July News from the UCPID


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