DFW Real Estate Review

July 25, 2016

The summer issue of the Dallas-Fort Worth Real Estate Review, featuring the West End Historic District, is available now!  Click here to download a digital version.

July 12th Traffic Update

July 11, 2016

Due to the Presidential visit and police memorial service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, expect road closures in the Dallas Arts District area on Tuesday, July 12th between 5:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Consider alternative routes to gain access to your office or residence.  No additional information is available.

Despite delays and road closures, Downtown businesses are open and we encourage you to support them.

Press Release: Dallas County Buildings to Open Monday, July 11, 2016

July 10, 2016

Please note this most recent information regarding Downtown traffic operations for Monday, July 11. Here is a link with a map of street closures and traffic circulation plans, http://www.dallascitynews.net/downtown-dallas-traffic-update. Below is a release from Dallas County regarding the opening of several County buildings. We will continue to keep you apprised as we receive updates.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2016
Press Release: Dallas County Buildings to Open Monday, July 11, 2016
Dallas – The following county buildings will be open for business on Monday, July 11, 2016:

George L. Allen Sr. Civil Courts Bldg.
600 Commerce St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Old Red Museum
100 S. Houston St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Dallas County Administration Bldg.
411 Elm St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

Dallas County Records Building
509 Main St.
Dallas, Texas 75202

All of the above buildings will be open for regular business hours. Jurors summoned to George Allen for jury duty are expected to report for service as specified by the instructions on the original notice they received in the mail.

Contact: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins
Clay.Jenkins@dallascounty.org
214-653-7949

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A Message from Downtown Dallas, Inc.

July 8, 2016

Downtown Dallas, Inc. expresses our deepest condolences to the Dallas police officers and their families who have been  impacted by last night’s tragedy. We are grateful for our men and women of the Dallas Police Department (DPD), DART Police Department, El Centro Police, and Downtown Safety Patrol who were onsite and risked their lives to keep citizens safe and are now working tirelessly to investigate this horrific event. We also commend the emergency response professionals for their swift actions in attempting to save the lives of those who protect us every day. 

Currently, DPD is processing the crime scene and much of the area is inaccessible. The area from Record Street to Griffin Street and Ross Avenue to Commerce Street will be restricted to law enforcement only on Friday and potentially through the weekend. This includes Main Street and Elm Street from Griffin Street to Record Street. DART is operating, but will not be stopping at the West End Station. Downtown Safety Patrol is patrolling in two man teams assisting the DPD throughout the weekend. Please follow @dallaspd and @dartmedia on Twitter for the most up to date information. You can also find out more information at www.dallascitynews.net

There are grief counselors available at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library (1515 Young Street – 1st floor) today from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and a “Together We Stand” forum is planned tonight at Concord Church at 6808 Pastor Bailey Dr., Dallas, TX 75237. 

For those wishing to donate, please contact the Assist the Officer Foundation at www.atodallas.org

A Dallas Multifaith Unity Prayer Service will take place at Thanks-Giving Square at noon. 

Resources:

Dallas Police Department – www.dallaspolice.net

DART – Www.dart.org/rideralerts

City of Dallas – Www.dallascitynews.net

Assist the Officer Foundation – Www.atodallas.org

Downtown Public Safety Community Action Plan – Status Updates 6.6.16

June 6, 2016

As you know, we hosted a Downtown Public Safety Meeting in January following a series of incidents that heightened concerns about public safety in our community. Coming out of that meeting, we facilitated crafting a Community Action Plan, summarizing the top priorities from residents, businesses owners and additional stakeholders. We also held a follow up meeting on February 15th, where the Dallas Police Department (DPD) announced they had caught and arrested the perpetrators from the Davis building incident, as well as implemented a panhandling initiative aimed at aggressive and repeat quality of life offenders.

As continued follow up, please find status updates related to the Community Action Plan below.  Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions, concerns or additional contributions.

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New Downtown Safety Patrol Officers

June 3, 2016

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Join us in welcoming the 10 new members of the Downtown Safety Patrol!  The new officers will complete 120 hours of Dallas Police Department and Department of Public Safety Security Officer training, followed by 80 hours of field training on evening shifts.  Say hello if you see them!

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Welcomes New Hire Douglas Prude

May 31, 2016

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) warmly welcomes Douglas Prude to its team as Economic Development & Planning Analyst.  This role is the first of its kind at DDI, created because of the exponential growth Downtown, and as such, the need for historical data, maps, and graphic visualization has increased dramatically, as well as the need for current market analysis and informed forecasting.  Prude will provide data on everything from developments and commercial & residential leasing to street improvements and parking in Downtown.  Prude’s work will position DDI as the prominent resource for valuable Downtown market information for developers, investors, new business, and the media.

 

Prude has over 15 years of professional experience, spending the past four years in commercial real estate as the Director of Research for the Henry S. Miller family of companies.  In his past capacities, Prude has been responsible for conducting all research, producing exhibits, and managing the technologies that are used to market and appraise properties.

 

Prude holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from University North Texas and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from The University of Texas at Arlington, as well as a Master’s Certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

 

Not a stranger to Downtown Dallas, Prude has been active in PARK(ing) Day Dallas since 2010 and has co-chaired the event since 2014.  He also serves as a representative of the Jesuit College Preparatory School class of 1992 and aids in the coordination and execution of alumni events including the annual scholarship drive.

 

“We are thrilled that Doug has joined our team, which is the first of several additions in a plan to further grow the capacity and expertise of DDI.  As Downtown evolves, so should our organization in order to respond to the changing needs of our members, PID stakeholders, and the community. We look forward to Doug’s contributions that will inform data-driven planning, economic development, policy, and programmatic decisions for DDI,” said Kourtny Garrett, DDI’s President.

 

“I am very excited to be working with the good people here at DDI.  I believe their efforts here have contributed significantly to Downtown Dallas blossoming into the dynamic area that it is today, and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the area,” added Prude.

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Announces Three New Executive Committee Members

May 25, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

 

Contact:

Megan Spooner, Marketing Manager
spooner@downtowndallas.com
d: 214.744.6651  c: 214.862.4537

 

 

Downtown Dallas, Inc. Announces Three New Executive Committee Members

 

May 25, 2016 – Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is pleased to announce the newest members of their Executive Committee – Liz Beauchamp, Mattia J. Flabiano, III, and Katy Murray.  Each new member brings with them a long-standing history with, and passion for, Downtown Dallas.

 

Liz Beauchamp is the Director, Public Affairs, Mid-Tex Division for Atmos Energy Corporation, which is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving more than 3 million natural gas distribution customers in about 1,400 communities in eight states.  As Director of Public Affairs, Beauchamp serves as crisis communicator, directs the team to achieve the company’s financial and business objectives, implements the public affairs strategic plan, and oversees the company’s charitable contributions.

 

Mattia J. Flabiano, III joined Page Southerland Page in 1980 and has worked as an architect, project architect, and project manager on a variety of health care projects, including Baylor Health Care System.  He is now a Principal in the firm and serves as the Senior Principal for all of the Dallas office projects.  Flabiano has successfully managed many large, multi-building projects with numerous consultants both in the U.S. and overseas.

 

Katy Murray currently serves as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Assistant Secretary of the Company for A. H. Belo Corporation, a position she has held since April 2015.  She has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting.  Murray is responsible for managing A. H. Belo’s Finance and Accounting organizations, Human Resources organization, and Internal Audit organization.

 

“DDI is extremely pleased to welcome Liz, Mattia, and Katy to our Executive Committee, and we look forward to their continued involvement and support of Downtown Dallas,” said John Crawford, DDI’s Chief Executive Officer.

 

 

 

About Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Downtown Dallas, Inc. is the primary advocate, champion, and steward for Downtown, effecting change by developing  strategies, setting targets, and mobilizing resources that:

 

  • Stimulate a vibrant and sustainable Downtown environment
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Enhance economic competitiveness
  • Create a culturally inclusive urban center
  • Position the area as a global destination

 

Our program areas include: public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing.  For more information, visit www.downtowndallas.com

 

 

 

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Results from the Pacific Plaza Public Input Meeting

April 20, 2016

In March, a meeting was held to discuss the future of Pacific Plaza.  Click here to see the results from the meeting.

UPDATED: Capital Improvement Matching Grants Program

April 19, 2016

                                                                                   

asd DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT

2016 Matching Grants Program

Call for Project Applications

 

 

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is a private, non-profit organization funded by voluntary membership dues, assessment revenue from the Downtown Improvement District (DID), and through contracts with the City of Dallas for specific projects and programs.

 

The Dallas Downtown Improvement District (DID) was created by DDI in June of 1992 to fund important supplemental services and visible improvements to our city center.  In 2001, 2005, and 2013, the DID was voted by property owners to be renewed, and has since embarked upon additional initiatives to make Downtown Dallas clean, safe, and fun for the entire community.  The DID has been renewed through 2020.

 

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2016 DID budget, DDI is soliciting proposals for matching grants to improve public spaces.

 

Qualified Projects

 

In general, capital improvement projects that improve the appearance, safety, and functional qualities of the Downtown public environment will qualify.  The Downtown Dallas 360 plan approved by the City Council in 2011 is the guiding policy document.  Refer to downtowndallas360.com. Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible, permanent improvements.  The following are examples of projects that may qualify:

 

  • Renovations or enhancements to existing building facades or storefronts with emphasis on ground level public benefit and improvements
  • Significant upgrades or additions to public spaces
  • New landscaping on public streets or sidewalks
  • Improved lighting of public spaces
  • Repair or replacement of curbs and gutters
  • Overall repairs and enhancements to sidewalks in public rights-of-way, including removal of driveway cuts
  • Creative public area improvement projects which meet program goals

 

Projects must be within the DID boundaries (a map is attached).

 

If part of the proposed project is on private property, the applicant must have the signed approval of the owner or owner’s agent or specific evidence that such approval has been granted prior to distribution of grant funds.  Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of such approval will be considered by the DID.

 

Please note that all applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims.  In addition, liability insurance for applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for construction projects.

 

The DID is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan.  Grant applications that include participation from certified Minority/Women Business Enterprises in the City of Dallas will be positively received.

 

Grant Awards

 

No grant may exceed 50% of the actual cost of supplies, materials, construction, and labor.  The applicant’s contribution may be all cash from the applicant or cash from sources other than the applicant.

 

The minimum grant award is $1,000 and the maximum is $25,000 per project.  The DID reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements, so applicants may be offered an amount less than 50% of total project costs.

 

Projects must be completed no later than 6 months after grant approval.  Projects judged to be substantially complete before grant applications are reviewed will not be considered.

 

Design Requirements

 

Projects must be consistent with the design guidelines in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Before commencing construction, projects may be required to undergo a design review with the City of Dallas and DDI.

 

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

 

Projects submitted should comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations. The DID is not responsible for obtaining any required permits.  The grantee shall obtain all required local, state and federal permits.

 

Application Requirements

 

To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided on the application except where additional materials are specifically requested.

 

Applications for the 2016 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by May 31, 2016.

 

The application must be sent to the following address:

 

Dustin Bullard, VP Public Space and Design

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street, Suite 7100

Dallas, Texas 75202

 

Or emailed to: bullard@downtowndallas.com

 

For more information, please contact Dustin Bullard at 214-744-1270 or at the email above.

 

Criteria for Grant Award Decisions

 

  • The project must demonstrate a public benefit consistent with the Downtown Dallas 360 Plan
  • The applicant meets eligibility requirements
  • The project provides maximum public benefit for the funds required
  • The design quality of the project
  • Approval of property owner or potential for approval by relevant governmental agency
  • The project has support of adjacent property owners, groups, or tenants
  • Maintenance requirements and commitments are in place
  • The project facilitates occupancy of vacant space or existing tenant retention
  • Participation by certified Dallas Minority/Women Business Enterprises
  • The application form is complete and correct
  • Permits, approvals, and implementation can be quickly achieved
  • Track record of organization or company with similar efforts
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Location of project with regard to geographic distribution of grant funds
  • Percentage of project to be funded by applicant
  • The project must be able to be finished in a timely manner

 

Approval Process

 

Applications will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee which will approve all grant awards.  No committee member with a vested interest in an application will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that application.

 

Application review and final decision by of the Capital Improvements Committee should occur within eight weeks of the application deadlines.  The Capital Improvements Committee will have final approval of all grants awarded.  The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all applications or to approve only a portion of any funds requested.

 

Finalizing the Grant

 

Following grant approval, individual grant awards are considered pending until both parties sign the Grant Agreement.  The Agreement will describe the project, the project budget, and the amount of funding awarded by the DID.  Upon execution of the Grant Agreement, the grant is considered finalized and grant funds may be distributed based upon the conditions outlined in the Agreement.

 

When all conditions of the Agreement are met (the project is complete), a Payment Application and the required documentation will be submitted by the grantee for final funding by the DID.

 

Click here for the 2016 Matching Grants Application.

Click here to view a sample Matching Grants Agreement.


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