Jubilee Park Residents Still Aren't Jubilant About DISD's Plans For School, Parking Lot

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Jubilee Park Residents and DISD have been brawling for well over a year.
Residents of Jubilee Park, the neighborhood of modest single-family homes just north of Fair Park, have become conditioned to distrust, if not fear, the Dallas Independent School District. For as long as we can recall, DISD has grappled with plans for a new O.M. Elementary school in the area, and residents, kept in the dark about DISD's plans, once worried their homes would be snatched up through eminent domain so the district could forge ahead with plans for a bigger, better 2008 bond-money-funded school that could accommodate more than 800 students, 300 over its current capacity.

Residents' worries haven't been unfounded. The district began eminent domain proceedings to take several homes, then backed off, continuing a flip-flop that kept neighbors teetering at the edge of their porches. And as of just a few weeks ago, the historic elementary school is a pile of rubbish, as are some homes that have also been torn down, and the fate of the land is still in question, pending City Plan Commission approval.

At the moment, at least, the argument has boiled down to a parking lot.

This afternoon, DISD faced the City Plan Commission hoping commissioners would rubber-stamp the replatting of two separate tracks of land -- one where the old school once stood, and an area across Philip Avenue that would be used for a faculty parking lot.

"They have destroyed this community piece by piece, bit by bit," Norma Hernandez told commissioners, referring to the district. "We are a community, we are a neighborhood, and we want to stay that way." She says she doesn't want the parking lot bringing more traffic, noise and exhaust to her street.

The item was dismissed, for now -- through a technicality. The language in the public notice did not accurately describe the proposal. The item can come in front of the commission again in a month once the wording is corrected.

For a neighborhood with a name that belongs in Candy Land, this has been a bitter war.

DISD's longtime representative Karl Crawley, of Masterplan Consulting, told commissioners that, given the land the district was able to acquire, this plan was the safest and most logical -- "the best we could do." As for the use of eminent domain, he said, "[The lots] were purchased on an agreed price between the owner and the district."

"There was thought of doing eminent domain, and we may have started the process, but we stopped," Crawley said in response to commissioner Sally Wolfish bringing up a letter that was sent to neighborhood residents. Responding to another question from the commission, he said that the district is finished purchasing land in the area unless someone approaches them offering to sell their property.

"Everyone who has lived here has lived here for a very long time," said Shawn Busari, whose family home the district tried to buy for a lousy $50,000. "I don't know if any of you have ever felt a sense of betrayal, because this is what it's become."

At the conclusion of the meeting, Wolfish clarified that the replat request was denied not because of "merit" but because of the technical "error."

"We'll come back," Hernandez told Busari as they left.

"And we'll come in larger numbers," Busari said.


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alfredo
alfredo

I'd like to see a breakdown of the purposed staffing pattern at this school to justify a 114 space parking lot. 

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

The house may be on the tax rolls for $30K and DISD may very well have offered more than that.

Big deal.

You'd have to pay me a million dollars to move from my worth-much-less-than-that house because I DON'T WANT TO MOVE.

If I'm selling my house, I have to take what the market will pay.If you are forcing me to move, I'm going to want triple or more what the market would bear just for the hassle of having to pack up and move.

Welcome to the real world, DISD.

B4REAL
B4REAL

First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans?  Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives. 

B4REAL
B4REAL

First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans?  Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives.  Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

B4REAL
B4REAL

Milkman Dan and Chuck E First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans?  Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives. To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Milkman Dan and Chuck E First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans? 

Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives. To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Borborygmus
Borborygmus

This is just so confusing and irrational. I understand the part about the earlier "eminent domain" issue, and the district backed down on that when faced with neighborhood outrage. Years ago they would have fought for their rights over the homeowners, spending tax dollars on lawyers instead of educating kids. So I score "1" for the district for making that choice. Now, if the quote above was taken in context you have neighbors saying stuff like, " 'We are a community, we are a neighborhood, and we want to stay that way.' She says she doesn't want the parking lot bringing more traffic, noise and exhaust to her street."  All it is doing is replacing the exact same traffic, noise and exhaust that is currently handled, in bringing kids to and from school, in teachers driving to work, in parents visiting their kid's school.

What is more "neighborhood" than a strong school? And it's replacing an old school where kids were crammed in, where teachers couldn't find a parking place at work. Y'know what's going to be sweet for the neighborhood? A new playground park for kids to play on. A place to study where teachers don't have to rotate classrooms, where the library can accommodate more books, where the air conditioning works.

So again, the eminent domain issue was off the table, people sold their houses willingly and for an agreed upon price, the area is getting a new school, hopefully with a parking lot for teachers to park in, the kids will get a better educational experience.  I get the history, if anything this is an example of a district that has listened to the objections of the neighbors. 

Many areas of the city has its "history" to overcome, but, please explain how this singular incident is a "betrayal" in how it has resolved itself?

MattL1
MattL1

Just to clarify, how large is this parking lot going to be in terms of number of spaces?  

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ChuckE
ChuckE

The home is listed on the tax rolls at about $30k.

Jonah Christian
Jonah Christian

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Milkman Dan
Milkman Dan

Who is the actual owner of the "family home" of Shawn Busari? It does not appear on DCAD and I want to make sure it is tax-appraised at over a "lousy" $50,000.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Good luck!   We the voters and taxpayers are not allowed to view such documents..those plans are only for exclusive members making deals under the table and deals going on behind the curtain of corruption.

Open your eyes
Open your eyes

You Don't Live or drive thru there, and you don't pay attention to what you Read --- The Parking Lots will be between the homes that didn't SELL OUT---1- The School was half full not crammed, They will now bus kids over from other schools to fill this new school and as for the teachers, The Residents from day 1 said, DISD should give the money to them, not thier freinds...And as for the air conditioning not working at some schools. the Brand NEW A/C unit that was on top of O.M. Roberts, Just a few years old,  new windows, and 2.6 mllions dollars worth of repairs, all come crashing down with the school. REAL Bright, So put the blinders back on Mr. Borborygmus. and follow blindly

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

 The parking lot will hold 114 spaces.  Isn't that double what code permits? Can someone clarify? Mr. Crawley said "We would have loved to have a better design, but this is what we have today." Not true!!  There was an alternate plan provided by the BC Workshop proposing 3,200 square feet of parking within the school grounds approximately over a 100 parking spaces.  But, DISD refused to consider the plan.   Also, there are several vacant abandoned buildings on East Grand across from the school site.  It's been suggested to DISD time and time again to consider those buildings for the parking lot.  But, time and time again DISD has taken every opportunity to NOT co-operate with the needs and wants of the community and its taxpayers and voters. The community gathered over 1,600 signatures for a petition requesting DISD to consider another site just seven blocks away.  But, what did DISD do?  First they said they couldn't change the boundaries then they said they were going to sell the land to Dallas' Fair Park.   But, to top it off Board member Parrott contacted one of the residents and was out of line and furious about the petition.  Wait a minute didn't DISD just have a meeting this week about redistricting? Read all about Board Member Parrott's conversation here: http://www.stopdisd.org/the-in...   

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

 Milkman Dan and Chuck E First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans?  Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income. 

He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through... you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying their lives. To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Stopdisd.org
Stopdisd.org

 Milkman Dan and Chuck E First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans? 

Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives. To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

Milkman Dan and Chuck E First Ms. Busari's home is and was NOT for sale...so, if it's not for sale it doesn't matter how much it's appraised for.      But, lets be realistic ok you say DISD is offering $20k more than what the house is worth WOW what a deal!!  Ms. Busari's brother who resides in the home is a disabled veteran with $50k where is he going to go?   A nursing home?  $50k would only cover about 6 years worth of care at a nursing home?    Well maybe he can buy another home... maybe a fixer upper?   $50k is not even half of what a new home cost. So, what happens if the funds run out for the nursing home or he can't obtain another home will he become homeless like other veterans?  

Remember this gentleman is disabled with a fixed income.  He has served his country and this is how we repay him...by taking his home that was NOT for sale and rewarding him with a generous $50K all this for an unnecessary parking lot or now these toxic geo-thermal fields? If you've ever visited DISD's HQ there is a picture that is hung in the waiting area it reads "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"    Please put yourself in Ms. Busari's shoes and you will realize the injustice that she and her family are going through. you will realize that right before your eyes DISD is in reality stealing these homes and destroying lives. To learn more visit www.StopDISD.org Check out two videos about the issue. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

Sam
Sam

Can you elaborate on plans to 'bus' children to the new school? That doesn't make much sense when it borders Mount Auburn and Zaragosa, which are full.

MattL1
MattL1

For a brand new school?  I'd take the parking lot.  Just close your eyes and think of England...

Open your eyes
Open your eyes

At a community meeting in March of 2010, Board Member Bernadette Nutall informed the community that DISD was guarding itself against an uncertain economy, and that DISD proposed to close three area schools in the near future due to low enrollment numbers.  She came up with endless excuses on why she could not revel the names of the affected schools but, did mention these students would be bussed over to the new O.M. Roberts. .....and that's all we know since all of DISD's plans are written in invisable ink. And what they tell, most of the time are lies  Ms. Nutall also informed the community that O.M. Roberts elementary had declining enrollment numbers but that DISD had a vision for the school.  (A vision for DISD that has become a nightmare for the community).  Ms. Nutall informed the community that DISD was planning to demolish the O.M. Roberts school in order to make way for a new school accommodating 800 students, even though millions of dollars were just spent to renovate it.

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