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.
UCPID Executive Director