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  1. Great find! Thanks for the mention or link. Oh, wait... You copied everything else, did you forget to copy the part I wrote at the top? I found this mixed use development next to the Arts District on WDG Dallas Architecture PLLC's website www.wdgdallas.com (they're the firm that designed Victory Park's The Vista and The Terrace, The Shelby by Mockingbird Station/SMU). On the website, look under "Master Plan" --> "Spire Master Plan." Also, the other two are under: "Mixed Use" --> "2400 San Jacinto", "Commercial" --> "2500 Ross Ave | Spire Master Plan" & "Commercial" --> "2400 San Jacinto | Spire Master Plan"
  2. I defiantly wouldn't be surprised if this one never makes it off the drawing board. BTW, the DART tracks have been relocated for months now... This project would just reclaim Hawkins St and return it to vehicular traffic.
  3. I thought Southwest's goal was to get long haul flights out of Love Field? Wouldn't this "free them up" to focus on markets that don't include Waco, Temple/Killeen/Fort Hood, Austin, and San Antonio (and in the future Bryan/College Station & Houston)? I think Southwest should embrase this instead of push it away. The capacity of Love Field wont expand even though the terminal will. SWA is already operating at Love's capacity with short flights and the few long hauls it can run. Let SNCF run those markets in Texas and SWA can focus on expanding outside the Lone Star State. Same thing goes for San Antonio & Austin. The majority of their traffic is within Texas so now they will be able to expand to other states/regions. I think Houston (along with Bryan/College Station since it's on the way) should lobby for a branch East from Temple or Waco. SNCF mentions it it's business plan about a future segment but I think an additional 6 million people would surely add to the system's ridership and increase ridership from the I-35 corridor between the metros.
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    The Austonian

    Great shot! Is this from the new ACC garage?
  5. Austin Business Journal article says it'll be 20 stories. But either way it depends on if they can get the FAR variance.
  6. Generic. It's called "University Park" Austin American-Statesman article
  7. Name of this development has changed.
  8. Found a website by the City of Austin about redevelopment and TOD in East Riverside. Tons of information about the City of Austin's vision for Riverside Drive as a truly mixed-use walkable TOD centered around the light-rail/streetcar proposal (the same kind of development Grayco is proposing in East Riverside). www.eastriversidecorridor.com I've only made it to page 90 but skipping around there's a ton on information that's really interesting about what polling and what is "appealing" to people in terms of development and the streetscape (pg 116-136). Here's the link to the master plan pdf
  9. Quick update, the first buildings have started going up.
  10. That'd make sense but this is a residential project. Not that the Dallas high-rise residential is in better shape... It defiantly isn't going to break ground soon considering the first thing that'll have to happen is construction of the parking garage underneath Pacific Park which won't start till the Belo Garden Park has finished. Then in no particular order, Corrigan Tower would come down, the Petroleum Building gets renovated into a boutique hotel and construction starts on the new 52-story condo building. The reason I asked is if any by some random chance, the properties have been sold, the project has popped up on a website, plans have been filed, etc.
  11. I can't imagine calling Austin in 2009 a sleepy capitol. Austin, like the other major Texas cities, is in the middle of an urban renaissance. Dallas' Uptown has seen HUGE growth in residential and even more class A office space along with half a dozen new construction condo projects and almost a dozen renovated buildings turned condos. Austin doesn't have nearly as many existing buildings for renovations, so there's more new construction then we're use to in Texas. I agree about the Trammel Crow renderings, but I doubt we'll see anything like what was shown in the presentations to the city. If Austin did end up with what's shown today, 1/4 of the skyline will be analogous.
  12. More work being done. They're relocating trees off the site: http://www.news8austin.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=250482
  13. Any word on this one since the News 8 story late last year? I know the economy has put just about everything on hold but I'm surprised demolition hasn't even started on the Corrigan Tower (1900 Pacific). On a positive note though, the parks and rec dept voted to spend $2.5 million to buy the rest of the parking lot. Link
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    The Austonian

    Probably should have been called "The Austinite"
  15. I doubt Priller's Google Sketchup drawings along with every other rendering released will look anything like the final design. Hopefully when this gets closer to fruition, we'll see a real design.
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    The Austonian

    It's a really nice building. As soon as the crown is finished, The Austonian will really define Austin's skyline.
  17. That can't cost too much to add compared to just the window right?
  18. If you were to try and sell any condo project today, Texas has the best chance out of any state. Before 2008, it wouldn't have been a problem to replace an investor, today, it's next to impossible unless your in one of Texas' four major metros.
  19. I have a feeling Stratus will find someone (or a lot of someones) to fill in the gaps in this project. Any condo attached to the "W" brand will sell (eventually, like <5 years tops). If anything, Magic Johnson could fill the gap in the project's financing. See why.
  20. Stratus says it may be forced to stop work on W project Austin Business Journal August 10, 2009 Full Article
  21. I really like the new Terminal D at DFW Airport. Especially compared to the rest of the 1970s terminal designs. As for the DCCH, the current proposal is terrible. I'd rather see another Sheraton Hotel (formerly Adam's Mark) then this current... thing.
  22. Any pics from your Austin trip?
  23. Arlington would be a bedroom community if you took out Six Flags over Texas, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, Rangers Ballpark, Cowboys Stadium, GM's only SUV plant in North America, and UT-Arlington, other then those, yeah its just a bedroom community. The metroplex is so spread out that there are few traditional bedroom communities. Cities like Plano, Richardson, Irving, Arlington, etc. have more daytime employees then DT Forth Worth. McKinney and Allen are two traditional suburbs, not Arlington.
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