The authorized hearing initiated (and paused) by former council member Philip Kingston is moving forward as new District 14 council member David Blewett continues clearing old issues. Wednesday night at Oak Lawn’s “Kroger library,” Blewett held a meeting to re-kickoff the process to downzone Mansion Park, a tony neighborhood in Oak Lawn.

This all started back in 2016 and 2017 when a pair of high-rise projects sought approvals from the Oak Lawn Committee and the city on interior lots within the Oak Lawn Avenue, Cedar Springs Road, Turtle Creek Boulevard, and Fairmount Street. It’s an area the city rezoned in the 1960s to MF-3 designation under the old city zoning Chapter 51, which among other things, allows for unlimited height barring FAA issues.

Those two high-rises were brought forward by developers Toll Brothers and Teixeira Duarte. Toll Brothers created a lot of angst but was approved by the city and is currently under construction. The Teixeira Duarte parcels at Hood and Dickason were cleared, but financial troubles at the parent company saw the project grind to a halt and the parcels put up for sale (where they remain).

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Last night, District 14 Dallas City Council Member David Blewett held a town hall meeting to discuss Streetlights Residential’s proposal for a residential tower at Lemmon and Oak Lawn avenues. You’ve seen it before, so I won’t belabor the point (to catch up, skip the first listed story and you’re there).

In reading those older columns, you know what I think. I’d like more parking underground and I’d like the ass-end facing north Lemmon returned to its original, thinner profile. Kinda done. These sentiments and more were raised during the meeting.

The meeting was less vicious than expected, although the same elements that trail all zoning cases were in attendance. Speaking of attendance, while this meeting was posted on every social media light pole, about 100 attendees crammed into the Methodist Church’s meeting room – not a stellar turnout given the ubiquitous notification and density of the local neighborhood. Near the end, Blewett asked a series of leading questions to gauge the room. Who supported, who was drop-dead opposed and who was on the fence depending on some specific issues being managed. In other words, “who’s there?”, “who can get there?”, and “who’ll never get there?”  To cut the suspense, somewhere between a quarter to a third of the room were drop-dead opposed. Again, not a stellar turnout given the level of static this project has engendered.

Another telling metric came when Blewett asked the attendees how far away they lived. As Blewett closed the circle down to areas that might actually feel an impact, representation was sparse. Once the lack of local-locals was noted, attendees piped-up that they crossed the Lemmon and Oak Lawn Avenue intersection regularly. That’s a pretty shaky position. Are commuters’ opinions about development along their route a new bellwether? Construction would cease.

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Hilton proposed at Hall Street, Oak Grove and Noble

No, you’re not reading tomorrow’s newspaper. District 14 council member David Blewett is holding a meeting at the same time as tonight’s Oak Lawn Committee meeting.  Blewett’s meeting is the first community meeting that’s part of an authorized hearing involving the zoning surrounding the Arts District. I figured you’d want me to be there (story tomorrow), so here we are.

There are four projects on tonight’s agenda – two new and two repeats. Let’s begin with the new. Above is a proposed Hilton Hotel on the end of the block bounded by Hall Street, Noble, and Oak Grove (a couple of blocks towards Central from Breadwinners). No, you’re not dreaming, its around the corner from the never-built Dream Hotel approved back in 2015. But it’s not just a Hilton, it’s two of Hilton’s 17 branded property types – Motto and Spark – both operating in the building. While “spark” might conjure up images of pacemakers at work, both Spark and Motto will target the same Millennials the Dream envisioned (as single-word “app style” names do).

What’s the difference between Spark and Motto?  About $20 a night.

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Jeremy Whiteker rejoined the Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Park Cities office after spending the past year and a half at Compass.

“I feel like I have come back home,” Whiteker said. “I learned many lessons about what motivates me as a business owner and what components I need in place to keep that machine running. The Dave Perry-Miller staff is an extension of my business as they care just as much about my clients as I do. I was immediately reminded of that upon my return — at Dave Perry-Miller, the focus is on our clients.”

He added that he missed leadership and marketing support he’d had during his previous nearly seven-year tenure at Dave Perry-Miller. Some of his building partners actually encouraged him to return because, in their opinion, Dave Perry-Miller has a more organic focus on Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Write what you know, right? That’s why I typically gravitate towards 1980s-built soft contemporary homes, popcorn ceilings and all. But I became a fan of midcentury modern style the moment I purchased a Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Table reproduction and started learning more about the architecture and design of this distinctive era. I’m a novice though, so I tend to defer to other CandysDirt expert writers about MCM homes.

I’m taking the plunge though with this Bud Oglesby midcentury modern townhome at 3615 Gillespie Street #A in Oak Lawn, listed for $345,000 by Charles Gregory with Dave Perry Miller Real Estate.

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“What I love most about this condo is its prime location,” said Lauri Ann Hanson, one-half of the Dwell Partners listing team. Oak Lawn is a fabulous location and offers tons of perks. The nearby Dallas North Tollway and North Central Expressway offer easy access to the city and when it’s time to get out of town, Love Field isn’t very far either.

You don’t even need a car or an Uber to get to great restaurants, shops, and salons. Everything, including Eatzi’s, is right down the block.

If you’re into low-maintenance, delightfully updated property with a private side yard, this Oak Lawn listing might be what you’ve been looking for.

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When I think about contemporary architecture, I gravitate to dramatic lines and angles, creative use of light, and bright accent colors. So when I saw this brand new listing from Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate’s Ralf Baumann, I had to share it with you because it not only has a wonderful contemporary feel, but the use of light and the wide-open spaces in this immense Oak Lawn new build will definitely leave and impression.

The home is located right in the thick of Oak Lawn, and sports incredible floor-to-ceiling windows and a floating staircase that definitely brings the “WOW” factor. With 22-foot ceilings, drama is a priority, not an afterthought. 

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Shelly Brown-Qualls with Ebby Halliday has listed 3750 Colvin Court for $619,000.

If you’re looking for a place to call home in Oak Lawn, it’s time to add these open houses to your calendar. Two are this weekend, one is early next week, and all are great finds! Which was is your favorite, the sleek new build, the cutie craftsman, or the creative condo?

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