Bishop Arts gateway update: Meeting Tuesday, Griggs weighs in

The proposed the Oak Cliff gateway project caused a stir in our neighborhood after preliminary plans for it were released, showing five-story buildings that would replace successful existing businesses.

We asked Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern owner Jay Jerrier last week to comment on the preliminary plans, which call for demolition of the Zoli’s building. He didn’t answer, but he’s been sending us all messages through the restaurant’s sign on West Davis.

The developer, Alamo Manhattan, has promised to conduct many neighborhood meetings to receive feedback throughout the planning process. But one neighborhood group is not waiting for the developer to start the conversation. Neighbor Rob Shearer and Kickstand screen a screening of a documentary, “The Human Scale,” starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16. The film shows the “human needs for inclusion and intimacy” in urban design. A panel of speakers will discuss the future of Bishop Arts after the film. They include City Councilman Scott Griggs, Bishop Arts Village developer Michael Nazerian, Dallas Morning News Architecture critic Mark Lamster and real estate developer Jim Lake.

Griggs weighed in on the project in a newsletter sent to constituents:

The important point for us to remember is that the designs made public recently are very preliminary designs that will be subjected to a rigorous public review process that has not even begun yet.

It’s my understanding is that the project is already undergoing significant modifications based on conversations I’ve had with Alamo Manhattan. And I will continue to oversee the process closely to ensure what eventually gets built retains the flavor and character of the Oak Cliff and Bishop Arts District we enjoy today.

Because the developers will need some funds from the city to make the project a reality (money to replace sewer lines, etc.), the Gateway project will undergo public review at several steps along the way. Each review will allow us to shape the project more to the community’s liking.


By |2015-06-08T15:39:03-05:00June 8th, 2015|Development, News|9 Comments

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  1. OC4Life June 15, 2015 at 2:35 PM

    The joke is that Rob Shearer is associated with it. He was also a HUGE proponent of Sylvan 30. He was, as he often is, very outspoken without the benefit of actual knowledge. His argument for Sylvan 30 was that the development was being designed by a firm from San Antonio. Really. That was his argument. Most people who know him know to be wary of anything he endorses.

  2. Andrew Hudson June 13, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    We gave up on getting a response from the reporter and contacted the film maker… the event is taking place at the Texas Theater.

  3. Andrew Hudson June 9, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Any clues on WHERE this will take place?

  4. Anna June 9, 2015 at 8:23 AM

    A MOVIE??? Are you kidding me??? This is hardly a “panel discussion” since NONE of the adversely affected businesses (ie the ones being bulldozed as a result of Alamo Manhattan) were even invited to be ON the panel It’s a sales pitch! Kickstand is selling everyone a bill of goods, on their “concern” for development. Also…. where are the representatives of the Hispanic community which WILL be affected by this monstrosity?? Oh wait…. they don’t eat at Oddfellows. Nevermind.

  5. Cairenn Day June 8, 2015 at 7:30 PM

    Good to hear that you are including the Hispanic business owners. Oak Cliff is not a lily white, hipster community. It is artists, and artisans (brewers, bakers, chocolatiers, etc), it is all races and ages, it is Goth culture and gamers, and Boomers, it is well off folks and folks struggling to get by, it is folks that LOVE the area for it’s diversity and creativity.

    Let’s all work to keep Oak Cliff, OAK CLIFF and not some cookie cutter ‘fake city’.

  6. Sandy Bates Emmons June 8, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Want to attend another community meeting? Come out to Ten Bells next Monday Evening. Mr. Griggs is invited to come (and we hope he will) and so is any and all media outlets. Hear what the businesses who will be impacted most by this project have to say. There is an effort to get many of the residents that live in and around Bishop Arts to come too. We are making a big effort to reach out to our Hispanic business owners, friends and neighbors to attend and learn more. The meeting will take place Monday, June 15th at 7PM . Come one, come all.

  7. Kristi June 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    It’s a scam. Don’t fall for it! Just ask the people by City Place who are getting a Sam’s!

  8. Michael June 8, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    It’s also frustrating because not one single person on the panel loses anything if this development happens. It’s all developers and “advocates” that talk a lot about stuff.

  9. 75208 June 8, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    This is frustrating and disappointing on many levels but is to be expected. The real disappointment is Hunt’s involvement and what I am suspecting some involvement by Griggs.

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