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RD Milhollin

Member Since 11 Apr 2004
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#108051 New elementary school for the Tanglewood area

Posted by RD Milhollin on 25 December 2017 - 02:19 AM

Though this update is a little bit late, the Star-Telegram states that FWISD will most likely select the site behind First Command and Ahavath Sholom for the Tanglewood relief school.

 

According to the article, Ahavath Sholom had planned to use their empty property for an assisted living community.  Here are my suggestions that would still allow Ahavath Sholom to use most of their empty property (around 3 acres) and maintain an adequate-sized swath of property (roughly 9 acres) for the Tanglewood relief school.

 

Personally I would prefer to see the new school be built at the southeast corner of Bellaire and Ranch View, or in Riverhills, in order to keep the school in a neighborhood setting.

 

I agree wholeheartedly. Schools, especially elementary schools should be built off the traffic grid. FWISD has a poor record of buying property from "friends"  and that property never being appropriate for an actual school location. Once the school board can get their intestional components together enough to agree on what is legally Ethical, then they should try to focus on a logical policy on where to locate schools. This can be difficult given that we are provided elected novice school board members per the state constitution and associated state regulations. Students and parents deserve better.




#107886 Confederate Memorials and Names

Posted by RD Milhollin on 15 December 2017 - 12:06 AM

 

"Pappy" O'Daniel Park? Ornette Coleman Park? Fess Parker Park? Alan Bean Park?

 
Che Guevara Park

 

 

Durn, I didn't know he was from Fort Worth!




#107884 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by RD Milhollin on 14 December 2017 - 11:42 PM

And now a plan to build over some parking.  TCU is planning a new facility for the music school that includes a concert hall:

http://www.star-tele...e189471584.html

 

This new facility could really add to the preliminary recital offerings for the Cliburn Competition, as well as other smaller ensemble performances. It would be great if TCU could establish or partner with another entity to sponsor a specialized ensemble like the Orchestra of New Spain over in Dallas. 




#107882 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by RD Milhollin on 14 December 2017 - 11:24 PM

I get a little sick every time I see the neglect the present owners have perpetuated on this building.




#107881 Awesome mid-mod interior at 9th & Houston

Posted by RD Milhollin on 14 December 2017 - 11:22 PM

Nothing against renovating this small historical building, but I'd rather see a modern multi-story hotel at this location, which is what is planned.

 

I would rather see the plans on paper brought to fruition... Lots of parking lots to build on without tearing down perfectly functional and attractive buildings. The use pictured would go great with a convention center across the street.




#107746 Western Center Tower III

Posted by RD Milhollin on 10 December 2017 - 11:53 PM

 

... The top floor will contain a residence.

 

Am I only one that thinks having a residence on the top floor strange, particular in this locale?

 

I don't know... Why strange?




#107570 8-4-1 Rail Plan (Designs)

Posted by RD Milhollin on 29 November 2017 - 12:50 AM

 

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NOW is the time for Tarrant County transit planners (hello, hello, anyone there?...) to begin land acquisition for exactly what you laid out. Following Jacksboro Highway SH-199 is going to require a lot of modifications to the right of way, Suggest looking at the massive ROWS under the multiple power lines paralleling Boat Club Road once past Loop I-820 for future "phase IV" extension north into the sure near-term gridlock of suburb-sprawl expansion.




#107450 Large plot off University & Jacksboro Hwy

Posted by RD Milhollin on 22 November 2017 - 11:35 PM

Wow, if someone could consolidate all that property in the triangle bounded by Jacksboro Highway, University Dr. and the West Fork there would be some serious potential for large scale development; either a big project like a corporate campus or a real urban neighborhood. Of course it could also be Big-Box anchored limited-life-span retail strip centers and apartments or a gated community... I don't know if property values in the inner city have reached the point where substantial urbanism is realistically being considered by the developers active in this region.




#107159 Pecan Square - Northlake

Posted by RD Milhollin on 07 November 2017 - 09:05 PM

Didn't read anything in the announcement that sounded like real mixed use... misuse of an overused development term?




#106901 West 7th Development

Posted by RD Milhollin on 26 October 2017 - 10:53 PM

A Way With Words; NPR KERA 90.1 FM early afternoons weekends. Recommend.




#106805 I-30 West Freeway reconstruction with reversible managed lanes

Posted by RD Milhollin on 21 October 2017 - 12:52 PM

Any new major highway rebuild projects in urban and adjacent areas should be mandated to include right of way for future passenger rail transit tracks and stations. If that space could be used for bus rapid transit (BRT) now that would be a step in the right direction.




#106780 Fort Worth Law School to get major upgrade

Posted by RD Milhollin on 19 October 2017 - 11:11 PM

This A&M talk all sounds very piecemeal and patchwork. I still believe that the powers that be should find a way to swap out the properties involved and have the Law School move into the TCC "Medical Campus" that abuts the courthouse and the Legal/Justice complex, build the TCC medical/nursing facility adjoining the soon-to-be-revamped and expanded County Hospital (this would have been a great location for the UNT/TCU Joint Allopathic Medicine School as well), and find a commercial buyer of the law school who would either expand it upward  for mixed use or some other use that complements or adds to the capacity of the Convention/Transportation hub. 




#106687 Fort Worth Stockyards

Posted by RD Milhollin on 17 October 2017 - 09:55 PM

RD, wouldn't building a replica of something that was demolished long ago, contribute to the "Disneyland" effect that most of the people involved in saving the Stockyards (including the Murrins) have tried to keep from happening?

 

No I don't think so. Disneyland is make-believe built on green fields; The building I referenced was once there, destroyed in a fire I believe, and along with the bookend Swift building across the street was an integral part of the initial design of the stockyards complex.




#106523 Western Hills

Posted by RD Milhollin on 10 October 2017 - 11:09 PM

S-T Editorial addressing the issues surrounding Knights Inn on Las Vegas Trail; a list of previous S-T articles about this area is attached to it:

 

http://www.star-tele...e178148666.html




#106498 FW's Next Area to Revitalize?

Posted by RD Milhollin on 09 October 2017 - 11:41 PM

No sarcasm this time. Texas in general and Fort Worth in particular do not work to provide sensible, whole-life fitness and recreation activities; head butting and brain injury reign supreme, and we excel in childhood drowning to boot. Year-round water recreation needs to be seriously considered for a variety of reasons; search my previous posts for details.