Updated 5.11.20 – Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe: DDI Critical Clean and Safe Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. Field Operations Teams, the Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team, remain on the streets, working for our stakeholders, seven days a week during this difficult and unprecedented time. Keeping Downtown “clean and safe” is always our number one priority, and now it is more important than ever.

By nature of what we do, DDI has several tiers of emergency response plans. Though no one could predict what is happening in our world today, we have been able to quickly adapt with what we define as Tier 3 modified operations, which includes:

    • Active patrols from 6:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. The dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI is also patrolling Downtown 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily. This increase in hours and man power is in response to more activity in Downtown as shelter in place orders are eased. Our team will continue to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as needed.
    • The number of employees working in the field will increase as well, allowing some Downtown Safety Patrol officers to be dedicated to traditional Safety Patrol duties.
    • Both teams will continue to work together with a focus on litter removal, park cleaning, sanitizing hard surfaces, and public safety.
    • Additionally, DSP officers will begin using bicycles and T3s to allow quicker response and visibility.
    • Our teams are requesting compliance on social distancing and educating homeless individuals about resources and self-care.
    • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day. Special care is being given at all of our Downtown parks.
    • In accordance with City policy, we have removed all moveable furniture, turned off electrical outlets, locked dog runs, and wrapped drinking fountains to ensure everyone’s safety and encourage social distancing.
    • We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, field observation, and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you need to report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, please call dispatch at 214.741.1151 or use the See Say Now app during these modified hours of 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • If an urgent issue arises outside of our operating hours, please direct needs to 911 or 311, as appropriate, otherwise we will prioritize response to overnight logs at the beginning of each shift.

For more information, please click here to see full information on DDI’s Field Operations Response.

Updated 4.20.20 – Keeping Downtown Clean and Safe: DDI Critical Clean and Safe Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

The Downtown Dallas, Inc. Field Operations Teams, the Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team, remain on the streets, working for our stakeholders, seven days a week during this difficult and unprecedented time. Keeping Downtown “clean and safe” is always our number one priority, and now it is more important than ever.

By nature of what we do, DDI has several tiers of emergency response plans. Though no one could predict what is happening in our world today, we have been able to quickly adapt with what we define as Tier 3 modified operations, which includes:

    • Active patrols from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily. The dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI is also patrolling Downtown 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily.
    • Downtown Safety Patrol and Clean Team members working as one team, prioritizing tasks related to safety, cleaning, and sanitizing.
    • Our teams are requesting compliance on social distancing and educating homeless individuals about resources and self-care.
    • Utilizing our fleet of “gem cars” (carts), T3s, and vehicles to maximize coverage and visibility
    • Sanitizing high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day. Special care is being given at all of our Downtown parks.
    • In accordance with City policy, we have removed all moveable furniture, turned off electrical outlets, locked dog runs, and wrapped drinking fountains to ensure everyone’s safety and encourage social distancing.
    • We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, field observation, and stakeholder feedback.
    • If you need to report an issue related to cleanliness or safety, please call dispatch at 214.741.1151 or use the See Say Now app during these modified hours of 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • If an urgent issue arises outside of our operating hours, please direct needs to 911 or 311, as appropriate, otherwise we will prioritize response to overnight logs at the beginning of each shift.

For more information, please click here to see full information on DDI’s Field Operations Response.

Jennifer Keesmaat Keynote Presentation

 

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) hosted another successful Annual Meeting & Luncheon on February 4, 2020 with a sold-out crowd of over 1,000 business leaders, elected officials and Downtown stakeholders. DDI’s President and CEO Kourtny Garrett, provided an update on 2019 highlights and accomplishments, which included DDI’s Board of Governors and Board of Directors for 2020 was approved and Mattia Flabiano III, Senior Principal, with Page took the reigns as the Chair of the Board. Katy Murray, senior vice president and CFO of A.H. Belo was approved as Treasurer; and Holly Reed, Managing Director, Texas Central as Secretary.

Keynote speaker Jennifer Keesmaat, who’s presentation was aptly called “The Ambitious City” gave many examples of successful work from Toronto, where she served as Chief City Planner. She also cautioned Downtown Dallas to address mistakes that others like Toronto have made  and emphasized the importance providing housing that is affordable for all, especially for “key workers” and of designing places to live, play and learn for children if we want to attract families to live in the core. Jennifer’s full presentation can be found here. Keesmaat Presentation compressed

2020 Matching Grant Program – Request for Proposals

Important Documents

2020 Matching Grants RFP

2020 Matching Grants Application (fillable form)

2020 Matching Grants Budget Summary Worksheet (fillable form)

As part of the approved capital improvements program in the 2020 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 6, 2020.

The 2019 Capital Grant Matching Program was a huge success, providing over $140,000 to seven beautification, enhancement, and capital improvement projects within the public realm of Downtown.

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum was a 2019 grant recipient, receiving $25,000 for the installation of the Memorial Rock Garden on their new Downtown campus, providing museum patrons and other visitors an area for remembrance and reflection.

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Matching Grant DHM Rock Garden # 3 (1)

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 2020 Matching Grant Program:

  • Safety and Security Project: the project will improve public security, help deter crime, and enhance the perception of public safety
  • Streetscape Project: the project will improve publicly-accessible areas via sidewalk or other infrastructure enhancements, permanent street furnishings, public art, and ground-floor, exterior façade rehabilitations
  • Landscape Project: the project will improve the appearance of a building or property’s permanent landscaping or public space(s)

All proposed projects must occur within the DID boundaries.

All proposed projects must be planned, constructed, completed, and maintained by the applicant.  DDI is not responsible for the completion of any proposed projects awarded matching grant funds.  General operations and long-term maintenance of the project are the sole responsibility of the applicant.

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, 2020, 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 2020 Matching Grants Program must be submitted by March 6, 2020.

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

Proposal Contents Checklist

  • Complete 2020 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 2020 Matching Grants Program, contact Jacob Browning at (214) 744-1270 or browning@downtowndallas.com.

New Park Breaks Ground in the West End Historic District

New Park Breaks Ground in the West End Historic District

Corgan and Downtown Dallas, Inc. Foundation commit $400,000 to West End Square

DALLAS, TEXAS, January 13, 2020 – Parks for Downtown Dallas, the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the community gathered today at Dallas City Hall to celebrate the start of Downtown’s newest park – West End Square. What is currently a surface parking lot will soon be the only centrally-located green space in the West End Historic District.

Corgan has committed a $100,000 donation toward construction of the park. The Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) Foundation has committed $300,000 to ensure a water feature is included in the park. “Strong public-private partnerships involving community leaders like Corgan and Downtown Dallas, Inc. are critical to help the City of Dallas create four new Downtown parks,” commented Amy M. Meadows, CEO of Parks for Downtown Dallas. “This shared vision will result in a network of parks that stitch our urban neighborhoods together and contribute to a more livable, environmentally sustainable future for Dallas.”

Steve Hulsey, President of Corgan said “We’re honored to have the opportunity to serve as a partner with the Parks of Downtown Dallas in creating spaces that bring people together and enhance our communities. At Corgan, we believe in the power of place—in the marriage of built environments and intentional outdoor spaces like this that shape a rich, vibrant streetscape and make a meaningful difference in our neighborhood and our lives. Corgan has a long history in the Dallas area and with more than 400 employees in the West End, we are excited to invest in shaping the urban fabric of the city where we live, work, and play.”

Landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations led the design of West End Square. The design features an outdoor workroom, porch swings, and a u-shaped steel trellis envisioned as a flexible armature for a plug-and-play approach to technologies that may be incorporated over time as the Square’s uses and needs evolve.

Kourtny Garrett, President and CEO of Downtown Dallas, Inc. says “DDI is overjoyed to see West End Square, the second of four new priority parks for Downtown Dallas, come closer to a reality with this groundbreaking. The West End has long needed a community gathering green space, and we thank Parks for Downtown Dallas for making it happen with their generous matching gifts. We look forward to the completion of the remaining priority parks, which will give Downtown Dallas almost 14 acres new greenspace, helping to solidify the notion that Downtown is a true neighborhood. The DDI Foundation is pleased to make it’s very first grant to Parks for Downtown Dallas and West End Square for a water table that incorporates three different modes: a reflecting pool for still days, bubblers on windy days, and a cloud mist for cooling during hot days. The water feature will help make this innovative park welcoming to everyone living, visiting and working in Downtown Dallas.”

West End Square, a little less than one acre in size, is bound by Market Street to the east, Corbin Street to the south, North Record Street to the west and the old Spaghetti Warehouse building to the north. Park construction is estimated to take 12 months.

 

Virtual tour: http://bit.ly/WESvideo

For images and more informationhttp://bit.ly/WESquare2020

Image credit: © James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of Parks for Downtown Dallas and the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department

 

About Parks for Downtown Dallas

Parks for Downtown Dallas (PfDD) was established in 2015 when its predecessor organization, The Belo Foundation, pledged its assets to the design and construction of the four priority parks identified in the 2013 Downtown Parks Master Plan Update. PfDD has committed substantially all of its assets to help build the four priority parks with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and is dedicated singularly to the long-term development and support of public parks within Downtown. This includes funding, designing and constructing Pacific Plaza, West End Square, Carpenter Park and Harwood Park. www.parksfordowntowndallas.org

About Corgan

A top ten architecture and interior design firm ten years running, Corgan has a decades-long reputation for great customer service. Guided by the principles of empathy, clarity, singularity, locality, and responsibility, our unwavering commitment to our clients is rooted in a foundation of creating human-centric spaces that express the needs, desires, and dreams of our clients and their communities. Our work is based on evidence, experiential research, and hard data. We question deeply to reveal important insights into our clients and the evolving conditions that may impact the long-term value of the design. With an expertise in aviation, data centers, education, healthcare, corporate interiors, and commercial design, our strengths empower us to foresee emerging changes and provide solutions that elevate process, the space for the user, and the impact of design on your business. www.corgan.com

 

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
  • Foster innovation and technology in all aspects of the urban experience

Program areas include public safety; capital improvements; maintenance; economic development; public policy; planning/transportation; and marketing. www.downtowndallas.com

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Safety Patrol and Clean Team Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our recent Clean Team and Safety Patrol employees of the month! We appreciate all the hard work they do every day to keep Downtown clean and safe.

September Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Rudy Perez and Ryan Peterson

September Clean Team Employee of the Month: Lawanda Lee

October Safety Patrol Employees of the Month: Daniel Blow and Anthony Alvarado

October Clean Team Employee of the Month: Fannie Foster

 

Request for Proposals: Field, Griffin, and Pearl Street Medians Landscape Renovations

You are invited to submit a proposal to renovate the medians on Field, Griffin and Pearl Streets in Downtown Dallas, Texas.  Submitters are required to use the official “Proposal Forms” provided. All proposals are to be submitted as a single document in sealed envelopes or packages showing the project title and proposer’s name and address.

RFP Field Griffin and Pearl St. Medians Landscape Renovations Complete Packet

 

Proposals shall be submitted to:

Downtown Dallas, Inc., Attn: Laura Tate, 901 Main Street, Suite 7100, Dallas, TX 75202

 

Proposals may also be submitted via email to tate@downtowndallas.com.

The timeline for proposal submissions is as follows:

December 6, 2019 – questions from proposers due

December 20, 2019  – proposals due

January 3, 2020 – estimated date of contract announcement

January 13, 2020 – contract start date

Please note that this letter does not constitute a guarantee on the part of Downtown Dallas, Inc. that a contract will be awarded. No payment will be made for costs incurred in the preparation and submission of a proposal in response to this request.

Should you have any questions concerning the preparation of your proposal, please do not hesitate to contact Laura Tate.

New Expanded Service Hours for DDI Field Operations Teams

In order to better serve our growing Downtown community, Downtown Dallas, Inc. has expanded hours for the Safety Patrol and Clean Team. Safety Patrol officers will be out from 5:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m., seven days a week. Clean Team and Parks Personnel hours are  Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and 8:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please continue to use the See Say Now app – available in the Apple and Google Play stores on your mobile device – or call dispatch at 214-741-1151. Click for MORE.

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Downtown Dallas, Inc. Hires New Senior Director of Public Safety Albert Sanchez

Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI) is proud to announce a key addition to our leadership team, former Dallas Police Sergeant Albert Sanchez, continuing our commitment to public safety. In his new role, Sanchez will lead field operations and identify best practices and procedures for our Downtown Safety Patrol and homeless outreach initiatives, as well as interact with all Downtown stakeholders and law enforcement agencies on cooperative field strategies.  Sanchez has started very energetically by evaluating both the Safety Patrol and homeless outreach programs and will lead next month’s roll out of extended hours for the Safety Patrol as well as implement new deployment strategies to meet the needs of our existing and soon-to-be-open Downtown parks.

Albert Sanchez Headshot2019

“I am thrilled and honored to join the DDI team and bring my expertise in Public Safety to Downtown Dallas. I look forward to collaborating with our local law enforcement agencies, security personnel, homeless service providers and citizens who live, work or visit Downtown,” said Sanchez. “Having Albert on our team is a real win for DDI, as it elevates our expertise and focus on our top priority; keeping Downtown a safe and clean place to live, raise kids, go to work and visit,” said DDI President and CEO Kourtny Garrett.  “And with his experience and leadership, both in law enforcement and in the private sector, we are excited to see how his insight will better our organization as a whole.”

Sanchez is a seasoned management professional who graduated from Western Governor’s University and is currently a Texas Wesleyan University MBA Candidate. For the past decade, he worked his way up the ranks of the Dallas Police Department, starting as an officer, then Senior Corporal, then Sergeant. He worked in the Internal Affairs Division and the Public Integrity Unit as a supervisor. In his time, he developed a new internal process that was presented to and approved by the Executive Command Staff, which impacted more than 3,000 officers. Sanchez also has experience with Public Improvement Districts, having managed and reconfigured Uptown Dallas’s public safety program and developed the public safety program for the University Crossing Public Improvement District.