If it's the large tract then that's the AMLI complex and the In-House Townhouse project...
Hmm, that's weird that only the very southern tip of that plot is showed as having development on it. When they were doing grading for a few months ago, back when the project was originally announced, they graded the entire lot, from California Crossing all the way south to Colorado Dr.
Edit - I also had no idea that townhomes were going in on the red area from NThomas' picture above. When was this announced and discussed on the boards?
I live on La Villita Blvd and noticed today that there is land being cleared on the northeast corner of Riverside and La Villita Blvd. Does anyone know what is planned for this site? Please tell me it is going to be retail/restaurant!
^Yeah, my guess is that will be a gas station/convenience store...with Riverside being used so heavily as a commuting corridor to and from the Urban Center, it makes sense. Personally, I think a small retail/restaurant development with a gas station would be perfect there.
"...Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..."
I'm almost positive this is new residential. I read something on this about 6 months ago. I'll see if I can locate the article!
This just in from my HOA:
"Dear All: LCA tells me that the current activity which is taking place at NE corner of La Villita & Riverside is the Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD doing some leveling and disposal of excess dirt/fill from another location.
The property is owned by the ISD and at this date there are no plans to do any immediate construction.
Apparently that whole section of land on North side of La Villita is owned by ISD so we should not see any construction other than future construction of school district facilities."
So my dreams for a walkable neighborhood are crushed, with the exception of the new 7-11 down the street. Oh Thank Heaven for that at least.
What in the world is going on at the South East corner of Goodson and Decker? We see it every day and have no clue what's happening. Looks like it could be self storage, but don't know. Very odd shapes/location for foundations.
Think I found the answer to my own question. It'll be a parking garage. I'll post a picture tomorrow because its one of the craziest foundations I've ever seen and the weird cut out in the side of the hill makes it even crazier.
The defunct Terraces at Las Colinas seems to have a little bit of new life... This is the 65 acre tract on Hwy 161 and Las Colinas Blvd. Woodmont had the property for quite some time but nothing ever materialized. Just last week some new signs were placed on the property indicating a joint venture between UCR Urban and Hines (residential, retail and medical offices). Hines is basically responsible for about 90% of the new housing developments going on right now in Las Colinas.
There is also something MASSIVE going on at 114 and belt line, but I can't find any information on what it is. They have cleared what seems like over 100 acres of trees
^^ That's actually one of the Hines developments I mentioned. It's going to be a 400 single family residential development called The Bridges at Las Colinas. They have actually acquired another 70 acres on the south side of 114 right across from this one for another residential development.
Ahhh I see, thanks for filling me in. There is some impressively sized new developments coming in along Belt Line, if you include the stuff being built a mile or so north at Northlake. I feel like this new development (at 114 and beltline) is too far removed from any household related retail, though.
What's being built on Royal & Luna (behind La Valitta)? It looks like an apartment complex....but in a isolated location.
They've been out taking soil samples the past 2 days on the site of the proposed Irving / Las Colinas Convention Center Hotel... All indications are that it will break ground before the end of the year. In the next 4-5 months we could see some real action in the urban core if Water Street finally gets underway (along with the already under construction AMLI complex).
A couple of zoning change signs went up yesterday on 27 acres at the corner of Lake Carolyn and Las Colinas Blvd... This is the location for the proposed FRAM development called North Shore. Back in 2010 FRAm, Hunt and Trademark were all working on this but nothing ever developed. Not sure what the current plan is- but the zoning change is for a TOD (Transit Oriented Development)...
I did get a little bit more information on this... This is still for North Shore. FRAM is now ready to move forward on the development. The plans include street level in-line retail, restaurant pad sites, residential, boutique hotel and park space. Supposed to be a really nice development. I think this will be one of those developments that takes a few years to break ground (if it still ever gets off the ground). They're just now going through zoning and it's doubtful they have any tenants lined up at this point. We've already seen how Water Street has struggled to lease space. I do think if you build it they will come! At the very least we know the residential will lease up with no problem!
What I don't understand is why these large projects don't roll out in phases. Both this and Water Street have significant residential aspects to them. And in both of them, they have stand alone retail/restaurant buildings/pads. Why not build the residential structures (even if some ground level is retail), and wait until its complete before proceeding with the stand along retail/restaurant aspect. As you mentioned, and EVERYBODY knows... residential is BOOMING in the urban center, and will certainly succeed. At that point, you create your own demand for the follow up retail/restaurant.
It never fails to amaze me at how FEW developers there are that can actually do true mixed use projects. I realize much of that is due to the complications getting financial backing... Those institutions just haven't figured out how to factor in any certainty for mixed use success. Probably, because of examples such as Victory Park, and such.
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