Dallas City Council awarded $785,000 to Hogg Elementary this week for exterior improvements, including sidewalks, a pedestrian path and fencing.
The work includes continuous sidewalks and curbs on streets surrounding the school, plus an interior pedestrian pathway, and a perimeter fence.
“These are street improvements in an area that desperately needs it,” City Councilman Chad West said. “This is going to be an amenity for the entire community.”
The money will come from the Oak Cliff Gateway TIF district, a fund consisting of local property taxes, which was created in 1992. Councilman Tennell Atkins noted that Texas law no longer allows TIF funds to pay for public school improvements, and this fund is one of the last still operating under the old rules.
It still has about $700,000, said Courtney Pogue, the city’s Economic Development director.
Next the city will put the project out for bids.