City Council approves $5 million for Bishop Arts Village

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Work could begin as soon as June on a $42-million project to build apartments, shops, restaurants and offices between the Bishop Arts District and Jefferson Boulevard.

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City Council on Wednesday approved a proposal to make 4.5 acres roughly bounded by Madison, Melba, Bishop and Ninth part of the Oak Cliff Gateway TIF District, making available $5 million in reimbursements for the Nazerian family’s mixed-use project, called Bishop Arts Village.

The developers say tax increment financing is necessary so that the project will vibe with Bishop Arts in the way of sidewalk width and style, lighting and building alignment, as well as amenities such as space for outdoor performances. The project also will include underground parking and will make some spaces available for public use.

The city in 2010 gave the developers $2 million in economic development funds to buy properties as part of its assemblage of the acreage. The family first started buying properties about 10 years ago.

City Councilman Scott Griggs said the project is “critical to grow the area.”

“I appreciate the Nazerians’ vision for acquiring the land before the success of the Bishop Arts District was really realized,” he said.

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  • If you want to see what “investors” will do with public money, look at what they’ve done. I know craftsmen who worked for these people. They did garbage work for garbage land owners. Makes total sense that the city would reward slumbags by giving them millions of dollars to continue to steal from the residents and to squeeze out the poor, who made them rich! DISGUSTING!

  • Why don’t they spread that money around to the rest of Oak Cliff?
    The Bishop Arts District is one tiny section of Oak Cliff. Do you think all those owners live in Oak Cliff? We need so many roads repaired in in Oak Cliff. Beautification of Oak Cliff would be nice as well…..North Dallas is always taken care of.

  • I think it’s funny that we’ve once again got millions to throw at subsidies for out of state property developers but our basic city services like libraries and animal rescues fight for every last dollar. I’m more than happy to give them zoning changes to build this project, but not money from our woefully underfunded city budget. I’m actually incredibly disappointed to see Scott Griggs voting for money to go to this project. He will not be getting any more political donations from me.

  • Zolas Everyday Vintage is moving from BAD to 1318 West Davis. The Cozzy Cottage is moving into the same building. Thing will be very different very soon.

  • Maybe my eyes are not awake yet but are they booting out people that already live there? What are the plans for all the new traffic and parking issues? It already is hard to get to BAD and no I cannot always take the DART there or ride my bike. In fact I just dont go here as much and it’s sad.

  • Why the subsidy? North Oak Cliff has already been blossoming “naturally” (privately) for 15 years. Sustainable growth must be a “fine-grained approach”!

    “Now, what if rather than spending $300 million (I would argue even $5m) at once in one area, we invested in 30 of these neighborhood-scaled investments, restitching
    the neighborhoods to their core, and activating those centers with
    opportunities for new, small entrepreneurs around the city?”

  • Jonathan – it is my understanding that the Davis Street improvements start this week! They have already set up a staging area for equipment/ materials behind the Kessler.

  • How about we start and complete the Davis St corridor project first. Fixing the sidewalk network, improved landscaping is very important to continue it’s transformation.

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