Calling all artists – create a submission for Art for Dumpsters competition! Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s a really neat idea spotlighting recycling. Chosen artists will paint dumpsters live at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.

Full info here.

Sanitation Services is accepting applications from artists and teams to compete in the Art for Dumpsters project, to be held Saturday April 2 during the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. The family-friendly event will include food trucks, music and interactive environmental education. Visitors will also be able to see the artists in action.

Selected artists will paint dumpsters and the final works will be exhibited on recycling containers throughout the city. The Best in Show award will be displayed as a wrap on a City of Dallas collections truck.

Artwork must reflect a message that communicates the benefits of recycling and being environmentally friendly and incorporates Dallas into the theme. Artists are encouraged to enter solo or as a team (maximum of five members). The goal is to provide a creative message about recycling and how it effects the environment and to increase awareness of the City’s Recycling Drop-Off Sites.

For details on how to enter, click CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Final

The revamped recycling dumpsters will be placed in high profile areas to make the surrounding neighborhood more aware of recycling and to engage people in recycling at the site.

For more information on Art for Dumpsters click Art for Dumpsters overview – FINAL



Full article from Bisnow here.

Three of Dallas’ biggest institutional investors are betting on the West End’s return to a thriving business center. One reason this corner of Downtown Dallas will be the next big thing: It’s the only place to find brick-and-timber space for creative types. We sat down with Goff Capital Partners last week to learn why West End’s 1M SF may be the hottest ticket Downtown.

West End’s transformation started when Granite Properties bought the 237k SF West End Marketplace at 603 Munger Ave (we showed you Factory Six03 last month). In December, both Spear Street Capital and Goff Capital Partners (in a JV with Long Wharf Real Estate Partners) each made acquisitions. Spear Street bought the 134k SF Landmark Center at 1801 N Lamar St and the Goff JV acquired about 200k SF from Five Smooth Stones. Goff Capital Partners and Crescent Real Estate Equities acquisitions manager Stephen Luik tells us the demand for old brick-and-timber work spaces outweighs the supply.

Goff acquired 211 Record along with 501 Elm and 800 Jackson. Corgan (which officed at the 128k SF 501 Elm for about 20 years before building its own HQ) is in the midst of designing updates to the historic buildings. The firm understands West End and how to maintain its authenticity while bringing the buildings up to Class-A standards. Stephen says his team is looking to take two levels of executive suites back to shell condition to create an open 12k SF office with an internal stairwell, fully equipped kitchen and a balcony offering sweeping views of the West End. 501 Elm was built in 1906.

211 Record houses the Holocaust Museum and JFK Museum Store. Stephen says the lobby in the 36k SF building will be redone. There are 36 condos in the building (built in 1911) that are not connected to the sale, he tells us. No price tag has been determined, Stephen tells us, as the project is still in the design phase. It should be completed by 2017. All three buildings are connected by meandering halls that Stephen assures us will see some improved wayfinding among the updates. The third building is the 40k SF 800 Jackson, completed in 1913. Goff Capital Partners is eyeing other acquisition opportunities within the West End now.

Jonathan says there are other projects of significance in the West End, as well. The Holocaust Museum is planning to build a new 50k SF museum on a parking lot bounded by Record, Houston, Pacific and Ross. New multifamily project 555 Ross is slated to open in March. Jonathan is leasing the old Butcher Shop Building at 1911 Lamar St, across from Granite’s Factory Six03.

DDI Job Posting: Planning and Economic Development Analyst

Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Job Posting

Planning and Economic Development Analyst

General Purpose:

The ­­­­­Planning and Economic Development Analyst is responsible for informing data-driven planning, economic development, policy and programmatic decisions for Downtown Dallas, Inc. The position will stay apprised of current market trends, be nimble in utilizing available data, generate unique sources, and be able to synthesize information into strategic decision making and concise visual and written communication according to end-use and audience.

Work product from the Analyst also positions DDI as the “one-stop-shop” for developers, investors, new business and the media as the resource for valuable Downtown market information.  It supports marketing and economic development efforts with the story of Downtown Dallas’ evolution and makes the case for positive ROI in the core of the city.

The position may also entail other data management and analytic roles pertaining to DDI’s program of work in the areas of public safety and maintenance.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage and maintain databases. Perform scheduled updates and analyses of in-house DDI databases including: parking, transit use, apartments, residential demographics, condos, school enrollment, retail, developments, visitors, etc. This involves a multi-source approach to data collection and may include the creation of survey instruments.
  • Write and help produce reports on data collected from various sources.
  • Collect and analyze data and produce, a variety of reports.
  • Create maps and analyze data using Geographic Information Systems
  • Stay current on relevant types and sources of data available; obtain data from other organizations and research professionals as needed.
  • Utilize on-line data resources.
  • Assist with website maintenance in relevant program areas.
  • Stay current on issues and trends affecting Downtown Dallas, other downtowns and cities nationally, tracking best practices and innovation in other markets.
  • Fulfill internal and external special requests for information and short-term analysis (often lists, infographics, historical trends, or single figures) developed from in-house and outside data.
  • Identify opportunities or need for new analysis within the DDI mission and help produce periodic specialized reports.
  • Interpret data and participate in policy discussion/creation.
  • Present data to stakeholder/community groups, DDI committees, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
  • Liaise with the City of Dallas, North Central Council of Governments, The Real Estate Council, Dallas Regional Chamber and other relevant agencies to gain resources and share research and information.
  • Any other duties as assigned.


Skills Needed: 

  • Experience and passion for urban redevelopment.
  • Ability to research and analyze data and write/create professional and visually appealing reports/graphics
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills.
  • ESRI GIS proficiency.
  • Proficiency with Google Earth and Google Maps.
  • Familiarity with common data sources such as NAICS, American Community Survey and Consumer Expenditure Survey
  • Training will be provided for use with current licensed resources: XCeligent and Buxton Scout
  • Ability to create, manage and improve in-house DDI databases and design database-based analyses.
  • Familiarity with real estate, demographic, census and other data sources and general internet-based research.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with members of the DDI team, DDI stakeholders, broker and research community, and City of Dallas staff.
  • Self-motivated; ability to perform job independently.
  • Expertise in statistical modeling and analysis.
  • Familiarity with the language of real estate and retail.
  • Proficiency using Adobe Creative Suite.


Educational Requirements:

  • BA/BS or higher degree in an analytical, quantitative methods field such as urban/transportation planning, architecture, landscape architecture, etc.


Experience Requirements:

  • 2-3+ years experience in a related field or industry.


Please email resumes and cover letter to info@downtowndallas.com

subject: Analyst – FIRST NAME LAST NAME

Capital Improvements Matching Grant Program


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 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 March 31, 2016.

The application must be sent to the following address:

Jim Wood, VP Economic Development

Downtown Dallas, Inc.

Bank of America Plaza

901 Main Street, Suite 7100

Dallas, Texas 75202

Or emailed to: wood@downtowndallas.com

For more information, please contact Jim Wood 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.

Deep Ellum Foundation Hires New Executive Director

DALLAS, TEXAS, February 23, 2016: It is fitting that new additions to Deep Ellum come in tandem with new faces at the Deep Ellum Foundation (DEF). DEF has existed since 1993 as the entity responsible for improving, enhancing, and marketing Deep Ellum. New Executive Director Jessica Burnham is eager to establish a fresh take on the role.

“Deep Ellum is in a unique point in its history,” says Burnham. “It’s imperative to maintain its character while still growing and embracing change. The best way to do so is to get to know the key players in the neighborhood directly. Because we are working on behalf of the community as a whole, our office is committed to open communication and educated research and decision-making.”

Burnham started with DEF in June 2015 after playing an integral role in the creation of the Lowest Greenville Collective, a 501(c)6 nonprofit business association on Lowest Greenville Avenue. The Collective was a result of her thesis project while earning her Master of Fine Arts in Design Research at the University of North Texas.

Burnham added Programming and Marketing Coordinator Emily Vanderstraaten in November 2015. Along with the board of directors, Burnham and Vanderstraaten work to implement new systems in the community that will benefit public safety, transportation, city improvements and marketing and promotions.

“We’re excited to welcome new businesses that add to the existing flavor of the area and to integrate programs that will ease growing pains and enhance how the area functions,” says Burnham.

Current projects include the addition of off-duty police officers, a panhandling awareness campaign, Elm Street light pole banners and an updated Deep Ellum Texas website.

The Deep Ellum Foundation is funded from a tax assessment paid by property owners in the Deep Ellum Public Improvement District. DEF works to interface between the property owners, business owners, community and City of Dallas.

For questions or comments regarding the Deep Ellum neighborhood, please contact Jessica Burnham at Jessica@DeepEllumTexas.com or 214-984-7300.


Contact Info:

Phone: 214-984-7300

Website: DeepEllumTexas.com

Email: Jessica@deepellumtexas.com, Emily@deepellumtexas.com, info@deepellumtexas.com

Physical Address: 3106 Commerce St. Dallas, TX 75226

Mailing Address: PO Box 710596 Dallas, TX 75371

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeepEllumFoundation/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DEF_Texas

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepellumfoundation/