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#109354 Project Sundance

Posted by JBB on Yesterday, 08:03 AM

I'm interested in seeing if they change the look of the building at all. It's hard to picture it with anything other than the signature red brick.

#109325 Trinity Lakes

Posted by JBB on 14 March 2018 - 03:34 PM

A proposal for that area in some form or another has been around for awhile.  This is the first one I've seen that involved TOD and a TRE stop.  I think the last proposal was waiting on some flood control work and some work on Trinity Blvd.

#109265 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by JBB on 08 March 2018 - 06:03 PM

I read the 18th on Twitter last week.

#109263 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 08 March 2018 - 04:05 PM

Taking the train there will be a nice option, but they really do a great job on remote parking for Grapefest, Main Street Days, and the Christmas events.  If you park at the library or the conference center, it's a free 5 minute shuttle ride and there's shuttles on a constant rotation. 


The Smithfield station is just a shade under 10 minutes from my house in heavy traffic.  I'm excited about the idea of being able to take the train to Grapevine or Fort Worth. 

#109259 TEX Rail project

Posted by JBB on 08 March 2018 - 09:37 AM

It just dawned on me that the front of the development is facing Main.  I always thought it was facing 26.  This is going to be really nice.  Downtown Grapevine already has a good restaurant selection.

#109248 The Worth Residences (30 floors)

Posted by JBB on 06 March 2018 - 10:14 PM

It's entirely possible that a client has never asked Schwartz to go higher than that. In my experience, architects typically give their clients what they want.

Check out his portfolio. You would look in vain to find a legitimate high rise; he is all about human scale and retro. A proposed 21-story condo tower was reduced to a 6-story project.

I know. If they want to build the city's tallest and he won't do it, they'll go with another architect. If he talks them into going smaller, then they're not serious about building something taller.

#109232 The Worth Residences (30 floors)

Posted by JBB on 06 March 2018 - 11:32 AM

It's slightly taller than Frost and roughly the same height as Landmark was.  That's still going to be an impressive impact on the skyline.

#109151 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by JBB on 27 February 2018 - 07:13 PM

I don't find it to be terribly offensive, but all I see is a "V". I would have rather seen something less generic than "Trinity" that better identified with Fort Worth.

#109073 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by JBB on 21 February 2018 - 09:52 AM

In any case, if I were Amazon, I would want to take my considerable wealth and transform a community in need such as Newark.  Attract the talent they need to a place that needs investment.  Heck, they're already in Seattle.  Spread the wealth.  I love the investment that companies like Quicken Loans, On Star, and Shinola have made to lift Detroit.  If, for Amazon, the location of their 2nd headquarters is a strictly "add to the bottom line" business decision, where they are cynically fishing for large incentives, with no egalitarian return on investment, then, yes, someplace boring and expensive like Boston, Dallas, or Northern Virginia will likely win out.

I love this point. I would be impressed by Amazon looking to truly improve upon a community in need.

Another point that I left out yesterday is I don't think for a second that, if Amazon were to land in Fort Worth, Dallas would sit back and not count it as a regional win or even a win for Dallas alone.

#108999 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 16 February 2018 - 12:56 PM

According to TAD, the ownership is still some sort of subsidiary of Jagee, the developer for Museum Place.  I'm not sure if Heart of America intended to purchase the property or work as a partner with Jagee to develop and manage the hotel.  None of the articles I could find were real clear on that.

#108996 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 16 February 2018 - 09:11 AM

I'm not sure who "they" is, but hotels have always been in the plans.  The Kimbell's issue was not with the Renovo brand or that it was a hotel, but with the fact that the building could be seen from inside the museum space.

#108934 Austin55's transit related ponderings

Posted by JBB on 13 February 2018 - 11:00 AM

A bus would be more than sufficient.  Spending money on a spur to provide transportation for 3 weekends a year for events with progressively dwindling attendance and whose fans like their vehicles would be throwing money away.

#108817 Museum Place

Posted by JBB on 08 February 2018 - 04:15 PM

It's hyperbole. It will be visible from inside parts of the museum so they've taken liberty with the label "shadow". "Casting a shadow" sounds scarier than "you can see it".

#108768 Funding transit

Posted by JBB on 07 February 2018 - 10:44 AM

I'm a bit confused by what Cary Moon wants.

He wants this to go away so quickly that no one figures out that he's trying to make it go away.

#108729 The T's new Master Plan

Posted by JBB on 02 February 2018 - 10:54 PM

#2 is just a cynical way of killing any talk of funding. By doing a county wide referendum- including Arlington- you guarantee the defeat of the measure.


C'mon.  Moon is taking the new Tea Party darling on the council with him.  What could possibly go wrong?