October Update from the UCPID Executive Director

A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Greetings to the University Crossing community!  In addition to the cooler weather, September ushered in some other important developments I would like to share:

To begin, as many of you may have seen, construction of the University Crossing Bridge is entering its final phase. In September, the City of Dallas continued construction of the Bridge, which included assembling the walkway across Mockingbird Lane. Additionally, the City completed construction of a smaller bridge across the DART rail line just north of Twin Sixties Street, which will extend the trail east toward White Rock Lake. Finally, the City and the University Crossing Public Improvement District have been working closely on preparations for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Bridge. Once plans are finalized, we will notify the community.  In the meantime, for up-to-date information related to Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at:

 www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, as noted last month, the UCPID Board of Directors approved improvements to the planters along Mockingbird Lane. Specifically, the area of focus will be the planters between Mockingbird Station and Matilda. Over the month of September, the UCPID worked closely with the City, as well as our own contractors, to finalize a "scope of work." To that end, we believe this project will be completed by the end of October.

Also, as previously noted, the UCPID is partnering with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department on installation of pedestrian lighting along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. To that end, the UCPID has obtained bids, related to the cost of this project.  Over the next few months, the UCPID and Park & Rec. will use these bids to develop a funding program, which will be used to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Katy Trail.  The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Speaking of programming, I want to encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs.  For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday at Mockingbird Station.  We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more.  If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

Finally, as part of our ongoing effort to serve our community, the UCPID is considering some new programs to add to our list of offerings.  Specifically, the UCPID is researching the possibility of a bike share program for our area, which would include bike stations located at strategic locations in our community. Also, in an effort to promote the arts in our area, we are trying to identify locations best suited for public artwork.  As these programs develop, we will update you.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

UCPID Spotlight on The Happy Steps

We caught up with local artist Kristi Kennimer to discuss the inspiration behind her latest work that adorns the risers of the steps that lead up to the Angelika Film Center, "Happy Steps."

The piece is all about choosing to activate, wholeheartedly, the virtues inside us that result in fulfilled lives. The piece is designed to be appreciated very simply, in that it adds a little color to the community, or contemplated on a deeper level.

The "Happy Steps" are an example of anamorphic typography, in which the word "Happy" appears distorted from many vantage points, but comes into alignment from one specific position. That position is marked on the ground level at the base of the stairs with the Mockingbird Station logo and the word "perspective."

When viewing the steps, the word "happy" can be seen in eight ways, starting with each of the eight H's, but no version can be completed without crossing through the single center Y.

September Update from Patrick Sanders: UCPID Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community! August was a busy month in our area, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:

To begin, as many of you may have seen, construction of the University Crossing Bridge is in an exciting phase.  In August, the City of Dallas continued construction of the Bridge, which now spans across Mockingbird Lane.  Additionally, the City is completing construction of a smaller bridge, across the DART rail line, just north of Twin Sixties Street.  As the City progresses with construction of the Bridge, across Mockingbird Lane, we anticipate additional lane closures.  To that end, the City and the University Crossing Public Improvement District will continue to stay in close contact, regarding the status of construction. For up-to-date information, related to Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at:  www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, the UCPID Board of Directors recently approved improvements, to the planters along Mockingbird Lane.  Specifically, the area of focus will be the planters between Mockingbird Station and Matilda.  Within the next month, we hope to have the planters repainted and replanted, in an effort to beautify our community.

Also, as previously noted, the UCPID is partnering with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department on installation of pedestrian lighting along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. Over the next few months, the UCPID and Park & Rec. will develop a funding program, which will be used to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Katy Trail.  The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Speaking of programming, I want to encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs.  For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday at Mockingbird Station.  We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more.  If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the effort our community members have made to assist victims of Hurricane Harvey. Community Stakeholders, throughout the UCPID, have assisted in the relief effort. SMU University moved quickly to assist in relief efforts by partnering with other organizations like the Carter Blood Bank.  If you would like to assist with SMU's efforts, you can visit the following website:  https://giving.smu.edu/disaster-relief/. Additionally, the City of Dallas has also provided information on how to contribute to the relief effort.  That information can be found at the following website:   http://www.dallascitynews.net/help-impacted-hurricane-harvey.  The manner in which community stakeholders arose to serve was very inspirational, and if the UCPID can assist with your efforts going forward, please let us know.

Thank you for your contributions of the UCPID community, and I look forward to our continued partnership.

Patrick Sanders

UCPID Executive Director

 

SMU Campus Blood Drive

BLOOD DRIVE ON SMU CAMPUS

Carter BloodCare will be visiting SMU to host a blood drive to benefit Hurrican Harvey Victims. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday September 5, 11:00 AM - 2:40 PM
  • Thursday September 7, 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Friday September 8, 10:00 AM - 2 PM
  • The van will be parked near the flagpole on these days. We look forward to seeing you there!

UCPID Organizations Helping Hurricane Harvey Victims

University Crossing is filled with organizations that are helping Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston and who have been evacuated to Dallas. As the Southeast Texas area recovers, our neighborhood in University Crossing is dedicated to helping our Texas neighbors in Houston to remain #TexasStrong and come back better than ever. In the meantime, here's how you can help in University Crossing. 

In University Crossing: 

Old Chicago Mockingbird - please drop off unopened cases of water at the Mockingbird Station location

The People's Last Stand - All night fundraiser TONIGHT with drink specials and donations

Salon Pompeo - Is collecting toiletries and supplies and transporting to Houston

7-eleven - Has given generously to the mega shelter in Dallas and is serving as a donation location for hurrican victims. 

Central Market - Join the effort H.E.B. is managing for relief in the Houston and Southeast Texas area

SMU - The Mustangs home opener on Saturday, Sept. 2 will be a free event for Hurricane Harvey evacuees in Dallas - and they will be providing food too! Use ths form to get your tickets. 

 

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

To our University Crossing neighbors - there are several ways you can support our friends in Southeast Texas. If you would like to help by making a donation or volunteering your time, please  visit this link (provided by the City of Dallas) to get information on how best to serve: http://www.dallascitynews.net/help-impacted-hurricane-harvey.

As the University Crossing Public Improvement District receives more information, we will keep you informed.

TRAFFIC UPDATE: AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER LANE CLOSURES

AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER LANE CLOSURES

 

Beginning August 25, various lane closures will take place to support construction efforts. The schedule is as follows:

  • 8/25 - Mockingbird Station driveway and 2 westbound right lanes, 9-11 AM
  • 8/26-8/29 - The Highlands driveway, periodically during day; eastbound right lane (detour in place)
  • 8/29 - Partial Mockingbird Station driveway with traffic reduced to 1 lane, 7 AM to 10 AM
  • 8/30 - Mockingbird Station driveway, 7PM-7 AM
  • 8/31 - All westbound lanes and Mockingbird Station driveway, 8 PM-5AM
  • 9/7 - All eastbound lanes and MB Station driveway, 8 PM to 5 AM

For progress photos and up-to-date information on area closures, visit the Bridge website at http://www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

August Update from the UCPID Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community! July was a busy month in our area, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:

To begin, as many of you may have seen, construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge") is entering an exciting phase. In July, the City of Dallas ("City") installed the frames that will support the Bridge across Mockingbird Lane. Additionally, in the first few days of August, the City installed a pedestrian and bike bridge across the DART rail line, just north of Twin Sixties St. This smaller bridge will help connect our area to White Rock Lake, by allowing bicyclists to cross the DART rail line safely. As the City progresses with construction of the Bridge, across Mockingbird Lane, we anticipate additional lane closures. To that end, the City and the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") will continue to stay in close contact, regarding the status of construction. Therefore, for up-to-date information, related to Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, at the request of the UCPID, the City has begun installation of chain link fencing under the Greenville Ave. and Matilda Ave. bridges, just north of Mockingbird Lane. The purpose of this fencing is to help secure these areas from homeless encampments, which have "sprung up" in these areas from time to time. The UCPID appreciates the City's efforts, related to these improvements, and we look forward to working with City on additional improvements, in the coming months.

Also, as noted last month, the UCPID is partnering with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department ("Park & Rec") on installation of pedestrian lighting along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. Over the next few months, the UCPID and Park & Rec. will develop a funding program, which will be used to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Katy Trail. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Speaking of programming, I want to encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs. For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday at Mockingbird Station. We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more. If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the management of Mockingbird Station for commissioning a fantastic new public mural on their property! Recently, a mural was painted on the stairway, leading from Mockingbird Station to the Angelika Movie Theater. This new mural is a great piece of public art, for our entire community to enjoy, and I encourage to visit it when you have the opportunity.

As always, if you have any suggestions or would like more information about one of the programs described above, please email us at: info@universitycrossing.com.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to your continued feedback.

Patrick Sanders 

UCPID Executive Director

Spotlight On: Room Four Guitar Studio

Established in 2009 and centrally located across from the SMU campus, RoomFour Guitar Studio is a place dedicated to the joy of learning guitar with students of all ages and abilities. From beginners to veterans, jam sessions to recording sessions, R4GS has something for everyone.

R4GS is hosting a free group lesson for kids on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. and one for adults at 4 p.m. For more information, visit: http://www.roomfourguitar.com/

July Update from the UCPID Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community! June was a busy month in our area, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:


To begin, construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge") continues to move forward at an exciting pace. Starting in late June, the City of Dallas ("City") began installing the frames that will be used to support the Bridge over Mockingbird Lane. The City anticipates this installation process will continue throughout the month of July. The City and the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") will continue to stay in close contact, regarding the status of construction. Therefore, for up-to-date information, related to Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, at the request of the UCPID, the City plans to make improvements to several intersections in our area in an effort to improve pedestrian safety. The planned improvements include: rebuilding the traffic signal at Greenville Ave. & Lovers Lane, installation of flashing yellow arrow left turn signals for all approaches at Greenville Ave. & Milton, installation of flashing yellow arrow left turn signals for all approaches at Greenville Ave. & University, installation of flashing yellow arrow left turn signals for westbound traffic at Greenville & Mockingbird Lane, installation of flashing yellow arrow left turn signals for eastbound traffic at Matilda & Mockingbird Lane, and installation of flashing yellow arrow right turn signals for northbound and southbound traffic at Central & Mockingbird Lane. The UCPID appreciates the City's efforts, related to these improvements, and we look forward to working with City on additional pedestrian improvements, in the coming months.

Furthermore, the UCPID will be partnering with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department ("Park & Rec") on a major improvement project, designed to install pedestrian lighting along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. To fund this project, it was recently confirmed that our partnership would receive a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments ("NCTCOG"), in the full amount we requested. As a result, the UCPID will be working closely with Park & Rec to implement this project. First, we will finalize a Design Proposal, and then, using the Design Proposal as our guide, we will work on installation of the pedestrian lighting fixtures, along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. The UCPID will provide updates as this project progresses.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take part in some of our ongoing programs. For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday at Mockingbird Station. We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more. If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

If you have any suggestions or would like more information about one of the programs described above, please email us at: info@universitycrossing.com.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to your continued collaboration!

 

Patrick Sanders

UCPID Executive Director 

June Update from UCPID Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community!  May was a busy month in our area, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:

To begin, construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge") continues to move forward at an exciting pace. As you may have seen, during the month of May, the City of Dallas ("City") installed the final two (2) support towers along Mockingbird Lane to support the new Bridge. With the installation of these towers, the City is now moving on to the next phase of construction, which includes installation of the Bridge component that will cross over Mockingbird Lane. The City of Dallas and the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") will continue to stay in close contact regarding the status of construction.  For up-to-date information, related to Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at:  www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, as noted last month, the UCPID contracted with the City of Dallas to repaint crosswalks at three (3) strategic intersections in our community. Specifically, cross-walks were repainted at:  Mockingbird Lane & Mockingbird Station, Greenville Avenue & SMU Blvd., and Greenville Avenue & Milton. Repainting these crosswalks is part of the UCPID's overall strategy to improve pedestrian safety in our area, and we hope this will improve your pedestrian experience.

Furthermore, the UCPID will be partnering with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department ("Park& Rec") on a major improvement project, designed to install pedestrian lighting along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community. To fund this project, the UCPID was recently informed that our partnership will be supported by a grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments ("NCTCOG").

Currently, the UCPID is waiting for confirmation of the final grant amount. However, once that figure is confirmed, the UCPID will be working closely with Park & Rec to implement this project.  First, we will finalize a Design Proposal, and then, using the Design Proposal as our guide, we will work on installation of the pedestrian lighting fixtures, along the portion of the Katy Trail extension that runs through our community.  The UCPID will provide updates as this project progresses.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take part in some of our ongoing programs. For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday at Mockingbird Station.  We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more.  If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

If you have any suggestions or would like more information about one of the programs described above, please email us at:  info@universitycrossing.com.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to your continued collaboration!

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

UCPID Annual Property Owner's Meeting

University Crossing Public Improvement District's property owners are invited to the annual property owners' meeting on Thursday, June 8 at 11am. 

The meeting will be held at the Magnolia Hotel located in University Crossing at 6070 N. Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75206. 

Patrick Sanders, UCPID executive director, will be presenting the highlights from last year, as well as plans for the next year. Further, City officials will be in attendance to discuss progress on the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge. In addition, lunch will be provided to attendees.

Please RSVP to info@universitycrossing.com.

 

Mockingbird Lane Closures & Detours - May 16

TRAFFIC LANE CLOSURES & DETOURS: MAY 16


On May 16th between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m., contractors will pour Abutment #5 inside of Mockingbird Station. Westbound Mockingbird Lane (near the Mockingbird Station driveway) will be closed, and access will be limited to one lane through the Mockingbird Station parking lot. There will be a flagger onsite, and concrete trucks may be noisy.

For the latest updates on Mockingbird Bridge, visit http://www.universitycrossingbridge.com
 

New Neighbor in Town: Seven Five Patio & Bar

Seven Five offers a coupling of eclectic pub and American cuisines with a wide array of drafts and cocktails. Located off of Highway 75, it boasts a wrap-around patio with bar seating and garage doors, creating an open-air ambience throughout. Plus, they always have something going on to keep you and your friends entertained! If you like cold beer, great food, patio bars, sports, and good company stop by and check it out.

Here's the address:

5600 SMU Boulevard Ste 120

Dallas, TX 75206

They're open 7 days a week from 11a - 2a. And the kitchen is open until 2a every day.

https://www.sevenfivedallas.com/

Executive Director may Update

Greetings to the University Crossing community! April was a busy month in our community, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share: 

To begin, construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge") is now moving into an exciting phase. As many of you may have seen, on April 21st the City of Dallas installed one of three (3) main support towers along Mockingbird Lane to support the Bridge. The two (2) remaining support towers are scheduled for installation in early May. The City of Dallas and the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) will continue to stay in close contact regarding the status of construction. For up-to-date information related to Bridge construction and lane closures, or to view time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit the Bridge website: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, the UCPID recently contracted with the City of Dallas to have crosswalks repainted at three (3) strategic intersections in our community: Mockingbird Lane & Mockingbird Station, Greenville Avenue & SMU Blvd., and Greenville Avenue & Milton. Repainting these crosswalks is part of the UCPID's overall strategy to improve pedestrian safety in our area. As such, we hope to have the repainting complete in early May. 

UCPID is also proud to be part of recent collaboration efforts that will improve our area. The UCPID met with representatives from TXDOT to discuss safety concerns at the intersection of Mockingbird Lane & US75. After the consultation, TXDOT repainted the crosswalks and pavement markers located at this intersection, and they also installed "puppy" trails to direct traffic flow. These improvements will help direct traffic and remind drivers of the pedestrian crosswalks located at this intersection. The second collaboration occurred between the UCPID and DART. At the request of the UCPID, DART trimmed some overgrown shrubbery near the Lovers Lane DART stop. The area previously served as a potential "hiding" spot and could have been used as a nexus for criminal activity, so by collaborating on this project the UCPID and DART engaged in an important example of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), which focuses on making properties less vulnerable to criminal activity. The UCPID values these collaborations, and we look forward to future partnerships that will improve our area.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take part in some of our ongoing programs. For example, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday morning from 8:00-9:00 a.m. near Angelika Film Center and the Mockingbird Station DART stop as part of the Music on Mockingbird program. We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more. If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property or have general questions about our program offerings, please email us at: info@universitycrossing.com

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to your continued collaboration!

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE FOR MAY 1ST AND 2ND: MOCKINGBIRD LANE

On Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00 p.m. to 6 a.m., all westbound lanes of Mockingbird Lane will be closed to through traffic, detoured at Matilda to Greenville Avenue then west on Lovers Lane to the Central Expressway access road. Local traffic access to the Kroger store, DART Station and nearby apartments will be allowed. 

For the latest updates on Mockingbird Bridge, visit http://www.universitycrossingbridge.com

Construction Update: Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge

Beginning Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. through Friday, April 21 at 5:00 a.m., contractors are installing the first of three tower supports south of Mockingbird Lane and east of Central Expressway. Mockingbird eastbound traffic lanes will be closed to thru traffic, detoured along the northbound Central Expressway access road and east on Lovers Lane, through southbound Greenville Avenue to Mockingbird Lane.

Stay updated on bridge construction at www.universitycrossingbridge.com

April Update: UCPID Executive Director

March was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share: During the month of March, the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") installed customized trash receptacles along the US75 overpasses, crossing Mockingbird Lane, SMU Blvd., and University Blvd. Two (2) trash receptacles were installed along Mockingbird Lane, two (2) were installed along SMU Blvd., and one (1) was installed along University Blvd. The UCPID will empty these receptacles weekly, and we hope they help reduce litter throughout our community.

Also, regarding construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge"), the City of Dallas and the UCPID are in close contact, regarding the status of construction. For up-to-date information, related to the Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos of the construction, you can visit our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, thanks to a collaboration between the UCPID and the City of Dallas Department of Streets Services, a significant amount of trash and debris was cleaned near the new Katy Trail extension. The debris at issue included a filthy mattress and a large quantity of trash. The UCPID identified the location of the trash and advocated for its removal. The Department of Streets Services responded in a timely manner and removed the debris. The area in question now looks much cleaner, and the UCPID appreciates the collaboration.

Furthermore, another effective collaboration occurred when, at the request of the UCPID, the City of Dallas dispatched a traffic engineer, to inspect traffic concerns along NBFR 75 near the Mockingbird Lane intersection. The traffic engineer has ordered a study, which will help document speeding in this area. Once the study is complete, the UCPID will analyze the results and identify the best "tools" to address speeding in this area. Pedestrian safety is of critical importance to the UCPID, and such, we will work closely with both the City of Dallas and the Texas Department of Transportation to implement effective safety measures.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take part in some of our ongoing programs. For example, with our Music on Mockingbird program, the UCPID sponsors live music every Friday morning, from 8:00am-9:00am in front of the Angelika Theater, near the Mockingbird Station DART stop. We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your place of business and offer "Best Practices" related to calling 911, motor vehicle safety, and more. If you are interested in scheduling a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

If you have any suggestions or would like more information about one of the programs described above, please email us at: info@universitycrossing.com.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to your continued collaboration!

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director