Construction Projects

Renovations to Holmes Aquatic Center are underway - See Below
Utilities work for Park Plaza has begun - See Below

This page is intended to keep all residents and visitors up-to-date on current projects which may impact traffic conditions as you navigate University Park. We will also provide regular updates on social media. 

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November 2017 - Over the next 18 months or so, there will be several construction projects underway in the Park Cities.  As the map below indicates, many of the projects will involve Highland Park Independent School District campuses.  Others projects are located on major arterial streets including Hillcrest Avenue and Preston Road. 

Traffic Congestion/Neighborhood Updates

From time to time, these project are likely to create traffic issues.  The City will be doing its utmost to inform you, in a timely manner, of things you need to know through our social media platforms.  The City will also be collaborating with the Highland Park Independent School District, the Town of Highland Park and Southern Methodist University on the distribution of construction-related information.  

Highland Park ISD Projects

UP Elementary School rebuild.  Construction of the new building has begun.  
Trucks delivering concrete and steel will continue to enter and exit the site from Lovers Lane.

  • Please be aware of trucks entering and exiting the construction site 
  • Flagmen and traffic control signage will be in place to assist with truck and traffic flow 
  • The campus is an active work site and should no longer be accessed by the public.

Anticipated project completion is August 2018.

For questions or concerns about demolition, contact Ed Levine, Executive Director of Construction Services, at

Town of Highland Park Projects


Holmes Aquatic Center -- September 2017 to May 2018

Improvements to the City's Holmes Aquatic Center (HAC) are now underway. Construction has begun on a new northeast building and will involve an updated concessions area, family-style restrooms, meeting rooms and work on the children's sprayground pump equipment.  Construction of the northeast building is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2018 pool season.  A timetable for the redesign of the existing west building has not been finalized.

Curtis Park's tennis courts, play areas and other amenities will remain open throughout the project.


Project Contacts:

City of University Park
Gerry Bradley, Director of Parks & Rec Office:  214.987.5486

HPUMC Tolleson Center -- Spring 2017 to Fall 2018

Part of the Highland Park United Methodist Church complex, this new facility in the current location of the Biggers Building at 5817 Hillcrest, will include two levels of underground parking and three floors of program space that will house Special Needs, Youth, and Recreation Ministries. In addition to a new gymnasium, the project will provide additional worship spaces, classrooms, dedicated sensory and motor skills spaces, and a teaching kitchen.

Project Contacts:

Rogers O'Brien Construction
Donnie Tidwell

Park Plaza -- Summer 2017 to Fall 2018

The Park Plaza project involves the demolition of the former Chase Bank building on the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel and the construction of a mixed-use development, featuring office space, retail shops and restaurants.

The zoning and concept plan for this project were approved in October. The City's Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council have also approved the project's detailed site plan that provides specifics on building materials, landscape design and other details to ensure compliance with the concept plan.

Rendering - North elevation as seen from Daniel Ave.  Subject to City Council approval of the detailed site plan

Project-related underground utilities work is well underway.  During the week of December 4 utility work will switch to a portion of Haynie.   Haynie will be closed from the alley behind Compass Bank to Hillcrest (see map below).  Please note, there will be no access from Haynie onto Hillcrest during this phase of work.  Weather permitting, Rogers-O'Brien anticipates this closure will last approximately 4 weeks.  After that, Haynie will reopen to traffic, but additional work will require intermittent lane closures.  Please stay aware of signage and detours as they change with the work flow.

As work progresses, and impacts traffic and parking, the City will continue to assist Rogers-O’Brien by posting updates on each phase of work on our various social media platforms.  For construction-related issues, Rogers-O'Brien can be reached at 469-906-2080.