Texas Live! To Undergo $810 Million Expansion

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A massive expansion is planned for the Arlington-based Texas Live! venue, we identify design trends to ditch in 2020, and Zaida Basora is tapped as new executive director of AIA Dallas and Architecture and Design Foundation, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

A massive expansion is planned for the Arlington-based Texas Live! venue, we identify design trends to ditch in 2020, and Zaida Basora is tapped as new executive director of AIA Dallas and Architecture and Design Foundation, all in this week’s roundup of real estate news.

Texas Live! To Undergo $810 Million Expansion

Arlington’s Texas Live! entertainment venue, hotel, and convention center is undergoing an $810 million expansion.

The Cordish Cos. joined the city of Arlington, Texas Rangers, and Loews Corp. to develop the second phase of the development with funds from a Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone.

The new construction will include the following:

  • 200,000 sf of office space
  • An 888-room hotel with 150,000 square feet of meeting space
  • 100,000 sf of retail and restaurant space
  • 280 apartments
  • 2,000 parking spaces
  • Business incubator space.

The new Loews Arlington Hotel will be connected to the Arlington Convention Center. Construction is expected to be completed by 2023.

The entire second phase is expected to create 3,000 jobs and have a $1.8 billion economic impact.

Source: Dallas Business Journal

Ditch These 10 Design Trends In 2020

“On Wednesdays, we wear pink” was the mantra of the Mean Girls in the hit 2004
Rachel McAdams movie.

Well, in 2020, we’re ditching the pink in home interiors, particularly rose gold and millennial pink. And just so we don’t have to be Mean Girls here at Candy’s Dirt, Realtor.com did it for us. Here are the top 10 design trends that get the heave-ho in 2020:

  1. Lone accent wall
  2. Minimalist designs
  3. Faux natural materials
  4. Rose gold and millennial pink
  5. Farmhouse style
  6. Cool and light neutrals
  7. Fast furniture
  8. Neon word signs
  9. Bedding in a kit
  10. Open floor plans

Some of these are way harsh, but perhaps you’ll thank the experts who compiled them later.

Source: Realtor.com

AIA Dallas And Architecture Foundation Names New Director

Zaida Basora was recently named executive director of the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Architecture and Design Foundation.

Zaida Basora

The appointment comes after an eight-month search.

“Basora’s experience in both the public and private sectors as an architect, client, consultant, and advocate, as well as her engagement and leadership in diverse boards and committees … brings a unique experience to the role and a blend of skills and knowledge that will continue to advance the mission of both organizations,” officials said in a press release.

Basora previously led the architectural practice for Huitt-Zollars’ Dallas office and served as sustainability manager for the firm. She also worked for more than 20 years at the city of Dallas, primarily as assistant director of public works over facilities.

“Our search committee was looking for an engaging, experienced, respected, and proven executive director to lead AIA Dallas and the Architecture and Design Foundation, two organizations at the center of a growing chapter, city, and North Texas region,” said 2019 AIA Dallas President Richard Miller. “We believe Zaida Basora is just that leader. Zaida’s involvement in the AIA at the local, state, and national level gives her the well-earned credibility which is representative of her passion, commitment, and respect within the profession. She has a robust sphere of influence due to her unique background and history that makes her a huge benefit to our members and community.”

Source: AIA Dallas

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April Towery

April Towery studied journalism at Texas A&M University and has been an award-winning reporter and editor for more than 20 years. She’s covered everything from city council meetings to Death Row executions. Her favorite things to write are feature stories and humorous columns. She loves to make people laugh. She won first place in humorous column writing, second place in news writing and third place in serious column writing at the 2019 South Texas Press Association Awards and picked up first place in humorous writing at the 2018 Texas Press Association awards ceremony. She has numerous other recognitions, including the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ first-place award for special reporting, citing her continuous coverage of the College Station City Council and its violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act in 2006. She is the daughter of a longtime real estate appraiser and at one time knew her way around a floor plan. She lives in Wylie and is learning daily about real estate, architecture, and housing trends.

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