Centennial liquor store beside Lake House is now closed. Building is for lease. Duncans and both Centennials are now a distant memory in that area.
Last edited by krockech; 06 November 2012 at 08:34 PM.
Centennial liquor store beside Lake House is now closed. Building is for lease. Duncans and both Centennials are now a distant memory in that area.
As I drive around the neighborhood, here are the updates that I have seen/heard:
The Lake Highlands Town Center property is progressing nicely (if not slowly). They are working on the 2nd level of the parking structure now. Not sure when the retail/apartment construction will begin, but I am guessing it will be after the parking structure is completed. Does anyone know what is going on just South of here? Prescott owns the two apartment complexes just down the road (and just north of the green space North of the Skillman/Abrams crossing). They've been sitting empty for years. Last I remember, they were going to redevelop those properties into apartments again under the existing zoning, though I thought the plan was to do this AFTER the LHTC property was built out (if that's still the case, it's going to be a long time).
Just read a little blurb on the Church Road/Skillman property that is being assembled. It looks like the city has bought into the replat for 37 single-family homes, which will be neat since that property has been sitting empty for quite some time - and it is adjacent to my neighborhood.
And finally, at Audelia/Walnut Hill, where the old Walmart Neighborhood used to stand and is being turned into single-family residences: over half the properties have roofs now. It's been a building frenzy over there. Looking good, though the only thing that is odd is the lack of mature trees since the rest of the neighborhood has them. I am hoping that the builders will bring in a couple bigger trees once they get the homes built. Sure would be nice to get some trees in there that have a head start on a typical new neighborhood with just little, baby trees.
TxDOT dragged their feet with the bridge and killed 3 businesses in the process. Part of Centennial's demise is due to Dallas going wet citywide and grocery stores on the other side of White Rock Creek carrying booze. New entrants to Dallas, Total Wine and Spec's smash Centennial to pieces with lower prices, more selection and nicer stores.
Heard on the streets... southwest corner of Church/Skillman will have 37 high-end homes built on it in the near future, similiar to newer homes built on properties at northwest corner of Audelia/Ferndale opposite St.James Church --- small lots, big homes. Also rumored that demolition of vacant buildings in 6700/6800 area of Skillman, formerly Toscana Apartments and White Rock Apartments, is scheduled for 2nd quarter of 2013. Can anyone confirm?
Demo of Toscana and WR Apts would be good, they've been sitting vacant for quite some time - can't help but think there are squatters in there. That's owned by Prescott Realty also, so will be interesting to see if they go with their initial plans to rebuild apartments again (assuming so) and when that construction will start. Seems the LHTC construction on the far south end of that property is going rather slow. Still no tenant announcement either. Would be nice to hear something from Prescott. Hopefully positive, too.
I believe Prescott has also been doing the various apartment projects on SMU Blvd like The BLVD. Over there they haven't started the next announced project there either. I imagine they are focused on the slower LHTC project at this time cause it seems like they don't have the means at this time to get too much going at once.
BLVD seems to be going well. Anyone know if their rental occupancy is doing good? My wife and I went to the Nodding Donkey - pretty nice venue. Good food.
The Skillman/Church development was approved. Also, David Weekley is proposing rezoning behind Kroger for another new small lot/large house development. I read about them either on Advocate or Lake Highland Times website. Can't find the links quickly but check there.
What's the story on tree tear downs in Oncor power tower corridor extending from LH high school, across creek, under Skillman underpass, through a small public park with playground, up a stretch to Abrams? LH Trail related? Tree and brush clearing looks drastic and I saw about ten upset looking moms huddled on the playground on Monday afternoon.
Ridiculous. Are they worried the trees would interfere with those high-mast power lines?? Those were the only type I saw in the article. I didn't realize that those trees could reach high enough to potentially disrupt thos lines.
Something must be said for burying power lines in this country. If European countries can do it, then we sure as hell can.
Wouldn't they have to dig up the same trees to bury the lines?
Considering Europe's dire financial situation, I think using them as an example is not strengthening your case...
Anyone know what's going to happen along White Rock Trail at Walnut Hill? Locators have marked utilities on the east side of White Rock Trail from Crestedge to Walnut Hill, and then on the south side of Walnut Hill going east from White Rock Trail.
Other than UK, the European Union spends very little on defense. They took your advice years ago and still went broke.
Can we please stay on topic, y'all.
Toscana-WhiteRockTrail Apartments on Skillman to be leveled soon, new construction to be completed by the end of 2014...
This announcement has been in the paper for a month or so, but bundled and repackaged highlighting the better than most Dallas economy....
There's still time for Prescott to refocus at least part of this development and turn it into something special, not just a closer-in, smaller version of Firewheel Town Center with different stores. Hindsight has been gifted to the LHTC and the opportunity to develop a truly unique gathering point and regional destination still exists. The mixed use "New Urbanist" design template recycled into the LHTC does little more than concentrate the suburban auto-centric experience. Interaction with the train station and bike/jogging/pedestrian trails continues to fail Greater Lake Highland area residents.By Steve Brown
6:09 am on February 22, 2013
...The 70-acre Lake Highlands Town Center is back on track with construction of the first apartments and retail building in the project on Skillman Avenue in northeast Dallas ... Prescott is still working on a major grocery anchor for the redevelopment and has other deals in the same neighborhood.
The mediator between the head and the hands must be the heart.
So over the next few years or however long it takes to finish the Lake Highlands Town Center, I will be uploading a video every few months of the construction progress like I do with Dallas Love Field and Houston Intercontinental Terminal B. This was taken on March 24, 2013. This shows the first apartment building and parking garage going up in the 90 acre Lake Highlands Town Center.
Make sure to watch it in HD
Tom Thumb at Skillman/Abrams is closing June 1... http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com...humb-to-close/
Noteworthy comment... "Speculation about a new Tom Thumb moving in to the Town Center has died down in recent weeks, with Prescott Realty apparently favoring a smaller, boutique-style grocer and LH residents voicing overwhelming agreement."
wonderfully intersting open space areas within the eastern third of the property. great transition to the residential further east. city staff worked fairly hard to convince the developer to turn video signage away from residential along with other standards....some picked up by council when they voted.
Happy to see some decisions are getting made and movement happening. Sounds like the area will really show signs of change this summer. The old apts with of the town center are slated to start demo/reconstruction in June. The Tom Thumb at Skillman/Forest is slate to reopen with major renovations in June, also. Hopefully there will be further announcements from Prescott Realty about the LHTC property by then.
I wonder what the long term plans are for the corner at Skillman/Abrams. I would still love to see a horseshoe shaped medium rise complex with the opening toward the hike/bike trail with ground floor retail/restaurants with patio space also facing the hike/bike trail. Above that, residential or office. Dallas needs good restaurant pads with real patios NOT facing a parking lot...
IMO, a Market Street store would be perfect for that area. I don't know though if United is even considering in-town locations here, or just content to be in the suburbs and fringe.
Movement on the 37 new single-family lots to be built upon at the South-West corner of Church and Skillman. This is adjacent to my neighborhood, so I'm happy to see something finally happening with that land. It will be very interesting to see what the starting prices are. Any guesses? Considering my tax appraisal increase, the comparable sales in my neighborhood, I am going to venture a guess that new construction will start in the $150/sq ft range... so homes will probably start around $450K. Maybe higher? I really don't want my taxes to go up, but it is nice to see additional owners in this area of Lake Highlands.
Now if we can just get those zero-lot-line homes to get started on the LHTC property also. Lake Highlands needs more people committed to the area - and home ownership seems a good way to get longer-term commitments. Speaking of the LHTC property, phase one has been making steady (not fast by any means) progress. It appears the roof line of phase one is a flat roof with the wall capped by a crown molding (for lack of the actual terms, this is the best way I can describe it). I'm a little disappointed in that particular decision - as it doesn't seem to fit in with the neighborhood, but the roof line doesn't make or break the development.
Looks like we have another bank. Not a bad thing I guess, but a potbelly would have been ideal.
6161 retail road across from the Bank of America in the TimberCreek center will be a Capital One bank as identified on the construction permit. Construction start: April 13 , completion 10-15-2013.
I drop my wife off at the LH DART station every weekday morning and noticed dump truck crews and a bulldozer clearing out a field just to the south of the DART bus stop this week. Any ideas what they might be making way for? The new apartment complex across Kingsley is coming along nicely.
I believe the original plans were for that field to be the highest density of apartments - if memory serves me... 5 stories and a parking structure, since these are the units that have direct access to the DART rail. Is it possible that this portion got funding and Prescott has not made an announcement yet?
HD Construction of the Lake Highlands Town Center Dallas, Texas Part 2 April 2013
This is part two of the construction at the Lake Highlands Town Center. This was taken the last week of April. At 4:50 is the close up of the construction of the building. The start of the video shows the amphitheater, lake, bike trail, and parks which are all part of the development. The making a good pit of progress on the building. So over the next few years or however long it takes to finish the Lake Highlands Town Center, I will be uploading a video every few months of the construction progress. This is a project I worked on for a few years. This was taken on April 28, 2013. This shows the first apartment building and parking garage going up in the 90 acre Lake Highlands Town Center in Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas.
Make sure to watch it in HD
I have been meaning to post this for a while.
Here is an update of the Lake Highlands Town Center. The apartments are called Haven at Lake Highlands.
There will be a video update soon of the outside and inside of this development.
Last edited by CO777DAL; 04 October 2013 at 08:58 PM. Reason: added last photo
Not crazy about the cheap siding in pic four. However, it's great to see Lake Highlands get the ball rolling.
It seems this project is moving a bit quicker as of late. It was being built for a while at glacial speed at best.
Demolition of the two apartment complexes south of the Lake Highlands Town center are almost done (yesterday, there was only the shell of one building left - all others had been abated and demolished). Since these two properties are residential only, I suspect they will be built a little quicker. Having a solid base of higher quality product in this stretch of Skillman should help to anchor a mid level socio-economic demographic in Lake Highlands - something that has sorely been missing (I've stated for quite some time that the apartments are full of the working poor, probably in the sub $25K level; then the single family homes are affluent - my guess is $100K+ household income level). Filling in the middle is going to dramatically help the retail/restaurants all up/down Skillman and the surrounding area. Knock on wood my prediction is correct.
First Interior look at the development is in this video.
HD Overview & Construction of the Lake Highlands Town Center Dallas, Texas Part 3 October 2013
This is part two of the construction at the Lake Highlands Town Center. This was taken the September and October of 2013. This video also shows an overview of the entire project and you will be able to see how large this project is. Parts were also taken during the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest. At 1:00 is the Lake Highlands DART Station. You will even see the Lake Highlands Wranglers prefom at 4:12. At 8:35 you will be able to see the first video of the inside of the units at the Haven at lake Highlands. So over the next few years or however long it takes to finish the Lake Highlands Town Center, I will be uploading a video every few months of the construction progress. This is a project I worked on for a few years. The Lake Highlands Town Center is a 90 acre in Lake Highlands area of Dallas, Texas.
Make sure to watch in HD.
Last edited by CO777DAL; 08 October 2013 at 05:06 PM.
Quick update on "Bordeaux of Lake Highlands" (based on my observations of living adjacent to this project):
- It appears most utilities are substantially completed at this point - gas, electric and water.
- Final grading for a good number of lots has been completed.
- Most, if not all, of the retaining walls (and there are a TON of them in this subdivision) are completed - including a pond at the South-East corner used as what appears to be a storm water buffer
- Foundations for a perimeter fence have been started along the North side, bordering Church Road
Utility work took a bit longer than I had thought. I'm going to push out my estimate for roads to be started from Oct into November, but I definitely think we're on target to see the first homes to get started before Christmas. My daughter and I recently walked through the neighborhood and the lots seem quite nice. The lot that's at Southern most portion at the Western corner (not by the existing alley, but the one that butts up to the existing homes in the cul-de-sac on Fairglen Drive - seems a VERY nice lot with very nice trees in the back. Probably the best lot in the neighborhood in my opinion. It's definitely going to be a nice addition to the area and bring some much needed disposable income to that corner, helping to bolster the demand for quality retail/restaurants.
Looks like the Haven has the potential to be a nice community. Just hope the owners have the wherewithal to stand their ground on the rents. If they cave, the entire town center project could be irretrievably lost.
The owners (and majority equity partners for the entire LHTC project) are based in Austin. So they have a vested interest in doing what is right for the whole project, not just the immediate short-term needs of running a single apartment complex in the middle of "someone else's" project. That structure gives me hope that this while project will be successful. Knock on wood!
Per the City of Dallas - [Public Works Department]
Katy Trail Extension Phase 3: (We anticipate the contractor to complete the trail by January 2014.)
The project limits are from the intersection of McKinney Ave. & McCommas Blvd. to the intersection of Ellsworth Ave. & North U.S. 75 Service Road and from 4420 Worcola St. to intersection of Skillman St. & Sandhurst Ln. To date, the contractor has constructed concrete trail pavement from the intersection of McKinney Ave. & McCommas Blvd. to the intersection of Ellsworth Ave. & North U.S. 75 Service Road and from 4420 Worcola St. to under Greenville Bridge. There is no pedestrian bridge proposed to go over Greenville Bridge instead the trail will go under the bridge. Due to Oncor Electric Delivery Co. (Oncor) delay in providing the City with an easement to construct the trail through their properties at 4500 and 4530 Greenville Ave., the Cityís contractor temporary suspended work until an easement was given. This past June, Oncor finally gave the City the required easement to construct the trail. Currently, the City is working with the contractor to start work again. We anticipate the contractor to complete the trail by January 2014.
Katy Trail Extension Phase 4: (We anticipate to complete the trail by February 2014)
The project limit is from Skillman St. to the DARTís White Rock Rail Station. This project included four (4) pedestrian bridges that spanned over Skillman St., Abrams Rd., Rush Creek, and one to connect the trail down to Union Pacificís abandoned railroad bed (Veloway). Currently, the contractor has installed the pedestrian bridge over Rush Creek and is working on the Veloway. Due to Oncor requiring the City to acquire the right-of-way for the bridges over Skillman St. and Abram Rd., the City is working with Oncor to acquire the necessary right-of-way. We anticipate to acquire the necessary right-of-way from Oncor by the middle of November this year. Afterward, the contractor will proceed with installation of the pedestrian bridges over Skillman St. and Abrams Rd. To date, the contractor has completed the concrete trail pavement from Skillman St. to Ridgewood Park minus the two pedestrian bridges; from the Union Pacificís abandoned railroad bed to DARTís White Rock Station along Northwest Highway. We anticipate to complete the trail by February 2014.
Lake Highlands residents want to rename Plano rd to Lake Highlands Dr.
I think it's a good idea. Never made much sense to change the name at Northwest Highway. What will be odd thou is that a past intersection would be in the history books. Plano and Kingsley which will now be Lake Highlands and Walnut Hill. I can't remember the last time two major roads were renamed as same intersection.
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