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Overhaul of West Davis sidewalks coming this year

Wide sidewalks and street trees like these are the goal for West Davis. Photo courtesy of Good Space

Wide sidewalks and street trees like these are the goal for West Davis. Photo courtesy of Good Space

This time next year, West Davis should have a new look.

The city is spending nearly $1 million to create continuous sidewalks along the corridor, from Montclair to Zang.

A design contract is expected to be awarded this month based on recommendations in the City Design Studio’s report detailing the consensus from neighborhood meetings and goals for the street.

Davis is a thoroughfare for cars, and the street also needs a “generous sidewalk through-way” to give it more life, the City Design Studio report states.

Wide, continuous sidewalks will connect nodes of activity from Bishop Arts to the Kessler Theater to Tyler Street and Winnetka Heights/Kings Highway. The report also calls for crosswalks and buffers such as trees, planters, light fixtures and benches between pedestrians and cars. Sidewalks alone, however, likely will burn the available $979,000 in TIF money, so the city is looking for other ways to fund the street’s beautification.

Some other funding already has been located. The Kessler Theater received a $60,000 grant from the North Texas Council of Governments to improve its sidewalks and streetscape. About $440,000 has been set aside for improvements at the crossing of Tyler and Kings Highway. And the plaza at Rosemont between Seventh and Davis will get a $200,000 makeover once the design work is finished sometime in the next few months.

“All these projects are happening at the same time,” says Evan Sheets of City Design Studio. “We want to look at them as one project and do them all with the same design.”

Once a design firm is hired for the project, it will be expected to gather input from the community throughout the project, Sheets says.

By |2015-02-18T12:03:09-05:00January 7th, 2014|Development, News|8 Comments

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8 Comments

  1. […] The city has $979,000 in TIF money for projects to improve the West Davis corridor. Neighbors wanted street lights, trees and other amenities. But the City Design Studio discovered in 2013 that the funds would be just about enough to create wide, continuous sidewalks throughout the corridor. The project had been scheduled to start last year. […]

  2. bill December 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    any idea when this might actually start as its now the end of the year and nothing seems to be happening.?

  3. Ryan Behring October 1, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    The capital improvements website has the construction award happening July 20th of next year. http://gis.dallascityhall.com/bond/

  4. […] Kessler corner is significant because it is expected to set the tone for West Davis sidewalk improvements, for which the city has $979,000 from a TIF district. WANT MORE? Click to sign up for the […]

  5. Doug March 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Is there any update on this? Has the project been delayed?

  6. […] We pulled all these photos from the City Design Studio’s report on the West Davis Study. You don’t have to read the whole thing because we broke it down for you here. […]

  7. […] Work could begin on a $220,000 makeover for the theater’s sidewalks in the next few months, and the corner is expected to set the tone for upcoming improvements all along West Davis. […]

  8. robertcash4 January 9, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Very nice. Thank you for the info.

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