GEDCC

From staff reports

Want to learn about the economy of one of the most thriving pockets of Dallas? The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit will focus on “East Dallas Works,” an examination of the community’s dedication to education, growth, the workforce, and development.

And this year’s summit, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre at 8250 North Central Expressway in Dallas, will once again give economic updates regarding the east side of Dallas, but also provide opportunities for the business community to network.

Why should you pick up a ticket today? The GEDCC provided us with four solid reasons: (more…)

chamberIf you’ve ever attended a Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit, you are well aware of how much the area’s business community is thriving and booming.

And this year’s summit, which will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Campbell Centre at 8250 North Central Expressway in Dallas, will once again give economic updates regarding the east side of Dallas, but also provide opportunities for the business community to network.

The theme for this year’s summit is “East Dallas Works …” which showcases the community’s dedication to education, growth, the workforce, and development. The council members that serve East Dallas will speak, as well as others who will provide updates regarding the economy of East Dallas.

But you shouldn’t wait until next month to become familiar with the chamber — ask any member, and they’ll tell you you should go ahead and join now.

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Briar Creek between Lange Circle and Patrick Drive

I have never wanted to live “on the water,” as so many do. Unless, of course, we are talking the Atlantic or Pacific, or a very large lake like Cedar Creek, which I saw over the holiday weekend and is glistening with promise. “Creek-view lot!” in town has never stirred my real estate loins, even though water view lots are more expensive and desirable. Small lakes are so pretty when the sun bounces off the water, but underneath the rainbow, slithery creatures have a direct route to the backyard. 

Which is why I am finding Koi-Gate in Northeast Dallas an amusing story, funny to me, but probably not so funny to District 9 Dallas City Council candidate Paula Blackmon. Leave it to an election to bring out the fishiest of stories.

Candidate Paula Blackmon lives on Briar Creek, and is a member of the Lange Circle Lake Owner’s Association north of Mockingbird, in Briar Creek Estates. Think half acre lots and sprawling 1950’s ranch homes, many renovated,  with a few newer builds. A coveted area, the homes seldom go on the market and when they do, they are gone. Pouf. With three actual lakes/creeks, the area has been called the Venice of Dallas. Briar Creek is also a significant tributary that feeds into White Rock Lake. Twenty-two property owners along it own to the middle of the creek, sharing joint maintenance responsibility for waterway upkeep.

If you have never owned part of a creek, maintenance and dredging can get mighty pricey.

The politics: Tuesday evening, at the Lakewood Neighborhood Association Forum, the two candidates in the District 9 run-off, Paula Blackmon and Erin Moore, were each sounding off. Neighborhood activist Carol Bell-Walton mentioned that children playing in puddles left by the recent rains near White Rock Lake have been finding Koi fish.

Where had they come from, and was White Rock again becoming a giant Koi pond?

Paula Blackmon jumped in to respond: Her neighbors have been adding Koi and Tilapia to Briar Creek to kill the algae, she said.

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Woodcreek contemporary

This Woodcreek Contemporary was voted Crowd Favorite on the prestigious White Rock Home Tour in 2012. That’s high praise if you understand anything about the standards of Dallas modern architecture fans.

This tour began in 2006 as a showcase for Contemporary, Modern, and Midcentury Modern homes. It has become one of the most exciting tours in Dallas. Chosen homes meet some pretty high standards and to have a house voted Crowd Favorite carries a lot of weight. It means not only has the house met those high design standards, but that everyone also fell in love with the home.

It’s easy to see why.
Woodcreek contemporary

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Arterra’s David Hensley presented plans to the Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association on Feb. 26, 2019. Arterra wants to build an 18-unit, single-family development for the vacant lot at Millmar and Lingo, just behind St. Mark’s Presbyterian on Ferguson Road. (Photo: Joanna England)

At last week’s regularly scheduled Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association meeting, about 50 neighbors assembled at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church on Ferguson Road, armed with questions about Arterra Development’s plans for the lot at Millmar and Lingo, just across the street from DISD’s Bryan Adams High School. 

Arterra’s architect and managing director, David Hensley, was on hand at the Feb. 26 meeting with digital renderings and few details on the proposed 18-unit, single-family home development. Hensley, who is also a principal HLR Inc., said that the homes would be sold on a lot-by-lot basis, with construction completed in phases depending on sales.

Prices are projected to land at around $400,000 per “cottage-style” home, all of which would connect to communal greenbelts and additional street-facing landscapes. The homes would have three bedrooms, three baths, and a two-car garage. Hensley said that the finished product would be comparable to a project the firm completed in The Colony, which featured a multi-family component, greenbelts, and single-family homes with shared amenities.

The design presented at the meeting is reminiscent of popular coastal vacation home communities that dot Florida’s coastal highway, 30-A, where several single-family homes abut or adjoin shared outdoor space. The development will have an HOA for managing common space and maintenance. Plans at this time did not show whether the community will have a gate.

Neighbors expressed some concerns with the development, which places two of the two-story units on the alley-facing border of the lot, calling the zero-lot-line homes invasive. Additionally, the proposed development’s phased construction could present a problem if sales stall, leaving a semi-vacant, half-done project that neighbors called a potential eyesore.

Hensley admitted that “financing is a huge hurdle” for this particular project. Of course, neighbors were concerned that prices for the new homes could adversely affect property values in the still up-and-coming bedroom community.

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The vacant lot sandwiched between St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church and Bryan Adams High School has been an empty patch of half-kempt grass since I can remember, and I’ve lived in Casa View for twelve years. And to be sure, this isn’t the first time that someone has floated plans for the area — the Magdalen House once hoped to build a halfway house for women recovering from substance abuse on the St. Mark’s lot, and neighbors thoroughly rebuffed the plan back in 2017.
 
Could things have changed? I suppose Arterra Development will find out at 7 p.m. tonight. The group is hosting a discussion at St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church to introduce themselves and present their initial plans to bring 18 semi-detached homes to the neighborhood.
Details regarding the proposal are sparse. Casa View Haven Neighborhood Association member Tami Beck Fowler is asking neighbors to come tonight with an open mind, prepared to ask questions.
“They have done a similar installation in the M-Streets,” Fowler said in a Facebook post. “Their work product is very high end.”

Initial site plans from Arterra Development call for 18 semi-detached homes with common greenbelts.

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Once a buyer has settled on an area, often there’s a problem that the right sort of home isn’t currently on the market. Not so on Wild Valley Drive in the Merriman Park neighborhood, tucked next to the White Rock greenbelt and a short distance to Keller’s Drive-In.

Both are three-bedroom homes. Number 7124 is a very livable fixer-upper while 7435 is a move-in ready flip. The flip is smaller and $104,000 more expensive and has an added half bathroom. The other offers 320 additional square feet and a pool. Both are on similarly-sized lots.

Merriman Park is full of 1950s ranch homes on generous lots with good setbacks and tree-lined streets. It’s handiness to White Rock Lake is a selling point, along with its proximity to Central Expressway. Younger buyers may like that it’s easy to bike to DART’s White Rock station.

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Casa Linda Plaza, the oldest shopping center in Dallas, is treasured by its neighboring residential enclaves. When the center’s owner announced a plan to remove five mature cedar elms as part of the center’s remodel, neighbors balked. (Photo Courtesy of Edens)

Built in 1946, Casa Linda Plaza ranks as the oldest shopping center in Dallas. It encompasses three of the four corners of Garland Road and Buckner Blvd., and serves the surrounding neighborhoods, which include Casa Linda, Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Emerald Isle, and so on. And if there’s one thing that’s sure to set off this committed coterie of conservationists who favor these ‘hoods, it’s trees. Specifically, the removal of trees. And when Edens, the corporation that owns Casa Linda Plaza unveiled a plan to remove five mature cedar elms from the walkway opposite Natural Grocers, let’s just say that it was not a popular decision. 

However, thanks to the measured response from District 9 Dallas City Council member Mark Clayton, not only are residents getting a more robust and shady canopy, they’re also in discussions to bring back a neighborhood tradition — the Casa Linda Plaza Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.

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