Staff & Contacts Assistant: Renita Griggs Phone: 214-670-4689 Secretary: Ozella Lewis Phone: 214-671-8919
City Council District 7
Accomplishments: Council Member Carolyn Davis
- The denial on an SUP for the Colonial Hotel and BDA’s action to terminate the hotel use as of 12/31/08.
- Zoning amendments to facilitating the development of Jubilee Park project
Long Range Planning
- Draft amendments to the Historic Preservation ordinance to streamline the demolition review process to facilitate code enforcement on neglected properties that are a public health and safety concern. The draft ordinance has cleared the Council Public Safety Committee and will be scheduled for adoption shortly.
- Historic review of Fair Park improvements including the Cotton Bowl update, Hall of State improvements, new gates at MLK/Grand, renovation of Texas Discovery Gardens, reconstruction of Esplanade-Parry Avenue
- Working with Trinity Office to review and facilitate The Bottom master plan developed by Golden Gate Baptist Church.
The Real Estate Division
- Acquired property in District 7 for the proposed White Rock Library on Hibiscus Drive off of Ferguson Road.
Mortgage Assistance Program – provided 54 mortgage subsidies to first-time homebuyers
Home Repair Programs – provided home repair assistance to 354 homeowners participating in the home repair programs
- Major Systems Repair (MSRP) – 9 homeowners assisted
- Minor Home Repair (MHR) – 13 homeowners assisted
- Basic Systems Repair (BSR) – 28 homeowners assisted
- Reconstruction/SHARE – 18 homeowners assisted
- People Helping People (PHP) – 286 homeowners assisted
Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs) – Use federal programs to develop affordable housing for homebuyers & renters
- 19 single-family (SF) homes constructed: 3 in the Ervay Project, 11 in the Rochester Park Project, and 5 by the Forest Heights Neighborhood Development Corp. Project
- 13 SF homes sold and occupied and 1 leased to purchase
- 4 closings pending on purchase of SF homes
- Construction underway on 3 SF homes in the Rochester Park Project
- Construction of 6 SF homes is scheduled to start in spring of FY09 in the Cornerstone Town-homes Project
Bexar Street Development
- Acquisition and development of 28 SF units at Bexar St. & Brigham Ln. is in progress with construction underway on 8 units with estimated completion by March 2009 and anticipated construction of 20 units scheduled to start during the 2nd quarter of FY2009
- Bexar St. Phase I – $5.98M CDBG and CHDO development loan funds committed for activities including infrastructure improvements; lot acquisition, demolition and/or construction participation for residential, commercial, green spaces, and senior housing; and CHDO development loan
- Bexar St. Phase II – $7.97M including 2003 and 2006 Bond Program funds and HOME funds committed for activities including infrastructure improvements in the CF Hawn Frwy.-Rochester area, infrastructure improvements in the Rochester-Trinity Park area, CHDO acquisition loan, and land acquisition for an employment center
- Bexar St. Phase III – $1.6M 2006 Bond Program funds committed for street improvements in the Brigham to Hatcher St. area
- Fair Park/Frazier Neighborhood Projects – $5.91M funding committed for
- Dolphin Heights public improvements including street, sidewalk and landscaping
- Frazier single-family acquisition/gap financing infrastructure
- Spring Ave. Redevelopment street and streetscape improvements
- Frazier-Scyene TOD acquisition
- Second Ave. Entertainment – planning and development assistance
Street Improvements in the Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) area – funding committed/expended for improvements to 12 streets including 32 blocks
Single-Family Bond Funds
- Infill Housing Frazier Court Project – $2,016,500 approved for infrastructure and development of 51 SF affordable homes – 10 units have been built and sold
- Spring Ave. Revitalization Project – $500,000 approved for acquisition of improved and unimproved properties in the Frazier NIP area for residential and mixed-use redevelopment – closed on acquisition of 5 lots
- Bottoms Revitalization Project – $500,000 approved for acquisition of improved and unimproved properties in the area known as the “Bottom” for development of the residential component of the Bottom Revitalization Project – loan agreement has been executed
- Frazier Revitalization, Inc. Project – $750,000 approved for acquisition of improved and unimproved properties and demolition of existing properties under the Frazier-Scyene Economic Development Program
- Kaminski Holdings, Inc. – Bexar St. – $300,000 approved to fund partial construction costs of the commercial portion of a mixed-use development in the NIP area
Land Bank – purchased 120 lots, 3 of which were sold to developers and 50 are pending sale
Dallas Housing Finance Corporation (DHFC)
- DHFC assisted property -- Primrose at Park Villas Apartments tax credit property completed construction and lease-up of 232 units
- TDHCA tax credit properties
- White Rock Hill Town Homes – 302-units partially completed and currently in lease-up with 71% of units leased
- Frazier Fellowship on Hatcher St. – 76 units
- Wahoo Frazier (replacement) on Hatcher St – 118 units
- Mill City Park Frazier on Hatcher St – 116 units
- Shiloh Village on Shiloh Rd – approved in 2004 with 168 units
- Primrose at Highland Meadows – approved in 2004 with 150 units
- New retail centers are being constructed at Samuell Blvd. and S. Buckner Blvd. Buckner Crossing I and II will have a Ross Dress for Less store, L.A. Fitness center, Duncan Donuts and other retail.
- The Dallas Independent School District opened its new Maria Luna Food Service Facility at 1515 Grand Ave. The 153,575 square-foot building houses the administrative offices for the Food and Child Nutrition Services Department and includes a central food service warehouse and commissary, a bakery, a packaging area and a 189-seat auditorium.
- The Fair Park and MLK DART stations are under construction and scheduled to open in September 2009.
- The first two homes of the residential development Park Row Estates, located at Malcolm X Blvd. and Park Row Ave., were completed in 2008. In total, 30 homes are planned.
- South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund made 41 Grants that totaled $476,455 to benefits South Dallas/Fair Park residents from May 2007 to the present.