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

UCPID Spring Cleaning

One of the four tenets the UCPID is committed to is making improvements in the University Crossing neighbohood. To continue to improve the neighborhood and attract new development, we are constantly in motion seeking opportunities to improve and clean up our area. 

A few weeks ago, we worked with the City of Dallas to identify and clean up a homeless encampment located on the Katy Trail extension in University Crossing. We followed City procedures as directed by Homeless Services and ensured there was a safe place to go. 

Following the removal of debris, we were able to clean up and ensure the area was safe for walkers, runners and bikers on the trail. Let us know if you see any more areas that need clean up and improvements! If you see something, say something - info@universitycrossing.com.

March Updates from the UCPID Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community!  February was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:
 
As previously noted, the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") contracted with the City of Dallas to provide additional safety improvements for our area. Specifically, the City of Dallas has upgraded many of the pedestrian signal heads to include "Count Down Timers", which will give pedestrians the ability to gauge their time to cross intersections.  Additionally, the City of Dallas has upgraded pedestrian push buttons to make it easier to cross intersections. Many intersections, along both Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue, now have these upgrades. These upgrades combined will provide additional safety features for pedestrians and cyclists throughout our area. 

 

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, the City of Dallas Crisis Intervention, the Central Police Division, and City of Dallas Park & Recreation, two homeless encampments were recently removed from an area near the Katy Trail extension. Prior to their removal, Crisis Intervention visited these locations to offer assistance to anyone seeking shelter or additional services. The UCPID appreciates this collaboration and believes it has contributed to a cleaner and safer environment for our community.

 

Furthermore, another effective collaboration occurred at the request of the UCPID, when TXDOT installed new traffic signs along NBFR 75, near Mockingbird Lane. The UCPID met with representatives from TXDOT and informed them of our concerns regarding speeding along this portion of NBFR 75. In response, TXDOT installed new traffic signs to help curtail speeding in this area. The UCPID appreciates this collaboration and is also looking into other improvements to help increase safety at the intersection of US 75 and Mockingbird Lane.

 

Finally, I want to encourage you to take part in some of our ongoing programs such as the Music on Mockingbird program. The UCPID sponsors live music every Friday morning, from 8:00-9:00am 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

Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival - March 11

Today, at 10:00am at Comerica Bank (Greenvile Ave. and Lovers Lane), the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) will be hosting a public press conference and open house to officially announce Chief David O. Owens as the Grand Marshal for the 2017 Parade and Festival.

All are welcome to attend the press conference and open house to learn more about the parade and festival and receive updates on the parade map and schedule for this year.

See the Media Advisory from the Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival:

Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival presented by the Dallas Mavericks

Press Conference

 Former Dallas Chief of Police Brown will be Announced as

 2017 Grand Marshal!

 The Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) will host its annual press conference for the 2017 Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival presented by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, March 9, at 10 a.m.  The event will take place at Comerica Bank’s Greenville & Lovers Banking Center (the old Blockbuster location). New to 2017, Comerica Bank is serving as “Official Bank” of the Parade.  The 2017 Grand Marshal, Former Dallas Chief of Police David O. Brown, will be declared to the rapt audience of Dallas-area dignitaries, Greenville Avenue Business Owners, Professional Bagpipers, Dallas Mavericks Cheerleaders and 2017 Parade Premier Sponsor Representatives.  The Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival is celebrating its 38th year of being a time honored Dallas tradition for thousands to enjoy family friendly pageantry against the backdrop of food, spirits and community.   It is the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest. 

WHEN/WHERE:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

10:00am - Press Conference

10:00am-Noon Open House

Comerica Bank’s Greenville & Lovers Banking Center

5302 Greenville Ave.

Dallas, TX 75206

 

WHO:

Grand Marshal, Retired Dallas Chief of Police David O. Brown

Kevin Vela, Chairman of the Board GAABA

Peter Sefzik, Texas Market President, Comerica Bank

Dallas Council Member, Philip T. Kingston, City Council District 1

Representative(s) from the Dallas Mavericks, DART, City of Dallas Office of Special Events, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau and Dallas Police, Fire and Rescue, invited. 

 BACKGROUND:

The Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival has grown to be one of the largest St. Patrick's Parades in the country, with over 125,000 attendees and more than 100 parade entries.  Proceeds benefit the GAABA Scholarship Funds benefiting Dallas ISD Seniors.  More than $100,500 in scholarships has been awarded.  More information can be found at http://www.dallasstpatricksparade.com, on Twitter @DallasStPats or Facebook at DallasStPatricksParade.  The Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) was formed in 1987 to help unify area business and promote the Greenville Avenue area. Its first objective is and always will be the presentation of the annual Dallas Mavs St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival.

About Comerica:

Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) is a financial services company headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and strategically aligned by three business segments: The Business Bank, The Retail Bank, and Wealth Management. Comerica focuses on relationships, and helping people and businesses be successful. In addition to Texas, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan, with select businesses operating in several other states, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Comerica reported total assets of $73 billion at December 31, 2016. To find us on Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/Comerica. Follow us on Twitter at @ComericaCares.

 About the Dallas Mavericks:

The Dallas Mavericks play in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and began as an expansion franchise in 1980.   The Mavs have won three division titles (1987, 2007, and 2010) two conference championships (2006, 2011) and under the leadership of owner Mark Cuban, Head of Basketball Operations/GM Donnie Nelson and Head Coach Rick Carlisle, the team won its first NBA Championship in 2011.  In addition to on-court success, the Mavs are committed to making a difference in North Texas through outreach programs and the Dallas Mavericks Foundation. For more information on Dallas Mavericks players, staff, stats and tickets, please visit mavs.com.

 

A Note from the Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community! January was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:
 
As noted last month, the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) contracted with the City of Dallas to provide additional safety improvements to our area.  Specifically, the City of Dallas will upgrade many of the pedestrian signal heads to include "count down timers," which will help pedestrians to gauge the time it will take to cross intersections. Additionally, the City of Dallas will upgrade pedestrian push buttons to make it more accessible to cross intersections. These upgrades will provide additional safety for pedestrians and cyclists throughout our area.  Installation should begin in February, and we are pushing to have this completed by the end of the month.

 

In addition to safety improvements, the UCPID executed a contract to install trash receptacles at the US75 overpasses along Mockingbird Lane, SMU Blvd., and University Blvd. Once the receptacles are installed, trash will be emptied once a week. We hope to have installation complete within the next four to five weeks.

 

Regarding construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge"), the City of Dallas has indicated that during the month of February there will likely be lane closures along Mockingbird Lane to accommodate continued construction. As soon as the UCPID receives information on the times and dates of the lane closures, we will update our website. In addition, the UCPID has installed a camera, which takes time lapse photos of the Bridge construction. For up-to-date information related to the Bridge construction, lane closures, or to view the time lapse photos, please visit our website at:  www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

 

After a holiday hiatus, Music on Mockingbird returned in January and will continue through the spring. The UCPID sponsors the live music taking place every Friday morning from 8:00-9:00am, in front of the Angelika Theater near the Mockingbird DART Station. Musicians will perform a variety of musical genres for the public once a week. We hope you will come out and enjoy the music!

 

Also in January, the UCPID began a Lunch & Learn program, which is focused on public safety. The UCPID collaborated with local businesses to have a Dallas Police officer visit their locations and discuss "best practices" related to calling 911, motor-vehicle safety, homeless concerns, and more. If you are interested in having a Lunch & Learn at your property, please contact us at the email below.

 

Going forward, the UCPID will continue to work on capital improvements for the area, as well as new programming ideas. If you have any questions or would like more information about one of the programs described above, please email us at: info@universitycrossing.com.

 

Thank you for your support! I look forward to working with you throughout 2017.
 

 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

The Latest From Mockingbird Station

From Mockingbird Station "What's Next"

We’re taking this whole “New Year, New You” thing seriously. Exciting changes are coming to Mockingbird Station in 2017 that will give you new ways to experience old favorites and find new obsessions along the way.

Two new restaurant concepts will open their first-ever locations at Mockingbird Station this year. Mezze Mediterranean Kuzine will open by summer and will feature fresh flavorful Mediterranean fare. Edith’s Patisserie is bringing classic French pastry techniques to the Station and plans to be open by summer.

The Katy Trail expansion and Mockingbird pedestrian bridge are underway. The bridge will allow pedestrian traffic to cross over Mockingbird Lane between the DART rail stop at Mockingbird Station and the south side of Mockingbird Lane, just east of Central Expressway. The project is currently planned to be nearly complete by the end of April.

Mockingbird Station has already begun a transformation with new signage and a new look, which will continue in 2017. New green space and updated storefronts are on the horizon as the next phase of updates begins.

Spotlight on SMU Tate Lecture Series

SMU TATE LECTURE SERIES: ANGELA DUCKWORTH

The Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series invites stimulating and entertaining icons to the SMU campus, where the audience can engage in enlightening discussions with world-changing entrepreneurs. This year marks the 35th season of the Tate Lecture Series at Southern Methodist University. 

The series upcoming speaker, Angela Duckworth, will educate the Dallas community on the character trait of "grit" attributed to top performers. The professor and psychologist is an expert on the topic and a New York Times best-selling author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

January 31, 2017 at 7:00pm

McFarlin Auditorium

 

 

A Note from The Executive Director

A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

 

Happy New Year to the University Crossing community! I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season. December was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:
 
During the past month, the University Crossing Public Improvement District worked with the City of Dallas to provide safety improvements for our area. Specifically, the City of Dallas will upgrade many of the pedestrian signal heads to include "Count Down Timers," which will allow pedestrians to better gauge their time to cross intersections. Additionally, the City of Dallas will upgrade pedestrian push buttons to make crossing easier. Together these upgrades will provide safety features for pedestrians and cyclists throughout our area.

 

Regarding construction of the University Crossing Bridge, the City of Dallas has indicated there will likely be lane closures along Mockingbird Lane to accommodate continued construction within the next month. As soon as the UCPID receives information on the times and dates of lane closures, we will update our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

 

In addition to capital improvements, the UCPID enjoyed a live holiday music performance last month. The UCPID worked in collaboration with SMU, Bridge the Gap, and Mockingbird Station to bring you the Holiday Music program. On December 10th, musicians form SMU's Meadows School performed at Mockingbird Station and helped bring some holiday cheer to the area. To catch a glimpse of the performance, visit our website at: www.universitycrossing.com and click the UC Spotlight link. Returning on January 27th, we will continue the musical collaboration program, Music on Mockingbird, every Friday morning from 8-9am in front of the Angelika Theater near the Mockingbird DART Station. We hope you will come out and enjoy the music!

 

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the Dallas Police Officers who work in the UCPID's Extended Neighborhood Patrol. These officers are working closely with community stakeholders to make our area safe. Last month demonstrated their valiant efforts with a couple of quality arrests. A "tip of the hat" to our ENP officers for a job well done!

 

In the New Year, the UCPID will continue to work on capital improvements for the area and new programming ideas. Some of our improvements will focus on maintenance issues, such as providing additional trash receptacles at strategic locations in our area. Other projects will focus on capital improvements, along both Mockingbird Lane and Greenville Avenue. As these projects develop, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please email us at:  info@universitycrossing.com.

 

Happy New Year! I look forward to working with you in 2017.

 

 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

A Note from the Executive Director

Greetings to the University Crossing community. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday! November was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share:

 
The University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) has contacted various vendors in an effort to provide improvements for our area. We are exploring additional improvements along Mockingbird Lane, more trash receptacles at strategic locations in our area, additional safety features at intersections, and a possible public mural. Once we have all necessary cost estimates we will update the community.

 

As noted last month, the UCPID is working in collaboration with SMU, Bridge the Gap, and Mockingbird Station to bring you Music on Mockingbird. Every Friday morning from 7:30-8:30am, musicians will perform different genres of music in front of the Angelika Theater near the Mockingbird DART Station. In addition to our regularly scheduled program, our collaboration is happy to bring you a Holiday Music program.  On November 25th, musicians from SMU performed holiday music at Mockingbird Station and on December 10th, these musicians will reprise their performance. To that end, we hope you will come out at 7pm to enjoy the music at Mockingbird Station in the communal area near the Urban Outfitters store.

 

Additionally, UCPID community stakeholders met with staff from the City of Dallas to discuss construction of the University Crossing Bridge ("Bridge"). City staff explained that within the next month there will likely be lane closures along Mockingbird Lane to accommodate construction. We will update our website as soon as we receive information about the potential lane closures. For up-to-date information related to the Bridge construction, you can visit our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

 

Finally, I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the police officers that work in the UCPID's Expanded Neighborhood Patrol Program ("ENP"). For those of you who are not familiar with the ENP Program, the UCPID pays off-duty Dallas Police Officers to patrol our community. Each month these officers provide extra security for our area, and the month of November was no exception. The officers working in our ENP Program have shown themselves to be conscientious and pro-active, and I wanted to publicly acknowledge their service. A "tip of the hat" to the men and women in blue.

 

The University Crossing community is diverse and dynamic, and I believe the interplay between our dynamism and diversity makes us special. It has been a pleasure working with such a special community this year, and I look forward to what 2017 holds! In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments please email us at:  info@universitycrossing.com.

 

Happy Holidays! I look forward to working with you in the new year.

 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director