Granite returned to the Oak Lawn Committee as part of a three-building agenda. While Granite’s Cedar Maple project was last on the agenda, its size pushes it to the front of my line. After last month’s OLC meeting, the developer was given eight things to work on, and they did.

The biggest was a reduction in height from 425 to 399 feet, which eliminated two office floors and also cut parking by 111 spaces. Part of the reduction was based on Granite’s own internal research into parking patterns within its multimillion square feet of office properties. Their research shows a continual decline in parking usage — some from Uber and Lyft, some from walking and cycling, and some just from people not being in the office as much. If you work from home two days per week, that’s two days a parking space will be empty. Flow that through hundreds of workers and two lost floors, and the result is fewer spaces.

They also supplied support letters, a more fleshed-out landscape plan, and answers about parking on its adjacent streets.  Kinda nuts and bolts, the fun and confusion came in from the traffic study.

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Texas is known for its barbecue, but you don’t have to hit up a restaurant to enjoy the state’s favorite cuisine. Pick the right apartment, and you’ll be able to do your own grilling when the weather is warm. These are our favorite Dallas apartments with upscale barbecue grills so you can impress guests and perfect your ribs recipe.

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“A lot of sleek, modern design can look a bit sterile,” Steve Atkinson said. But this Oak Lawn townhome maintains a warm, accessible feel even with its clean lines and open floor plan. Located at 4001 Bowser Ave. Apt. C, this three-story, two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home has a great vibe to go with the stunning modern design. It’s our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans, and for good reason — it offers gorgeous and easy-to-love spaces in a key location and at a price you can’t refuse!

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You’ll want for nothing in this perfectly situated, three-story townhome inside the gated and secure Uptown development of Cascada.

When Phillip Murrell told me he had a new listing, of course I was intrigued. This go-getting Dave Perry-Miller agent has been representing some amazing properties lately, so I had to know what was going to be hitting MLS soon. Murrell offered me a chance to tour his latest, but only proffered a single photo of the property — the foyer. 

And let me say that a single photo of the gorgeous entryway was all it took to get me on my way to 3338 Blackburn Ave., our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. If you love luxurious urban living in one of the best locations in all of Dallas, then you, like me, will probably be hooked on this home from the very start. 

The foyer of 3338 Blackburn Ave. offers a dramatic geometric floor fashioned of Bardiglio marble.

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Homage to The Melrose (“oops” on all those cars in the rendering … foreshadowing?)

Last night’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting was a little more precise with their Robert’s Rules than prior meetings.  Given the past few tense months (here, here), I’m not surprised that precision is being used to combat disruption. However, while not disruptive, one member seemed hell-bent on chucking the evening’s projects through the chute by calling for a vote on both projects presented with his first breath.  Presenting projects and gaining support from the OLC isn’t a race nor a duty to be dispatched.

The first project is so far known as 2929 Oak Lawn Avenue, but Dallas folks will know it as the awful Office Depot next to the historic Melrose Hotel. The hotel, originally known as the Melrose Court Apartment and Hotel was built in 1924 and granted Dallas Landmark status in 1983.  Prior to the hotel, the corner was the homestead of the Mellersh farm.

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Easter egg hunts Dallas

There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who eat their chocolate Easter bunny ears first, and those who just don’t care. A report by WalletHub says 59 percent of Americans eat their chocolate bunny ears first, while 33 percent don’t have a preference. Four percent say they eat the tail first and another 4 percent eat the feet first. Savages. 

Whether you’re an ears gal or a tail kinda guy, the Metroplex has plenty of unique ways to host Easter egg hunts from up in the sky to down on the ground with goats. I’d leave your chocolate bunnies at home for these.

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In the parlance of those of us in Dallas who have been huddled indoors avoiding the cold and wet winter, “Where’s the patio?”

I’ll tell you where it is —our High Caliber Home of the Week presented by Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans. It’s an incredible townhome listed by Dave Perry-Miller agents Phillip Murrell and Stewart Lee in one of the hottest parts of Oak Lawn. 

“In addition to almost 2,600 square feet of indoor space, the townhome includes a yard with access to the first floor, a large balcony adjacent to the living room, and a roof-top deck with stellar views of downtown,” Murrell said. “This is the perfect townhome for those who want to enjoy the excellent weather we’ve been having in Dallas.”

Just make sure you take your allergy medicine and you’re ready to pour some mimosas and soak up the sun and skyline!

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It’s difficult to be in two places at once.  That’s what a reporter’s contacts are for. In addition to last night’s Pink Wall towers’ meeting at the Athena, the Oak Lawn Committee held their monthly clambake (their first since the Lincoln Katy Trail ordeal).

As if to bookend that contention, Prescott arrived with their proposal to redevelop 5.5 acres on Turtle Creek sandwiched between The Mansion on Turtle Creek and the Turtle Creek Gardens condos.  The site at 2727 Turtle Creek is the former home of Republic Insurance.

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