Progress of Economic Development in Lake Highlands. On May 2, Councilman, Adam McGough, hosted a State of the District and “Year in Review” Celebration for the entire Lake Highlands community to look back at accomplishments in District 10 and look ahead to the future of our community. At the event, a model of the proposed bridge over IH635 at Skillman was displayed.
Also available for viewing was a diagram of the Lake Highland’s Town Center showing planned establishments including Spouts Farmer’s Market, Fish City Grill, Jersey Mike’s, Taco Diner, Starbucks, Yogurtland, and Hollywood Feed. By the way, Sprouts is now OPEN!
Progress in Crime Reduction. At his State of the District address, McGough also shared an improvement in the high-crime areas. The Greenville/LBJ and Forest Audelia areas have been among the city’s top ten TAAGs (Targeted Area Action Grids), or high crime areas. They are now below the top ten, though still in the top 15.
Richardson ISD News. As a result of the recent school board elections, of the three spots up for election, incumbents Kristin Kuhne and Justin Bono retained their spots. Newcomer, Karen Clardy, will fill Place 3. In other school-related news, RISD is selling the plot of land at White Rock Trail and Walnut Hill it purchased in 2016 for a new elementary school intended to address overcrowding in the White Rock area. Instead, White Rock Elementary will be expanded.
Congrats to Hamilton Park. On May 13, our neighbors to the west received an official Texas Historical Marker designation that stands on the grounds of Hamilton Park Pacesetter Magnet Elementary. The neighborhood was Dallas’s first suburban single-family housing development for African-American families. The need arose due to a housing shortage experienced by African-Americans attributable to the construction of Love Field municipal airport in a traditionally black community and the racial violence in south Dallas in the 1940s and 50s. You can read the message on the historical marker here.
Audelia Road Library looking for volunteers. The library is seeking Book Buddies to help kids in grades 2 through 5 maintain and improve reading skills over the summer. Such volunteers must be 14 years of age or older and available every Tuesday and Thursday 1 pm – 2 pm from June 12 to August 6. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-671-9206.
Sundays in the Park last concert of season. Sunday’s in the Park is a free concert series hosted by the Lake Highland Public Improvement District at the Watercrest Park in Lake Highlands Town Center. The next one is June 4, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Music will be provided by Remedy, playing a variety of your favorite hits. Butcher’s Son and Kona Ice food trucks will be on site.
Other Retail News
The Hill Shopping Center, another new development near Lake Highlands, on Walnut Hill on the east side of Central Expressway, is taking shape. The anchor, TreeHouse, an eco-friendly home improvement store, is set to open in June. Other new establishments to the shopping center include Tacodeli, to open this fall, Hat Creek Burger, Unleavened Kitchen and Luna Grill.
Congrats to The Varsity Grill! On May 17, 2017, City Councilman Adam McGough, on behalf of himself, the Mayor and Dallas City Council, extended Special Recognition to Thom Turnock and The Varsity Grill “in appreciation of its Eighth Anniversary, and eight years of outstanding service to the communities of Lake Highlands.” Thom opened The Varsity Grill in 2010. He is recognized for his service to this community, support of local schools, good food and quality customer experience.