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SMU Reveals Master Plans

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SMU has unveiled plans for a new Indoor Performance Center as they stride closer to the finish line on their $150 million athletics facilities master plan, which was approved by the Board of Trustees last fall and will serve 17 sports on campus, and more than 400 student athletes.

Phase one projects include a full-sized football field surrounded by a 300-meter track that will replace the current track and soccer field site, a new outdoor football practice field adjacent to the center, and a new soccer stadium to replace the current soccer practice fields along Mockingbird Lane.

Construction for this first phase will begin once 80 percent of its expected $50 million price tag is pledged by donors and will be scheduled for completion within 16 months from that date. According to SMU officials, the project is not expected to impact traffic.

Volunteer State Guard Searches Turtle Creek for Body


The third battalion of the Texas State Guard was searching Turtle Creek this morning for the body of Mark McCullers, the SMU officer who went missing after being washed away by flood waters in July.

The volunteer military group planned to walk into the creek and try to bring up underbrush to find him, as part of their search and rescue training, but were impeded by the heavy rain.

Lt. Col. Richard Steele, the group’s commanding officer, said they were only able to search one area of interest, since the others were flooded.

They were not able to find anything, but Steele said “we’re going to continue to train in the community until all areas have been searched.”

Steele’s company of about 34 is a part of the Texas military forces, but they all serve on a volunteer basis. “Hopefully,” he said, “we can help bring some closure to the family.”


Fire Destroys Iconic Burger Joint



On the hottest day of the year, firefighters and police from University Park, Highland Park, SMU, and Dallas spent hours fighting to control a fire that eventually consumed Goff’s Hamburgers on Hillcrest Avenue near SMU on Friday Aug. 12.

NBC 5 reported that smoke was seen billowing from the University Park institution around 1 p.m. Shortly before 7 p.m., the city of University Park tweeted that the fire was controlled, but that a portion of Hillcrest Avenue near the fire scene would remain blocked throughout the night.

As of 11 a.m., the city of University Park announced that Hillcrest is now open to traffic.

However, several surrounding businesses were evacuated and have been closed until further notice due to heavy damages sustained during the fire.

March into the New School Year


HPBandThe award-winning Highland Park High School band will lead residents on a march into the new school year at their third annual Highlander Band March-A-Thon August 13.

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. in front of Highland Park High School on Emerson Street and will end at about 10:15 a.m. at Snider Plaza, where the band will perform by the fountain.

Guests are invited to cheer along the route as HPISD superintendent Dr. Tom Trigg leads the band as grand marshall alongside HPHS Principal Walter Kelly. 

Five Must-See Cars at NorthPark Center Now


Today kicks off the three-week long NorthPark AutoShow at NorthPark Center this month.

NP_AutoShow_Email_Graphic_R2_copyShoppers can pause to get information on 36 of the area’s most premier 2016 and 2017 models from brands like Sewell, Aston Martin, Lincoln, and Maserati.

An Indy 500 car from Texas Motor Speedway and jewelry designer David Yurman’s custom MV Augusta Brutale motorcycle can also be spotted around the shopping center for a limited time.

Here’s a glimpse into the show with five top picks:

Baylor Delays Hire of Local Doctor


According to D Healthcare Daily, dermatologist and Highland Park resident Dr. Clay Cockerell’s appointment as dermatology chairman of Baylor University Medical Center has been postponed. He was set to begin the role in early July.

The story reports that, according to Cockerell, the delay was a mutual decision between him and Baylor to allow him time to correct information from a CBS investigative report that aired in June.

The report unveiled an insurance fraud scheme that offered Walmart gift cards to veterans in exchange for DNA and urine samples. Once the tests were completed, the labs reportedly billed Tricare, an insurance program for the military and their families, for drug and cancer tests. Lab employees then discarded patient information, which included photocopies of personal and medical records. CBS identifies Cockerell Dermapathology as one of the labs with contracts with Tricare, but Cockerell himself has not been accused of fraud.

According to Baylor, current dermatology chairman Dr. Alan Menter will remain in the role indefinitely.

Read the full story from D Healthcare Daily here.

Antèks Curated To Relocate After Flood



After the Fourth of July downpour that plagued many shops with water damage at The Plaza at Preston Center, Antèks Curated has decided to relocate.

The chic, rustic accents and home décor store will move in with its 35-year-old sister store, Antèks, in the Design District by October. The new location in the 8,000-square-foot Dragon Street space will offer a one-stop-shop to gift and furniture shoppers.

The Plaza location will officially close its doors Sept. 15. Until then, shoppers can enjoy merchandise at a 30 percent discount, with increased discounts closer to closing day.

Customers who spend more than $100 will be entered into a drawing for a vacation in the U.S. and a J. Alexander nickel-silver home accessory designed by Antèks owner Jason Lenox.

HPUMC Appeals for New Activities Facility

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Rendering courtesy of HPUMC.

A version of this story was printed in the August 2016 issue of Park Cities People, in which we reported UP City Council had approved HPUMC’s development plans. At press deadline, this information was confirmed by a UP official. That confirmation was later retracted. The story below has been revised and rewritten by the editorial staff to reflect the accurate information.

University Park City Council is set to vote on Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC)’s plans to raze and rebuild its 23-year-old Biggers Activities Building on Hillcrest Avenue sometime in August.

The vote was originally set for July 19, but was postponed at the request of HPUMC. According to an email from the director of communications Mary Wilson, the church’s zoning consultant noticed an error in the proposed ordinance during the previous council meeting July 5.

If their plans are approved, HPUMC will replace the current structure with a new, much larger family activities center. 

Fashion Show to Celebrate Hope Door’s 30th


Hope’s Door will host a fashion show and luncheon to celebrate their 30th Anniversary of providing intervention and prevention services to families affected by domestic violence.

The event will be held September 16 at Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park with the luncheon starting at 11 :30 a.m.

New Beginning Center, an organization providing education, prevention, and intervention services to those affected by domestic violence, will also sponsor the event, which will be the first hosted by Hope’s Door and New Beginning Center after they merge September 1.