D CEO Commercial Real Estate Awards

Congratulations to our DDI Board members recognized by their work in commercial real estate!

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Developer of the Year: Billingsley Company

Excellence in Architecture and Design: HKS Architects

Excellence in Construction and Engineering: The Beck Group

Best New Mixed-use: The Union

Pioneer Award: Craig Hall

Community Impact Deal of the Year: AT&T Discovery District

DDI was proud to be a title sponsor of the event!

The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center City study

The Value of U.S. Downtowns and Center City study, in which Downtown Dallas, Inc. took part last year, was released by the International Downtown Association. View highlights below, or read the full report by clicking here.

• 3.5% of the City of Dallas’ population lives in the City Center (45,326)
• 30% of the City of Dallas’ jobs are in the City Center (246,645)
• In 2017, the assessed value of property in the Downtown Improvement District was $5.9B, accounting for over 5% of the City of Dallas’ overall value.
• In 2016, 56% of City Center residents held a bachelor’s degree or higher, earning a median income of $74,000.
• The City Center generates 10% of all retail and food and beverage sales in the City of Dallas ($2.3B).
• According to the research, Downtown Dallas is considered a “growing downtown,” based on several datapoints, including average growth in employment, residential density, population growth, job density, and assessed value. Other “growing downtowns” to which Downtown Dallas is compared are Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh.

DDI Call for Volunteers

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. is recruiting volunteers to help with monthly beautification projects like landscaping, painting, litter removal, and general cleanup tasks.  We would love for you to be included in our monthly volunteer recruitment and events!  If you are interested, please follow the link below and complete the Volunteer Registration Form and Release of Liability.  We look forward to beautifying Downtown with you.

2019 Dates for Volunteer Recruitment:

  • Main Street Garden Replant          March 14
  • Main Street Garden Day                 May 10
  • Pegasus Replant                               April 11
  • Bunny Hop                                        April 20
  • Earth Day                                          April 22
  • Main Street Garden Day                 May 10
  • Operation Beautification Spring  May 18
  • Trick or Treat                                   October 31
  • Operation Beautification Fall        TBD
  • Texas Arbor Day                              First Friday in November
  • Dallas Holiday Parade                    December 7
  • Stocking Stroll                                  TBD

Volunteer Registration Form

Please submit the Volunteer Registration Form to Laura Tate – tate@downtowndallas.com

 

 

2019 Matching Grant Program – Request for Proposals

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2019 Downtown Improvement District (DID) budget, Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is soliciting proposals for projects to improve public spaces throughout Downtown.  If selected, proposed projects will receive a matching grant reimbursement from DDI in an amount up to $25,000.  Applications are due by end of day on Friday, March 29, 2019.

The 2018 Capital Grant Matching Program was a huge success, providing over $220,000 to 15 beautification, enhancement, and capital improvement projects within the public realm of Downtown.

The Dallas Symphony Association was a 2018 grant recipient, receiving $7,500 to clean and repair the limestone wall at Betty B. Marcus Park, near the Meyerson Symphony Center.  The project improved the appearance of this prominent public space within the Dallas Arts District.

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General Information

DDI is seeking proposals for projects that will enhance the appearance, safety, and functional quality of public spaces throughout Downtown.  Projects should address the “transformative strategies” found in Chapter 4 (“Transformative Strategies”) of the 2017 360 Plan, a City Council-adopted policy document that guides future development and investment in Downtown; access the plan at www.downtowndallas360.com.  Projects must demonstrate public benefit and must result in tangible, permanent improvements.  The following project types will qualify for the 2019 Matching Grant Program:

  • Security Project: the project will improve public security, help deter crime, and enhance the perception of public safety
  • Pedestrian Enhancement Project: the project will increase pedestrian safety and comfort in the public right-of-way
  • Appearance Project: the project will improve the outward appearance of a building or public space

All proposed projects must occur within the DID boundaries (see attached map).

All proposed projects must be planned, constructed, and completed by the applicant.  DDI is not responsible for the completion of any proposed projects awarded matching grant funds.

If all or part of the proposed project is to be constructed 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 the award of grant funds.  Projects on public property may be submitted without formal approval of the relevant public agency, but the potential of obtaining such approval will be considered by DDI.

All applicants will be required to indemnify DDI and the City of Dallas against all claims.  In addition, liability insurance for the applicant, landlord, and contractors (as appropriate) will be required for proposed construction projects.  A Certificate of Liability Insurance must be submitted to DDI listing DDI and the City of Dallas as additional insured entities prior to the disbursement of grant funds.

DDI is committed to meeting the City of Dallas Good Faith Effort Plan, in which qualified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) are involved, to the greatest extent possible, in construction or professional services contracts.  Project proposals should strive to include up to 25 percent participation from certified M/WBEs in the City of Dallas.

DDI will accept multiple proposals per year from each qualified applicant.  However, the grand total of grant funding an applicant can receive each year will be no more than $25,000.

Design Requirements

Proposed projects must be consistent with the design guidelines found in the Urban Design Guidelines of the 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

Proposed projects should comply with all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations.  The applicant shall obtain all required local, state, and federal permits prior to commencing construction.  DDI is not responsible for obtaining any required permits for the proposed project.

Grant Awards

Grant funds awarded by DDI will be less than or equal to 50 percent of all costs related to the proposed project in an amount not to exceed $25,000.  Costs covered by the grant include the actual costs of supplies, materials, construction, labor, and associated taxes.  DDI reserves the right to modify grant award amounts to meet program budget requirements; therefore, applicants may be offered an amount less than the total requested funds.

Projects must be completed no later than six months after the execution of the Grant Fulfillment Agreement.  Extensions may be permitted for projects determined to be incomplete by the appropriate deadline.  An amendment to the Grant Fulfillment Agreement must be signed by the applicant and DDI in order for an extension period to be granted; the extension period will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Projects judged to have been substantially complete before January 1, 2019, will not be considered for this grant cycle.

Grant recipients will be required to display signage at the project site to denote DDI’s financial contribution to the project.  Signage will be provided by DDI.

Once the project has been completed, and the applicant has submitted all required documentation, DDI will reimburse the applicant with its mutually-agreed upon share of grant funds.

Application Requirements

To be considered for an award, applicants must complete the application form, limiting responses to the space provided, except where additional materials are specifically requested.  Complete proposals must contain all information and materials requested in the Proposal Contents Checklist (see below).  Incomplete proposals will not be considered.  Proposals will be reviewed for required documentation upon submittal; it is recommended that each proposal be submitted prior to the deadline to ensure that it is complete and will be accepted.

Proposals for the 2019 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by March 29, 2019.

Proposals must be emailed (preferred) to browning@downtowndallas.com or sent to:

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Attn: Jacob Browning, Urban Planning Manager

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street, Suite 7100

Dallas, Texas 75202

Proposal Contents Checklist

  • Complete 2019 Matching Grants Program Application
  • Map of proposed project location
  • Signed approval from the owner (or agent) of property upon which the project will be constructed (if applicable)
  • Certificate of Liability Insurance
  • Budget Summary (to include job estimates or quotes, if available)
  • Copies of acquired permits and/or approvals (if applicable)
  • Color photographs of the project area
  • Schematic drawings of proposed project

Approval Process

All proposals will be submitted to the DDI Capital Improvements Committee for review and final approval of grant award recipients.  No Committee member with a vested interest in a proposal will be allowed to participate in discussions or votes concerning that proposal.

The Capital Improvements Committee will review all qualified proposals and make a final decision regarding grant recipients within one month of the application deadline.  The Capital Improvements Committee reserves the right to reject any or all proposals or to approve only a portion of the requested funds.

Finalizing the Grant

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

For more information regarding the 2019 Matching Grants Program, contact Jacob Browning at (214) 744-6698 or browning@downtowndallas.com.

Important Documents

2019 Matching Grants RFP

2019 Matching Grants Application

2019 Matching Grants Budget Summary Worksheet