Home Tour Committee Currently Previewing Selections For This Year's Tour
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The 2015 Home Tour Committee is currently previewing homes for this year's tour.  This year's tour will be on October 17 and 18.  If you'd like to learn more about being on the tour or if you'd like for us to come visit your home, email Home Tour Chair Phil Leven at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it today. 

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League Home Tour is the oldest and largest home tour in Dallas and one of the largest fundraisers in Oak Cliff.  Last year we raised close to $40,000 and will return almost all that money back to the community in the form of grants this summer.  

The Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour is a unique and rewarding experience.  We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Downtown Dallas Preservation Task Force Recommendations
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Late last year, several significant historic structures were demolished in downtown Dallas along Main and Elm.  One dated back to 1885 and was one of the oldest buildings downtown.  Landmark Commission Chair and former director of Preservation Dallas Katherine Seale was chosen to head a Task Force to explore ways to keep this from happening again.  

The task force has released their final recommendations on ways to better address the issue of the lack of protections for non-designated historic buildings in downtown Dallas. In January 2015, a task force comprised of downtown developers, property owners and representatives from local organizations within the preservation, planning and architecture community began meeting weekly to look at the current programs and policies of Dallas’ preservation program. Their charge was to evaluate current preservation programs for their effectiveness protecting Dallas’ heritage while allowing for new development to take place downtown and in surrounding areas. During their meetings they heard from local experts, researched best practices from other cities around the country, and developed a set of recommendations for the City of Dallas to better protect its historic resources. During the task force’s April 1 meeting, the group voted unanimously to approve a three-phase set of recommendations that will result in benefits to all downtown stakeholders. The recommendations include:

Phase 1: Immediate Solutions (0-12 months)

1. Advocacy: Establish broad‐based Preservation Solutions Committee to advocate for historic fabric and be its voice as the City grows and evolves. Its first order of business is to help implement the following recommendations.

2. Simplify Designation: Streamline the landmark designation application and process.

3. Assess Staffing: Broaden staff capabilities to include planning and provide a new focus on public education. Review staff priorities to expedite landmark designations, file certificates of appropriateness, field inquiries, and assist owners with incentives. Fund two additional planners.

4. Demolition Delay: Enhance notification and expand staff review time for proposed demolition of historic buildings in Greater Downtown to foster dialogue and consider alternatives.

Phase 2: Near Term Solutions (1 to 3 years)

5. Education: Educate the public about the goals and accomplishments of preservation.

6. Downtown Survey: Conduct a new, state of‐the‐art survey of Greater Downtown as a base layer for direction, to establish reservation priorities, and to provide a tool for existing and future planning. Explore funding sources such as Community Development Block Grants, Certified Local Government money, and private foundations.

7. Incentives: Identify strategies and incentives that address market conditions and barriers to redevelopment to re‐animate vacant and underutilized buildings, such as: more flexibility in preservation criteria, parking requirements, permitting, and code requirements.

Phase 3: Long Term Solutions (3 to 5 years)

8. Preservation Plan: Prepare and adopt a new Preservation Plan for Dallas to address the programs and policies that impact the City’s historic urban fabric. Explore funding sources such as public/private partnerships, private foundations, and private sector money.

9. Planning: Create a forum for strategic interdepartmental partnerships where a common interest is being pursued such as Capital Improvements, Tax Increment Finance Districts, and Use/Zoning, and certain aspects of Economic Development.

The executive summary of the recommendations and the full report, with more detailed information for each recommendation, are available by clicking on the links below:

Downtown Historic Preservation Task Force Final Report Executive Summary 4-1-15

Downtown Historic Preservation Task Force Final Report 4-1-15
 
PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION!
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SIGN PETITION HERE

We, the citizens of the City of Dallas, petition the City Council of Dallas to adopt the recommendations put forth by the Downtown Dallas Historic Preservation Task Force.

The Downtown Dallas Historic Preservation Task Force derived their recommendations by carefully studying current preservation practices in Dallas, along with the best practices from other cities. The result is a set of well-balanced recommendations using a phased approach.

We ask that all of the recommendations be adopted in their entirety to have the maximum effect in preserving the historic fabric of our city with potential to become a catalyst for new development.

SIGN PETITION HERE

 
Jefferson Median Beautification Project
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 Trees, Trees EveryWhere!!!!


altThe Jefferson Median Beautification Project (JMBP) started by Van Johnson in 2010 continues to thrive today.  The Project started out with Burr Oaks and Red Maples beginning with the east median at the intersection of Hampton and Jefferson.  The second planting continued west and consisted of Burr Oak and Texas Ash.  So we have had two successful plantings and a maintenance planting to replace damaged and dead trees.  The maintenance planting replaced sixteen trees that had been lost.  Pomykal’s Tree Farm (Red Oak, Texas) generously donated the Red Oaks and Live Oaks. 


The trees from the original planting are now four years old.  The Texas Ash from the second planting across from the Rio Grande grocery have grown strong.  The trees from the maintenance planting remain small but the abundance of rain this spring is helping them.  The Maples from the original planting struggled and we lost many however the Burr Oaks are wonderful and they already produce an abundance of acorns.  The birds are visiting the medians frequently – and not just the grackles!!!


This fall, we have planned another planting, using the monetary gift made by Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia via Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, to expand our efforts.  We will have a “tree care” day on May 16, 2015 from 10:30 until noon to add soil, mulch, and stakes to various trees to prepare them for our Texas summer.






We have Challenges and Accomplishments:

Challenges: 

Weed eater and lawn equipment damage
Litter, trash, and petty destruction
Past drought damage

Accomplishments:             

50% of trees from planting 4 years ago have survived
65% of trees from planting 2 years ago have survived
79% overall success rate
No tree damage from vehicular vandalism in 3 years
Original and new members make contributions
There is now a water truck available to help us water


WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP

 

Adopt a tree (water and maintain it!)

Contribute financially to our efforts...your grandchildren will love you.  Mail checks to 2830 West Jefferson Blvd Dallas Texas 75211

Help with our planting efforts...we need folks to put trees in the ground and we will have the holes ready!

Pick up trash in the median and discourage your friends from littering

Join our group! We have a FaceBook page. Jefferson Median Beautification Project.  Bring your ideas.

Tell your City Council people, Commissioner, and Mayor they need to assist us in growing our efforts to improve our neighborhood.

 



 
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