The Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct and the I-35 Trinity Tollroad Connector
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 Representatives from TXDOT addressed the Oak Cliff Chamber Wednesday November 12 and updated the crowd on plans to demolish the Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct and replace it with a 4-story, 6 lane connector feeder from I-35 South to downtown and the unfunded and controversial Trinity Tollroad.  

Four-story, six-lane flyovers would cross Colorado and cut off Burnett Field from Oak Cliff and drastically alter sight lines of the iconic downtown skyline from the south. Four alternatives are being worked on with one cutting to the east towards the Cedars. All these alternatives will go to Council and then on to the public for input in the spring.  The project would cost an estimated 80 million dollars and is currently unfunded like the tollroad.

Completed in 1973 at a cost of 7 million dollars, the Jefferson Bridge never quite accomplished what city leaders envisioned at the time it was built. From a November 23, 1975 DMN article. “When the county built the bridge, which was financed from money voters approved in 1969, it was touted as being the first bridge constructed by a local governmental agency that conformed to Trinity Canal Navigation standards.”
Gateway Zoning Information
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Economic incentives for Historic Properties in the Oak Cliff Gateway
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 Tonight at the October regularly scheduled OOCCL Board Meeting, incentives for retaining historic properties were presented and the following examples and concepts were presented to the League.

Historic Incentives Gateway

Fall Home Tour Preview V - East Kessler
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You’ve all seen it. You drive past it, and every time you wonder how did they do that, why did they do that, and what does it look like inside. This year you finally have the chance to satisfy your curiosity about that wonderful house on the Kessler Parkway hill with the balcony resting gently on great, rising iron beams.

This structure of Tennessee Crab Orchard stone sits on a half-acre lot with towering pecan, cedar, and oak trees to welcome you up the steep hill onto a large, shaded covered-porch area. The house was built in 1957, but the original owners resided there only one year before a tragedy took their young child. The second owners called the house theirs for over fifty years. When the McDaniels, who are veterans of the Oak Cliff Home Tour, purchased the residence this year, they embarked on a three-month remodel.

Inside you will find a pleasurable mix of hardwood floors and plush carpeting. Unique custom cabinetry appears in the kitchen and living room. The newly remodeled kitchen, overlooking the wooded park area along the walkway path, has a great many modern features including granite countertops and a large wine storage refrigerator. There is a small, detached hobby room/garage that can serve many functions. The guest bedroom, master bedroom, and both bath areas have been recreated, enlarged, and tastefully decorated. The house has a crisp and smart feel to it with dynamic artwork on the walls. It is a bibliophile’s dream with floor-to-ceiling and bay window book shelves.

Stepping out on the balcony, experience the view from all directions. Each season brings excitement to the senses, as the trees, vines, and blooms are an ever-changing landscape throughout the year. Enjoy this Kessler Park house on the hillside.

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