Archive for “Development”

February 16th, Zoning Meeting at City Hall

March 6, 2017

By Amir Safvat, Zoning Chairperson

Development
Zoning and Dallas City Hall

The Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee held a meeting on Thursday, February 16th and I was able to attend. There was some confusion on the purpose of the meeting, so I thought to share some details to provide better context and history of this case to everyone. Late in October 2015, the City Council Housing Committee was briefed on the issue of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The Housing Committee directed the staff to conduct a meeting to gather input from DallasRead more

The Lakewood Theater is now an Official historic Landmark

January 7, 2017

Development
Lakewood Theater

Dallas City Council voted 15-0 Wednesday to designate the 78-year-old Lakewood Theater an official City of Dallas landmark. The process started in early 2016 without the owner’s consent. But, finally, it is done—and with the blessings of the Lakewood’s owners, Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham. Preservationists and neighborhood residents first became concerned about the theater’s fate in November 2014. Preservationists feared that the Perry Nichols’ murals would be removed and didn’t trust that the tower would survive the intended makeover.Read more

A Glance Back at 2016

January 7, 2017

By Amir Safvat, Zoning Chairperson

Development

We have lived within few miles from the heart of Dallas since moving to Bryan Place late October 2014. Remarkably, North Texas’ home market ran up the score last October, with big gains in prices and sales. Median home sales prices last month were 12 percent higher compare to sales in October 2015. Many people have been relocating to Texas to fill the new jobs and continue to strengthen housing demand in the area to new levels and keeping propertyRead more

Statler Hilton Hotel – Preserved

February 7, 2016

By Jarrett Reed, Development Zoning Chairperson

bizbeatblog.dallasnews
Development

With nearly less than a year before the scheduled reopening, downtown Dallas’ landmark Statler Hotel is the largest redevelopment project in town, and will likely promote further development near our neighborhood. Built at a cost of $15 million, the Statler was finished just after the Hilton and Statler hotel companies merged. The $111 million purchase of the Statler chain by Conrad Hilton was the largest real estate deal on record at the time. The $175 million makeover of the almostRead more

Not-So-Happy Shapes… Yet!

January 8, 2016

By Jarrett Reed

Development

When residents renewed their requests in 2010 for improved lighting under the gateway between East Dallas and the Arts District, the city held an open call for artists with the goal of making the underpass friendlier and brighter for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2011 the cities public art selection committee chose the colorful, minion-esque, “Happy Shapes,” which are planned to be made of high-density polyethylene with LED lights that change color on touch. Fast forward to July of 2015 andRead more

Epic Office / Hotel Complex Planned

November 1, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

Development

There is a huge new development planned on the large area of empty land on Elm Street and Good‐Latimer Expressway, next to what used to be the Knights of Pythias Temple (which is now called the Union Bankers building). The new development, aptly called “The Epic”, will include 250,000 square feet (15 stories) of office and retail space next door to a restaurant and lounge in the Deep Ellum landmark. A boutique hotel is also being planned behind the UnionRead more

New Skyscraper for the Arts District

October 2, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

Dallas Morning News
Development
Arts District

Plans are in place for a 39‐story residential tower on one of the last vacant sites in the Arts District. The project will be at Flora and Olive and is right next door to the Museum Tower and a block south of Klyde Warren Park. The one‐acre development between the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson will include 370 luxury apartments and 39 artists lofts, which will add a population of 400 to 500 residents to the area. There willRead more

Business is Booming in Deep Ellum

September 1, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

GuideLive.com - Deep Ellum boom: More than 20 new restaurants, bars open now or coming soon
Development and In the Neighborhood
Local Businesses

The story of Deep Ellum is one of ups and downs, however the nearby neighborhood is now witnessing one of the biggest upswings in its history. In the next year, Deep Ellum will have opened more than 20 restaurants and bars, drawing ever‐growing crowds to the area. Restaurateurs with proven concepts from fine dining to food trucks are trying their hand this historic locale, and as the area is revitalized, Bryan Place finds itself near the center of it all.Read more

Streets and Traffic Update

August 2, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

Development
Crosswalk

We finally heard back from Kerry Elder from the Streets Department, and we now have confirmation of some exciting new developments happening as a result of our General Meeting. Traffic counts have already been completed on Skiles, Pavillion and at the intersection of Bryan and Skiles. We should have the results of those studies in the coming weeks. At the time of publication, there should already be three new stop signs at Bryan Street and McCoy, as well as additionalRead more

Kroger Comes to Hall Street

July 4, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

Development
Kroger

Kroger recently acquired a block of land on Hall Street between Ross Avenue and North Central Expressway for the development of a new Kroger grocery store just blocks from Bryan Place. The property will be visible and accessible from the expressway and will address the growing needs of the high‐density apartment and residential construction booming in this area. Kroger explored several locations close to downtown before settling on the property on Hall. The grocer considered the City Lights project onRead more

Streets Department Update

July 2, 2015

By Jarrett Reed

Development

One of the items discussed at the last General Meeting has now been completed! There is a brand new all‐way stop at San Jacinto and Hall. Unfortunately, we have been unable to contact city officials for a list of the items discussed and under review by the Streets Department, as both have been out of the office for the past two weeks. We will publish the list on the website as soon as we receive it and you’ll find itRead more

Tom Thumb to Open in Uptown

June 20, 2015

By Steve Brown / Real Estate Editor

DallasNews.com
Development

Tom Thumb to Open in Uptown Tom Thumb will open in a new mixed‐use project coming in 2017. According to an announcement from RED Development, Tom Thumb will be the first major retail tenant for The Union Dallas, an office, residential, and retail project at Field Street and Cedar Springs Road. Plans for The Union call for a 22‐story office tower, a 20‐floor residential high‐rise featuring 300 apartments with balconies and views, a 25,000‐square‐foot shared amenity deck, 11 levels ofRead more