June 11, 2018
May 23, 2018
Announcement from Dallas Animal Services!
It's kitten season and Dallas Animal Services is in need of kitten fosters. Every year, DAS takes in approximately 4,500 kittens. These baby kittens require care, that sadly, DAS hasn't historically been able to offer. However, this year DAS is taking strong measures to save the lives of these newborns. They've bought numerous incubators, rescheduled staff to provide around-the-clock 24 hour bottle feeding and care coverage, and are aggressively recruiting Dallas citizens to help by becoming kitten fosters….that means you!!!!
Already, this spring, DAS has improved our kitten survival rate by 50% over last year...but the season is still rolling and we need more citizens to pitch in and help us make this the most successful kitten season in the history of DAS.
Fosters improve a kitten's chances of survival by providing them one-on-one care, reducing their susceptibility to disease contracted from being in a shelter environment, and providing them the attention that makes them thrive.
Busy? We understand. You chose how long you'd like to commit. Even one kitten for a week will save a life this spring. To enroll as a kitten foster, e-mail DASFoster@dallascityhall.com. You'll be given supplies and the information to make a difference.
Thank you in advance for helping us out!
April 3, 2018
UPDATE ON HILLCREST VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER
Hillcrest Village Shopping Center is under contract to a group of developers who plan to revitalize the property. Although there are recurring rumors that apartments will be built on the site, the developers' plans do not include any residential components. If they wanted to build apartments, they would have to apply for a zoning change, which they do not intend to do. In any event, a zoning change to allow apartments wouldn't be approved.
The developers don't want to publicly disclose their specific plans for the shopping center until they close on the property. The closing was scheduled for this month, April, but has been delayed because of a legal issue in February and March involving the current owner of the property (but not the development group). The legal problem has been resolved and the redevelopment plans are now moving forward through various city departments.
The property that is under contract is everything west of the vacant grocery store to Meadowcreek. The grocery store and the gas station are separately owned by different parties and are not part of this deal. However, because of the development group's interest in Hillcrest Village, the owner of the grocery store property is getting some inquiries from people who are interested in occupying the vacant store with a use other than a grocery or tearing it down and building something new in its place.
While the redevelopment plans are moving through city hall, the current owner and the developers are allowing some retail and customer service uses, such as hair salons, to lease some of the vacant spaces.
The recent bond program contains $3 million in economic development funds to facilitate the Hillcrest Village project.