Road Closures – Commerce Street

A two-year construction project is set to begin for new water and wastewater mains on Commerce Street from Houston Street to Harwood Street, moving east block by block beginning at Houston Street.

The Dallas Water Utilities’ contractor will mobilize and begin working in this area beginning on Monday, February 3, 2020, and the work is scheduled to be completed in spring 2022.  During this construction period, portions of the street will be closed for a short period of time to install new water and wastewater mains.  Downtown Dallas, Inc. is working closely with Dallas Water Utilities and the City of Dallas to minimize disruptions to the neighborhood and will provide updates as we receive them.

If you have any questions or need immediate assistance, please contact the City of Dallas construction inspector, Jaime Garza, at the job site at 469.767.2919.

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 and Expanded Hours for Downtown Dallas Field Operations

In order to better serve our growing Downtown community, Downtown Dallas, Inc. is pleased to announce that our Downtown Safety Patrol will be expanding hours beginning on Sunday, October 13th. Safety Patrol officers will be out from 5:30 a.m.-1:00 a.m., seven days a week. This is in addition to the recent expansion of the Clean Team and Parks Personnel hours, which are now Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., and 8:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

DSP 4 (1)Clean-Team-equipment

 

Have You Seen Our New Vehicle Wraps?

DDI worked with a local vehicle wrap company to create custom graphic wraps for its 2 pickup trucks, 1 large water truck and fleet of 7 sidewalk/street sweepers. These custom graphics reflect the new DDI brand and reinforce that the Clean Team is a DDI program.

Over the past month, crews removed mistletoe from trees throughout the Downtown. A majority of mistletoe removed was along Young from

Ervay to Houston, Griffin from Ross to Woodall Rodgers and areas throughout the West End. Mistletoe is a type of parasite.  Mistletoe grows on a wide range of host trees and commonly reduces tree growth and can kill them with heavy infestation.

We want to thank the Dallas Citizen Foresters for helping us trim all the trees at Main Street Garden. We will continue to work with these folks and we’re already planning a second pruning event with them in the spring.

Finally, we are working with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department in a citywide effort to keep parks clean. It’s My Park Day will be Saturday, March 31st from 9 a.m. – noon. We’ll plant new ground cover, shrubs & seasonal color at Pegasus Plaza. Please bring your own work gloves. All other tools & supplies will be provided, including bottled water! Volunteers rsvp today: www.facebook.com/events/330796720289106/http://www.facebook.com/events/330796720289106/

Downtown Dallas Fall 2011 Wrap-up

We’ve been running around like zombies but not because of Halloween. We’ve been working hard to make Downtown FUN! It all started late last month with a new TX/OU tradition thanks to Downtown Dallas, Inc. and Mike Hoque’s DRG Concepts. Football & BBQ – what a winning combination, if we do say so ourselves!

We put a couple of Texas pitmasters up against some Oklahoma pitmasters before the big game. In the end we had Fort Worth’s Cousin’s competing against Leo’s from Oklahoma City and Cousin’s came up victorious, winning the title of Ultimate Pitmaster.

By all accounts, the first-ever Red River Rivalry BBQ Shootout was a tremendous success, bringing over 1500 people downtown for community and good food!

Earlier this month we started the Pegasus Plaza Outdoor Markets and the Fall Movies Series. Today is actually your last chance to enjoy the markets and tomorrow is your last chance to pack a picnic and watch a movie at Main Street Garden.

The Outdoor Markets have been very successful and we want to thank all of the vendors who made it a grand success. We want to especially thank YOU for coming out, spending time with neighbors and supporting these local vendors.  These outdoor markets have created great community and we will hope to explore similar endeavors.

Earlier this week we had our 360 Community Forum and Reception. We began the evening with a quick update on Downtown Dallas 360. You may recall the City approved the plan in April. After the update, attendees were treated to yummy street vending, music, art and cocktails, as we activated Browder Plaza. This temporary urban space is an indication of what’s to come as we complete those “quick wins” laid out in the Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  Whew, what a ride. Again, pardon us if we look like zombies… Fall is almost over!

P.S.  Many thanks to Jaime Clintsman & Dustin Bullard for working day and night to make Downtown FUN!

 

DDI Fall Membership Forum & Luncheon Hottest Ticket Around

The DDI Fall Membership Forum & Luncheon presented by Museum Tower is already sold out. We hope you got your tickets early.

This year’s theme: Downtown Dallas Bucking the Trend; Corporations take notice as national economic competitiveness drives business back to Dallas. 

The strong North Texas economy continues to make headlines.  From the most recent Beige Book report to articles in USA Today, distress to the north, east and west is pushing Dallas to the top of the list to attract business, commerce and culture.  But, why?  Is this a sustainable trend?

Economic and business experts Dr. Terry Clower of the University of North Texas and David Johnson of NewsRadio 1080 KRLD  will address this phenomenon, and provide some crystal ball gazing into what the future holds.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Dallas

300 Reunion Blvd.

Dallas, TX 75207

Reunion Ballroom

The Summer of 2012 in Downtown

The summer’s record-breaking heat is keeping DDI staff on their toes. The water truck was in the shop so they had to  improvise… just look at these pictures.

Dustin Bullard, DDI Cityscape and Urban Design Manager, was losing sleep over the well-being of some of Downtown’s beloved trees so he watered with his own truck.

DDI also installed a misting fan at the Lily Pad at Main Street Garden for patrons, braving the record temperatures. By the way, the water truck has been fixed and is back in service. DDI’s Clean Team staff waters trees throughout Downtown three days each week.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Receives Retailer Excellence Award

On August 14th, the Gifts & Decorative Accessories Magazine’s 60th annual Retailer Excellence Awards held in New York City honored  The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza’s Museum Store + Café with its top award a Gift Store Design/Redesign.  Receiving the award on behalf of the Museum was Amy Gilchrist, Retail Manager, and Executive Director Nicola Longford.

The Museum Store + Café project was an adaptive reuse project in the historic Daltex building, a 1901 building located at 501 Elm Street.

Located on perhaps the most visited street corner in the City of Dallas, overlooking Dealey Plaza – the founding place of the City of Dallas and the site of the Kennedy Assassination -the Museum Store + Café welcomes visitors from all over the world.

In addition to the traditional books and documentaries sold in the original museum bookstore, this immersive retail environment offers gifts inspired by pop culture of the 60’s, and books, dvds, jewelry, and children’s items inspired by President Kennedy’s legacies such as the Peace Corps, Civil Rights, space exploration, and more. The 34-seat Café area features a video exhibit offering highlights of the Museum’s extensive historic photography and film collections, linking the space to its surroundings and its story.  The Museum Store + Cafe features a unique menu for breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack, full coffee bar and free wi-fi.

Local businesses, artists and purveyors were included in all aspects of the store design and are represented in food and gift merchandise, including architects Corgan Associates, JRT Construction, retail consultant Mary Bloom, local sculptor Brad Oldham and mosaic artist Connie Chantilis.

It’s a New Day in Downtown Dallas

We’ve been telling you for some time now but it seems that others agree… it’s a new day in Downtown Dallas. Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm said she can remember when people didn’t want to live Downtown because you couldn’t find any retail…  much less a dry cleaners or a place to walk the dog; but that’s all changing.

Suhm was the key-note speaker at today’s Downtown Dallas, Inc. Membership Luncheon. Suhm told some 700 attendees that you can always tell when a neighborhood is changing for the better… when you see kids and dogs.

“There are children growing up in Downtown and that was not the case a few years ago,” said Suhm.

If you don’t believe her just go to Main Street Garden on any given Saturday or Sunday afternoon. You will find kids playing in the play park and dogs socializing in the dog park. She mentioned new census figures show Dallas is growing by leaps and bounds but we must keep our eye on the ball and that’s Downtown. She said we’ve made some great strides but our work is far from over.

“Downtown will need to make connectivity a top priority,” said Suhm. “We must make it easy for people to get to the Arts District from Main Street and all of the other districts.”

We couldn’t agree more. Addressing connectivity has been a top priority of DDI’s for the last two years, emphasized again in the newly released Downtown Dallas 360 plan.  360 calls for building connectivity through an enhanced pedestrian environment; programs like bike sharing and pedicabs; long-range development of a streetscar; reworking our systems of streets (i.e. some one-way to two-way conversions); and infill development.  Initiatives like these, and many more to come – some tomorrow, and some perhaps a bit longer in the making – will ultimately bring our 15 districts together into a wholistic urban experience.

It’s a new day in Downtown Dallas. Come see what we’re talking about!