Architects take the mic at Alamo Drafthouse for Broker-Developer event

Panelists Evan Beattie of Good Fulton & Farrell, John Giesler of Retail Street Advisors, David Quenemoen of Page and Charlie Reagan of Alliance Architects
Members of the Dallas-Fort Worth broker community attended the Richardson Broker-Developer lunch in a fun, non-traditional setting August 14. Nearly 100 brokers gathered at Alamo Drafthouse to hear a panel of architects speak about trends in real estate design.
 KDC Real Estate Development and Investment team, from left, Bill Guthrey, Andra King, Jenny Houseman, Tracie Frazier
The program, titled “Architects take the mic: an insider’s perspective on real estate design," included panelists Evan Beattie of Good Fulton & Farrell, John Giesler of Retail Street Advisors, David Quenemoen of Page and Charlie Reagan of Alliance Architects. Each panelists spoke about what trends are developing in their respective area of expertise. The panel presentation covered multi-family, retail, corporate office and data centers.
One of the most interesting discussions of the presentation was in regards to the threat of increasing traffic in DFW. An audience member asked what can be expected with traffic along U.S. 75 when Richardson’s CityLine development on George Bush Turnpike and Plano Rd. is complete.
Nearly 100 brokers attended the luncheon at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson.
Panelist Evan Beattie tackled the question by suggesting that as the DFW area skyrockets in population the next several years, we must adapt to the increase by developing more walkable and livable communities. Richardson’s CityLine development, located on a  DART Red Line stop, is a prime example of an all-in-one live, work and play community. In addition to the corporate offices anchored by State Farm and Raytheon, the development will include multi-family housing, a Whole Foods grocery store, several restaurant and retail establishments, and parks and running trails so that residents are less dependant on vehicles to take them places.
The program was moderated by Broker-Developer Tri-Chair Bill Guthrey of KDC Real Estate Development and Investments, who also sponsored the luncheon. The Richardson Broker-Developer series is co-sponsored by Legacy Texas Bank and Page, and door prize sponsor is Marcus & Millichap. Luncheons are held four times a year and focus on areas of commonality for commercial real estate professionals. For more information about the luncheon or to be added to the invitation list, please contact Jenny Mizutowicz.
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