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Seeking feedback - potential Miracle Mile renovations

February 28, 2019

Miracle Mile, the stretch of Lovers Lane between Douglas Avenue to Lomo Alto provides University Park with great shops, services, and restaurants.  Through a funding partnership with Dallas County, the City now has the opportunity to address long overdue infrastructure concerns centered on traffic flow, parking issues and pedestrian movement.  Working collaboratively, these public improvements could be realized with the County providing up to 50% of potential funding. 



No decisions have been made regarding the scope or nature of Miracle Mile renovations.  For planning to be successful, along with survey work, traffic counts, and parking studies, we need input and guidance from multiple stakeholders.  Initial feedback will be gathered from those who live and work in the immediate area.

Here is the schedule for close-in public engagement and outreach:
 
Schedule   Activity 
Week of March 4           Questionnaire for visitors of Miracle Mile                    
Brief questionnaire to ask Miracle Mile visitors about parking ease, parking availability, parking distance and related issues.  The survey will be performed by GRAM Traffic North Texas staff who will wear high-visibility vests with the company name and logo. 
March 26
at 3 p.m.
Stakeholder Meeting – Merchants
Meet with Miracle Mile merchants to present parking and traffic data and to ask for input on solutions.  Questions will center on what’s most important to stakeholders - Parking, traffic movement, pedestrian movement, and beautification.
March 26
at 6 p.m.
Stakeholder Meeting - Neighbors 
UP residents who live adjacent to the Miracle Mile will have the opportunity to say what improvements are important to them.  This meeting will have the same goal as the Stakeholder Meeting with property owners and merchants.  
March 27
at 8 a.m.
Stakeholder Meeting – Merchants
Meet with Miracle Mile merchants to present parking and traffic data and to ask for input on solutions.  Questions will center on what’s most important to stakeholders - Parking, traffic movement, pedestrian movement, and beautification.
March 27
at 11 a.m.
Stakeholder Meeting – Owners
Meet with Miracle Mile property owners to present parking and traffic data and to ask for input on solutions.  Questions will center on what’s most important to stakeholders - Parking, traffic movement, pedestrian movement, and beautification.
Week of March 25 Stakeholder Meeting – HPISD
Meet with representatives of Highland Park ISD.  Because the high school is so close to Miracle Mile, the school district is a stakeholder and their participation is needed in this information gathering process.
April 2 City Council Meeting
At this meeting, we will ask for input from the City Council and provide the Council with a summary of feedback received from close-in engagement and outreach.
Using input from stakeholders most directly impacted, and with data gathered from parking studies, traffic counts, and survey efforts, Huitt-Zollars Engineering will develop concept designs.  Soon after, the City will seek input and comments from those who reside throughout University Park
 
Schedule   Meetings
May through June  City Council Meetings
Through more collaboration involving UP residents, stakeholders and the City Council, a final concept design will be considered.  All Council Meetings will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall, beginning at 5 p.m.