2017 CLIDE Awards Winners
Emerging from one of the last remaining greenfield tracts in the City of Richardson, CityLine is a dynamic development that rapidly took shape as a dense, transit-oriented neighborhood. Comprising a regional employment center; thousands of homes; extensive retail, restaurant and entertainment options; and a diversity of recreational amenities, CityLine is woven together by a coherent network of walkable streets and multi-use trails. CityLine's physical form is organized as two distinct districts—a compact, walkable urban core of approximately 120 acres and a more conventionally suburban periphery, about 80 additional acres, that buttresses the urban center while accommodating a less dense transition to nearby single family neighborhoods. CityLine provides pedestrian-friendly facilities throughout the development through a network of broad, sidewalks and multi-use trails.
Award Recipients: City of Richardson
"Building a park and green space is a nice gesture to attract people to use it, and they are within a stone's throw of a massive freeway intersection, and that is remarkable. Cityline is a world in and of itself."
The Village of Rowlett is the realization of the City's downtown strategic redevelopment plan enacted in 2012. This $40M development is being implemented through a public/private partnership that expands the downtown into a series of walkable streets and open spaces defined by unique mixed-use and mixed-density residential buildings.
The transit-oriented development plan creates a new street grid with high quality streetscapes that integrate the existing DART light rail station, includes the new central library for the City, restaurants with outdoor dining along Main Street, and a range of new housing types including 3-story lofts, ground level live/work units, 2 story bungalow court homes, and 2 story townhomes. The design is based on an agrarian urbanism concept that incorporates agri-industrial architectural forms, is organized around a large central community garden and preserves large stands of existing trees and wetlands. The development will be truly unique within DFW as example of a sustainable, high-design, new development that is fully integrated into its historic context to create a new center of community and activity for this suburban City with an identity all to its own.
Award Recipients: City of Rowlett, Catalyst Urban Development, Integral Development.
"The scale of it and the feel of it makes a remarkable transformation into an interesting place, creating a sense of place and sense of community."
Tyler Station is the private renovation of a 1920's industrial property, originally occupied by Dixie Wax Paper Company, into a light manufacturing, retail and office co-working community. The idea to house a community of multi-purpose industrial, retail, and office users was born while searching for a buyer for 1300 S Polk Street in Dallas. Monte Anderson and his Options Real Estate team knew this iconic building had a better future than the landfill. With vision, experience, and financial creativity, the right team was assembled and Tyler Station LLC began its journey in May 2016. At 110,000 square feet, Tyler Station will provide an entrepreneurial workplace destination while connecting the DART light rail Tyler Vernon Station to the neighborhoods of Elmwood and Polk-Vernon.
The first success was to save the building. Tyler Station is currently 50% complete and 20% occupied with pre-leases signed for 70% occupancy. They plan for Tyler Station to be very successful, provide return on investment to the partners and to be a destination along the southern Dallas DART Rail line.
Award Recipients: Options Real Estate Investments Inc., Dallas Area Rapid Transit City of Dallas, Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Polk-Vernon Neighborhood.
"From a redevelopment aspect, they have a variety of different users that have come together to bring new life and energy"
Fort Worth's East Rosedale Street connects a population of approximately 12,000 to the City's downtown to the west and to the neighboring City of Arlington on the east. The project limits span approximately two miles. The East Rosedale project is located in the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood and is bounded by regional highways – I-30 on the north, U.S. Highway 287 along the southeast edge, and East Loop 820 on the east. Rosedale has long served as a Main Street for the area's diverse population, anchored by Texas Wesleyan University (TWU), Polytechnic High School, and several churches and retail centers along the south side of the street. In recent years, Polytechnic Heights has been the focus of both public and private projects dubbed The East Rosedale Renaissance.
Working with residents, TWU, Tarrant County, Fort Worth Public Art, and business leaders, the City of Fort Worth and the design team produced a design and construction program that helped improve traffic flow, increase traffic safety, enable more and safer pedestrian activity, enhanced the area's appearance, improved drainage particularly in the area's largest park, incorporates public art, and moves the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood closer to its vision as a center for urban life.
Award Recipients: City of Fort Worth, Freese and Nichols, Texas Wesleyan University, and the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
"The efforts to recapture what had been a suburban strip court was a pretty remarkable effort. This community has come a long way."
The Wayne Ferguson Old Town Plaza is a 1.5-acre urban park and community gathering place located in the heart of Old Town Lewisville. The plaza sits across the street from Lewisville City Hall and the Medical City of Lewisville Grand Theater and is adjacent to the historic Main Street commercial district. The plaza was originally known as the Old Town Plaza but was named the Wayne Ferguson Plaza with the dedication ceremony held on October 13, 2015. The Plaza is a place-specific gathering site that harmonizes environmental stewardship, economic development, and a commitment to the arts—and strengthens Old Town as a destination for both locals and visitors. Lewisville had invested in reestablishing itself in Old Town through the construction of a new City Hall in 2002. Existing improvements to Main Street were helping to identify character and enhance the pedestrian environment.
The Plaza has become the heart of Lewisville and a place for community. The Plaza hosts numerous events throughout the year that bring visitors both local and from afar to the Lewisville. The bigger events that throughout the year have an impressive economic benefit to the City.
Award Recipient: City of Lewisville
"It is at its core a town center gathering space, with the story and the flow and elements. I liked the feel of it and can imagine myself sitting their experiencing it. They did a lot with a small space."
Texas Trees Foundation launched its Cool Schools Program in early 2016 to provide outdoor learning centers and enhanced tree canopies on Dallas ISD elementary campuses that will ultimately serve to educate our children on the benefits of trees in healthier outdoor environments, and to reduce the urban heat island effect through the cooling effects of improved tree canopies. Each school landscape design is developed with input from a Green Team of teachers and students so the budget varies but is approximately $75K per school.
One of two pilot schools for 2016 is Onesimo Hernandez Elementary located in the Medical District where tree canopy is only 7% (a healthy tree canopy is 40%). The Medical District is one of the hottest areas of Dallas in need of mitigation through the planting of trees to provide shade and other environmental benefits.
With the success of the pilot program, Texas Trees Foundation are moving forward with two additional Cool Schools in 2017 and eventually all 151 DISD Elementary campuses.
Award Recipients: Texas Trees Foundation, Dallas Independent School District.
"The notion of taking these places and adding trees to them has a really great impact on the community and can give a sense of joy... It's an important piece of the puzzle for the DFW Metroplex."
The Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC), founded in 1946, is the oldest Dallas area civic organization that focuses on issues shaping regional growth. The GDPC's membership is comprised of a group of successful professionals from architect design firms, planning consultants, construction and engineering firms, developers, real estate industry leaders, community and civic organizations, corporations and municipal entities. The GDPC members evaluate local and regional policies in order to promote the long-term sustainability of the City of Dallas and surrounding region.
Urban design issues, economic development, transportation, water issues, energy and education remain a core focus of the organization. A variety of issue task forces bring together professionals concerned about the future of the region and evaluate policies and new design concepts. The members of the task forces evaluate information, invite area leaders to their meetings and develop policy recommendations that are forwarded to local leaders and the media. In order to promote a better understanding of issues facing the region, the GDPC sponsors monthly breakfast meetings open to members and non-members. These breakfast meetings include a presentation by local politicians and leaders on issues ranging from urban development, education reform, transportation changes, water planning and other timely issues.
Award Recipient: Greater Dallas Planning Council (GDPC)
"Other cities have multiple organizations that aspire to this, but they aren't comprehensively gathered the way the GDPC seems to be. You see it reflected in the Dallas that you witness today."
The Berry/University Urban Village/TOD Development Plan and Form-Based Code was funded through NCTCOG's Sustainable Development Program. Additional funding was provided by the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Texas Christian University, and the Berry Street Initiative.
The Berry/University Development Plan assessed market opportunities and provided detailed recommendations supported by extensive graphics for activating Berry Street, including expanding pedestrian and bicycle-oriented streetscape improvements, adaptively reusing existing buildings, and connecting to nearby centers. The plan also provided recommendations for preserving surrounding neighborhoods by promoting more affordable higher density residential close to Berry Street and facilitating a range of "missing middle" housing choices, while improving walkability in the neighborhood and connection to the Trinity Trails system and other destinations. The plan embraced transit, and particularly the future TEX Rail station and transit center at Berry & Cleburne, providing tactical urbanism recommendations, identifying targeted short-term improvements, and addressing needed stormwater management improvements that support higher density, amenity rich development.
Award Recipient: City of Fort Worth, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth Transportation Authority, Berry Street Initiative
"This is phenomenally thorough, well-illustrated, and well-done. They really did try to reach out to the neighborhood to arrive at what you see here."
The following comments were made regarding Sandra Dennhey and Linda Clark, two contributing partners in the project who have since passed:
"Linda Clarke and Sandra Dennehy were cut out if the same cloth when it came to advocacy. They both loved their City and were passionate about their neighborhood. Face to face meetings were their mode of operation. Dialogue led to plans; plans to action. They organized neighborhoods groups and stakeholders-- always taking time to ensure that everyone knew how a zoning issue or a develop would affect their neighborhood. After Linda passed away, Sandra made it certain that no BSIs momentum would be lost - and none was. Once a neighborhood group from the other side of Fort Worth asked Sandra how BSI could get things done overnight - Sandra said, if your definition of 'overnight' is 17 years, then I guess we are pretty fast!! She went on to say - it takes time to fight for your city. You listen, you build coalitions and don't take 'no' for and answer."
The Dallas Complete Streets Design Manual was adopted by City Council Resolution in January 2016 as a policy guide to be used by every city agency responsible for transportation projects. It also serves as a guide for developers to improve the quality of public spaces and transportation networks adjacent to their projects. The city launched its Complete Streets initiative in June 2011 with a series of public meetings and workshops. Over the next several years several compete street infrastructure projects have been constructed based on recommendations from the Complete Streets Manual, with many more in various stages of design.
The manual's goal is to serve as a design guide for creating more sustainable, multi-modal streets while making Dallas' infrastructure design process more transparent and community-oriented. Design guidelines range from preferred street component widths, bike lane recommendations, pedestrian safety improvements and various other design suggestions which inform the roadway design process. The manual also includes a checklist to be filled out at the very beginning of the planning process to ensure every complete street component is considered for each infrastructure project on a case-by-case basis.
Award Recipients: City of Dallas, Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), Kimley-Horn.
"Bravo. This is a thoughtful approach that other cities will be benefited if they modeled after it. They have done a thorough job of taking the streets and making them more walkable, vibrant, and livable."