November/December Note from the Executive Director

A note from the Patrick Sanders, University Crossing PID Executive Director:

As the weather cooled down, November and December ramped up! 

Did you know that it's been one year since the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge was opened to the public. We love reflecting on how so many people have enjoyed the bridge. We also like to note the improvement in pedestrian safety since the bridge's opening.

To assist our community and ensure maintenance on the bridge remains current, the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") maintains close contacts with the City of Dallas ("City"). To that end, please contact us if you have any suggestions on how to improve the Bridge' experience, particularly as it relates to maintenance and security.

As noted last month, the UCPID Board of Directors approved funding of a Design Plan, for installation of pedestrian lighting along the portion of the trail that runs through our community. With the advent of our "Kick-Off" meeting, in September, the Design Plan is now underway, and we hope to have it completed in early 2019. The UCPID will provide updates to the community as this project proceeds.

We have exciting news about the pedestrian and bike trail in University Crossing! The pedestrian trail, running through our community, is now designated the University Crossing Trail ("UCT"). For reference, the UCT runs from Glencoe Park in the south, to SMU Blvd. in the north, and Skillman St. to the east. Also, to reflect the name change, the UCPID has replaced the trail markers along the trail. The trail markers now read "UCT". Furthermore, the UCPID is currently developing additional amenities for the UCT, and we hope to provide you with an update in the near future.

Additionally, I encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs. We would love you to join us for Music on Mockingbird. The UCPID, SMU Meadows School and Mockingbird Station sponsor live music every Saturday evening, at 6pm, at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika Theater

We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer will 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to the community. We designed the guide to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, please let us know.

Finally, I encourage you to use the bike share program developed by Mockingbird Station and the UCPID. These bikes are free for the first three (3) hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network, before the three (3) hours is up, the clock will reset. Stations are located near: 1) the Highland Hotel (along the trial); 2) Mockingbird Station; 3) 6060 Building; 4) the Shelby (near Twisted Root); and the Meadows Building. For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.
 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

patrick@universitycrossing.com

October Update - Neighborhood News

A Note from Patrick Sanders, UCPID Executive Director
October 2018

It's October and time to make your pumpkin patch, Halloween and festival plans! It's a good thing you can get ALL of this in your University Crossing neighborhood! Stop by Central Market on Lovers Lane or Kroger to pick up your perfect pumpkin, grab a Halloween costume at Uptown Cheapskate and stop by the Mockingbird Music Festival at Mockingbird Station on Friday nights in October.

The pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane ("Bridge") is a tremendous asset for the University Crossing community, and I hope everyone has enjoyed it.  Serving as an advocate for our community, the University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") maintains close contact with the City of Dallas ("City"). To that end, please contact us if you have any suggestions on how to improve your experience on the Bridge, particularly as it relates to maintenance and security.

As noted last month, the UCPID Board of Directors funded a Design Plan for pedestrian lighting along the portion of the trail that runs through our community. In September, we hosted a "Kick-off" meeting with our engineering consultant, City officials, TXDOT, Oncor and several UCPID Board members to outline any development obstacles. This is an exciting step for pedestrian lighting in our community, and the UCPID will provide updates as the project proceeds.

Welcome to the University Crossing Trail! The UCPID is proud to announce a name change, for the trail in our community!  Last month, Dallas Park and Rec formally changed the name of the trail, from the Ridgewood Trail to the University Crossing Trail.  The name change will only affect the portion of the trail that runs from Glencoe Park in the south, to SMU Blvd. in the north, and Skillman St. to the east.  As part of the name change, the UCPID will replace the trail markers, in the affected area, and we will examine other improvements we can add to the trail. We would like to thank City staff for their assistance with the name change and we are grateful for their partnership.

We continue to provide ongoing maintenance to our neighborhood. To reduce litter in our community, the UCPID installed three (3) new custom trash receptacles, along SMU Blvd. Furthermore, at the UCPID's request, DART installed an additional trash receptacle, along Mockingbird Ln., to help reduce litter along the street. The UCPID appreciates DART's timely response to our request, and we hope these receptacles will help reduce litter in our community.

We encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs. For example, The UCPID sponsors live music every Saturday evening, at 6pm, at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika Theater with the Music on Mockingbird program.  

The UCPID also offers a Lunch & Learn program, where a Dallas Police officer can visit your residence or 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.  Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learnprogram, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens.  This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as:  When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit.  If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, please let us know.

The fall weather is a perfect for you to take advantage of the UCPID bike share program developed by Mockingbird Station and the UCPID. These bikes are free for the first three (3) hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network, before the three (3) hours is up, the clock will reset. Stations are located near: 

1) the Highland Hotel (along the trial); 

2) Mockingbird Station; 

3) 6060 Building; 

4) the Shelby (near Twisted Root); and 

5) the Meadows Building

For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.
 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

SEPTEMBER UPDATE FROM UCPID EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

A Note from Patrick Sanders, UCPID Executive Director

I cannot believe it is fall already! August and September have been very busy, and there are some updates I would like to share.

As the weather cools down, we hope everyone is still enjoying our amazing asset in the the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane. The University Crossing Public Improvement District maintains close contacts with the City of Dallas to ensure we are up to date on all construction activities. Please contact us if you have any suggestions on how to improve your experience at the Bridge, particularly as it relates to maintenance and security.

Last month, the UCPID Board of Directors approved the funding for a Pedestrian Lighting Design Plan along the trail that runs through our community. This Design Plan is an essential first step for installing lighting along the trail. Once it is completed, the Design Plan should indicate the precise location of the new light fixtures, as well as, the type of fixtures that will need to be used. As the UCPID moves forward with this project, we will keep the community informed of our progress.

Additionally, to reduce litter in our community, the UCPID has purchased three new custom trash receptacles. These receptacles will be installed at strategic locations along SMU Blvd., and we anticipate the installation will be complete by the first of October.

I encourage you to take part in the UCPID's ongoing programs. For example, the Music on Mockingbird program, created and sponsored by the UCPID, Mockingbird Station and the SMU Meadows School of the Arts. Come and listen to live music on Saturday evenings, at 6pm, at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika Theater

The UCPID also offers a 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. 

Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens. This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, please let us know.

We've had great feedback from property owners who have hosted Lunch and Learn programs for their employees. Most recently, a Dallas Police Officer, who works part time for the UCPID, presented safety tips and offered "Best Practices", on a wide range of issues. The property owner was so impressed with the presentation, they requested the officer return and provide a thorough inspection of the property. As a follow up, the police officer conducted a Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) inspection. The CPTED inspection was provided free of charge, and it should help better secure this property and prevent future incidents.

We hope you are using the bike share program developed by Mockingbird Station and the UCPID. The bikes are free for the first three (3) hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network, before the three (3) hours is up, the clock will reset. Stations are located near: 

1) The Highland Hotel (along the trial); 

2) Mockingbird Station

3) 6060 Building

4) The Shelby (near Twisted Root); 

5) The Meadows Building


For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.
 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

August Update from UCPID Executive Director

 

A Note from Patrick Sanders, UCPID Executive Director

August 2018

August certainly brings the heat and I hope everyone is staying cool out there! July was a busy month for the University Crossing neighborhood, and there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane ("Bridge") is continuing to be a tremendous asset for the University Crossing community, and I hope everyone has had an opportunity to enjoy it. The University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID") maintains close contacts with the City of Dallas ("City") to ensure the bridge is being maintained properly. To that end, please contact us if you have any suggestions on how to improve the Bridge experience, particularly as it relates to maintenance and security.

During July, the UCPID has been preparing its annual budget. The new fiscal year, for 2019, begins on October 1st, and the UCPID is required to submit a proposed budget to the City. The new budget helps us allocate our resources for the new year based on the UCPID's priorities, such as: expanded security, utilizing our Expanded Neighborhood Patrol ("ENP") program; capital improvements, with an emphasis on public safety; and cultural programming, such as public art and live music.

The UCPID has also reviewed a proposal for a Design Plan, related to the installation of new pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing trail. To implement this project, the UCPID continues to partner with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation ("Park & Rec"). During the fall, we hope to implement this Design Plan and consult with Park & Rec. to finalize the details of this project.

I encourage you to take part in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs! 

  • Music on Mockingbird LIVE music program: The UCPID sponsors live music every Friday evening, at 6pm at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika Theater. 
  • Lunch & Learn program: 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. 
  • UCPID Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens. This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, for your home or business, please let us know.

Please get outside and enjoy the UCPID bike share program developed by Mockingbird Station and the UCPID. These bikes are free for the first three (3) hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network, before the three (3) hours is up, the clock will reset. Stations are located near: 1) the The Highland Dallas (along the trial); 2) Mockingbird Station; 3) 6060 Building; 4) the Shelby (near Twisted Root); and the Meadows Building. For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

July News from the UCPID

A NOTE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

July 2018

We have kicked off summer! May and June were exciting and busy months. Here are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide an update on the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane ("Bridge"). The University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPD"), maintains close contact with the City of Dallas ("City"), regarding Bridge maintenance. To that end, I am excited to report that the City has completed installation of the lit handrails, along the Bridge. These handrails now light up at night, and they not only provide valuable lighting, but they look great! I hope everyone gets a chance to enjoy them!

On June 14, we hosted our Annual Property Owners Meeting at The Highland Hotel Dallas and presented a review of UCPID activity throughout the past year. You can view the presentation here. A very special Thank You to The Highland Dallas for hosting and to Paul Ward, General Counsel of SMU for providing an wonderful talk on SMU's history and growth. 

Additionally, in May, the UCPID completed some important improvement projects in our community. These projects included: 1) replanting portions of SMU Blvd. along the sidewalk and medians. Specifically, "Knockout" Roses were removed, which had become infected, and were replaced by Red Yucca, which is drought resistant; and 2) repaintingthe crosswalks at Lovers Ln. & Greenville Ave., as well as, University & Greenville Ave., as part of our larger commitment to improve pedestrian safety.

Also, the UCPID continues to partner with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation ("Park & Rec") on installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which runs through our community. Recently, the UCPID met with representatives from Park & Rec and TXDOT to discuss a funding program for this project. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

I encourage you to participate in some of the UCPID's ongoing programs. For example, the UCPID  sponsors the LIVE music Fridays at 6pm at Mockingbird Station with 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, please contact us at the email below. 

Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to our community. This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, for your home or business, please let us know.

Finally, I want to encourage you to use the bike share program developed by Mockingbird Station and the UCPID. These bikes are free for the first THREE hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network, before the 3 hours is up, the clock will reset. Stations are located near: 1)The Highland Dallas (along the trial); 2) Mockingbird Station; 3) 6060 Building; 4) the Shelby residences (near Twisted Root); and the Meadows Building. For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.
 

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

May News from the UCPID Executive Director

To the University Crossing community, happy spring! April was a busy month in our neighborhood, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide an update on the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane ("Bridge"). The University Crossing Public Improvement District ("UCPID"), maintains close contact with the City of Dallas ("City"), regarding Bridge maintenance. To that end, the City has begun installing illuminated hand rails along large portions of the Bridge, and the City hopes to have this installation completed by early May. (Note: In previous Director's Notes I indicated that the handrails were LED. While the hand rails will be illumined, they are not LED lights).

Additionally, in April, the UCPID was involved in several new projects. These projects included: 

1) we contracted to replant portions of SMU Blvd., along the sidewalk and medians, to beautify the area; 

2) we executed a maintenance contract to maintain a larger portion of the University Crossing trail, between SMU Blvd. and Twin Sixties St.; 

3) we contracted to install new pedestrian push buttons and countdown timers at the intersection of Mockingbird Ln. and Matilda, in an effort to improve pedestrian safety; and

4) we contracted to repaint the crosswalks at Lovers Ln. & Greenville Ave., as well as, University & Greenville Ave., in an effort to improve pedestrian safety.

Also, the UCPID continues to partner with the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation ("Park & Rec") on installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which runs through our community. Recently, the UCPID met with representatives from Park & Rec and TXDOT to discuss a funding program for this project. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Regarding current programs, I 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 evening, at 6pm, at Mockingbird Station near the Angelika Theater. We also encourage you to take advantage of our Lunch & Learnprogram, 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens. This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: When to Call 911, Crime Watch Tips, Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, for your home or business, please let us know.

Finally, as noted last month, the UCPID completed installation of bike stations, throughout our community. These bikes are free for the first three (3) hours of riding, and if you return the bike to any station in this network before the three (3) hours is up, the clock will reset. For more information about where the stations are located and how to use these bikes, you can visit our landing page at: http://bike.zagster.com/mockingbirducpid/.

Thank you for your support, and if you have any suggestions on how to improve our community, I welcome your input.

Patrick Sanders, Executive Director, UCPID

info@universitycrossing.com
 

Welcome to University Crossing! Brined Southern Kitchen

While we'll miss Mezze Tapas in Mockingbird Station, we are excited a new southern kitchen concept is slated to take its place this summer. 

Transforming the space to evoke an elegant farmhouse feel, Brined Southern Kitchen will serve deviled eggs, chicken and biscuits, chicken and waffles and other comfort food staples. The menu will also nod to Mezze, featuring in-house cured meats and the former tenant's popular seafood bowl. 

You can see more about the exciting new menu here.

April Update from UCPID Executive Directior

To the University Crossing community, happy spring! March was a busy month, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide an update on the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane (Bridge). The University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) maintains close contact with the City of Dallas (City) in regards to Bridge maintenance. To that end, the City indicates that LED-lit hand rails should be installed along the Bridge sometime in April. Once installed, this railing will be a fantastic addition to the Bridge. This Bridge is not the only important connection in our community. Another important connection is the University Crossing Trail. The UCPID hopes citizens can take advantage of these great connectors.

Additionally, the UCPID completed installation of four (4) bike stations, which have been installed at the following locations: 1) east of the Highland Residences, along the trail; 2) near the entrance of the 6060 Building; 3) near the Shelby Residences along SMU Blvd.; and 4) near the entrance to the Meadows Building next to the Lovers Lane DART stop. The UCPID stations are networked with two (2) stations at Mockingbird Station for a total of six (6) stations in the area. The UCPID is grateful to Mockingbird Station for initiating this program and to the property owners who consented to have stations on their properties. We hope this bike network can help provide an alternative form of transportation to all the citizens who live, work, or visit our community.

The UCPID continues to partner with the Park & Rec. on installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which 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.

Furthermore, in an ongoing effort to promote the arts in our community, the UCPID was proud to collaborate with 101.1FM, DART, SMU University, Mockingbird Station, and Bridge the Gap Chamber Players to bring "Bach in the Subways" to our community. Musicians performed at Mockingbird Station in tribute to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The performances were inspiring, the crowd was enthusiastic, and the UCPID hopes to facilitate similar programs going forward.

I also 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 evening 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens. This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: when to call 911, crime watch tips, pedestrian & bicycle safety, and how to obtain a Criminal Trespass Affidavit. If you would like a copy of the Resource Guide, for your home or business, please let us know.

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

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

Community Event! Spring Ride 2018

After months of preparation and consultation with the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) board of directors, the UCPID has chosen Zagster to install four new bike stations on the University Crossing trail and throughout the neighborhood. The UCPID chose to install the docked bike stations to provide those living, working and visiting the area with a safe and convenient way to ride the trail and securely return the bikes to an appropriate docking station. (Note:  By selecting the Zagster link, you will be directed to a landing page which will provide you with:  a map showing the bike stations, price information, and an instructional video which explains how to use the bikes).

Through a public/private partnership with The Highland, The Shelby, Energy Square and the 6060 Building, the Zagster docking stations will be located on these properties in the University Crossing neighborhood. The UCPID is the first of Dallas' PIDs to invest in this type of alternative transportation. Further, the UCPID has allowed for the first three hours free for bikers using the service.

The bike stations have been installed, and are available to the public for use on Friday, March 23. We are planning a group ride and neighborhood celebration on Friday, March 23 from 4pm – 6pm.

Following the ride, we have partnered with WRR 101.1 to host a special Music on Mockingbird. WRR 101.1 will be presenting Bach in the Subway with the SMU Meadows School of the Arts Bridge the Gap Chamber Players at Mockingbird station beginning at 5:30pm after the Spring Ride on Friday.

The ride and Music on Mockingbird are FREE and open to riders and classical music fans of all ages!

March Update from the UCPID Executive Director

To the University Crossing community, February was a busy month, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide an update on the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane (Bridge).  The University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) maintains close contact with the city of Dallas (City) regarding Bridge maintenance. To that end, in addition to the "up lighting" that illuminates the support beams and the "down lighting" that illuminates the sidewalk, the City will install LED lit hand rails along the Bridge. The City indicates that the railing should be installed in the next few weeks. Another important connection in our community is the University Crossing Trail, which runs north to SMU Boulevard, south to Glencoe Park, and east across the DART line to Skillman Avenue. The UCPID hopes citizens can take advantage of both of these great connectors.

Additionally, as previously noted, the UCPID executed a contract with a bike share company to install bike stations at strategic locations throughout our community. To that end, the first of four stations has been installed behind the Highland Hotel, next to the University Crossing Trail. We anticipate the remaining three stations will be installed by mid-March. Unlike "Dockless Bikes," our bikes are designed to be left at either a docking station or a bike rack. We hope this bike network can help provide an alternative form of transportation to all the citizens who live, work, or visit our community.

The UCPID continues to partner with the Park & Rec. on the installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which 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.

Regarding programming opportunities, 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 evening 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens.  This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: when to call 911, crime watch tips, pedestrian & bicycle safety, and how to obtain a criminal trespass affidavit. Please let us know if you would like a copy of the Resource Guide for your home or business.

Finally, working with the City and TXDOT, the UCPID financed the installation of a Radar Feedback sign along NBFR 75 near the Highland Residences. This sign was installed after a traffic study was conducted, which showed excessive speeding along this portion of the access road. The sign is designed to show drivers their speed and remind them that they are traveling in 35 mph zone. We hope this helps slow traffic in our community.

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

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

February Update from the UCPID Executive Director

To the University Crossing community, I hope everyone is staying warm out there! January was a busy month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide an update on the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane (Bridge).  After the opening, the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID), continues to stay in close contact with the City of Dallas (City) regarding Bridge maintenance. To that end, over the last week the City has now turned on the Bridge lighting. There is "up lighting" to illuminate the support beams and "down lighting" to illuminate the sidewalk below. The City also intends to install LED hand rails along the Bridge in the spring. This Bridge is not only an important connection to the Katy Trail, it also connects to the new University Crossing Trail, which runs north to SMU Boulevard., south to Glencoe Park and east across the DART line, to Skillman Avenue. 

Additionally, as noted last month, the UCPID executed a contract with a bike-share company to install bike stations at strategic locations throughout our community. A Site Survey was conducted to ensure these stations are installed in the proper locations with the consent of the relevant property owners. The survey confirms the location of these stations as well as the type of station and the number of bikes available at each station. Unlike "Dockless Bikes," which are prevalent throughout our area, our bikes can only be left at a docking stations or a bike rack. We hope this bike network can help provide an alternative form of transportation to the citizens who live, work and visit our community. We expect the "roll out" to occur sometime this month.

The UCPID continues to partner with the Park & Rec. on the installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which runs through our community. To that end, the UCPID has obtained bids related to the cost of this project. Over the next few months, UCPID and Park & Rec. will use these bids to develop a funding program to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Katy Trail. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Regarding programming opportunities, 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 evening 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens.  This guide is designed to provide "Helpful Hints" related to such topics as: when to call 911, crime watch tips, pedestrian & bicycle safety, and how to obtain a criminal trespass affidavit. Please let us know if you would like a copy of the Resource Guide for your home or business.

Finally, the UCPID plans to collaborate with City to identify public spaces for art. We will update you as the program develops.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to our continued partnership.
Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

January Update from UCPID Executive Director

 

A Note from the Executive Director

January 2018

Happy New Year to the University Crossing community! December was an exciting month in University Crossing, and as such, there are some updates I would like to share.

To begin, I would like to provide some updates related to the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane (Bridge). After the Bridge opening, the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) continues to stay in close contact with the City of Dallas (City). To that end, the City has indicated that the Bridge should be well lit by the beginning of 2018. There will be "up lighting" to illuminate the support beams and "down lighting" to illuminate the sidewalk below. The City also intends to install LED hand rails along the Bridge. This installation is expected to be completed in the spring. Also, please note that this Bridge is not just an important connection to the Katy Trail. The Bridge also connects to the new University Crossing Trail, which runs north to SMU Boulevard, south to Glencoe Park and east across the DART line to Skillman Avenue. 

Additionally, in an effort to improve the quality of life of the citizens we serve, the UCPID has created a contract with a bike share company to install bike stations at strategic locations throughout our community. Unlike "Dockless Bikes," which are prevalent throughout our area, our bikes can only be left at a docking station or a bike rack. We hope this bike network can help provide an alternative form of transportation to the citizens who live, work and visit our community. We expect the "roll out" to occur sometime in February.

The UCPID continues to partner with Park & Rec. on installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which runs through our community. To that end, the UCPID has obtained bids related to the cost of this project. Over the next few months, UCPID and Park & Rec. will use these bids to develop a funding program to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Katy Trail. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Regarding programming opportunities, 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 evening 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. Furthermore, to supplement our Lunch & Learn program, the UCPID has developed a Resource Guide, which is free to all citizens.  This guide is designed to provide "helpful hints" related to such topics as: when to call 911, crime watch tips, pedestrian & bicycle safety, and how to obtain a criminal trespass affidavit. Please let us know if you would like a copy of the Resource Guide for your home or business.

Finally, as part of our ongoing effort to serve our community, the UCPID is collaborating with the City to identify public spaces that can be utilized for future art projects. We will update you as the programs develop.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to our continued partnership in the new year.

Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

December Update from UCPID Exdecutive Director

To begin, the pedestrian bridge over Mockingbird Lane (Bridge), is now open to the public! To commemorate this historic event, the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) partnered with the City of Dallas to host the official "Ribbon Cutting" ceremony on November 4th, as well as a community celebration on November 6th. This Bridge is not only an important connection to the Katy Trail, it also extends the new University Crossing Trail, which runs north to SMU Boulevard, and east across the DART line to Skillman Avenue. In short, it is a fantastic addition to our community, and I hope everyone will be able to enjoy it!

Additionally, in an effort to improve the quality of life of the citizens we serve, the UCPID partnered with other community stakeholders to provide some enhancements to our area. Specifically, the UCPID purchased a new Pet Waste Station, which was installed by the City of Dallas, Park & Recreation Department (Park & Rec) near the southern entrance of the new Bridge. Furthermore, the UCPID financed the installation of security fencing near a location known for criminal activity. The financing of this fencing incorporates the principal of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), by utilizing fencing to neutralize a nexus for criminal activity.

Also, the UCPID continues to partner with the Park & Rec on installation of pedestrian lighting along the University Crossing Trail, which 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.

Regarding programming opportunities, I want to encourage you all 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 evening at Mockingbird Station. After hearing about Music on Mockingbird, a local classical radio station contacted the UCPID and would like to partner with us in the spring in an effort to promote classical music throughout the metroplex. We will keep you posted as this collaboration develops. 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 & Learnat 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, the UCPID is collaborating with the City of Dallas to identify public spaces that can be utilized for future art projects. We will update you as these programs develop.

Thank you for your support. I look forward to our continued partnership.
Patrick Sanders
UCPID Executive Director

University Crossing Trail and Bridge Over Mockingbird is Open

Pedestrian Trail and Bridge over Mockingbird Lane Opens to Public

University Crossing Community Welcomes New Statement Bridge Completing Trail Connection from Downtown to White Rock Lake

 DALLAS – November 2, 2017 – The University Crossing Public Improvement District, City of Dallas Park and Recreation and City of Dallas Department of Public Works today announced the opening of the pedestrian trail and bridge over Mockingbird Lane. The statement bridge over Mockingbird Lane and trail are the final pieces that connect Downtown Dallas to White Rock Lake with a continuous pedestrian and bicycle access.

“The completion of the bridge is another pivotal addition to the growing urban landscape of Dallas and highlights the successful partnership that happens when cities, counties and state agencies recognize the importance of connecting neighborhoods through urban trails.   The Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge connects our great city through its creative and innovative design, offering a safe and convenient pathway for all to enjoy,” said Willis C. Winter, FAIA, Director, Dallas Park and Recreation Department.

The new University Crossing trail extension will begin in Glencoe Park and traverse over the new 6060 Bridge and through the University Crossing neighborhood until it connects with the Skillman Ave. Bridge. The University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID) will be adding additional lighting along the trail for increased safety which will be completed in 2018.

"The opening of both the bridge and the University Crossing Trail marks an exciting new chapter in our communities history, and to that end, the University Crossing Public Improvement District welcomes the opportunity to serve our community, in new and exciting ways,” said Patrick Sanders, executive director for the University Crossing Public Improvement District (UCPID).

 

A community event to celebrate the bridge opening is planned for Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9am – 11am in Glencoe Park and from 10am – 1pm in Mockingbird Station. Bridge champion, Angela Hunt and “Bike Czar”, Jared White will be in attendance to lead a community bike ride across the bridge. In addition, City of Dallas departments such as the Office of Cultural Affairs, Public Works and City Hall on the Go will be at the event to help celebrate the new bridge and trail extension.

ABOUT UNIVERSITY CROSSING:

University Crossing is a vibrant neighborhood consisting of more than 200 dynamic businesses and organizations including, shops, restaurants, arts attraction and more – all thriving within a 122-acre radius defined by certain borders of North Central Expressway (US 75), Mockingbird Lane, Greenville Avenue and Lovers Lane. For more information visit www.universitycrossing.com.

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November Update from UCPID Director, Patrick Sanders

Greetings to the University Crossing community! October was a busy month in University Crossing, 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 nearing substantial completion. In October, the City of Dallas worked on the final stage of the Bridge, which included safety measures such as railings and lighting. To commemorate the Bridge's completion, the City and the University Crossing Public Improvement District  have finalized plans for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ribbon cutting will occur on November 2nd, and this will mark the formal opening of the Bridge. The ribbon cutting will be followed by a community celebration on November 4th, which is open to the public. Details of these celebrations have been sent to the UCPID community contact list. If you would like an update on the Bridge construction prior to the ceremony, you can view the time lapse photos of the Bridge by visiting our website at: www.universitycrossingbridge.com.

Additionally, as noted last month, the UCPID Board of Directors approved capital improvements along Mockingbird Lane. The area of focus were the planters between Mockingbird Station and Matilda. I am pleased to report that this project has been completed and to that end, all six planters, between Mockingbird Station and Matilda, have been replanted.  Additionally, the planters were also repainted. The UCPID Board of Directors hopes you enjoy this beautification of our community!

The UCPID continues to partner with the Park & Recreation Department on the 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. The UCPID and Park & Rec. will use these bids over the next few months to develop a funding program to install the light fixtures along this portion of the Kay Trail. The UCPID will provide updates as this program progresses.

Regarding programming opportunities, 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. In an effort to promote the arts in our area, the UCPID is collaborating with the City of Dallas to identify public spaces that can be utilized for future art projects. We will update you as these programs develop.

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

University Crossing Community Event

On Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, from 9am - 11am, we will be celebrating the opening of the Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge and Trail at Glencoe Park and Mockingbird Station. Please join us for a community bike ride at 9am and enjoy food, fun and more in Glencoe Park and in Mockingbird Station in the University Crossing neighborhood. 

Several City of Dallas Departments including City Hall on the Go, Animal Services, Dallas Police and Fire, etc., will be at the event!

Please email info@universitycrossing.com should you have any questions or visit www.universitycrossing.com

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, Nov. 4 in Glencoe Park!

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