About The League
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The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (OOCCL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that functions as an umbrella organization for 32 neighborhood associations covering nearly 10,000 households within the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas.

 

 Our Dedication

  • To preserve and enhance the architectural, historic, and cultural heritage and natural resources of Old Oak Cliff through direct action and public education.
  • To support the neighborhoods of the League with assistance, grants, and training, and to serve as an umbrella organization unifying the neighborhoods for greater advocacy and representation with the City of Dallas.
  • To promote communication and cooperation between and among organizations and community groups to increase their effectiveness in addressing issues affecting Oak Cliff.
  • To promote Oak Cliff to the wider community as an exceptional place to live.
 
Some of Our Accomplishments
  • Neighborhood revitalization through Financial and Organizational Support.
  • Researching, writing, and publishing "The Hidden City", A Comprehensive history of Old Oak Cliff.
  • Establishing specific areas in the Old Oak Cliff Community as Historic Sites and/or Conservation areas. Supporting Preservation and revitalization in other areas outside of Oak Cliff.
  • Designing, financing, and building the "Creative Playground" at Kidd Springs Park".
  • Attracting new homeowners into the Old Oak Cliff Community by holding The Old Oak Cliff Fall Home Tour each year
 
Contact Information
 
    Old Oak Cliff Conservation League
    P.O. Box 4027
    Dallas, Texas 75208
 
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Dallas Morning News -- September 8, 1974

By Lyke Thompson
Calling itself the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, a group organized last week to stop urban decay and preserve old neighborhoods in the North Oak Cliff area.

The group will seek rezoning of the neighborhood from townhouse to some other designation to help preserve the homes built in the early 1900s. It will push for code enforcement and fight city plans to make three residential streets into major thoroughfares, said Mrs. Mary Griffith, president of the group.

The group’s main focus will be on the Winnetka Heights addition at first, Mrs. Griffith said. That includes the area within Willomet Avenue , Davis Street, Rosemont Avenue , and Brooklyn Street.

The Conservation League will try to promote a new trend of young couples to buy and renovate old homes in the area, Mrs. Griffith said.
The group has already won one battle, causing a City Council defeat of a Salvation Army request to expand their facility at 1617 W. Jefferson. The Salvation Army plans to build a gymnasium there would jeopardize property values in the neighborhood by eroding the residential character of the land, said Mrs. Griffith.

The group will oppose efforts by the city to make major 1-way streets of Ninth, Tenth and Seventh. “No one would want to live on these streets with traffic whizzing by all the time,” she said.

The group hopes to preserve the historical homes in the Winnetka Heights area by changing townhouse zoning which encourages landowners to hold their property without doing upkeep, while waiting to build new residential buildings.

Mrs. Susan Murphy, head of the city planning department’s urban plans section, said the zoning might be changed to either a planned development district or a community development district. Both designations can be used to help stabilize deterioration in the city’s older neighborhoods. The area may also be eligible for federal funds under the new Housing and Community Development Act, Mrs. Murphy said. Dallas will receive approximately $4.1 million next year of federal funds from that act, which can be used for code enforcement, housing rehabilitation and historical preservation, among other things.