If you live in North Dallas, you have probably been to the “new” Costco on Churchill Road, the one built on vacant land edging LBJ, Coit Road, and North Central Expressway. The one built with $3 million of our taxpayer dollars.  I was there Saturday afternoon, in fact, and ran into many friends.

On Sunday afternoon,  robbers armed with a gun and pickaxe shattered the jewelry cases (which are towards the front of the store) and stole jewelry. The three men apparently forced their way into the warehouse club store at about 3 p.m. Sunday, got the jewelry, terrorized shoppers, then fled in a car, likely onto North Central Expressway or LBJ.

Great for a Costco (and us), to be so near those thoroughfares. Even better for crooks.

In talking and reading about this experience, which was absolutely terrorizing for the people inside shopping as well as employees, I am wondering about Costco’s “15-second door delay.” Is that to deter shoplifting? Apparently, when gunshots were fired, people fled the store. But some at the front door main entrance couldn’t get out for 15 seconds. 15 seconds is not a lot of time, but when a robber has a gun, it is an ETERNITY.

Others were hiding in bathrooms or getting out backdoors. At the time of the robbery Adam Vanek, National General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretaryfor the Susan G. Komen Foundation, was shopping with his wife and two of their four children — one 3 years, one 17 months.  (more…)

A contractor drilled into a sewage pipe, releasing 1 million gallons of untreated sewage into White Rock Creek, which stretches from Collin County to East Dallas’ White Rock Lake. (Photo: Michael Lensi via Wikipedia)

Homes around White Rock Lake often fetch a pretty high price. Dubbed Dallas’ crown jewel, White Rock Lake is encircled by recreational trails, parks, the Dallas Arboretum, and some of the most well-known luxury estates in the city. Heck, even H.L. Hunt built his version of Mount Vernon on White Rock Lake. But living in posh digs on this urban oasis is about to get odorous.

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affordable home

Photo courtesy Flickr/Woodleywonderworks

It’s official — the likelihood of finding an affordable home for less than $200,000 in Dallas-Fort Worth is slim to none, economists with Metrostudy said last week.

“While DFW’s strongest price point during the last cycle, below $200,000, is no longer viable, the “new affordable” price bracket, $200,000 to $300,000 grows,” Paige Shipp, regional director of Metrostudy’s Dallas-Fort Worth market said. (more…)

Kevin Tally, a Dallas-based agent with more than a decade of North Texas real estate experience, recently joined Allie Beth Allman and Associates after spending the past three years at Rogers Healy and Associates.

Tally is one of the youngest “veterans” in the Dallas market. He earned his real estate license 10 years ago while still a high schooler in Fort Worth. Despite being accepted into both the University of Texas and TCU, he chose to forgo college and go to work in his hometown.

“I started thinking about it and said, ‘you know what? If I go to college, I’m going to get back into this field anyway because I really love real estate, construction, architecture and all of that,’” he said. “I took the summer off and then I started hustling.”

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northaven

This modern home at 7531 Midbury, is one of six homes on the upcoming Northaven Home Tour, benefiting Kramer Elementary. It was designed by title sponsor Bernbaum/Magadini Architects (photo courtesy Mitchell Kemp)

While the Northaven Home Tour is an amazing opportunity to see some of the finest homes in a historic Dallas neighborhood, organizers say it’s also a great opportunity to work with the school it benefits — Kramer Elementary School.

The tour, which will be held April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with special remarks by Katherine Seale, chairperson of the Dallas Landmark Commission at 9:30 a.m. at the Kramer Auditorium at 7131 Midbury Road, features six exquisite homes. The tour is presented by the Kramer Elementary PTA.

Kramer students have been spending the weeks leading up to the tour learning more about the homes on it, as well as some history of the neighborhood. For instance, Kramer fifth graders created drawings depicting neighborhood homes, using a broad selection of recent photographs for inspiration.  Their artwork will be displayed at the home tour.

(Photo courtesy Northaven Home Tour)

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camp

Students check out summer camps at last year’s Dallas ISD PREP U Discover Summer Resource Fair. This year’s fair will be held next Saturday, at Conrad High (photo courtesy Dallas ISD).

If you’re like most parents, June is looming large on your calendar. Choosing summer activities for a school-aged child can be a difficult needle to thread — there’s timing involved, financial commitments and well, your work schedule, too.

Dallas ISD began offering summer camp offerings — in addition to the usual summer school fare we’re all familiar with — a couple of years ago. All manner of STEM, art, and other activities are offered as way for students to not only get some enrichment activities in to help bridge over the summer, but also to help them find new interests and hobbies. (more…)

rents

(Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

There may be a lot of apartments being built in Texas, but that’s not necessarily translating to more affordable rents, one economist said at a recent conference on affordable housing held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Greg Willett, chief economist at RealPage, told the group assembled that the same affordable housing issues that have begun to block families from purchasing homes have begun to crop up in the rental sector as well.

“We are starting to see the same affordability challenges in rental housing,” he said, adding that this issue is occurring despite a boom in apartment completions across the country. (more…)

family gateway

Family Gateway, a nonprofit that assists homeless families in Dallas, is hosting DAYtoPLAY, a first-of-its-kind fundraiser next month (Photo courtesy Family Gateway).

One of the few homeless shelters in the area that caters to families, Family Gateway is also one of the few places where an entire family can volunteer, something architect Eddie Maestri appreciates.

The nonprofit exclusively serves homeless families, providing both shelter and social and educational services to homeless children and their families, offering care that includes mental and physical health care, early childhood education, GED preparation, job training and even employment placement assistance. (more…)