Match Game: Before Council Takes NCTCOG Development Funds, a Peek at the Projects
|There was a competition to redo the Routh Street underpass that serves as an Arts District gateway. That was in '06.|
This afternoon the council's Transportation and Environment Committee will sneak peek the projects in advance of the vote; you can see the whole list here -- necessary for council inspection because NCTCOG's money only goes so far, 80 percent of the way. Some things on the to-do list (like, say, Atmos or the so-called Edison/Hi Line Stemmons/Rail Transit Underpass Connection) will be done with private funds. The where-from funding for others is still in doubt -- like the convention center thing, where it says another half a mil will come from "private funds and/or City 2006 bond project" (well ...?).
NCTCOG has also agreed to partially fund three Sustainable Development Planning Projects totalling $305,000: the Santa Fe Trail Corridor Study (which will look at linking "Deep Ellum to White Rock Lake and pedestrian connectivity including determining trail access points, security, wayfinding, landscaping, furnishings, rest areas"), the Building Blocks Sustainable Development District (needed to "study transit and pedestrian connectivity, land use and context-sensitive design to create a sustainable development district in the Southern Sector of Downtown Dallas, from the Farmers Market to the Trinity, Young Street and IH-30") and LBJ/Skillman Urban Planning Initiative (which is self-explanatory). Dallas -- we loves us some studies.