• 18 May 2017 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 17 May 2017

    Even though it might seem a little confusing, Scott Maness really wanted the classic Greenville Bar & Grill sign to welcome guests who come to his new Slater’s 50/50 — Burger By Design, opening next month. The longtime Dallas resident loved the history and wanted to show reverence for the sign that first lit up the Avenue in 1933.

    The city had other ideas, he said.

    “The landlord was forced to take it down by the city,” Maness says. “When we tried to put our new sign up, they said the GBG sign was not up to code and it needed to come down.”

    How, you might ask, could a decades-old sign not be up to code? Once approved, a sign is grandfathered in, even as modern engineering changes. That is, unless the sign has been altered to taken down, as was the case in 2015, when it was restored by then-owner Shawn Foley.

    According to Maness, the sign’s last permitted upgrade was in 2009, after the Grill reopened with its original name in 2007. “The city said it was not the same sign [today as it was in 2009],” Maness says.  “Someone took it down after 2009, changed it, and put it back up.”

    Apparently, whatever work was done to the sign violated city code.

    Maness says he asked about fixing it, but the landlord had made plans to remove the neon sign that was one of the few things to survive the 2010 fire that took down much of the block. He heard, although cannot confirm, that it was sold to the crew at Gas Monkey, the biker bar owned by “Fast ‘N Loud” famous Richard Rawlings.

    Since it came down, passersby have angrily expressed their displeasure that this little piece of history was ripped from its home, Maness says. He’s quick to tell people it was at the behest of the city.

    Councilmember Philip Kingston has not yet responded to our query seeking further clarification on the city’s position. We’ll update the story when we know more.

    However, the sign will rise again, albeit in a new fashion. To pay homage to the history of the location, Maness plans to have the sign recreated to hang on the second story of his new burger joint.

    “We absolutely get the historical significance of this site,” Maness says. “It’s part of the reason we wanted this location, it’s a very desirable spot.”

    He says he’s shooting for a June 14 opening, but don’t hold him to that because “with construction, anything can happen.”

    It will be the first Slater’s 50/50 outside of California, but the signature burger that’s 50 percent bacon, 50 percent beef sounds decidedly Texan. “I found it while I was traveling for business and I was so drawn to the food,” Maness says.

    In the newly designed space, the main floor will include ample seating and a bar with 50 beer taps. The second floor will have a smaller bar and special event or overflow seating. He hopes to restore the third-floor patio, but so far the city has not signed off on his plans.

    “At some point, we hope to put a full bar up there,” Maness says.


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  • 17 May 2017 9:27 AM | Deleted user

    The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 15 May 2017

    There was once a time, from the 1920s to ‘60s, when neighborhoods had small commercial districts dotted between blocks. Well, district might be too strong a word. Really, it was just a small series of shops, like an mini strip mall, but usually way cuter than today’s commercial hubs.

    Peak’s Addition neighbor Nathaniel Barrett is looking to return that style in Old East Dallas with his restoration of a strip of commercial buildings in the 500 block of Fitzhugh.

    “I live really close to here,” Barrett says standing in front of the original 1926 brick. “I really wanted to invest in the area I live in.”

    A CPA by trade, Barrett got interested in urban planning and development, specifically through the prism of restoration. He learned from experts like Oak Cliff developer Monte Anderson, and eventually launched Barrett Urban Development. The boutique firm will specialize in small-scale projects such as the Fitzhugh property, with a focus on restoring and revitalizing rather than replacing.

    “As a small developer you’re constrained by means,” he says, adding that he is not interested in building new construction. “East Dallas has so many buildings that are restorable, why would you tear them down?”

    The building as it looked when Nathaniel Barrett bought it last year.The building as it looked when Nathaniel Barrett bought it last year.

    Built in 1926, the commercial corner at Fitzhugh and Terry began with a pharmacy. Twenty years later, a hair salon was added next door. While it’s technically two 3,700-square-foot buildings, the space has been sectioned into a variety of configurations over the years. Barrett has it split into five commercial spaces, but can take down a wall or two if a tenant wants more room.

    It’s been a long process, the property needed everything from a new roof to new plumbing to new electrical.

    “These buildings have been for sale for a long time, and when I bought them, I found out why,” he laughs. “The only things I did not replace was the foundation, some of the floors and the original trusses.”

    And, of course, the brick exterior or the old fashioned arrow sign post. He did have one “architectural tragedy,” as he calls it, when the original gable peaks on the 1926 building crumbled from years of water exposure when the roof was replaced.

    “There just wasn’t enough to save,” Barrett says, dejected.

    After launching in September, the project is now nearing completion. He doesn’t have any tenants signed on yet, but there is a donut shop interested in one of the buildings. He hopes to attract businesses that neighbors would walk to, like a nail salon or hair stylist, reminiscent of the original uses of the shop.

    “I think these neighbors would love a donut shop or something nearby in their neighborhood,” he says. “I know I would.”

    Once this project is fully occupied, he’ll move on to his next restoration. “We’re small, it’ll be one project at a time,” he says.


  • 16 May 2017 6:34 PM | Deleted user

    From The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League

    Dallas Parks Face Extreme Budget Cut

    Please read the following statement from Dallas Park and Recreation Board President, Robert Abtahi:

    We all know that great cities are known for their great parks. The 2017 Capital Bond Program is currently underway and the City of Dallas has created a citizens bond task force to make recommendations of bond allocations for a November 2017 bond package. 

    The reason I am writing you is that I am extremely concerned with the lack of funding for our parks and trails. There is currently only 15% of a $800 million bond package allocated for parks. This comes out to $120 million to fill a needs inventory of roughly $2.3 billion. This would be the smallest allocation for parks we have seen going back over 20 years.

    I am asking you to support an additional $153 million be added to the 2017 Bond Program exclusively for parks so that we can take advantage of $303 million in match funding opportunities for our city. By increasing the bond package to $953 million we would open up $303 million of non-city money. 

    The Dallas Park and Recreation Department has not had a bond program in 11 years. Dallas currently ranks last on a list of 20 major cities on capital spending per resident for parks.

    I understand that a bulk of our upcoming bond money must go to streets but we cannot abandon the projects that both increase our tax base and improve the quality of life for our citizens. An investment in our parks will be the catalyst to increased bond capacity for the city to conduct future bond programs.

    Parks provide an economic impact to our city at a rate of 1 to 7 return on investment and trails provide an economic impact to our city at a rate of 1 to 50 return on investment.

    The Park Bond Proposition needs to be adequate to provide funding for neighborhood park improvements, the aquatics master plan implementation, improvements to recreation centers, land acquisition and to provide $153 million in bond funds that would be leveraged with $303 million in match funding from partnership organizations and other governmental agencies.

    I have attached two files. The first is a list of the 2017 Bond Task Force members and the second is a list of our current match funding opportunities. I would ask that you reach out to these individuals to let them know you support increasing the bond package to $953 million with the additional $153 million in bond funds to exclusively fund the match funding opportunities in parks. Doing this will allow us to leverage the most dollars and it will free up the original allocation to make sure we take care of our neighborhood parks throughout Dallas.

    Click here, if you wish you make your feelings known to your representatives at city hall.

  • 15 May 2017 9:06 AM | Deleted user

    Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association

    Block Captain Newsletter

    May 2017

    Neighborhood news from the board:

    At each board meeting, we generally discuss construction in the neighborhood with regard to conservation rules, crime news, membership updates, Expanded Neighborhood Patrol updates, association funds, Welcome Basket distribution and anything new that’s going on.

    There was an update on the neighborhood’s attempt to change our zip code (and thereby our official post office) from 75223 to 75214. It was reported that the process is actually fairly simple and straight-forward, and the committee pursuing this is continuing its efforts, with the board’s full support.

    On the agenda was to be a presentation regarding a proposed Educational Committee. It is being requested that the board form such a committee with interested neighbors to track what’s going on in area schools and on the school board. As the presenter was unable to attend, this discussion was postponed.

    We received reports on the 2017 Home Tour as well as Art in the Park. Home Tour attendance suffered somewhat due to the expected but unrealized storms in the area on Saturday. Certain board members have some historical knowledge about prior Home Tour attendance but this is not recorded anywhere. It was agreed that this information needs to be documented somewhere so we are able to discern if there are trends that need to be addressed. Attendance varies anywhere from around 600 people during the weekend to 1,500 people, depending on the weather, publicity and other factors. This year’s Home Tour brought out about 600 throughout the weekend. 

    It was reported that the Auction Party proceeds were particularly successful, and Art in the Park was also deemed a success.

    As the board had only 16 members approved during January’s quarterly meeting, a spot was open for a 17 th member. Emily Fenlaw was voted on and approved by the board to fill the last remaining spot on the 2017 HSMNA Board.

    The board is also reviewing the bylaws and comparing our bylaws with those of other neighborhoods to determine if any updating or improving is needed. We had a long discussion about the board’s role in noting, reporting and “enforcing” possible violations of the association’s Conservation District rules. It was reiterated that the city is responsible for enforcing what are essentially city-approved rules regarding Hollywood-Santa Monica’s Conservation District. The board has no role whatsoever. 

    Individuals, whether on the board or not, are free to report suspected violations to 311 or the city department itself. However, board members should not assume that role or represent to anyone that they are representing the board if they do report such violations. A motion was made to that effect, which was approved.

    We have about 150 T-shirts left, about 100 women’s and about 50 men’s. It was agreed that we post these for sale on our website at a cost of $15 each.

    Membership remains steady at 422 HSMNA individual members, representing 255 households. The last year the association had membership close to this high was in 2014, when we reached 414 members but only by November of that year. Last year at this time, we had only 291 individual members.

    Discussion on the newsletter, whether to change to color, reduce the number of pages or convert to digital, was postponed due to the hour. The newsletter issue will be discussed at the board meeting in June.

    Welcome basket update:

    Block captains delivered six welcome baskets in May. So far in 2017, block captains have delivered 26 welcome baskets. Three are pending completion of renovations following a home sale.

    Block Captain news:

    Thanks for the various feedback from last month’s newsletter. I will always welcome questions and input from the Block Captains. Please let me know how you feel about the newsletter, about being a block captain, about improving neighborhood communication, about what’s happening on your street and about any other issue.

    Upcoming events:

    Next quarterly meeting is at 6:30 p.m. July 18 at Times Ten Cellars.

    Jamie Johnson

  • 12 May 2017 10:07 AM | Deleted user

    The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 11 May 2017 

    Let the lobbying begin. With $800 million in city capital bond dollars coming up for grabs, a healthy portion of which will be earmarked for road repairs, it’s no surprise that neighborhoods are looking to secure their piece of the pie.

    As was the case this week, when a petition from Old East Dallas neighbor Nathaniel Barrett popped up on Change.org seeking to ensure the Abrams/Columbia throughway gets the “Complete Street” treatment.

    “The harmful effects of this dangerous and neighborhood unfriendly road are evident in the number of injuries and lackluster growth along this corridor,” Barrett writes. “Further, hundreds of children must cross this street daily to reach Lipscomb Elementary, Woodrow Wilson High School, and JL Long Middle School, forcing them to risk their safety by walking or take a car to travel even a short distance.”

    He’s not wrong, the six-lane stretch can feel more like a highway than a residential road, especially during commute hours. Abrams drops down to four lanes through Lakewood at Gaston, and Barrett would like to see that design expanded through Old East Dallas. The “Complete Streets Design” suggests a four-lane road with room for parking, sidewalks and bike lanes. Barrett’s petition asks Councilmembers Mark Clayton, Philip Kingston and Adam Medrano to prioritize the the area when spending their district’s allocated bond funds.

    That’s assuming voters approve the bond, of course. The city council voted to delay putting the measure in front of voters until Nov. 7, when some thought it had a better shot at passing (a decision Advocate columnist and former councilmember Angela Hunt questions).

    With the mass number of streets that need attention in our neighborhood, we’re guessing this won’t be the last petition for bond funds.


  • 10 May 2017 7:13 AM | Deleted user

    A Post from Jose Robles on Next Door

    Since I'm a retired firefighter living in HSM...neighbors have been asking what can they do for the injured paramedic and the guys at the station on East Grand(19's).

    Whipwash CarWash-
    5842 Live Oak, 
    is holding a fundraiser on Saturday 05-13-17 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

    Proceeds will benefit the An family. Get your car washed by off-duty firefighters or stop by and make a donation . The best gift for the guys at the station would be a large turnout and raising lots of $$ for the An family!


  • 09 May 2017 7:32 AM | Deleted user

    It's Spruce Up

    Join Us Saturday May 13th for Our Shoreline Spruce Up!

    Help us keep White Rock Lake Park beautiful!, safe for kids, pets, wildlife and adults alike. We provide all the supplies you need! Get your friends and colleagues together and enjoy a nice day in the park and give back to the community at the same time. Thanks to our Second Saturday sponsors, we can provide snacks and clean up supplies. We hope to see you there!

    When: Saturday, May 13th
    Sign in:  8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Spruce Up: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Location: For the Love of the Lake Office
    1152 North Buckner Blvd #123
    (Casa Linda Plaza near Compass Bank, Facing Buckner)

    Time Again!

    Join Us Saturday May 13th for Our Shoreline Spruce Up!

  • 08 May 2017 9:01 AM | Deleted user


    The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 06 May 2017

    East Dallas showed its preference for incumbent councilmen Philip Kingston and Mark Clayton by a healthy majority in an election that drew 7.8 percent of the city’s registered voters.

    Despite the influence of a deep-pocketed Super PAC, Kingston captured nearly 55 percent of the vote in district 14 to challenger Matt Wood’s near 42 percent. It’s enough to avoid a runoff and secure the seat for another two years.

    In District 9, Clayton sailed to an easy victory with 93 percent of the vote.

    Here’s the original post: 

    While it’s too early to call a winner, incumbent Philip Kingston leads East Dallas challenger with 55 percent of the vote to Wood’s 42 percent in the District 14 council race. Downtown challenger Kim Welch is a distant third with just 3 percent of the vote.

    In the District 9 race, incumbent Mark Clayton sits on a healthy lead with 94 percent of the vote to challenger Arthur Adams, Jr.’s 6 percent.

    This story will be updated as more results are available.

  • 05 May 2017 2:53 PM | Deleted user

    Hello everyone and Happy Cinco do Mayo!

    We’re planting more milkweed tomorrow!  

    For those of you who have been growing seeds at home, we thank you and want to plant your sprouts.  If you have some seeds that have not yet sprouted, don’t give up!  Milkweed seeds take longer to sprout and must be kept moist.  You can spread them around your landscape where you’d like them to grow and undoubtedly, later this fall they will sprout. 

    Last weekend, we planted James Kleitches’ and Matt O’Connor’s sprouts totaling 24 more milkweeds. Do you have some ready to go?

    As always, bring your gloves, hand tools, and hat.  It’s going to be a beautiful morning to be outside.  Everyone is welcome to swing by and see what’s growing; we hope to see you tomorrow.  If driving, parking is along East Grand between Tenison Memorial and Blair.

    Tenison Park Pollinator Garden

    Saturday, May 6


  • 02 May 2017 6:32 PM | Deleted user

    In honor of The Statler’s reawakening, we invite you to join us for Movies in the Park at Main Street Garden.  Beginning in the 50s, we will showcase an iconic movie from each decade, making our way back to the future.

    April 6: Jailhouse Rock

    May 4: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    June 1: Superman

    July 6: Ferris Bueller's Day off

    August 3: Forrest Gump

    September 7: Best in Show

    October 5: Back to the Future

    Main Street Garden

    1902 Main Street

    Dallas, TX  75201

Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214

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