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Street milling & repaving project locations.
Recreational Swimming begins July 1 at HAC.
The Arbor - July 2020.
Director of Parks and Recreation, Gerry Bradley retires.
“Front Porch Project” photographer - UP 2020 Citizen of the Year.
City event cancellations due to COVID-19.
City to negotiate for purchase of property in 3400 block of Haynie
At its December 20 meeting the City Council directed staff to negotiate a contract for the purchase of property in the 3400 block of Haynie for an underground parking facility near Snider Plaza, just to the west of the Park Plaza project site.
The property has a total area of 22,500 square feet and would involve two and a half lots.
These vacant properties (shaded in red) are currently zoned for multi-family and have structures that are in disrepair. SPC Hillcrest LP owns all of the properties. In negotiating a sale price for the properties the City may require an appraisal of these lots or decide to determine the value of the properties through recent sales in the area.
Dallas Morning News article on purchase of property
City Council Meeting - Oct. 18 - approval of "Park Plaza" project
The City Council has approved an ordinance for the redevelopment of property where the old Chase Bank building sits. The vote was 4 to 1. The Park Plaza project involves the demolition of the existing building on the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel, and the construction of a mixed-use development, featuring office space, retail shops and restaurants.
Prior to approving the ordinance, the City Council made several amendments to the document. The ordinance caps the development at 119,000 square feet, down from the previously proposed 127,880 square feet. The ordinance stipulates that the office tower cannot exceed 86 feet in height, a reduction from the recently proposed height of 95 feet. The building will have six stories, reduced from a proposed seven stories.
The project will have 626 total parking spaces, with 136 spaces at or above-grade and 490 below-grade for tenants. The ordinance calls for those 136 parking spaces on the grade and above-grade levels to be free-of-charge for the first hour. There will be a $3 charge for each hour or part of an hour for those slots after that. The maximum height of the western elevated portion of the parking garage will be 31 feet on both Daniel and Haynie sides of the project.
When the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the project on July 12 the office tower had a maximum height of 114 feet, was seven stories and totaled 127,880 square feet.
Council Meeting Video. Discussion on the Park Plaza project begins at the 7:30 mark.
Park Plaza Ordinance - adopted Oct. 18
Conceptual Plan - October 27
This Conceptual Plan was submitted to the City's Community Development Department on October 27. It incorporates the amendments the City Council made to the Ordinance that was adopted on October 18.
Other City Council/ Planning & Zoning Commission meetings/public hearings
City Council - Oct. 4
The City Council announced the proposed ordinance for the Park Plaza project would be delayed until the Tuesday, October 18 meeting.
Copy of proposed Ordinance - Planned Development District 26 (Park Plaza Project)
Copy of October 4 Conceptual Plan
Video of October 4 City Council Meeting (Note: Audio does not start until invocation)
Council Work Sessions - Sept. 29 and Sept. 22
After a work session on Thursday, September 22, the City Council conducted a second work session on the proposed Park Plaza project on Thursday, September 29.
SPC Hillcrest LP letter
During the September 29 Work Session Mayor Lane read a letter from developer SPC Hillcrest LP outlining project modifications. Council voiced support for those modifications. Here is a copy of the letter and a rendering of the proposed above-ground parking structure.
City Council Public Hearing on the Park Plaza Project - Sept. 20
The public hearing on the Park Plaza Project that began during the August 16 meeting and continued during the September 6 meeting was concluded on September 20.
CLICK HERE. The hearing begins at the 5 minute mark.
City Council Public Hearing on Park Plaza Project - Sept. 6
CLICK HERE. The Park Plaza project hearing begins at the 6 minute mark.
City Council Public Hearing on Park Plaza Project - Aug. 16
CLICK HERE. The Park Plaza project hearing begins at the 19 minute mark.
Planning and Zoning Commission recommends Park Plaza project
On July 12 the City's Planning and Zoning Commission voted to recommend the Park Plaza project. That action was taken following the conclusion of a public hearing that was conducted over two Commission meetings. The vote to recommend the proposed Planned Development District was 3 to 2.
Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing on the Park Plaza Project - July 12