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