Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

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The plan to temporarily place an observation wheel in Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama has received the support of the city’s official park advisory group.



an aerial view of a city: A conceptual rendering of the proposed observation wheel shows the 148-foot attraction in Balboa Park's central Plaza de Panama. The for-charge ride promises unrivaled views of the city and is intended to reinvigorate the park. (Courtesy, City of San Diego)


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A conceptual rendering of the proposed observation wheel shows the 148-foot attraction in Balboa Park’s central Plaza de Panama. The for-charge ride promises unrivaled views of the city and is intended to reinvigorate the park. (Courtesy, City of San Diego)

Thursday evening, the Balboa Park Committee voted 7-1 in favor of the short-term attraction, or what’s being called the Balboa Park Star, with one member abstaining. That means proponents — David and Leslie Cohn of the Cohn Restaurant Group and operator Sky Views of America — will aim to erect the part-time installation in the spring, following completion of additional steps and easing of state restrictions.

The vote marks an important first step in getting the controversial park ride

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Some children won’t miss the Christmas tradition of a one-on-one meeting with Santa Claus this year, thanks to the virtual know-how of Deer Park resident Alec White.

The 23-year-old recently created Personalized Santa Videos as an online service. It draws on his experience as an actor at Deer Park High School and a budding filmmaker at the University of Houston, where he graduated in May with a bachelor of arts in media production.

White, who honed his approach to the St. Nick role — including a hearty laugh — when he entertained kids as Santa in 2018 at Moody Gardens in Galveston, had been wrestling how to offer a safe Santa service amid the pandemic.

“I came up with the idea, thinking that with the holiday season just around the corner and COVID-19 still hindering celebrations, everyone needs a little visit from Santa,” White said.

“However, I knew there would

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Leading Dallas-Fort Worth real estate firm Ebby Halliday has moved its headquarters to a smaller space in Plano’s Legacy Business Park.

The company moved three weeks ago from its longtime location in Dallas. The new office has 17,000 square feet of space, about half of what the company previously occupied.

The choice of a smaller office was deliberate and a response to “today’s modern work environment and needs,” according to the company.

“This beautiful new office is built for the future and now reflects the current culture and mission of our organization,” Ebby Halliday Cos. president and CEO Chris Kelly said in a statement.

Employees of company’s branch offices are all still working remotely during the pandemic, and employees at the corporate office are working from home 50% of the time to limit the number of people physically in the office, said spokesman Steve Smith.

The new headquarters, at 5560

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a lit up city at night: Matthew Sullivan, co-owner and operator of House Park BBQ looks around after his restaurant, which opened in 1943, was heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday December 1, 2020.  [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


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Matthew Sullivan, co-owner and operator of House Park BBQ looks around after his restaurant, which opened in 1943, was heavily damaged by fire on Tuesday December 1, 2020. [JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

A fire caused severe damage to House Park Bar-B-Que, Austin’s oldest continuously operating barbecue restaurant, early Tuesday.

As many as 30 firefighters responded at around 4:20 a.m. to the blaze that owner Matt Sullivan said he believes started in the pit room. The fire left holes in the ceiling and caused major smoke damage to the restaurant.

Nobody was injured, Austin fire officials said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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Sullivan, whose father, Joe, purchased the restaurant near Shoal Creek in Central Austin in 1981, said he plans to rebuild. The business, at 900 W. 12th St., is home to the oldest barbecue pit in Austin, dating back to 1943. A

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FOND DU LAC – A community-driven lawsuit between the city of Fond du Lac and a group known as Friends of Lakeside Park is moving forward with a hearing set for 10 a.m. on Feb. 5.



a close up of a green screen: Signs scattered throughout the city promote a petition that calls for developing city ordinances that would regulate development in Lakeside Park through a public referendum.


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Signs scattered throughout the city promote a petition that calls for developing city ordinances that would regulate development in Lakeside Park through a public referendum.

Both parties are expected to file briefs — and, possibly, additional affidavits — between now and then.

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The case involving Lakeside Park and whether its future can be decided in a public referendum is being heard in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court by Winnebago County Judge Teresa Basiliere.

All Fond du Lac County judges recused themselves from the case, based on their  knowledge of both parties, said Beth Peranteau, attorney for The Friends.

The circumstances surrounding the lawsuit are a key

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A Central Park in Charlotte. Open space built on top of Interstate 277. A new high school in Second Ward, where decades ago, city leaders wiped out a Black community.

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Those are some of the big ideas in the upcoming 2040 Center City Vision Plan, a document that will help guide growth for uptown and the neighborhoods within about a two-mile radius for the next two decades. Officials developing the plan, from nonprofit Charlotte Center City Partners, the city and Mecklenburg County, planned to present the draft recommendations to the public Thursday afternoon.

The plan covers nine focus areas, in uptown and neighborhoods to the North, South and West. Those neighborhoods, like Lockwood to the north and Seversville to the west, might not typically be considered the center city, but as Charlotte expands, so does its “nucleus,” said Michael Smith, president and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners.

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Photo illustration of Steve Roth and 220 Central Park South

Steven Roth and 220 Central Park South, which has effectively created its own tier of the luxury market.

If not for 220 Central Park South, Vornado Realty Trust’s recent financials would have been a horror show.

Vornado, one of New York City’s biggest landlords, recorded a $107 million loss in the third quarter on its prime retail portfolio, once-prized Fifth Avenue and Times Square properties that have been paralyzed by the pandemic. It also took significant hits on the shuttered Hotel Pennsylvania and other investments.

But thanks to a flurry of closings at 220 Central Park South, its ultra-luxury condo at the foot of Central Park, the REIT closed out the quarter comfortably in the black.

“If you pardon the expression, we’re loaded,” Vornado Chair and CEO Steven Roth, who has never been accused of modesty, said during an August earnings call.

Even as the high-end condo market has

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The city of Kettering wants to steer the Miami Valley Research Park toward greater collaboration with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the state’s biggest single-site employer.



a herd of sheep grazing in a large body of water: An aerial view of the Miami Valley Research Park. FILE


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An aerial view of the Miami Valley Research Park. FILE

The city’s proposed $2 million project would involve new construction or renovation of an “existing building” at the business park, orienting the site for work with universities, research organizations and defense contractors, Kettering city government said in a proposal to the Dayton Development Coalition’s Priority Development & Advocacy Committee — also known as “PDAC.”

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An ‘agile’ Air Force needs engineers at Wright-Patterson AFB

Kettering puts the total cost of the project at $2 million while seeking $850,000. The idea to take advantage of “new Department of Defense digital and technology directions in engineering and weapons systems acquisition management,” the city said in its PDAC proposal.

The city’s

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The Conroe City Council approved an exception to a city ordinance that will allow Johnson Development to build single family homes within a duplex subdivision in Grand Central Park.

According to Matt Stoops with LJA Engineering, the reason for the request is due to little interest in duplexes from home buyers.

“The product didn’t sell as well as we had hoped,” Stoops told the council Thursday. “So we did a redesign of the section to covert the remaining area from duplex lots to 55, 60 and 65 foot (single family) lots.”

Stoops said before the decision to replat the subdivision, development officials met with residents to gauge interest in making the change. Those meetings, he explained, resulted in the creation of a 20 foot land buffer on either side of the duplexes.

In a letter to the council, Stephen Brovarone with The Johnson Development Corp noted change to single family

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Titan Development Real Estate has broken ground on the first phase of the 146-acre NorthPark35 business park at Interstate 35 and Texas 130.

The groundbreaking took place Wednesday, one day after the Georgetown City Council approved $10.5 million for infrastructure improvements for the project, according to a city news release.

The $10.5 million includes $8 million from the Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation for road construction, $1.9 million from the Georgetown Economic Development Corporation for the electric construction, and $600,000 from the water capital improvement fund for the waterline construction, the release said.

The city’s payment for infrastructure improvements will be made in three installments if certain terms are met, including the extension of Aviation Drive within 24 months and an investment of a minimum of $15 million in capital expenditures.The developers also must comply with approved design and use standards in construction, the release said.

The project will be the

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