City Council District 2
A Letter from Councilmember Pauline Medrano
Mayor Pro Tem
It has been an exciting year in our great city of Dallas where the crime rate is down 10.79%. The Dallas Fire and Rescue has also enhanced Emergency Medical Service delivery to an unprecedented level. All fire engines at 56 stations are now equipped and staffed to provide emergency medical care. We currently have 96 units capable of providing advanced life support 24 hours per day.
In District 2, the NYLO Hotel located at Lamar and Bellview, just south of I-30, opened in August of 2012. The NYLO rooftop pool has an incredible view of the Dallas skyline. The hotel recently received LEED Gold certification from the Green Building Council. The Dallas Convention Center Omni Hotel just celebrated its’ one year anniversary, exceeding all predictions. I believe they are the only two hotels in Texas with LEED Gold certification.
Dallas will, in 2013, continue to lead economic recovery as stated by the Brookings Institute. Big Tex returns to Fair Park and we will have the Inaugural Heart of Dallas Bowl which is slated to be held on January 1st at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. Following in March, the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup and in May, Fair Park Summer Adventures will commence.
Source Link connects microbusinesses to resources they need to be successful. They find the steps to start your business in Dallas, find new market opportunities, and improve efficiency, productivity and operations, manage growth, legal advice, and business planning. In 2012, District 2 experienced two Kroger Grocery store openings. The stores are located at City Place and Medical District Drive.
District 2 residents may contribute to their neighborhood by joining neighborhood, homeowner, and crime watch associations, as well as, volunteering at schools and community clean ups. These efforts can make a tremendous difference in an area.
The Parks and Recreation Department recently renovated Samuell Grand Tennis Courts. Currently under construction are Samuell Grand Recreation Center and Pike Park Plaza. In the planning stage we have the new entrance to the Homeless Assistance Center, The Bridge, the Peak and Elm Development, and the implementation of the new bicycle ordinance (Vulnerable Road Users). Love Field terminal redevelopment project continues on schedule with final completion due in 2014 just in time for the lifting of the Wright Amendment. The Henderson Complete Street Improvement voted on November 6th, 2012 Bond Program is a 1.7 million dollar project. The opening of the US Patent and Trademark office will open by Spring of 2014 in downtown Dallas. The 500 South Ervay project will comprise of a Holiday Inn and residential units with first floor retail development to include restaurants and shops. The formation of the tourism PID is a 2% hotel tax from hotels with over one hundred rooms. This tax is dedicated to marketing, the city, and convention center.
Lower Greenville Complete Street, a $1.4 million improvement project was finished. It created wide sidewalks, parallel and indented on street parking, street lights, landscaping, street furniture, and pedestrian crosswalks. The Ross Avenue (Peak to Henderson) Funded 2006 Bond Program included street resurfacing which was completed in the summer of 2011. The construction and renovation of these projects encourage growth in business, new residents and tourism.
As the new Chair of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Education Fund Board I would like to invite the board of directors to have our first meeting of 2013 in Dallas to show case our city and position ourselves as a future conference site. I will continue to work closely with Safer Dallas Better Dallas to assist with new policing technology including three wheeled vehicles, neighborhood cameras, and mobile license plate readers.