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City Council Meeting - Oct. 18 - approval of "Park Plaza" project

The City Council has approved an ordinance for the redevelopment of property where the old Chase Bank building sits.  The vote was 4 to 1.  The so-called Park Plaza project involves the demolition of the existing building on the corner of Hillcrest and Daniel, and the construction of a mixed-use development, featuring office space, retail shops and restaurants.  

The ordinance caps the development at 119,000 square feet, down from the previously proposed 127,880 square feet. The ordinance stipulates the office tower can not exceed 86 feet in height, a reduction from the recently proposed height of 95 feet. The building will feature six stories, reduced from a proposed seven stories.

The project will have 626 total parking spaces, with 136 spaces at or above-grade and 490 below-grade for tenants.  The ordinance calls for the development to have 150 parking spaces on the grade and above-grade levels that will be free-of-charge for the first hour. There will be a $3 charge for each hour or part of an hour after that.  The maximum height of the western elevated portion of the parking garage will be 31 feet on both Daniel and Haynie sides of the project.

When the Planning and Zoning Commission approved the project on July 12 the office tower had a maximum height of 114 feet, was seven stories and totaled 127,880 square feet..  

Council Meeting Video.  Discussion on the Park Plaza project begins at the 7-and-a-half minute mark.  

Park Plaza Ordinance - adopted Oct. 18

Source:  uptexas.org

 

 

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UPDATE:

I wanted to respond to the many inquiries regarding the accident that occurred this morning in the Park Cities, at Stanford and Douglas.  From what I have gathered a father and daughter, riding a moped together, were involved in a collision with a vehicle.  Both the father and daughter were transported to area hospitals and were not seriously injured. 

Good news!  

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If you haven't noticed, zoning changes in our neighborhood always seem to be met with a wide variety of opinions. As a University Park resident, I have seen it with my own eyes for the past 22 years — from the Park Cities Baptist Church expansion to the new YMCA building.

Regarding the Snider Plaza Proposal, regardless if you are pro or con on the issue, make plans to attend tonight's meeting at UP City Hall. The City Council Meeting is tonight at 5 p.m.

 

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I just got off the phone with yet another reader who wanted us to take down an article because it expressed an opinion they did not agree with. I'm sorry, but we are not Fox News or MSNBC, and we do not cater our news to a specific audience as many major news sources do. Heads up — your favorite cable news outlets provide "silos" of news and don't expose you to new or alternative ideas. We are not cable news! BubbleLife is unique; as a local publication, we foster communication with news from a variety of sources and community contributions. 

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"Transformations" by Jimmy Smathers Add this to your reading list!

A few months, ago a family friend, Jimmy Smathers, asked me to read the manuscript of his book, "Transformations." Firstly, I didn't know he could write, and secondly, I couldn't imagine that Jimmy could crank out a book. Surprise, surprise - I couldn't put it down! I read it in one sitting. If you are looking for a book that will keep you glued to it, buy Transformations now! But, if you don't believe me, click here to read some of the reviews.  

Here is a summary of "Transformations" from Amazon: 

Successful Minneapolis CEO Helen Warner is desperate to escape her past. A close friend and travel agent convinces her that the best place to drop out of sight for a while is on a little island in the Bahamas. Because time is of the essence, the Agency charters a jet to take Helen there. Veterinarian Jackson Andrews is also fleeing from a recent staggering event in his life. Flying his private plane from Orlando to the small Bahama Island of Walkers Cay, he checks into the only hotel on the island and contemplates his options. These two individuals, each burdened with their own shocking personal secrets, take desperate precautions to protect their privacy. But while they try to remain aloof, they are intrinsically drawn to each other like moths to a flame. Could the crisis in their lives actually weld them together and provide trust, affection and a possible solution to their problems?

About the Author and my dear friend, Jimmy Smathers:

Jimmy (James Foley Smathers) is a former United States Marine Corps Officer and Vietnam combat veteran. He is a graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. He and his wife reside in Central Florida where he breeds, trains and raises Golden Retrievers. 

 
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Having two children 15 years apart, I never thought they would be such great buddies. Pokémon Go has helped bridge the age gap and provided a little bit of exercise, too! My 24-year-old son swings by after work every evening to pick up my 9-year-old son for Pokémon Go hunting. Last night, they cruised through SMU on a search for PokéStops and Pokémon Go gyms.

This survey was their idea — they are looking for the best local Pokémon hunting grounds!

Help us find the best places to catch Pokémon in your community!

Find your community below, then look for the "Best Of" menu choice on the left-hand side of the page to see our current "Best Place to Play Pokémon Go" survey. You can easily switch between communities to see the favorites in other areas.

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  1. Addison
  2. Allen
  3. Arlington
  4. Bedford
  5. Carrollton
  6. Cedar Hill
  7. Colleyville
  8. Coppell
  9. Corinth
  10. Dallas Uptown & Arts District
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These results are from our entire DFW network of 64 communities and proved to be an interesting sampling.

  • 18.71 percent voted for Trump
  • 17.72 percent voted for Clinton
  • 12.27 percent voted for Cruz
  • 12.27 percent voted for Rubio
  •  5.58  percent voted for Sanders
  •  4.46  percent voted for Bush

We had several other responses:

  • Absolutely none of the above
  • Anyone but Trump
  • Tough question, none of the candidates are worth placing into office
  • How can we have an angry, selfish person like Trump represent our country?
 
 
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Did you know BubbleLife has free classified ads?  

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To get started, you should know that your local community has an email newsletter and an online news website.  

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Mac Farris and his babies!

Last week, I stumbled across PetBar on Asbury (at Hillcrest across from the old New York Subs.)  

It's a self service dog wash with large stainless steel tubs, shampoo, aprons, brushes, and professional dryers for washing & grooming your dog yourself. They also have full service dog washing and grooming services.  

So guess who had their hair done? As soon as I made the discovery, I cruised home, picked up Mac, our hairy Golden Retriever and dropped him off for the full service grooming option. He had his hair trimmed, a conditioning bath, toe nails clipped and an extra "de-shedding" service to have him looking his best for the holidays. They did a fabulous job and I highly recommend them.

I plan to use the self service option too, as it truly is a beating to wash Mac in the shower. It's worth it not to have him run and shake all over the house when he gets out!  

Visit their website for more detail. 

 

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John S. Bradfield's Granddaughter Says YES to New Schools

By Kirk Dooley

 

Before Friday’s high school football game between Highland Park and Mesquite at Highlander Stadium, I plan on polishing off a hot dog and a drink in my

seat before I go back downstairs to vote.

This early voting option is wonderful. I plan on voting in the big HPISD bond election anyway, and I’ll already be at the game, so I can conveniently cast my ballot while basking under the Friday night lights.

Gage Prichard and Doug Thompson are heading up the HPISD Facilities Committee, made up of 21 community leaders. They researched the district needs for a year before giving the board of trustees their recommendation for the bond proposal. The committee divided into three sub-committees ­– HP High School (chaired by Jenifer Cody), MIS/HPMS (chaired by Jerry Grable) and elementary schools (chaired by Lee Wagner). These groups have done an admirable job of reaching out to the community to explain the school district needs.

In the heat of the campaign, two impressive young moms have bubbled up from the elementary school level and have made a huge difference in the outcome of this bond election. Maryjane Bonfield and Blythe Koch, two members of the Facilities Committee, each have three young children. Maryjane is an attorney and Blythe is a bank analyst. They both went to HPISD schools and met back up at Vanderbilt University. Today, as parents and as young professionals, they knew that the various aspects of the bond needed to be explained clearly and completely to voters in the school district.

They created an impressive power-point presentation and presented it to the Park Cities Republican Women’s Club. That led to other requests and they have now spoken to more than three dozen groups. Working 60-hour weeks and relying on their husbands to handle carpools and rides to soccer games, Maryjane and Blythe have become the “go-to” experts in explaining the bold bond proposal.

For a couple of introvert soccer moms, they come across as talk show hosts who make their living on stage.

“I heard Maryjane and Blythe speak and they were incredible,” said Claire Roberts, a lifelong Park Cities resident and civic leader. “They did a beautiful job explaining the bond.”

If there’s any HPISD royalty, it would be Claire Roberts. Her grandfather was John S. Bradfield. Her mother graduated from Armstrong High School (before Highland Park High School was built 93 years ago). Claire and her children and grandchildren have all gone to Highland Park schools.

“I’ve always admired the foresight my grandfather and his peers had in founding our school district,” she said. “I’m currently in awe of our school board and the myriad of committees who have come together over the past three years to form a plan for the future of our schools. We should support their endeavors to create the best schools – with updated technology – for our children and grandchildren.”

Her Majesty has spoken. Early voting has begun. Based on my scientific poll of counting yard signs in the Park Cities, I’d say the Yes campaign is winning with Chi Omega Christmas coming in second. 


Kirk Dooley is a University Park writer. He can be reached at kirk@texmexbook.com.