Apartments, recessions, and public safety were among the hot button topics at the 15th annual Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce Economic Summit held this week in Dallas. CC Young Senior Living was the title sponsor and CandysDirt.com was among the media sponsors.

East Dallas is home to three of the newest city councilmembers and the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem, including District 14’s David Blewett, District 7’s Adam Bazaldua, District 9’s Paula Blackmon, and District 10 Councilman/Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough. The four shared their vision for economic development in their East Dallas districts spanning from Fair Park to White Rock Lake.

Dallas is attracting a lot of young professionals to its booming job market, which leads the state in year-over-year employment increases and tops California as the top state for jobs. They’re renting apartments in hip areas like Uptown, Deep Ellum, and the Medical District where the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,130, according to Apartmentlist.com. But an uptick in crime in the city of Dallas could send these professionals for the suburbs. That’s why public safety seemed top of mind for these council members who addressed the attendees, comprised of real estate professionals, small business owners, and professional services providers. (more…)

The Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 15th annual economic summit on Oct. 15, and we’re excited to take the temperature of the increasingly hot area of East Dallas. No better folks to show us how #EastDallasWorks than Realtors, who have boots-on-the-ground experience with neighborhoods and the people who live there. But what’s exciting about the keynote speakers for this year’s crystal anniversary event is that they are none other than Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson, two-thirds of the Anderson Conomos Team at Keller Williams Urban Dallas

The pair is serving up some inspiration to East Dallas business owners next Tuesday, which is reason enough to buy your tickets to the event. Sponsorships are available, too! 

Lucky for our readers, we managed to catch the extremely busy East Dallas power couple, Conomos and Anderson, for a little Q&A. Read on for more!

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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.

In fact, GEDCC did just that.  (more…)

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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