April 2017 General 

Lake Highlands Update

RISD School Board Elections are set for May 6. Several candidate forums are currently slated:

  • April 6, 7 pm at Lake Highlands United Methodist Church, 9015 Plano Road. You may submit questions to be addressed here.
  • April 12, 7 pm at RISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville Avenue. You can read more about the forum here. Submit questions by email to voterservice@lwvrichardson.org.
  • April 20, 7 am at Diversicare of Lake Highlands Healthcare and Rehabilitation Clinic, 9009 White Rock Trail. This is the regular third Thursday meeting of the LH Chamber of Commerce. The public is invited.

Lake Highland Restaurant Week will be April 24 through April 30. The organization, Helping Lake Highlands created Lake Highland Restaurant Week with the support of the Lake Highlands Chamber of Commerce as a way to show support for local restaurants and to give back to the local non-profit community. Each participating restaurant is asked to donate 20% of their profits for the week to the following non-profits in Lake Highlands: Healing Hands Ministries, Pamper Lake Highlands, Feed Lake Highlands, and Forerunner Mentoring. To date participating restaurants include: Lake Highlands Creamery, MiCocina, Resident Taqueria, Shady’s Burgers & Brewhaha, Slim Chickens, and Top Golf. For an updated list of participating restaurants, check back here.

13th Annual Run the Highlands, April 29, 8:30 am. Registration begins at 7:30 am. This includes a Certified 5K Race, a Family Trail Walk, and Carnival hosted by the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League to benefit the Lake Highlands community. The race starts and finishes on Church Road in front of Lake Highlands High School. (Register) (Race map).

Forest-Audelia trouble spots. If you keep up with news reports of crime in Lake Highlands, you know that numerous incidents occur at the southwest corner of Forest Lane and Audelia. In an attempt to reduce the amount of criminal activities at that site, the City has filed a nuisance abatement lawsuit against the owner of the Bent Creek Shopping Center. The suit requests an injunction prohibiting the owner from maintaining the property as a common nuisance and a court order requiring the owner to prevent the use or maintenance of the property as a common nuisance. A common nuisance, for purposes of this suit, exists if a property owner maintains a place to which persons habitually go to engage in criminal activities and the owner fails to make reasonable attempts to abate the activity. You can read the pleading here.

North Lake Highlands PID. Our neighbors to the north are petitioning the City of Dallas  to create a new PID (Public Improvement District) to help address issues in the area that encompasses the Forest-Audelia area. The NLHPID will primarily cover the sector north of I-635, bordered by Audelia and Forest Lane. A PID partners with owners and occupiers of commercial property and multi-family property within a given area to improve quality of life within the respective PID’s boundaries. There are presently 12 PIDs in the City of Dallas (See map of PID sectors). The current Lake Highlands PID (created in 2008) covers the Skillman corridor in Lake Highlands, south of I-635 to the Skillman-Abrams intersection. (Map). Sixty-percent (60%) of the budget proposed for North Lake Highlands PID would go to enhance public safety. The rest of the funds would go to enhance community amenities, improve pubic area and promote the area for economic development. The PID is funded by owners of property within the North Lake Highlands PID who agree to pay an assessment on the value of their property. You can read the petition here.


Last month under the heading, New Single Family Rental Registration Program, the article contained a typo saying that “landlords with rental properties in the City of Dallas are not required to register their properties.” (Emphasis added). This should have read, “landlords with rental properties in the City of Dallas are now required to register their properties.” Additional information can be found in the City’s Registration Information Pamphlet.

In retail news . . .

Roma’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant is moving to 7033 Greenville Ave. (formerly Frank’s Taco Grill) on May 1.

The Sprouts Farmers Market at the Lake Highlands Town Center is set to open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 3. They will be hiring more than 100 new employees, including managers, clerks, cashiers, receivers and other help. If you are interested in applying for a job, visit their website here.

Neighbor’s Casual Kitchen is under new ownership. The new owners are a group of friends and families that grew up in Lake Highlands. They will be announcing food & bar menu changes and upcoming events on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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