Griggs: Six-lane Jefferson Memorial bridge would kill Gateway

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Among Councilman Scott Griggs’ goals for the Oak Cliff Gateway is to kill the planned Jefferson-Memorial Connector bridge.

Griggs hosted a community meeting on the Oak Cliff Gateway plan Tuesday night, and about 100 neighbors showed up for the presentation and Q&A. A second community meeting starts at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at Kidd Springs Park Recreation Center.

The Texas Department of Transportation’s planned Jefferson-Memorial bridge would replace the current Jefferson Viaduct. The two-way bridge would have six lanes, including a high-speed connector to Interstate 35. The bridge would be high enough — nearly four stories — to connect to the planned Trinity Tollway.

The bridge would deter the walkable, urban development most neighbors say they want, Griggs says.

“We need to politely ask TxDOT to rethink their plans,” Griggs said. “Freeways kill neighborhoods. Nothing wants to get near them except big-box retailers like Sam’s and Walmart.”

The good news, he says, is that the bridge is unfunded, and the highway department “has to much to do” that it is unlikely to pursue projects that are politically unpopular.

Goals for the Gateway

Regarding the Gateway plan itself, Griggs told neighbors: “We can go as fast or as slow as the community wants,” in moving it through City Hall.

Griggs wants to require the gateway zoning to be reviewed in five years because “we’re not going to get it all right the first time,” he says.

The plan also needs a thoroughfare plan, he says. And he wants to make sure there is a transportation plan for Beckley Avenue before moving forward.

He outlined points that community members have brought up to him:

*How the zoning will affect Kidd Springs and East Kessler residents

*Minimizing parking woes, especially from restaurants

*Creating a medical district overlay for Methodist hospital and properties it owns

*Allowing the Lake Cliff Historic District to take the opportunity to review its rules

These are additional goals Griggs has for the zoning:

*Avoid cutting out existing businesses whose uses wouldn’t conform to walkable/mixed-use zoning, such as  the Lone Star Donuts factory on Beckley

*Make clear for builders and developers where we want high density

*Encourage office uses. Oak Cliff has many restaurants and personal services businesses, but no much office, so Griggs thinks there is an opportunity for job creation in the neighborhood.

*Require builders and developers to submit to non-binding peer reviews on their building designs

*Create incentives for property owners to seek landmark status

The full presentation fro Griggs is below, followed by detailed maps of the gateway zoning proposal.

OC Gateway Presentation_2014!07!29 by Advocate Media

Oak Cliff Gateway CPC Zoning Map July 2014 Presentation by Advocate Media

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  1. LeAnn Lewis August 5, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Me too

  2. […] at Kidd Springs Park Recreation Center Tuesday, Griggs said work on a transportation plan for the Oak Cliff Gateway proposal is […]

  3. […] Members of LCNA have been open to allowing other forms of development within specific segments of the neighborhood.  During the last round of discussions in 2011-2012, LCNA representatives (Mendoza, Holt & Garza) advised the Gateway Steering Committee to recommend changes to the ordinance.  These recommendations were forwarded to the City of Dallas and they included language allowing new construction of building types such as manor houses (Colorado & Blaylock), duplexes and four-plexes (such as found on Marsalis) and small scale apartment buildings (like the Bomar or structures on Blaylock and Crawford) on segments of Marsalis Avenue, Crawford Street, and Blaylock Street.  LCNA representatives also advised the committee to recommend limited commercial activity on Marsalis Avenue, from Colorado to 8th Street.  In addition to the bookends of a daycare center and a retail store, new uses might include activities scaled to fit the street like an insurance agent, barbershop, or professional services like law, accounting or architecture.  In fact, encouraging office uses within the Gateway is one of the goals outlined during town hall meeting on July 29.   >> […]

  4. downtownworker July 31, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    We need the next mayor of Dallas to be a Trinity tollway opponent, and both these gentlemen fit the bill. Personally I think Mr. Griggs is awesome and should be the next mayor.

  5. bbetzen July 31, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Both Griggs and Kingston have the philosophy of service to residents and respect for the environment that is appreciated all over the city. If they keep up their track record I hope they will both have their time as Mayor of Dallas. This is the type of service the residents of Dallas need. It will move Dallas closer and closer to being the “world class” city we talk about, a city everyone will want to live in.

  6. Lee Gibson July 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Scott Griggs and Kingston are the best council members we have right now.

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