign to have the project go on the ballot was successful and the project in that form was scuttled. Omni was brought in to the talks and, rather than a publicly financed hotel, they were given massive tax breaks to build the hotel/condo building that exists today.

To give a much shorter answer, I don't think there's ever a need for a city government to own and operate a hotel.

#107191 Central Tourism District

Posted by JBB on 09 November 2017 - 10:36 AM

And no plan to fund it or make it happen tomorrow, or the day after that, or the day after that...

Not including the Convention Center expansion and a makeover of the Will Rogers complex in the arena bond package might have been the safe play, but it wasn't the smart one.

#107175 Americado??

Posted by JBB on 08 November 2017 - 05:43 PM

Bud Kennedy reported earlier that they have new backing and will stay open.

#107173 Walsh development

Posted by JBB on 08 November 2017 - 04:19 PM

Only one part of one of the propositions really addressed the Walsh growth. I'm sure it isn't good news, but districts typically find a way to revisit and repackage failed bond packages to make them a better pill to swallow. From what I could read on the Facebook page for the group that formed to oppose the bond, they opposed the high costs of the proposals coupled with the existing debt on the books.

#107169 F&R Distilling looking at moving to Golf Course

Posted by JBB on 08 November 2017 - 12:25 PM

Firestone and Robertson have put together a pretty nice set up at the old country club:


When this first came up a few years ago, it was advertised as a move, but the article indicates that's it's a second distillery location.

#107139 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 06 November 2017 - 07:22 PM

Poorly lit pic of a vehicle in the Grapevine station.  All of the vehicles that I could see were lined up along the station on the east side of Main St. with the doors open.



#107104 Downtown Design Guidelines

Posted by JBB on 05 November 2017 - 11:17 AM

I agree.  Of the few top of building sign proposals that have come up recently, I've yet to see one that looked garish or tacky.  I occasionally hear that it would make FW look like Dallas and one poster even said that Dallas resembled Las Vegas.  Outside of the Omni (a little flashy, but some of the lighting schemes they've done are really cool) and Reunion Tower (almost subtle), rooftop signage in Dallas is pretty unmemorable.  It sounds like, in FW, it's a case of "we've never done it, so we shouldn't change" and that is a pretty lame excuse.  


I was bothered by the idea that the Design Review Board turned down a sign proposal for Texas de Brazil because they didn't feel it was good for their business.  I'm interested in hearing from John on this topic since he seems more plugged into their work than the many of us.  Is determining what's best for a private business really in the scope of influence of a government board or commission?

#107090 AC Marriott hotel @ 5th and Main

Posted by JBB on 03 November 2017 - 04:03 PM

The Petroleum Building and that surface lot are a single property owned by XTO.

#107087 AC Marriott hotel @ 5th and Main

Posted by JBB on 03 November 2017 - 03:42 PM

The full block at the NE corner of Throckmorton and 5th is a Sundance property. Planned to eventually be a hotel, maybe?

The half block at the SE corner with First Christian is owned by a private group that lists a suite in the Sinclair building as their address and I'm assuming that is outdated information.

#107067 City Place Complex

Posted by JBB on 03 November 2017 - 09:19 AM

Not related to City Place directly, but this line in the article gave me pause:

"Motioned unanimously to deny an application for signage installation at a Texas de Brazil restaurant, located at 101 Houston St. due to board members, staff and DRC stating they felt the signage was not what would best represent the business and its needs."

That sounds pretty over-reaching in my opinion. Isn't Texas de Brazil in a much better position to determine what best represents their needs? That's none of the board's business. If they don't want the sign, just say it.