Construction Projects

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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August 2017 - Over the next 18 months there will be several construction projects 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

Demolition of UP Elementary is underway.  Trucks are expected 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.

Demolition is nearing completion, and excavation for the parking garage has begun. 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 - City of University Park
HPUMC Tolleson Center - Highland Park United Methodist Church
Park Plaza - SPC Hillcrest LP

Holmes Aquatic Center -- September 2017 to May 2018

Improvements to the City's Holmes Aquatic Center (HAC) are slated to begin this fall. Renovations will center on the northeast building and will involve an updated concessions area, family-style restrooms, meeting rooms and work on the childrens 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.

Project Contacts:

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

HPUMC Tolleson Center -- Spring 2017 to Fall 2018

Demolition of the existing building is complete, and excavation for the new facility is now underway. 

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.

Demolition of the former Chase Bank building is underway.  

Haynie traffic detours

During demolition the 3400 block of Haynie Avenue will remain closed to west-bound traffic, but will continue to be open to east-bound traffic.  All closures will be communicated in advance. Weather permitting, it's anticipated  that Haynie will open to full traffic on Thursday, August 17. The demolition process is expected to take eight weeks. 

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

Project Contacts:

Rogers O'Brien Construction
Donnie Tidwell