Major construction projects

August 17, 2017

Demolition of UP Elementary School is nearly complete - See Below

Demolition of the former Chase Bank building is nearly complete - See Below

Council has approved the Park Plaza detailed site plan - See Below

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.  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.  

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Highland Park ISD Projects

University Park Elementary School Rebuild - Summer 2017 - August 2018

Demolition of UP Elementary is nearing completion.  Trucks are still entering and exiting the site from Lovers Lane.

  • 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.

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 -- 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 Family Activity Center -- Spring 2017 to Fall 2018

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

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.

Demolition of the site is nearly complete.  The developer is now working with the City's Community Development Department concerning the issuance of a building permit.

Rendering - North elevation as seen from Daniel Ave.  

Project Contacts:

Rogers O'Brien Construction
Donnie Tidwell