The city of University Park won a legal battle this week when the Texas Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower-court ruling in the case of a 2011 dispute involving attempts by Legacy Hillcrest Investments to build a parking garage just south of Snider Plaza.
The appeals court ruled that the city’s Board of Adjustment has the power to interpret and apply the city’s zoning ordinance, and therefore had the right to deny the permit to build a garage on four lots in the 3400 block of Haynie Street.
Legacy Hillcrest has tried multiple times since 2001 to develop that property through rezoning efforts. The developer and the city have argued over building density and economic feasibility for various projects.
The most recent effort involved a permit to build an above-ground, multi-level parking garage, which the city’s community development staff recommended for approval. However, the BOA denied the application, prompting Legacy to file a lawsuit in state district court. The 191st District Court in Dallas County ruled in favor of Legacy in 2013, which led to the city’s appeal.
You can see the appeals court ruling in its entirety after the jump.
Nick Jones, a senior at Highland Park High School, was born with Down Syndrome and struggles to articulate his words, said Katie Jones, Nick’s mom.
While “Team Nick,” as they call themselves, plan for the future, Nick is downstairs cleaning his all-time favorite car, the Ford Mustang. Read More…
The Highland Belles drill team added 29 members to their 2015-16 squad during tryouts last weekend, bringing the squad’s total to 64 students.
The rigorous tryout included a week of training that culminated in a performance led by third-party judges. The new Belles will begin their workouts and off-season training in January alongside the current Belles. Their first performance will be in late spring.
Highland Park High School girls soccer players and coaches will host their annual clinic for Park Cities elementary school students at 10 a.m. Saturday at the HPHS Multi-Purpose Activities Center across from Highlander Stadium.
The Lady Scots Soccer Academy is free and will last about 90 minutes, including soccer activities and lessons, posters and autographs. You can RSVP with coach Stewart Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has found a new home. After 38 years in the 4,100-square-foot office where it previously set up shop, the firm is expanding to a new chic space at 8333 Douglas Ave., across from the Park Cities Hilton and neighboring The Shelton high-rise.
Ground broke on the 10,000-square-foot project in August, and the new space opened its doors in early October, thanks to the completion of the initial phase. Architect Michael Twichell, whose work includes The Shops at Legacy in Plano and the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, is the engineer on the project. The new space will be in a more prominent location than the previous office. Read More…
Heads up: the 2014 Dallas Marathon is Sunday, Dec. 14, and the track planned dips down into Highland Park by way of Beverly Drive, Drexel Drive, Armstrong Avenue, and Turtle Creek Boulevard all the way to Lemmon Avenue. The race begins around 8 a.m., so plan your morning accordingly:
Students in one dance class at Highland Park High School recently took a trip around the world. Not literally, of course, but teacher Emily Sanchez brought an international flair to her lessons during the span of a few days in late November.
Sanchez welcomed Sarita Venkatraman one day to teach the Bollywood style of dance common in films from northern India. She also incorporated colorful finger scarves, known as rumaal, and lively upbeat music into the lesson.
Outside instructors also introduced students to rhythmic dance from western Africa, highland dances of Scotland, fan dancing from China, and Spanish flamenco techniques.
The interactive demonstrations are intended to help students with their upcoming final exam, which includes integrating different styles of folk dance into unique performances with original costumes and music.
University Park is trying to appeal to all you whipper snappers out there by getting a Twitter account and an Instagram account. Both can be found at the handle @CityofUPTX. Here’s the city’s first tweet:
— University Park, TX (@CityofUPTX) December 10, 2014
Don’t complain to Nick Kennedy about security hassles or flight delays. He’s seen worse while flying more than 2 million miles in the past decade.
And as frustrating as many of those commercial flights were, the worst part was the time it cost him with his family in Preston Hollow.
That’s the primary reason that – despite having no experience in the aviation industry – Kennedy decided to launch Rise, an entrepreneurial venture starting in December at Love Field that tailors private flights to frequent business travelers for a monthly fee. Read More…
For University Park resident Tom Bowen, the NCAA basketball tournament truly brings out a case of March madness.
For more than 30 years, Bowen and two friends — Jim Wikman and John Ries of Coppell — have made an annual trip to watch games in person on each weekend of the tournament. They typically attend 18 games per year over three weeks, including 12 games in one four-day stretch.
That equates to almost 400 games, including 26 Final Fours, in cities and arenas throughout the country. And the trio, known as The Basketball Mavens, has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.
At any rate, Bowen and his friends have been selected as one of 10 finalists by a panel of judges in a nationwide ESPN contest to enter the Fan Hall of Fame. If they are chosen, they will be inducted at a ceremony at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. And in true fan-friendly fashion, this will be determined by a public vote, so you can help them get there by voting here.
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