Belo Garden is Coming Together

Belo Garden opens this spring and I already like what I see. I drive by it every morning on my way to work and seeing it come together has been such a treat.

As you can see, the sign appeared a couple of weeks ago and I just had to share a recent picture of it!

Opening plans are in the works and we look forward to the opening of another wonderful greenspace in Downtown. Stay tuned!

Many thanks to Thomas Hubaceck with the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department for sharing this picture.

Have You Seen our new Vehicle Wraps?

DDI worked with a local vehicle wrap company to create custom graphic wraps for its 2 pickup trucks, 1 large water truck and fleet of 7 sidewalk/street sweepers. These custom graphics reflect the new DDI brand and reinforce that the Clean Team is a DDI program.

Over the past month, crews removed mistletoe from trees throughout the Downtown. A majority of mistletoe removed was along Young from

Ervay to Houston, Griffin from Ross to Woodall Rodgers and areas throughout the West End. Mistletoe is a type of parasite.  Mistletoe grows on a wide range of host trees and commonly reduces tree growth and can kill them with heavy infestation.

We want to thank the Dallas Citizen Foresters for helping us trim all the trees at Main Street Garden. We will continue to work with these folks and we’re already planning a second pruning event with them in the spring.

Finally, we are working with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department in a citywide effort to keep parks clean. It’s My Park Day will be Saturday, March 31st from 9 a.m. – noon. We’ll plant new ground cover, shrubs & seasonal color at Pegasus Plaza. Please bring your own work gloves. All other tools & supplies will be provided, including bottled water! Volunteers rsvp today: www.facebook.com/events/330796720289106/http://www.facebook.com/events/330796720289106/

Museum Tower Tops Out

The Museum Tower topped out as the construction reached the 42nd floor progressing toward a late 2012 completion date. The 42-story Museum Tower condominium building has been under construction for more than a year in the Arts District. The luxury residential tower won’t open its doors until next fall, but the high-rise has already made a big change to Downtown skyline.

The project’s General Contractor is Austin Commercial; designer is LA-based architect Scott Johnson; developers are Brook Partners principals Lyle Burgin and John Sughrue, with Turtle Creek Holdings partners Dan Boeckman and Gregg Greene.

The $200 million tower will have about 110 condos, starting at more than $1 million. Museum Tower is the tallest Downtown building constructed since the 55-story Chase Tower was completed in 1987. And it’s one of the tallest buildings under construction in the country.

Downtown Dallas Fall 2011 Wrap-up

We’ve been running around like zombies but not because of Halloween. We’ve been working hard to make Downtown FUN! It all started late last month with a new TX/OU tradition thanks to Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Mike Hoque’s DRG Concepts. Football & BBQ – what a winning combination, if we do say so ourselves!

We put a couple of Texas pitmasters up against some Oklahoma pitmasters before the big game. In the end we had Fort Worth’s Cousin’s competing against Leo’s from Oklahoma City and Cousin’s came up victorious, winning the title of Ultimate Pitmaster.

By all accounts, the first-ever Red River Rivalry BBQ Shootout was a tremendous success, bringing over 1500 people downtown for community and good food!

Earlier this month we started the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Markets and the Fall Movies Series. Today is actually your last chance to enjoy the markets and tomorrow is your last chance to pack a picnic and watch a movie at Main Street Garden.

The Outdoor Markets have been very successful and we want to thank all of the vendors who made it a grand success. We want to especially thank YOU for coming out, spending time with neighbors and supporting these local vendors.  These outdoor markets have created great community and we will hope to explore similar endeavors.

Earlier this week we had our 360 Community Forum and Reception. We began the evening with a quick update on Downtown Dallas 360. You may recall the City approved the plan in April. After the update, attendees were treated to yummy street vending, music, art and cocktails, as we activated Browder Plaza. This temporary urban space is an indication of what’s to come as we complete those “quick wins” laid out in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Whew, what a ride. Again, pardon us if we look like zombies… Fall is almost over!

P.S.  Many thanks to Jaime Clintsman & Dustin Bullard for working day and night to make Downtown FUN!

 

DDI Fall Membership Forum & Luncheon Hottest Ticket Around

The DDI Fall Membership Forum & Luncheon presented by Museum Tower is already sold out. We hope you got your tickets early.

This year’s theme: Downtown Dallas Bucking the Trend; Corporations take notice as national economic competitiveness drives business back to Dallas. 

The strong North Texas economy continues to make headlines.  From the most recent Beige Book report to articles in USA Today, distress to the north, east and west is pushing Dallas to the top of the list to attract business, commerce and culture.  But, why?  Is this a sustainable trend?

Economic and business experts Dr. Terry Clower of the University of North Texas and David Johnson of NewsRadio 1080 KRLD  will address this phenomenon, and provide some crystal ball gazing into what the future holds.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75207

Reunion Ballroom

The Summer of 2012 in Downtown

The summer’s record-breaking heat is keeping DDI staff on their toes. The water truck was in the shop so they had to  improvise… just look at these pictures.

Dustin Bullard, DDI Cityscape and Urban Design Manager, was losing sleep over the well-being of some of Downtown’s beloved trees so he watered with his own truck.

DDI also installed a misting fan at the Lily Pad at Main Street Garden for patrons, braving the record temperatures. By the way, the water truck has been fixed and is back in service. DDI’s Clean Team staff waters trees throughout Downtown three days each week.

Downtown Dallas Movers & Shakers

Inland American Lodging Group Inc., an subsidiary of Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. has bought The Fairmont Dallas for $69 million. The 545-room hotel at 1717 N. Akard St. has two towers and 70,000-square-feet of meeting space. It was opened in 1969 as Texas’ first luxury hotel.

Clouse Dunn LLP, an employment law and commercial litigation firm, has renewed its lease for 13,955 square feet of office space at Renaissance Tower. Jeff Ellerman, Phil Puckett, and Michelle Donaldson of CB Richard Ellis represented the tenant. Dennis Barnes, Clay Gilbert, and Celeste Fowden, also of CBRE, represented the landlord, Binyan Realty LP.

DAC Patient Recruitment Services LLC, formerly D. Anderson & Co., has leased 5,780 square feet of office space at 2100 Ross Ave. in Dallas. Steven Schneider of Grubb & Ellis Co. represented the tenant, a company that recruits and retains patients for clinical research studies. Dennis Barnes, Celeste Fowden, and Clay Gilbert of CB Richard Ellis represented the landlord, 2100 Ross Realty. DAC’s office is currently located at 3100 McKinnon St. in Uptown.