Plans for Dairy Site Have OC Residents Primed for Another Design Debate
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Hastily Deleted Good, Fulton, & Farrrell Plans

Before the dust has cleared from the Bishop Arts Gateway brawl, another important site in Oak Cliff has been re-envisioned by Good, Fulton and Farrell. The plans for the piece of land, that formerly held the Oak Farms Dairy, have sparked much discussion on social media. The reaction is overwhelming negative. 

The former Oak Farms site is possibly the single most prominent, undeveloped tract in Dallas, south of downtown. I, for one, was hoping that the Oak Cliff pump house would be saved and incorporated into a thoughtfully designed development. As the property owners have opted to raze the pump house, I suggest we make our feelings known as plans for the property begin to emerge. Though we are not all happy about what is coming to Davis and Zang, there is no doubt that the new design is vastly better than the original.

Developers know that the people of Oak Cliff will not sit idly by as the essence of our neighborhood is threatened. Let's insist that the first thing people see, when crossing the Houston Street bridge from downtown, is in keeping with what lies beyond.

After negative reactions on social media, plans are deleted - story on Candy's Dirt

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The original Oak Cliff pump house was demolished last year. The pump house was part of the dairy complex.


 
Alleged Murder Suspect - Oak Cliff Hairdresser Captured in LA
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Rachel Stone - Oak Cliff Advocate 

The man accused of posing as Oak Cliff neighbor Ron Shumway, whose body was found entombed in concrete in the back yard of his home on Winnetka, has been captured.

U.S. Marshals in Los Angeles arrested Christopher Brian Colbert, 43, and he is awaiting extradition to Dallas on three fraud-related charges: tampering with governmental record, securing executing of document by deception and money laundering.

After police announced in October that Shumway had been missing since April, real estate documents revealed that his house had sold in June. Police say Colbert posed as Shumway to sell the house and that he assumed Shumway’s identity to retrieve funds from the sale from a bank account Shumway owned.

Shumway’s body was discovered by a home investor in September.
The Dallas Voice identified Colbert, who also was known as Christian, as a former photojournalist for that publication. Colbert also was a hairstylist who invented a product to prevent bleach and hair dye from ruining a makeup job, according to the Voice story.



 
Mayor Mike Rawlings Calls Dallas Wave a Mistake
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Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Morning News

Even Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has called the Dallas Wave a “mistake,” echoing earlier comments from City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. Rawlings said he would vote for its removal unless repair costs came in at considerably less expense.

City officials have insisted for weeks that they don’t know what any option will cost. But Willis Winters, Park and Recreation director, said it could run as much as $3 million — or more — to remove the Dallas Wave, and that it could be less expensive to repair than to remove the feature.

The RFQ suggests it could — or should — cost half that much in a previously unmentioned estimate.

“The estimate for the partial or complete removal of the existing structures or bypass channel modifications is approximately $1,500,000 to $3,000,000,” says the document, “but it is the objective of the City of Dallas to meet the requirements of the project in the most cost-effective manner.”

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Adamson in the Running for New Magnet School
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Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Morning News

School board president Eric Cowan agrees: Downtown’s an option. But only an option.

So, too, he said, is the old Adamson High School campus on Ninth Street and Beckley Avenue in Oak Cliff, which closed four years ago when students were moved into the $48 million replacement across the street. DISD had once hoped to raze the century-old campus.

But the school board recently set aside $10 million in the 2015 bond program for a transformation school, which would operate like a magnet but without the academic entry requirements. And Cowan, pointing to North Oak Cliff redevelopment, has long eyed Adamson as a potential site for one of those campuses.

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