In Bishop Arts, more valet stands, timed street parking, better flow

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Photo by Danny Fulgencio

Traffic flows better through the Bishop Arts District now that the valet cluster has moved from the corner of Bishop and Seventh, business owners say.

Jim Lake Cos., which owns many of the district’s buildings, and the City of Dallas rolled out a new parking plan for Bishop Arts recently.

There are now five valet stations: Two in the middle of the 400 block of Bishop, two on Madison and one on Eighth. Besides that, the city put four-hour time limits on many of the district’s on-street parking spaces.

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Jim Lake Jr. says he’s been working for the past four years to create a parking plan with the city, the Dallas Police Department and Bishop Arts merchants. He says complaints have been few so far. They are planning to ask the city to replace the four-hour parking signs with less obtrusive ones.

They’re also considering turning a few key parking spaces into 30-minute parking only.

Lake currently is leasing a parking lot from the Nazerian family company, and he has an option on another remote lot once that lease is over. The Lake company is running a shuttle from its remote lot for valet workers, and he’d like to expand that eventually so that Bishop Arts workers could park remotely and take the shuttle. Once that gets rolling, he also is considering offering the shuttle as a tips-only service for neighbors during peak times.

Lake says he’ll continue to meet about once a month with DPD and merchants in an effort to tweak parking.

Here’s a map of the new parking plan:

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  • GeneP54

    It took 4 years to come up with THIS?? I hope he wasn’t on a payroll.
    So…now where do we park? I hate going down there because there isn’t adequate parking…and the people are so rude.

  • Sharon secrets

    Truth be told the locals don’t bring business, just gossip. The tourist are and people from other parts of dallas is what keeps bishop arts open.

  • Darryl Baker

    Many of the locals I know no longer go there because of the parking. Hopefully, the tourists have replaced the lost business from us locals so that the parking will no longer be an issue.