Of Continental Hold-Ups, Joule Expansions, Downtown Town Homes and Love Field Eats

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The city council returns to the city's business on Wednesday ... or is that Tuesday? But till mid-September, at the earliest, committee meetings are canceled: Mayor Mike's asked the chairs to scratch meetings till at least mid-September, when he'll reshuffle the deck chairs -- and we'll find out whether he's got the pepperoni to name Angela Hunt chair of the Trinity River Corridor Project Committee, a position previously held by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Took Leppert till September 12, 2007, to make that call.

So instead of committee meetings, this weekend's packet of council memos covers what would have been the pre-council meeting discussions, and they cover a wide range of familiar topics: those town homes intended to go in front of Dallas Farmers Market, the Continental Building's extreme makeover, Tim Headington's slow-but-sure downtown takeover via the Joule expansion, the sale of that police helicopter, up-and-down revenue forecasts and Love Field concessions. Where to begin? Why, it's a regular Unfair Park greatest hits (and some what will be) -- and, for the new kids, a bit of a primer.

The memos are self-explanatory and follow after the jump for those who like to keep score. But first a few spoilers: The Continental won't be done by the end of the year as initially promised and needs 12 months more, at least; Headington's added investment (from $76.5 million to $98 million) means more TIF reimbursements (from $20.65 million to $23.85 million) will be used to help fill in 114,000 square feet of currently vacant downtown space along Main and Commerce; Dallas PD Chief David Brown says that spacious eggbeater has to go; the city will cover $3 million in infrastructure improvements to expedite those Farmers Market town homes; and the city received 42 food-and-wine proposals at Love Field, and another 10 for retail ... and none from the incumbents, but there's still that first-right-of-refusal deal cut with council, that vague two-tiered review process and a lottery, so good luck with all that.

That about covers it. Oh, and till I get 'round to a real FYWLP selection, here's Foreigner at Reunion Arena in 1981. Admit it. It's kind of awesome. Better'n effin' Kings of Leon at Starplex last night, at least. July 29, 2011 Memos
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TrueTV
TrueTV

Continental has had major problems that have prevented it from getting done, those problems are not going to end anytime soon. They are the same problems that resulted in AC Gonzales being removed from overseeing Economic Development and Housing within City Hall!!!!! Lot more "fallout" coming - stay tuned. Funny how Mary Suhm chalked off AC's demotion (in my opinion) as nothing more than musical chairs. Now Ryan Evans, the guy that is brought in to clean up messes, has now taken those positions. What a MESS you have on your hands Mr. Evans!!! Good Luck!!! 

Larry
Larry

We're about to find out if Rawlings has any balls. I know he soft-pedaled the issue during the election, but now he's been elected and he's got to govern. I've been amazed over these last 13 years of inaction, but good gawd, can another mayor and city council really continue to do this dance, even if 95% of the electorate is still asleep and could care less? I mean, how many more consultants can we hire to study this, it's been studied to death. There's no money, period, it's not feasible, period. If Rawlings wants any kind of legacy, there's no where left to hide, he's got to move off the dime and do something different. It'll be fascinating to watch what happens next.

whodunnit
whodunnit

Continental. $58.6M for how many apartments?

ChrisU
ChrisU

I'd like to share my point by point opinions on how the Council should resolve these issues.yeah right, i'm just here for the Foreigner. their set at the Texxas Jam a year earlier was even better.

OED_denizen
OED_denizen

Actually it is townhouses that are to be built just north of Farmers Market.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Indeed -- got it right at least once in there. Fixed, tho, Thanks.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

Angela as chair of the Trinity Committee?  Not sure if you noticed, but Mike took money from all the same people who funded the No campaign on Angela's referendum.  In every debate I saw or read about, he was given the chance to back away from the Trinity Project, and he wouldn't do it.  He wouldn't even admit that the toll road was a bad or dead idea.  So, you might expect someone a little more *ahem* compliant as chair.

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