With this posting of the blog, I just want to update you on the activities that I have been attending over the last month and a half. First is the ground breaking of Champions Park, which is located on the Northeast corner of Collins and I-30. This is planned to be a restaurant and retail project. Current LOI’s include Torchy’s Tacos and Tokyo Joe’s. Greenway, the developer, is very tight lipped concerning other occupants in the area.
The next ground breaking was over at Arlington Commons. This is the apartment project along Lamar next to Rolling Hills Country Club. They are building in a rapid pace to try and get their first tenant into Phase 1 around June of next year.
Following that was the ground breaking for the I-30/360 interchange. This is a four year project that will cost the state an estimated $254 million. A much needed addition to our city, and an off ramp that will allow increased access to the Great Southwest Industrial Park.
D.R. Horton is going great guns with their project and has been moving dirt for the last six months. They are starting to pour concrete, and I am very impressed with the rate that project is taking shape. But just down the street we had a ground breaking ceremony for the new Aloft-W hotel. They are located behind BFF Asian Grill and Rio Mambo . This is going to be a 135 room hotel with a modern decor. We are very fortunate to land this project because Aloft-W hotels are very particular as to where they are located.
Now if that isn’t enough, you may have read in the paper that the North Point Development Corp. has purchased the Six Flags Mall. We will wait to see what happens there, but I am looking forward to seeing what becomes of this project. I know but can’t tell.
Lastly, there were two ribbon cuttings that I attended. One was for Stein Mart on March 10th. They have a bright new store located in the old Best Buy space. This gives residents a new shopping opportunity and gives Stein Mart a facelift in the process.
The other ribbon cutting was the new virtual reality ride at Six Flags. This is really innovative, and is called the Revolution. It utilizes the Shockwave Rollercoaster’s sensations and couples them with a visual scenario through the use of virtual programming. You are placed in the backseat of a futuristic fighter. Where you look is where the guns point, much the same as my old fighter did back in the day. To shoot you tap the side of the goggles. It is your job to save the world by shooting the enemy invaders, and you are in a very bogey rich environment. The last scene is coming back aboard a carrier. I can assure you it is nothing like landing on a carrier but they use the breaking of the coaster to simulate the arrestment aboard ship. Hey it’s a kick in the pants, and the use of technology to spice up an old ride is worth the wait in line, several times over.
So that's what I've been doing when I'm not in Washington or running a campaign for re-election. Oh yeah, since I'm running for re-election, I'd like to ask you to vote for me on May 7th. Till then check out my website at electcparker.com, it's interesting.