The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

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Governor Greg Abbott has released new Executive Orders about the reopening of Texas.  The Report is in sections, and each can be viewed by clicking the links below.

DDI continues to work with a variety of governmental and private stakeholders to ensure Downtown Dallas is a model for COVID response and recovery. If you own or operate a business in Downtown and have questions, or if DDI can support you, please let us know.

Churches and Places of Worship

Employers

Individuals

Movie Theater Customers

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Museum and Library Visitors

Museums and Libraries

Outdoor Sports Participants

Restaurant Customers

Restaurants

Retail Customers

Retailers

Single-Person Offices

Click here to read the full report.

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.

Downtown Dallas Spotlight – Local Restaurants Offering Take-out and Delivery

COVID-19 might have you stuck at home, but these Downtown businesses are here to serve you during the current norm.

By Downtown Dallas, Inc.

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Even if you run out of toilet paper and paper towels, you don’t have to go hungry. Social distancing has become standard over the Coronavirus outbreak and, let’s admit it, we miss going out to eat.

Leave it up to these local restaurants to fill the void. And these establishments religiously follow CDC guidelines when it comes to meal preparation. Stop by – or get delivery – to one of these places to make your sheltering in place tastier and more fulfilling.

Even better, we recently partnered with the City of Dallas to provide hooded meters and signs throughout Downtown to make supporting our local restaurants easier and more convenient!

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Main Street District:

Jaxon Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden

Craving some good ole’ Texas BBQ? Jaxon will hit the spot. With a variety of family packs or a-la-carte options, the menu has you covered with different meats, sides, and dessert.

Now, what goes better with Texas BBQ than beer? Jaxon Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden is offering a six-pack for $25 as well as bottled wine and pre-made cocktails. They’ll even throw in a roll of toilet paper or paper towels with a meal.

https://jaxonbeergarden.com/

Ravenna Urban Italian

Needing a carb fix? Ravenna will prepare a variety of pasta or pizza for you. They are also running a special–buy one entree, get the second entree half off. Don’t forget to pair the deliciousness with a $15 bottle of house wine or $3 beer.

https://www.ravennadallas.com/

Royal Blue Grocery

There is nothing better than a local grocery store that offers all your essentials as well as fresh grab-and-go offerings. This modern urban grocery store is stocked for all your needs and will deliver. Treat yourself to coffee and tacos today. And don’t forget the wine. To make it even better, Alto has teamed up with Royal Blue to deliver your goods right to you! Use code DOWNTOWN for $5 off Alto concierge delivery.

https://www.royalbluegrocery.com/

Ascension Coffee 

Limited menu for curbside pick-up. Family or single-serving meals to-go. Are you a doctor, nurse, or first responder? Stop by and enjoy a free cup of coffee and a breakfast taco.

https://ascensiondallas.com/

Campisi’s 

Available for pick-up or delivery. BOGO pizza and 50% off bottles of wine.

https://www.campisis.us/

 

Press Box Grill

Available from 12-8 for call-in orders. Get your craft beer fix for 50% off when you bring your growler. Bring your mason jar for your favorite cocktail and half-priced wine bottles.

http://www.pressboxgrill.com/

Tower Club

They are offering lunch, dinner, and wine to go with curbside delivery. Bonus: Members get ½ off food and wine. They are also offering a pantry shopping list! Skip the lines, & call 214.220.0403 to place your order today! (Same day pickup available.) View the menu here.

Cafe Izmir

Available for curbside pick-up and delivery via Favor, GrubHub, and DoorDash. Pick-up specials have also been added to the menu, including ½ price wine!

https://www.cafeizmir.com/

Commissary 

Soup and brownies and salads, oh my! All your favorites, as well as some grocery essentials, are now available for curbside pick-up, take-out, and delivery (within an 8-mile radius!).  No delivery fees; $15 minimum. Call 214.827.2927 to place an order for take-out, curbside pick-up, or delivery. Menu and special take-out menu online. Use code DOWNTOWN for $5 off Alto concierge delivery.

http://www.commissarydallas.com/

 

Overeasy

Available for pick-up and delivery. Receive 20% off when you pick-up and free delivery with food orders of $30+ within a 2-mile radius. They also just launched a $12 boxed lunch special! Oh, and cocktail kits included!

https://www.overeasydallas.com/carry-out?fbclid=IwAR2w_s4g5yLAYEoH_shL3rEYfaMizSMl499BsSABgMVvmbKr_Ts6lvnKStU

 

Salsa Limon 

Now offering family-style meals for four. Order for pick-up through the Salsa Limon app, online or delivery via DoorDash and Favor.

https://www.salsalimon.com/menu

Clean Juice 

Available for pick-up, delivery, and credit card payment only. Now open 10 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday (closed on Sunday).

https://cleanjuice.com/locations/downtown-dallas/?fbclid=IwAR0FnP9EElBGiDNn97CccufF-tZj0Ge61_3RlpNULP6rN47urnJSgHxENwU

Frankie’s 

Available for take-out, curbside pick-up, and delivery! Check their menu regularly for weekly specials. Call 214-741-1919 or order online at www.toasttab.com/frankiesdowntowndallas (also known as “Toast Take Out” downloaded from your iPhone or Android). Also found on Doordash.

https://frankiesbar.com/

Now introducing Frankie’s Pop-Up Downtown Market! You can now shop at Frankie’s for your grocery/produce and consumable needs. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Flying Horse Cafe

Start your morning off with a nice cup of brewed coffee or breakfast tacos!  Located on Commerce St., Flying Horse is open for pick-up. Call 214-741-1731 to order ahead.

West End: 

Family Thais Asian Bistro 

Open for pick-up and delivery for free within a three-mile radius.

https://www.thaifooddallas.com/

Tiff’s Treats

Open for pick-up and delivery. You deserve those cookies.

https://www.cookiedelivery.com/

The Empanada Cookhouse 

Available for pick-up or delivery with Uber, GrubHub, and DoorDash.

https://theempanadacookhouse.com/

i Fratelli 

Offering free delivery for fresh pizza.

https://www.ifratellipizza.com

Ellen’s

Open for curbside pick-up and delivery! Every eGift Card purchase will be matched 100% to feed those that need our help.

https://www.gritsrule.com/?fbclid=IwAR2D4e6FEJ5WG-Vl3J1Fbh8Jq8OjOMvVp6PEUCEyYqFt1yJlI6RLJT8_dhA

YO Steakhouse

Treat yourself to steak and wine! Call 214-744-3287 to set up delivery (within a 5-mile radius) or order delivery via GrubHub, Caviar or UberEats.

Farmers Market: 

Use code DOWNTOWN for $5 off Alto concierge delivery from all the Farmers Market businesses!

Beyond The Butchers 

In the mood for a Philly cheesesteak? Call in your order for pick-up or delivery. Now open 11:30am-8pm M-F 10am-7pm Sat and 10am-6pm Sun. 

The 2nd Tap 

Alcohol to go? Wine not! Now offering take-out and curbside pick-up 11 am-8 pm and 12-8 pm on Sunday. All draft items are available as growlers as well as all packaged beer, wine, cider, and seltzers. To see what they currently have on tap and in package, visit https://www.the2ndtap.com/beer-list or call (469) 674-4696.

https://www.the2ndtap.com/

H & T Williams Garden 

Skip the trip to your local grocery store and head over to Williams Garden! Now offering curbside pick-up on all your favorite fresh produce. Call 909.568.5562 or message via Instagram @ht_williams_garden

Doc Popcorn at Farmers Market 

Amp up your next movie night with all the various flavors Doc’s has to offer. Now available for take-out and home delivery. 214.417.8431 11am-6pm

https://www.docpopcorn.com/

Cajun Tailgators 

From crispy fried catfish to daiquiris, Cajun Tailgators is the spot! Open 11 am-3 pm Tuesday-Sunday for pick-up & delivery. Call in your order 469.304.0313 for pick-up or order through Uber Eats for delivery.

https://www.cajuntailgators.com/

The Caribbean Cabana 

Have a little taste of the Caribbean from the comfort of your home! Curbside pick-up is now available. Delivery offered via Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Favor. Call 972.707.8131 to place an order for pick-up.

Full menu can be found on Yelp.

Juice Babe Dallas

Looking for an immunity booster? Check out their delicious juices and smoothies! Available for pick-up and delivery via DoorDash and GrubHub.

Instagram: @juicebabedallas

8 Cloves 

Looking for authentic Indian cuisine? Look no further! Select vegan options are also available. Now offering curbside pick-up and delivery via Uber Eats, GrubHub, and Favor.

http://8cloves.com/

Scardello Artisan Cheese 

Spice up your next date night (indoors, of course!) with delicious wine and cheese. Now offering free delivery with $50 purchase. Call by 3 pm and get your order by 6 pm, seven days per week.

Call 214.238.2312; delivery area is within a 2-mile radius of Dallas Farmers Market location.

https://www.shop.scardellocheese.com/collections/classes/

American Butchers Dallas 

Currently stocking steaks, roasts, chops, smoked items, a variety of jerkies, sausages, brats, and hot dogs! Now taking orders for quarters and halves of beef, lamb, and pork. Call ahead to confirm.

Surrounding Dallas neighborhoods for more options – 

For a full list of Downtown restaurants open for take-out and delivery, visit our interactive map.. And for takeout and delivery options located within Downtown’s connected neighborhoods and beyond, be sure to check out the compiled list Visit Dallas has provided here:  https://www.visitdallas.com/about/media-room/statements/covid-19/restaurant-updates.html

 

 

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

Downtown Dallas, Inc.’s first priority is always to do our part to ensure Downtown remains “Clean and Safe.”  As such, we are committed to continuing to deliver our critical public health and safety services during this unprecedented crisis, thanks to the dedication of our Downtown Clean Team and Downtown Safety Patrol.

In light of yesterday’s Dallas County ‘Safer at Home’ Order that will take effect at 11:59 p.m. tonight, we will be implementing a modified Field Operations schedule beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23, 2020, until Saturday, May 2, 2020, or until such time that conditions change. We are in full support of the Order, requiring Dallas County residents to stay in their homes, except for work and personal errands that are deemed essential, as we play our role in the community-wide effort to stop the spread.

During our modified field operations period, the Clean Team and Safety Patrol will continue to provide services from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., and the dedicated off-duty Dallas Police officer funded by DDI will remain in patrol Downtown until 11:00 p.m. daily. Visibility and response will be increased through greater utilization of our fleet of “gem cars” (carts), T3s, and vehicles. Focus will continue to be on litter removal and sanitization in parks and higher-traffic areas and we will remain diligent, providing a safety presence as we request compliance with County orders and educate homeless individuals about resources and self-care. Our teams will sanitize high-touch surfaces, such as handrails, trash receptacles, non-removable public furniture, and door handles repeatedly throughout each day.

We will continually monitor these hours according to data from activity logs, See Say Now app reports, and field observations, and we will maintain the ability to adjust as needed to best serve you, our Downtown community.

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. 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.

If you need to reach someone in the management office, please call 214.741.1270.

We urge everyone to take the County Order to heart. We understand the essential needs of walking dogs, giving families fresh air, getting groceries, and for some, going to work. That is why we are committed to taking care of the spaces we all share. Yet in the best interest of our community, please maintain safe distances between each other and our staff if you see them out in the field. They are working for all of us.

We have also compiled a list of valuable and informative resources for our stakeholders. You can find them here.  With regard to the most recent County Order, details can be found here. This Order requires all individuals anywhere in Dallas County to shelter in place – that is, stay at home – except for certain essential activities and work to provide essential business and government services or perform essential public infrastructure construction, including housing. Commercial office building management, operations, and security staff are exempt from the Order (critical infrastructure exception information can be found here) and in its current form, hotels are allowed to continue to operate. If you have questions about your industry or business, please refer to the County website. We will also do our best to help find answers.

These are uncertain times, but even in the face of adversity, we have watched the Downtown community come together. Please continue to safely support our businesses, encourage each other to follow guidelines in place, and look forward to recovery.

COVID-19 Resources

Downtown Dallas, Inc. understands and is sympathetic to the trying and uncertain times we are all currently experiencing.  We have compiled a list of resources to help our residents, businesses, and stakeholders navigate the impacts of COVID-19.

Local Resources and Information

 

State Resources

 

Federal Resources

 

Resources for our Property Managers and Building Owners

 

Other Resources

 

We will continue to update this guide as more resources become available.  If you have additional information you think we should add, please email us at info@downtowndallas.com.

City of Dallas Implements Amended Regulations

Dallas, Texas – Mayor Eric Johnson and City Manager T.C. Broadnax have issued amended regulations to slow the spread of novel (new) coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, in the city of Dallas.

The amended regulations, which will be effective at 11:59 p.m. today, include:

  • Restrict community gatherings to no more than 50 people
    • A prohibition on dine-in services for restaurants
    • The closure of bars, lounges, taverns, private clubs, gyms, health studios, theaters and commercial amusement facilities

The regulations were created in accordance with Mayor Johnson’s disaster declaration, which was authorized by the Texas Local Government Code, Section 418, and Section 14B of the Dallas City Code. The rules, which have the effect of ordinances during the duration of the declaration, are meant to protect life and property and preserve critical resources while a state of disaster is in effect.

These amended regulations are effective at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020 and continue until they are either rescinded or until they expire. The City Council will meet at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, to be briefed on the response and preparation efforts for COVID-19 and will vote on whether to extend the disaster declaration.

For more information on COVID-19, visit the City’s web page, https://www.dallascityhall.com/coronavirus.

The amended regulations are attached.

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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

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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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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