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Lol, where is the parking district exactly? I always thought it was the eastern side in General. There have been so much development north of Dallas that half of them are gone. The western part of southern downtown has/had a lot too. In my mind I never thought of the SE part of downtown as the Parking district, but like I said I have no clue.

The entire south end needs some love though. I'm glad that we are seeing some lots go with skyhouse and the four other planned residential in the south east

The Parking District is a majority of blocks southeast of Louisiana and southwest of Dallas. The crown jewel and center is that 16 story garage going up.
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Introducing: Skyhouse North Located in a beautiful strip mall on F.M. 1960, Skyhouse North represents the latest in true urban design.

Here's a view from last night.  

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The Parking District is a majority of blocks southeast of Louisiana and southwest of Dallas. The crown jewel and center is that 16 story garage going up.

 

I would agree geographically.  To me the heart of the Parking District would have to be the 5 contiguous blocks of surface parking between Clay-Milam-Bell-Travis-Leeland-Fannin.  It would be useful if the city put up marker signs in the District to help people better identify it.  

 

Back on Skyhouse, I've never thought the design is especially poor.  The proportions and scale seem fine to me.

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For a 24 floor residential tower - its serviceable.  I kind of like it....minus the balcony based a/c units!

 

Those balconies with the a/c units on them are going to turn into an absolute mess in the future. Imagine the rust  stains coming off the sides of the balconies.

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Those balconies with the a/c units on them are going to turn into an absolute mess in the future. Imagine the rust  stains coming off the sides of the balconies.

 

Surely the intelligent people that designed this thing took these scenarios into consideration?

 

 

 

 

Right?

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Those balconies with the a/c units on them are going to turn into an absolute mess in the future. Imagine the rust stains coming off the sides of the balconies.

Are they A/C units or just a vent cover? Many residential highrises have central AC (cold water from cooling tower). That grill you see may be to cover the exhaust vent for the dryers, stove exhaust fan, and bathroom vent fan. OneParkPlace works that way.

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Those balconies with the a/c units on them are going to turn into an absolute mess in the future. Imagine the rust  stains coming off the sides of the balconies.

agreed, rust stains would look horrible, but the AC's for homes don't rust all over the place, so I bet these will be fine.  

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Nope, they are large A/C boxes on each balcony. Usually two per balcony for each residential unit. I'll try to take a picture next time.

Wow, that really surprises me.

I just checked the floor plans, and, you are correct. There is no "air handler" in a closet on any of the plans.

My guess is that since this is like the 10th or 12th time that they have built a skyhouse (likely very similar designs for each), any "rusting" issues with the AC would have been figured out. But, we shall see.

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Why would there be two per unit?

 

No, one A/C unit per apartment unit. Two apartment units per balcony with a divider in the center, making it two A/C units per balcony.

 

Edit: Before they put in the dividers, they were one balcony in total. I mean, technically it is still one balcony but that divider separates the units more now.

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No, one A/C unit per apartment unit. Two apartment units per balcony with a divider in the center, making it two A/C units per balcony.

Edit: Before they put in the dividers, they were one balcony in total. I mean, technically it is still one balcony but that divider separates the units more now.

Interesting. I am definitely not in the age demographic that Skyhouse is marketing to and I am starting to see why that is.

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Sorry for the image quality but I can't believe they removed the trees! They looked so good along the rail.

 

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Here is the before in case no one is seeing the difference...

 

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That's disappointing.  Hopefully they replace them with another form of pedestrian friendly tree.  Downtown can always use more greenery.

 

After further review, the oaks were definitely too large.  Maybe something like a Hedge Maple would be more suitable.

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It would be nice to know their reasoning for cutting down mature Live Oaks.

I would have preferred seeing them trimmed back, but not down. There aren't enough trees down town to begin with.

I'm sure these trees were in the city right of way, and Did the city grant permission, or are they going to fine the developer

Like they recently have for residential developers?

I'm not trying to make this a big deal but I would like to know why they chose to do this.

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you'd rethink that when the birds roost in the evenings.

damn grackles.

 

Is this a problem that's unique to downtown? I've never had it anywhere I've lived. There are huge trees right outside my window right now. Yes, there are birds in the trees sometimes but it doesn't bother me. I did have a bird living in a dryer vent oustide an apartment window once. That was annoying.

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Now that the weather is getting warmer, go to downtown about dusk.

they are everywhere.

I've said in previous posts that I'd gladly volunteer to walk DT and use a shotgun with birdshot to get rid of the pesky things.

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i for one, simply do not appreciate the "exposed" cement design as per this edifice.  it just appears incomplete vs cheap.

 

The exposed concrete is probably my favorite thing about this building; its an honest expression of its structure.

The masonry veneer at the ground floor looks cheap to me because it looks poorly detailed and out of place.

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The exposed concrete is probably my favorite thing about this building; its an honest expression of its structure.

The masonry veneer at the ground floor looks cheap to me because it looks poorly detailed and out of place.

 

I completely agree. Not many people do exposed concrete because of the risk involved. Not much you can do if you have a bad pour. If you patch, it will always be evident.

 

Google "Tadao Ando houses" for some of the best examples of exposed concrete in residential construction:

 

 

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