New Law Almost Impossible For Cities To Annex

A new law went into effect Friday that requires Texas cities to get voter approval before annexing an area. New Texas Law May Make It ‘Almost Impossible’ For Cities To Annex Land FLORIAN MARTIN   DECEMBER 1, 2017, 5:23 PM    Houston Public Media   Pearland…

Tech behind Gramercy District smart city

Tech behind Gramercy District smart city to be deployed in MakeOffices locations   By Michael Neibauer  –  Associate Editor, Washington Business Journal Nov 20, 2017, 5:52pm EST Updated Nov 20, 2017, 5:07pm The master developer behind the planned Gramercy District smart city in Ashburn has struck a deal with MakeOffices to install…

Retail Landlords Turning to Apartments to Shore Up Properties

Westfield is the latest in a string of mall developers and landlords whose firms have begun adding non-retail uses to existing retail properties. Construction has started on a 23-story upscale apartment tower at Westfield UTC, a one-million-sq.-ft. outdoor center in San Diego, but the project is…

Developers have quietly bought several blocks in Dallas’ Oak Lawn

Developers have quietly bought several blocks in Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood with an eye toward doing a major mixed-use project. Almost three blocks along busy Maple Avenue have been purchased by two real estate companies created by MQ Development, a Dallas-based shopping center firm. The companies have…

Massive East Texas ranch … up for sale.

Massive East Texas ranch, site of first Cattle Baron’s Ball, is up for sale One of the last vestiges of the sprawling empire of Dallas oilman-lawyer Toddie Lee Wynne is on the block. Owned by the same family since 1850, the showplace Star Brand Ranch near Kaufman has been…

Development will bring office, retail and apartments to Allen

Dallas News  Steve Brown, Real Estate Editor A major new urban development on U.S. Highway 75 has gotten the go-ahead from Allen’s City Council. The 73-acre Stacy Green mixed-use project is planned at the southwest corner of U.S. 75 and Stacy Road. It’s the last…

Sometimes when a city gives a company perks to move in, hearts get broken

Dallas News Dave Lieber, The Watchdog columnist (with Marina Trahan Martinez) Updated October 26 at 5 p.m.: This story has been updated to add comment from Farmers Branch finance director Sherrelle Evans-Jones. When city leaders lure a company like Amazon to town, elected officials sometimes give away…

Oak Cliff deck park gets unanimous OK from Dallas City Council

Dallas News  Julie Fancher, Staff Writer The Dallas City Council unanimously authorized funding for a new deck park over Interstate 35E with the hopes of physically reconnecting north and east Oak Cliff, areas that had been torn apart decades ago by years of highway building. The…

Lack of Attainable Housing Stymies Millennial Generation.

Why many would-be home buyers are renting — for now Here’s the good news: Income growth among 25- to 34-year olds — the millennial generation — grew 5.6 percent last year. And first-time homebuyer loans are up. Millennials are buying homes and debunking the myth…

Amazon-Whole Foods Combination Will Impact DFW’s ‘Big Game’

Amazon Fulfillment Warehouse in Haslet TX – Photo credits City of Haslet BY LILY CORRAL and D Magazine While it’s hard to say exactly what an Amazon-owned Whole Foods shopping experience will be like, you can be sure that all eyes will be on the effects of this…