December 12, 2014

  • UP Wins Appeal in Legacy Hillcrest Zoning Case

    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.

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    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 12, 2014 | 2:10 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Special Needs Student Finds Dream Job

    Nick Jones keeps the cars looking spiffy at Park Cities Ford almost every afternoon. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Nick Jones keeps the cars looking spiffy at Park Cities Ford almost every afternoon. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Upstairs at Park Cities Ford, Angela Enright, Katie Jones, and Debbie Wilkes sit down to discuss Katie Jones’s son’s future.

    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…

    By Paige Skinner Dec. 12, 2014 | 2:00 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • Highland Belles Add Plenty of New Faces

    The new members of the Highland Belles include, from left, front row:

    The new members of the Highland Belles include, from left, front row: Caitlyn Staunton, Jenni Phillips, Cameron Kenyon, Sahara Yaphet, Katherine Lorio, Anna Cimorelli, Madison Peppard and Lindsay Stewart. Second row: Reagan Mays, Jillian Ellis, Lily Schiff, Claire Lake, Emily Grip, Meghan Welp, and Maddie Fehlman. Third row: Catherine Magee, Hannah McSherry, Sydney Kilpatrick, Olivia Smith, Cecily Work, Margaret Mencke, and Ainsley Holman. Back row: Destiny Duclow, Miriam Kazi, Rachel Weaver, Jenna Peck, Ellie Gribble, Kaki Glieber, and Eleanor Gambrell.

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 12, 2014 | 1:57 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Lady Scots to Host Free Soccer Clinic Tomorrow

    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 brownste@hpisd.org.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 12, 2014 | 1:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ebby Halliday Office Gets Chic New Digs

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday's Preston Center office has gotten an "extreme makeover" of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    Not far from the Little White House location, Ebby Halliday’s Preston Center office has gotten an “extreme makeover” of sorts, with 10,000 square feet of space. (Courtesy Photos)

    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…

    By Jacie Scott Dec. 12, 2014 | 9:50 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 10, 2014

  • Dallas Marathon Track Dips Into HP

    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:

    MetroPCSDallasMarathon 2014 Course Map

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 10, 2014 | 5:04 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • HPHS Students Bring Global Flair to Dance Class

    Visiting instructor Sarita Venkatraman recently introduced HPHS students to Bollywood dancing.

    Visiting instructor Sarita Venkatraman introduced HPHS students to Bollywood dancing. (Photo: Wylly Goodson)

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 10, 2014 | 3:23 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • University Park Gets Hip, Adds Social Media

    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:

    By Sarah Bennett Dec. 10, 2014 | 2:49 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Flight Service Wants to Save Time For Executives

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Rise founder Nick Kennedy was tired of flight delays and other hassles. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    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…

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 10, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 9, 2014

  • Send This Hoops Junkie to the Fan Hall of Fame

    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.

    By Todd Jorgenson Dec. 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS