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‘War Zone’: Dallas Crane Collapses Onto Apartment Building

Image shows a crane that fell Sunday on an apartment building in Dallas. (Shaban Athuman/Dallas Morning News ViaAP)

DALLAS, TX — A crane collapsed onto an apartment building in Old East Dallas and at least one person is dead, according to reports. Graphic video posted on social media showed multiple floors also collapsed when the crane fell. Several cars fell, landing on top of each other amongst the debris field.

Video shot by Twitter user @soph_daigle shows the moment high winds seem to push the crane over.

"Oh my God! The crane is falling over," she shouts. "Oh my God! Oh my God, you guys."

A second video showed the aftermath. Firefighters can be seen rushing someone away from the scene on a gurney. Four cars were covered with debris from a severely damaged building that saw its roof and several floors caved in. To the untrained eye, the structure seemed as if it could give way at any moment.

"It’s absolute chaos," the man who shot the video can be heard saying. He later described what he was seeing as a "war zone."


Jason Evans, a spokesman with Dallas Fire-Rescue Department, told NBC News that six people were hurt. Five of them were in serious or critical condition and the sixth was treated at a hospital and released. Emergency responders found a woman inside the Elan City Lights apartments, the Morning News reported. She was later declared dead. The woman’s name wasn’t immediately released.

The crane fell as strong winds, heavy rain and hail battered parts of North Texas, Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Dallas Morning News. Initially he said two people were hospitalized but later acknowledged the total wasn’t known.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the region until 7 p.m. Sunday. Heavy rains, damaging winds and large hail were possible, and a flood advisory was issued for parts of the region until 5 p.m.

Warning: Video contains graphic images and language.

NEW VIDEO from an eyewitness at the apartment complex on the east side of the Dallas skyline badly damaged by a falling crane in this afternoon’s severe thunderstorm. (Warning about the language.)— Jason Whitely (@JasonWhitely) June 9, 2019
I got a video of the crane collapsing in Dallas. I hope everyone’s ok— it was terrifying to watch— sophie daigle (@soph_daigle) June 9, 2019

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Dallas crane collapse: Apartment building deemed totally unusable

The Dallas apartment complex that suffered damage from a crane collapse has been deemed "totally unusable," and residents will be refunded their security deposits and June rent.

Two days after the tragic accident that left one woman, 29-year-old Kiersten Smith, dead, officials told residents they will be allowed back in to retrieve their belongings, but they will no longer be able to reoccupy their apartments.

According to Dallas Fire-Rescue, apartment complex management will arrange for moving trucks to facilitate the move.

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Greystar, the apartment management company, is meeting with City of Dallas officials to determine the safest options to remove the personal belongings and vehicles of all the residents, according to a letter issued to residents Tuesday.

No determination has been made regarding the removal of the crane from the property, according to DFR. Three people remain in the hospital.

Sunday’s tragedy marked the ninth crane accident death in North Texas since 2012, CNN affiliate KTVT reported. From 2011 to 2015, Texas had about four times more crane-related deaths than any other state.

‘It just sliced through the building’

Abbey Kearney, who lived in the Dallas apartment complex, said the disaster happened quickly.

"It was like a sunny, beautiful day and people were at the pool," she said. "And then it just got dark very quickly, and the wind picked up something fierce. It got dark, and it was over in a matter of seconds."

She saw three umbrellas shoot straight up into the air. All the pool furniture flew into the pool.

Then she saw the crane plummet.

"It just sliced through the building … like a hot knife through butter," Kearney said. "It went from the fifth floor to, from what I can tell, the third floor."

Concrete floors of the parking garage ripped like paper. Rows of vehicles fell several stories below and lay heaped in a mangled mess.

"There were cars that were vertical," she said.

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Your Dallas apartment high-rise might become a pop-up hotel

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A Houston apartment landlord just signed one of the biggest leases in that city’s history.

Developer Camden Property Trust rented a block of 100 apartments in its new downtown Houston residential tower to a single tenant. More than a third of the 21-story high-rise will be rented to a Washington, D.C.-based firm for what it calls a "pop up" hotel.

Founded in 2017, WhyHotel leases big chunks of apartment buildings to use as short-term stay hotel space.

So far, the company has opened locations in Baltimore and Arlington, Virginia, turning sections of luxury apartment towers into exclusive hotel suites.

Checking WhyHotel’s reservation page, I see that you can snap up a 2-bedroom Baltimore apartment in the middle of next week for roughly $160 a night.

Sounds like a deal.

Since Dallas-Fort Worth is the country’s fastest growing metro area and economy, don’t be surprised if WhyHotel turns up here, too.

The D-FW area has more than 35,000 new apartments on the way, with about a dozen new high-rise rental projects either under construction or just completed. While demand for new apartments is strong locally, it would be tempting for a developer to fill a large section of a new rental community with a single lease.

"Several major apartment owners and operators are experimenting with the inclusion of some short-term rentals in their properties," said Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage, a Richardson-based apartment sector service firm. "Pull a block of apartments in a new property beginning initial lease-up out of overall inventory, have a specialist in the short-term rental space operate them for a while, and then bring them back into general inventory as the rest of project finishes building its first resident base."

Willett said property owners can generate revenue on units that otherwise would sit empty during the initial leasing process,.

"Plus, with fewer apartments moving through initial lease-up all at once, the decrease in overall availability means achievable rents should tend to be slightly higher for the units being offered as traditional apartments," he said.

Some North Texas apartment community owners already are dabbling in the short-term stay sector with units up for grab on websites including Airbnb and Vrbo.

But WhyHotel takes the concept to a whole different level, providing a "welcome lounge" and 24/7 host team to oversee the operation.

"Look for some properties in Dallas to begin offering short-term rentals pretty quickly," Willett said. "The concept is worth exploring in neighborhoods where apartment construction is heaviest, especially in spots like the Victory area where there are multiple lease-up projects located adjacent to each other."

That means some of the folks you meet in your apartment tower elevator aren’t neighbors but visitors in town for a weekend sports event.

"What’s unclear at this point is whether or not renters signing long-term leases will care that a portion of the property is being operated as what’s essentially a pop-up hotel," Willett said. "If long-term renters object to the degree that it slows a new project’s leasing velocity or lowers pricing power, short-term leasing will disappear quickly."

There’s also another possibility.

"If the short-term rentals are clustered on select floors of high-rise buildings or in specific spots within mid-rise projects, it’s possible that many long-term renters won’t even realize that the short-term rental operations are even there," Willett said.

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North Chattanooga’s Riverview Grande apartment complex sells for $31 million

Outside investors continue to buy into Chattanooga’s rental housing market.

An Austin, Texas investment company, GVA Property Management, purchased the Riverview Grande Apartments in North Chattanooga this week for $31 million in the latest among over $300 million of purchases made by outside investment groups of local apartment complexes in the past three years.

Since the start of 2016, investor groups have paid more than $300 million to buy apartment complexes in Hamilton County. The biggest purchases include:

1. Legends at White Oak in Collegedale sold for $41.8 million

2. Village at Apison sold for $31.9 million

3. Elements of Chattanooga on Standifer Gap Road sold for $31 million

3. Riverview Grande in North Chattanooga sold for $31 million

5. Bridgeway at Chattanooga on McCutcheon Road sold for $29.5 million

6. The District at Hamilton Place on Gunbarrel Road sold for $28 million

7. Arbor Creek Apartments on Standifer Gap Road sold for $26.6 million

8. Standifer Place Apartments Homes on Jenkins Road sold for $25.5 million

9. Ridgemont Apartments in Red Bank sold for $21 million

10. Mountain Brook Apartments on Mountain Creek Road sold for $20 million

Source: Hamilton County Register of Deeds

The new owners of Riverview Grande, organized as Mansion Circle LLC, acquired the 12-acre site with a former Riverview mansion, now used as the apartment clubhouse, and 269 two- and three-bedroom apartments. The Riverview Grande Apartments were originally built in 1972 and the previous owners, organized as Riverview Grande LLLC, had owned the complex since March 2016.

GVA owns and operates apartment complexes in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in Texas and in Clarksville, Tennessee.

"The GVA team believes multi-family residents appreciate and will pay for modern style at affordable prices, close proximity to jobs and school, and well-maintained complexes with curb appeal," the company says on its web site. "Once in place, you create long term value while mitigating investor downside risk, while improving communities."

GVA, like many other multi-family housing investors, see Chattanooga as an attractive market due to its growth, economic stability and below average prices for real estate.

The two- and three-bedroom units at the Riverview Grande Apartments rent for between $975 and $1,244 a month and the pet-friendly development includes a swimming pool, tennis court, conference room, fitness center and laundry facility, among other amenities.

Contact Dave Flessner at or at 423-757-6340

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Associa Principal Management Group of North Texas Welcomes White Bluff Property Owners Association to Client Portfolio

Dallas, TX, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Associa Principal Management Group of North Texas (PMG) has been selected as the management company for White Bluff Property Owners Association in Whitney, Texas.

The White Bluff Property Owners Association is a unique, resort-style community nestled on 3,450 acres of land with four pools and stunning lakeside views. The community offers residents one-of-a-kind amenities including two restaurants, a marina, state-of-the-art fitness center, lodging units, and two RV parks. PMG will partner with Arcis Golf to oversee the community’s golf amenities, including restoration of the golf courses, refurbishment of two clubhouses, and updates to the dining areas.

“PMG is excited to be the new management company and partner with the White Bluff board and community,” stated Mark Southall, PMG president. “This property is so special and offers its residents the chance to be a part of something unique and evolving. We look forward to providing specialized services and helping the community reach its true potential.”

"It is an objective of the White Bluff board to create a closer partnership with the residents of the greater Whitney area and create opportunities for non-property owners who live close by to be able to enjoy the facilities like our dining venues, golf courses, and expanded marina services," stated Leonard Critcher, White Bluff Property Owners Association board president.

With more than 200 branch offices across North America, Associa delivers unsurpassed management and lifestyle services to nearly five million residents worldwide. Our 10,000+ team members lead the industry with unrivaled education, expertise, and trailblazing innovation. For more than 40 years, Associa has provided solutions designed to help communities achieve their vision. To learn more, visit

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Gov. Abbott deploying resources to North Texas for severe weather

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has deployed resources to North Texas as severe weather is expected to continue hitting the Metroplex through Friday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas A&M Texas Task Force 1, Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas State Guard of the Texas Military Department are all taking part in the emergency response.

The following have been deployed or are on standby as needed:

13 Water Rescue Boats and Crews 6 Helicopters with Hoisting Capability 30 High Profile Vehicles 8 Ambulance Buses 8 Ambulance Strike Teams 1 Type One Mobile Medical Unit 8 Medical Incident Support Teams 1 Task Force Leader

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“As severe weather moves into the North Texas area, the state is taking every precaution including pre-positioning helicopters and boats to ensure we are ready to assist local officials with potential search and rescue operations,” Gov. Abbott said in a release. “I urge all residents to stay up to date on local weather reports and heed warnings from local officials throughout this severe weather event.”

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Grapevine Texas Roofing Company Advises Dallas Residents To Beware Of Scammers During Storm Season

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Richland Hills, TX – Storm season is now here, and unfortunately they are many dubious characters and companies who try to take advantage of storm-related problems to scam homeowners out of large sums of money. One of the top Southlake Texas roof repair companies is attempting to inform residents of the Dallas � Fort Worth Metroplex to try and protect them from becoming a victim of this type of scam. Storms inevitably increase demand for roofing contractors. It is also an excellent breeding ground for �storm chasers,� fly-by-night roofing contractors who sometimes go door-to-door offering their services enticing residents with incredibly low estimates or offering new roofs paid entirely by the insurance company. Storm season in Texas has led to a lot of scams, and they are still going on.

The Grapevine Texas Roofing Company has some recommendations for residents who are having problems with their roofs and are in need of hiring a contractor to fix their leaks. Hire only licensed or bonded contractors. They might be more expensive but are the only ones who can offer you some peace of mind in case you are not happy with the repairs. Do not be rushed into signing any contract, especially if the contractor uses high-pressure sales tactics, such as today-only discounts. Always sign a detailed contract for the project and get the terms and any warranties in writing. Before deciding to hire a contractor, do your homework.

Get more than one estimate; ask for references from the companies, and search online for any complaint filed against the company or the individual, particularly with the Dallas Fort Worth area Business Bureau. If one is required, ask the contractor to obtain the permit. This will ensure that they are bonded and insured. Most established roofing companies are trustworthy and professional. Consumers should be wary of an offer that sounds too good to be true � it probably is.

�It is a sad fact of life that when an emergency strikes, there will always be a certain group of individuals who attempt to profit at other people�s expense,� said Freddie Rheinwald, owner, and operator of the Grapevine Roof Repair Company. �I hope that if people follow these simple rules, they should be able to avoid what could turn out to be a very expensive scam.�

Roofing Professionals of Texas, a Grapevine Roof Repair Company has been licensed in Texas since 1987. With a prior history in residential construction, the majority of their early work was in building new homes. Every year when storms hit in Texas, they were some of the first responders to the area. They spent years in Texas helping to rebuild. Over time, they began to specialize in re-roofs and structural repairs of roofs.

Roofing Professionals of Texas has been an active part of the construction industry in North Texas for over 30 years. Integrity and professionalism are immensely important to us because they consider many of the residents to be friends, family, and neighbors in the Richland Hills, Grapevine, Southlake and Plano area. To learn more about the company visit their website at�

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North Texas Property Management, Serving Plano, McKinney and Frisco Texas, Releases New Mission Statement – San Antonio Business Journal

PLANO, Texas, May 31, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — North Texas Property Management is proud to release a new Mission Statement. Property investors in the North Texas area including Plano, Frisco and McKinney may need a top property management service to manage residential investment properties. A new mission statement confirms the importance of putting property first.

"We are very proud of our revised mission statement and how it confirms our main objectives," explained Jason Marascio, CEO of North Texas Property Management. "That is to provide the best support and service a rental properties for Texas investors.

Interested persons can review the North Texas Property Management "mission statement" at by scrolling down the home page and reading the first two paragraphs, which succinctly describe the company’s commitment to being the best property management company in Plano, Frisco, McKinney and surrounding cities in the suburbs north of Dallas, Texas.


Here is background on this release. Property investments in the DFW area, including Frisco, McKinney and Plano, may require a professional team of property managers help maintain values. An evolving rental market and changing property investment trends make it imperative that the best property management team is selected.

Investors may have found the area of North Texas the right spot to buy and rent property. It could be the mission to build a portfolio of homes over time, yet investors may not have the bandwidth for the day-to-day work of managing several rentals. It could be worrisome to own a nice home yet not have the time to manage it properly. The newly revised "Mission Statement" explains that the first step could be to find a top property management team dedicated to bringing the best service to an investment in Frisco, McKinney or Plano, Texas. The next step could be to review a company mission statement. If a property management team treats a piece of real estate with the same care as an owner, it could help calm the nerves of an anxious investor.

For these reasons, North Texas Property Management has released a new mission statement. While a written statement is good, it should be noted that the best next step is to read in more detail about the team of top-ranked property managers at the company at and then reach out for a consultation.


North Texas Property Management Company is a top-rated property management company servicing the needs of rental property owners in the North Dallas area of North Texas. The company’s property managers manage residential rental properties in Plano, McKinney, Frisco, Richardson & Allen, as well as other communities in the North Dallas area, for real estate investors and rental property owners who want a property management company that will take the burden off of them of physically and financially caring for, maintaining, and managing their rental homes.

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Mishandled housing program could cost Dallas $1.3M

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General released a report this week examining more than a dozen homes remodeled by Dry Quick Restoration, The Dallas Morning News reported . The report found the homes had defective workmanship and long construction delays.

"The delays caused a hardship for the homeowners that the program was designed to help," the report said. The homes were meant to help families making $25,000 or less annually.

The report criticized the city for general mismanagement and not properly vetting the company’s experience and financial situation when issuing contracts in 2015.

A March newspaper investigation found the company’s owner, Kenneth Williams, has ties with local housing official Carl Wagner, who helped manage the mishandled program. Wagner is now suspended pending an internal probe.

The city said it’s working with federal officials to address the issues.

"We recognize the issues with our prior administration of the program and have already begun to address many of these findings and have developed more rigorous internal controls to ensure a higher level of accountability," the city said in a statement.

Dallas shouldn’t have to repay the funds because the money went into the homes, said T.C. Broadnax, the city manager.

"While mistakes were made, construction was delayed, and documentation was deficient, the $1,322,617 expended on the homes were invested in the labor and materials used to construct the homes where the homeowners reside today," Broadnax said in a letter to federal officials.

The city plans to hire an engineer to examine the homes, as well as a contractor to make repairs, Broadnax said.

Dry Quick declined to comment. Wagner couldn’t be reached for comment.


Information from: The Dallas Morning News,

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Drake & Migos To Embark On The “Aubrey & The Three Amigos” North American Tour

(AllHipHop News) “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Drake and Migos will continue to showcase their musical chemistry with a trek this summer and fall. The “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour” is scheduled to kick off July 26 in Salt Lake City.

The 41-date outing will also visit cities such as Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Boston, Miami, and Atlanta. Drake is expected to drop his fifth studio album Scorpion prior to the start of the tour.

Drizzy, Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff join other Hip Hop stars set to criss-cross the country this year. J. Cole recruited Young Thug for the “KOD Tour.” Plus, Childish Gambino will have Rae Sremmurd and Vince Staples opening for him on certain dates.

General public tickets for the “Aubrey and the Three Amigos” tour go on sale on Friday, May 18 at Check out the dates for the journey below.

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