Forest City

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2012

    For Sale: A Dozen Photos of the Mighty Mercantile National Bank In the 1940s

    ​A couple of years back we virtually toured the Mercantile Bank Building as it looked following its 1958 redo, when Heritage Auctions made available 17 never-before-seen photos of R.L. Thornton's skyscraper taken by legendary Chicago-based architectural-photo firm Hedrich Blessing. Those photos, o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Turns Out, Not Everybody Loves Continental, Lone Star Gas Building Makeovers

    Photos by Anna MerlanA seemingly run-of-the-mill downtown development press conference had two surprise guests.​Over the years, the re-do of the Continental Building downtown has started to feel like a bit like Guns N' Roses's Chinese Democracy. Forest City, the developers behind turning the vaca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Outside the Statler, a Celebration. Inside the Statler, a Sneak Peek at the Work to Be Done.

    Photos by Sam MertenWho can you name in this gathering of officials the mayor pulled together for a press conference-closing group photo?​When Sam and I got to Main Street Garden around 2:15 this afternoon for the Statler-sale press conference, there weren't a lot of people around -- just a few fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Into Downtown's Tunnels, A Horror Story

    From time to time we've revisited the damage done to downtown Dallas by Montreal urban planner Vincent Ponte, who proposed in the June 1968 issue of Esquire that downtown Dallas bury its businesses underground -- a decision then-Dallas Mayor Laura Miller referred to in The New York Times in '05 as " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    Atmos Complex Just Got More Afforable

    Noah JeppsonAs you may recall, one Friend of Unfair Park got a tour of the Atmos Complex last summer, including this stop in the old Lone Star Gas Building elevator lobby.​I'll leave it to Schutze, who's covered this subject at great length, to explain precisely how Larry and Ted Hamilton wound up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2010

    One Guess What Downtown Really Needs

    UCR Urban's Jack Gosnell -- who helped convince Forest City to redo the Merc and the Continental -- is among those who've been charged with recruiting retail to downtown. Which, presumably, is why Aaron Gentry, our pal Justin Terveen and the You Dallas crew accompanied Gosnell on a tour of downtown, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    A Step Back and Into the Atmos Complex

    Inside the former Lone Star Gas Co. Building's Harwood Street entrance, where the lobby remains but the original ceiling is hidden​Friend of Unfair Park and downtown denizen Noah Jeppson got into the Atmos Complex over the weekend thanks to an invite from John Greenan, executive director of Centr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    A Sneak Peek at the Continental Redo

    Flickr photo: JVanT​From time to time, downtown-dwelling Friends of Unfair Park will ask: What's up with the Continental Building? Not much, of late: Forest City, also behind the Merc overhaul, had been hoping to begin work in '09, but last May Jim Truitt, Forest City's vice president of residenti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    News & Notes: Test Scores, Grocery Stores, Modano a Red Wing? and a Peek at the Plans for the Continental Building

    Carla Ranger​A few items of interest with which to belatedly kick off your work week (lucky):On Thursday we noted that Dallas Independent School Board trustee Carla Ranger has found a new obsession: banishing the minimum-grade policy that disallows teachers from handing out grades lower than 50. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2010

    Locked Out of LTV Tower Redo, Developer Sends City Council a Very Pointed Letter Today

    ​Curtis Lockey and Craig MacKenzie, erstwhile developers of the LTV Tower 1600 Pacific Building and subjects of my column in the current edition of the paper, have sent to Dallas City Council members and city staffers a letter alleging deliberate discrimination against low-income persons and famil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    After the Explosion: How Irving Might Wind Up Using Texas Stadium Site

    One of the early conceptual renderings for the Texas Stadium site, before officials decided to blow it up real good​Patrick will be along shortly with some photos and observations from today's final final media tour of what remains of Texas Stadium before the big blow-em-up on April 11. (Hey, ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    The Man With the Latest Downtown Plan Says We're "A City of Districts" In Need of "Unity"

    Daniel Iacofano​Daniel Iacofano -- the "I" in MIG, Inc., which the city hired to develop the latest downtown master plan -- was at the Dallas Convention Center a couple of weeks ago collecting wish-list items from stakeholders and civilians; more than a few Friends of Unfair Park have offered sugg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2009

    City Council's Handing Out Money Today

    ​We're in the midst of a staff meeting, but The News' Rudy Bush, of course, is at City Hall keeping tabs on the council's doings. And this morning, he offers two updates on items that first appeared on Unfair Park. First off: The council unanimously approved to give Deloitte LLP the $2 million it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    City, Hamiltons to Rework Atmos Complex Deal in Hopes of Jump-Starting Development

    The Atmos Complex, which the Hamiltons are still intending to develop behind the Statler Hilton​Larry and Ted Hamilton took control of the four-building Atmos Complex, situated almost directly behind the Statler Hilton, a little more than a year ago, after Forest City got tired of paying penalties ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Why Can't a Nonprofit Do a Downtown Project Cheaper Than a For-Profit Developer?

    Brandon ThibodeauxJohn Greenan, founder and executive director of nonprofit Central Dallas Community Development Corp., a subsidiary of Larry James' Central Dallas Ministries​In the paper version of Unfair Park this week I took a longer look at Re:Vision Dallas -- you know, that self-sustaining de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    To Expedite Continental Building Makeover, City May Have to Cough Up More Millions

    Flickr photo: JVanT​When last we visited the Mercantile Continental Building, the Landmark Commission was on its way to designating it a historic landmark against the wishes of its owners, Forest City, the company responsible for the Merc redo and the next-door Element. Forest City had hoped to gi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Forest City's "Not Ready" For Mercantile Continental to Become Landmark. Or Apartments Either. Not Just Yet.

    Flickr photo: JVanTJim Truitt, Forest City's vice president of residential development, called me back today to discuss yesterday's meeting of the Landmark Commission's Designation Committee, which did indeed vote to re-initiate the historic designation process for both the Mercantile Continental Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    This Evening, Talk of Designating Two Downtown Buildings as Historic Landmarks

    View Larger MapNoticed something interesting on the Landmark Commission Designation Committee's agenda for today's 5:45 p.m. confab: the re-initiation of historic designation proceedings for two downtown buildings, the Mercantile Continental Building on Commerce Street and the Dallas National Bank B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    There's a Plan to Redevelop the Old LTV Tower. But, Good Lord, It Ain't Cheap.

    A few days back, a Friend of Unfair Park wondered what was up with the old LTV Tower, once a crown jewel in downtown courtesy its bright night lights. Turns out, a couple weeks back there was a joint meeting of the Downtown Connection TIF Board and Downtown Dallas Development Authority during which ... More >>

  • News

    January 22, 2009

    Downtown Dallas at the Crossroads

    The city's effort to clean up downtown could cost us important parts of history.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Turns Out, 1400 Main Street Won't Be on the Council's Agenda Tomorrow

    Karl Zavitkovsky just called to discuss 1400 Main Street, which I mentioned earlier -- and which is actually not going before the council tomorrow. Instead, says the director of the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development, developer Brian Foster and the City Center Tax Increment Financing Dist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Never a Dull Moment on the City's Economic Development Agenda

    The city's giving away the Atmos Complex, highlighted, mostly because nobody can do a danged thing with the buildings till the Statler Hilton, top right, is redeveloped or exploded. Sam detailed yesterday the city's plan to redo the convention center and restructure its $263.9 million debt (bond sal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008

    A Complex Deal for the Atmos Complex, the Latest Downtown Development

    Late yesterday, in advance of Thursday's Economic Development Committee meeting, members of the city council were given a memo called Atmos/Forest City Conveyance. In it, the city details a deal that involves shifting the four-building Atmos Complex, which sits behind the old Statler Hilton Hotel on ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    August 27, 2008

    Mark it Down: We'll Meet You at Main Street Garden in October 2009

    At present, the proposed Main Street Garden downtown is but a fenced-off patch of dirt and rubble -- very sexy scenery for folks to whom Forest City's trying to sell apartments in the newly constructed Element, some of which faces the Municipal Building and the abandoned Statler Hotel. Plans for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    The Only Incentive Dallas Can Offer Filmmakers: Blow Us Up, Please?

    Fact is, Irving has big plans for Texas Stadium's site once the building's gone. Reunion Arena isn't about to go the way of Nakatomi Plaza; Texas Stadium is a long way from getting the Gotham City Hospital treatment. Right now, Dallas Film Commission director Janis Burklund's idea of making those lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    I Meant to Take Pictures Inside The Merc. But, Really, That View is Amazing.

    A view of the new Mercantile complex, The Element, taken from the original historic building The Mercantile Place on Main's been open since March, and some 20 percent of the 66-year-old, 31-story building's occupied -- impressive, given the cheapest one-bedroom apartment in the all-rental rehab with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    Re: Hard Rock and a Hard Place

    I finally talked to Jack Gosnell, the broker handling the Hard Rock Cafe sale on behalf of Brett Landes, and he could not have been more insightful concerning the battle over the fate of the 97-year-old former church on McKinney Avenue. Turns out, our Friend who attended Monday's Landmark Commission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2006

    The Color of Incentives

    Don't let him fool you: Within 10 years, Jim Schutze will be living at the Azure, working on his tan and his book about high-rise living called The Accommodations. This is not me eating crow. This is more like me barely sniffing a small crow. From several inches away. A month ago I wrote a column ab ... More >>

  • News

    July 20, 2006

    The Allure of Azure

    Harwood builds a fancy condo tower without a nickel in handouts from City Hall

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2006

    Hotel Taxed

    The Stoneleigh Court Apartment Hotel was built in 1923. It probably won't get a facelift till 2016. Tomorrow, the city council will likely vote to give the Stoneleigh Hotel $2.5 million so its owners can rennovate, remediate and otherwise redo the 83-year-old Maple Avenue hotel. That money will com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2006

    Forest City to Own Entire Metroplex

    Or close to it. It seems the Cleveland-based developer behind the Mercantile Building redo downtown is about to take over about 130 acres of Frisco, after snapping up land in Mansfield and, apparently, Grapevine. The Frisco folks are happy-happy-joy-joy over this; says James Gandy, president of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2006
  • News

    February 23, 2006


    City council could cost us $20 million by tanking the Merc deal