The Advocate - Will Maddox - 15 Jun 2017
Since Lakewood Theater’s final performance in January 2015, the building has sat vacant. Due to requests for and approval of landmark status, the iconic theater has remained in the new.
Since February of this year, CBRE has been looking for new tenants. Jonathan Diamond is one of the brokers representing Willingham Property Co., who owns the theater, and is hoping to find a single tenant to take on the entire space but is open to other options, too.
What’s next for the landmark?
One possibility, he says, is a Bowl and Barrel-type concept. The upscale boutique bowling alley serves craft beer and cocktails, with a location in the Shops at Park Lane. Diamond mentioned being in touch with The Rustic, the Uptown concert venue and restaurant, as another possible option, as well as Alamo Drafthouse, which will soon be opening at Skillman and Abrams, and Landmark Theatres, which is owned by Dallasite Mark Cuban.
Diamond says that the sizable ceiling heights and lack of columns are advantages for the space, which could be broken into multiple parcels as well. “There’s a hole in that market for soft goods,” he says, referring to non-restaurant uses such as clothing, beauty and pet supply stores.
Diamond says the owners have “gutted it and done all the remediation,” though they have been careful to preserve what made the building a landmark. Norman Alston, a Hollywood-Santa Monica neighbor and architect who specializes in historic structures, worked with the owners to preserve the facade and iconic tower, as well as the interior murals by Dallas Nine artist Perry Nichols. He also discovered from the Lakewood Theater’s original architectural drawings that there likely were plans to add retail space to the theater’s southern wall, which gives the owners the option to build onto the south side and create openings in that wall.
When we spoke with Alston a few months ago, he told us that “the owners think restaurants are the most likely scenario,” but that the brokers were still in conversations with performance and entertainment venues.
“At one point I thought, ‘Well, we’ve been through that list,’ but it turns out that list is much bigger,” Alston says.
Diamond’s view of an ideal tenant for the theater is “a cool bowling alley or another movie theater.”
Whether that’s a likely outcome, however, “comes down to economics,” he says. “There’s a great market. If you look at the demographics over there, they’re very strong. People have money.”
Additional reporting by Keri Mitchell
The Advocate - Will Maddox - 13 JUN 2017
The former home of long-time East Dallas bookstore Lucky Dog Books is ready for a makeover, where developers Brand Capital Partners hope to bring restaurants and retail into the soon-to-be renovated space at 10801 Garland, near the intersection with Easton. An updated development package describes a place “where you can dine on a beautiful patio, enjoy the cool night air and relax in your own neighborhood.”
Jeff Brand, of Brand Capital Partners, says they are meeting with several restaurants interested in the property but don’t have any specific tenants just yet. Brand mentioned that two or three businesses could occupy the space, including non-restaurant options as well.
“We are hoping to add restaurants that will be beneficial to the community, and would appeal to both families and young couples,” he says. “We are interested in having a coffee shop like White Rock Coffee or Cultivar move into the space.”
Brand hopes to take advantage of the post-church brunch crowd, citing the number of churches along Garland Road. He wants to continue the expansion of local, quality restaurants up and down the thoroughfare. “We are trying to make a connection between our location and the restaurants at Peavy and Garland, which we call the ‘Brooklyn of Dallas.'” says Brand, referring to hipster businesses like Goodfriend Package and Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House.
Brand also plans to boost the artistry of the center with murals and other public displays.
The conceptual site plan offers 7,100 square feet inside, with a 2,900-square-foot patio and more than 5,000 square feet of green space. There will also be 55 covered parking spaces. The development plan describes the space as “relaxed, natural and eclectic.”
The Advocate - Will Maddox - 09 JUN 2017
After a dry May, June is more than making up for our lack of rain. Almost exactly two years ago, Instagram was blowing up with pictures of what was being called #rainpocalypse, and this week is doing its best to bring its own #rainageddon, with major downpours last Friday and today. In June of 2015, raging water was just feet from the Garland bridge over White Rock Creek, the boathouse and White Rock Trail were flooded, and low lying areas around the lake turned into impromptu ponds.
The White Rock Lake spillway has flooded several times over the past weeks, with water washing out roads and parks in the neighborhood. According to The Dallas Morning News archives, the lake has flooded following heavy rains since the day it was built. Stay inside, put on some Netflix, and seek some shelter today as the already saturated ground continues to overflow with June rains. At least it isn’t 97 degrees.
The recent rains have brought lots of trash into the park. Help us get it all cleaned up and beautiful again. We provide all the supplies you need! Get your friends and colleagues together and enjoy a nice day in the park and give back to the community at the same time. Thanks to our Second Saturday sponsors, we can provide snacks and clean up supplies. We hope to see you there!
When: Saturday, June 10th
Sign in: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Spruce Up: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: For the Love of the Lake Office
1152 North Buckner Blvd #123
(Casa Linda Plaza near Compass Bank, Facing Buckner)
Summer Hours FTLOTL is taking a summer break.
Our office will be open by appointment only on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of June, July, and August. We are open for business as usual every Second Saturday.
Join us this Saturday at HSMNA's Pollinator Garden in Tenison Park, 9AM-Noon.
We will begin our summer schedule of 2nd and 4th Saturday mornings working to maintain our beautiful garden.
It will be a beautiful, almost- summer morning. Bring your hat and happiness!
Parking is along East Grand between Tenison Memorial and Blair.
Next volunteer day will be Saturday, June 24.
The Dallas Morning News - Kylie Madry - 01 June 2016
A Dallas firefighter-paramedic has been released from the hospital less than a month after nearly being killed by a suicidal gunman in Old East Dallas.
William An joined Dallas Fire-Rescue in 2006.
William An, 36, was shot May 1 while he tended to the first two victims during the rampage in the 3200 block of Reynolds Avenue. The bullets broke his leg and pierced an artery, causing significant blood loss.
When police arrived at the scene, An was lying in the street and the gunman, Derrick Lamont Brown, had holed up inside his home.
Officers drove An in a squad car to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He reportedly went into cardiac arrest three times during surgery.
Lamont was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He had also killed his godfather, 66-year-old Arthur Riggins, and shot a neighbor, who was treated at a hospital.
It was the last Dallas Fire-Rescue vehicle that An rode in, Rescue 19, that drove him home Wednesday.
"Watching Will being released from Baylor Hospital was amazing, especially when you consider where he was just a month ago," Fire Chief David Coatney said in a statement. "None of us could have imagined we'd be at this point, this soon."
An and his wife, Jayne, have a 3-year-old son and are expecting a second child. People who would like to help his family can donate to the Dallas Fire Fighters Association Local 58 Relief Fund at local58relieffund.com or 10956 Audelia Road, Dallas, TX 75243.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 31 May 2017
A bright yellow alien named Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Good Records, 1808 Greenville, to entertain children and adults alike. Grammy-nominated songwriter and illustrator Morgan Taylor is the mastermind behind the animated extraterrestrial, slated to perform at noon. There is no charge to attend. If Taylor’s name is familiar, it’s likely because he is a part of the Polyphonic Sprees, particularly their memorable local Christmas show which used to take place at the Lakewood Theater but has since moved downtown.
The Young Leadership Committee of Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund is hoping to help fund a cure for type 1 diabetes while having fun this Saturday. Brew the Cure at Henderson Tap House includes a day of beers, live music, raffles and more merriment from 2-5 p.m. Tickets are $30 and available here, and all proceeds go toward disease research.
The entire Lakewood Hills neighborhood comes together for one massive garage sale happening this Saturday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Participating neighbors will mark their homes with balloons so shoppers can cruise or walk the blocks looking for treasures.
The library is the place to be this Saturday, whether you want to play or learn. Over at the White Rock Hills branch, 9150 Ferguson Road, a free class will teach participants the basics of coding and software development at 11 a.m. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required by calling 214.670.8443. Then, head over to the Lakewood library, 6121 Worth St., from 2-4 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge with a party that includes Bender the Balloon Guy and face painting. The Lakewood branch will also host local law enforcement from 1-3 p.m., who will be on hand to meet kids, answer questions and get to know the community.
Good Local Market returns with fresh produce, baked goods and artisan crafts every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The event takes place at Lake Pointe Church, 9150 Garland Road.
Alright, pet obsessed readers, this Saturday’s event at Haymaker on Greenville is all for you. From 12:30-2:30 p.m., pet photographer Ziker Barking shares its talents by taking portraits of your favorite four-legged friends (yes, animals other than dogs are welcome, but this will be a dog-heavy event so consider the comfort of your pet). For $30, you get a 6×9 print and all proceeds benefit Dallas Pets Alive. Reserve a time here, and read anything else you’d need to know about the event right here.
Take One Improv brings a night of “Whore Line Is It Anyway” inspired comedy to the Pocket Sandwich Theater on Saturday at 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($7 for students with ID) and available at the door.
Speaking of the Pocket Sandwich, the murderous-comedy “Arsenic and Lace” continues through June 17. Tickets are $10-$12, get more details here.
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We were just notified of Mosquito Spraying this morning. Looks like some of it has already happened.
We wanted to let you know that we will be spraying for abundance of Mosquitos in your Council District. Weather permitting the below areas are scheduled for mosquito control spraying on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 and Wednesday, May 31, 2017 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. each night.
Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 6200 block of Oram Street (75214): BELMONT AVENUE on the north, MODERN PLACE on the west, ABRAMS ROAD on the east, and LIPSCOMB AVENUE on the south.
Control Area: The area to be sprayed is within an area generally bounded by: 7200 block of Vivian Avenue (75223): LA VISTA DRIVE on the north, LINDSLEY AVENUE on the west, EAST GRAND AVENUE on the east, and CLERMONT AVENUE on the south.
The Advocate - Emily Charrier - 30 May 2017
We here in East Dallas clearly have a passion for barnyard pets, based on the number of livestock that end up loose in our blocks. Every week, it seems, there’s a Nextdoor post about a wayward chicken sighting. At least once a year, we here at the Advocate find ourselves writing about a swine on the loose. Just last week, the Dallas Morning News chronicled the police effort to rescue a lost calf from the streets of Lochwood.
It turns out, this saga is something we’ve lived with for well over 100 years. While digging around in the archives, I found what may be the best piece of writing to come from the Dallas Morning News, simply titled “An East Dallas Grievance.” Published in 1885, five years before our neighborhood was annexed into the City of Dallas, the piece chronicles a dispute over loose livestock laws. At the time, “Old Dallas” did not allow animals to run free, while East Dallas had no such law preventing it. The result was the regular problem of East Dallas livestock wandering into Dallas city limits, at which point they became the property of the “old” city.
“If their swine root one inch across the boundary line it immediately becomes the old town’s pork,” the article states. “Their cows can not nip the grass, however tender and luxuriant, on the old town’s side one minute before a booted, spurred and uniformed police man is corralling her. It is then a dollar and a half fine the next morning, or no milk.”
The article ends, “There can never be a settlement of this vexation question till the old town repeals its stock laws, or East Dallas enacts a stock law.”
Today, pet owners can be fined as much as $215 for loose animals, although the city will not round them up and eat them as in days passed. But it’s somehow refreshing to see that loose livestock is a problem that’s plagued East Dallas for at least 132 years.
Last Thursday we had our Night Out On Bishop Arts. One of those Insta Buys from the Auction Party. We had a great time with some libations and finger foods and a designated bus driver.
I wanted to give a Big Thank You to Cody @ Shop Bishop Arts. On top of closing his shops for us and entertaining us, he contributed 10% of our total purchases to our neighborhood. So he wrote a check to HSMNA for $218.
Bishop Street Market
Home on Bishop
Hollywood / Santa Monica Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 140763 Dallas, TX 75214