$1B Growth Plan for South Dallas

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor “Plan for Growth in Southern Dallas,” a program newly revealed by Mayor Mike Rawlings, could lead to projects worth $1 billion for the 169 square miles of South Dallas. As it represents a large part of Dallas, [...]

“Plan for Growth in Southern Dallas,” a program newly revealed by Mayor Mike Rawlings, could lead to projects worth $1 billion for the 169 square miles of South Dallas.

As it represents a large part of Dallas, the mayor agreed that “if we want to grow the city, we must grow this part of Dallas,” according to the Dallas Business Journal. The publication reported that the neighborhoods to be included in the $1 billion project are West Dallas, Oak Cliff, Mountain Creek, Red Bird, South Dallas/Fair Park, Pleasant Grove, Buckner Terrace and Kleberg.

The planned investments, presented in the city council’s briefing and published on the Dallas City Hall Web site, are as follows:

Pinnacle Park Expansion: Commence construction of new frontage road along south side of I-30 between Cockrell Hill Road and Westmoreland Road; begin construction of 130-unit Hillside West apartment complex on W. Davis St. west of Cockrell Hill Road.

Greater Downtown / Cedars:  Renew the South Side Public Improvement District; support funding requests for new residential and hotel projects in the Cedars and TOD TIF districts; complete construction of NYLO Hotel; complete construction of S. Lamar Street streetscape improvements; pursue “Cedars Haven” single-family concept.

North Oak Cliff: Initiate zoning changes consistent with the Oak Cliff Gateway Land Use Plan; complete a strategic plan for the Bishop Arts District area; begin construction of The Collective mixed-use development at Colorado Boulevard and Fort Worth Avenue; continue North Oak Cliff Neighborhood Investment; complete Zang Triangle mixed-use project on Zang Boulevard north of Colorado Boulevard.

Red Bird: Complete Dallas Executive Airport Master Plan update; finalize approvals for new Walmart Supercenter at I-35E and Ledbetter Road.

West Dallas Gateway: Complete the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge; begin construction of Sylvan Avenue Bridge replacement; complete design and begin construction of Continental Pedestrian Bridge and western gateway.

The projects presented in the city council’s briefing are divided in terms of the achievement period: projects that will be finished in 12 months and projects that will take two years to complete.

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