BPSPA needs volunteers to join the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 season. A successful pool season can only be maintained by the incredible volunteers for each position. It is a team effort, whereby you meet new people and ensure quality and growth of the pool surroundings. In addition, a year of free membership is offered after completion of an elected season. Election will be held at the annual general meeting in March 2017.
The following positions need to be filled:
President – oversee the financial and maintenance operations for the pool and grounds
Vice President – support the BPSPA President
Building and Grounds – plan and supervise all construction, repairs and maintenance of pool and grounds
Social – (can be combined with Secretary/Communications) manage BPSPA calendar functions
We ended 2016 with a great holiday party – food, drink and good fellowship. All will agree, we had a very good time. Many thanks to Kim Callahan for arrangements. Also, the Tree Festival in Exall Park was the best
ever, with 13 entries in the contest, raising funds for park maintenance.
Now it’s time to look forward to the new year. Keep an eye on the newsletter for upcoming important events. The newsletter is our best vehicle for communicating directly with you.
The first important event this year is a meeting with the City Attorney on January 19 at the clubhouse concerning developments at Bungalow Beach . See the front-page notice for specifics. See you there.
Many of you have been adversely affected by the rowdy and outrageous behavior of some of the patrons at Sunset Lounge and Bungalow Beach. There has been a lot of activity in the background by community leaders (spearheaded by Brad Vance) in conjunction with the Melody Lewis, City Attorney, the DPD, and the Code Enforcement Department.
Please come meet with the City of Dallas to discuss progress to date and future next steps.
Date: Thursday, January 19th (6pm-7:30pm)
Location: Clubhouse @ Bryan Place Pool Association (3030 Adolph Street)
The agenda for the meeting is:
Update of activities (provided by city)
Next steps (provided by the City)
Opportunity for YOU to provide feedback on items 1 & 2 and brainstorm on next steps
This meeting is 90 minutes and will be attended by:
City Attorney’s office
Dallas Police Department
Councilman Philip Kingston (pending schedule alignment)
Many of you have stayed vigilant and reported loud noise and bad behavior and supported our cause to get these bad businesses under control in our neighborhood. Thank you for that effort.
This is the next checkpoint in the marathon to control bad actors. Those who have been actively involved with the City thus far look forward to seeing you there. We still need your help and support! The battle is not over.
Many of you are familiar with the Elan Light, Phase II, development planned for Live Oak at Central. At last month’s City Council hearing, a group of residents at 3030 Bryan and the condos on Live Oak objected to the planned building height. Originally planned for 160 ft. in height, affected residents objected to the building’s potential to block their roof-top view of downtown.
Since then, Greystar has redesigned the building to accommodate those residents’ concerns. The building is now planned for three different heights of 110 ft., 125 ft., and 180 ft. at the rear of the building. In this way the line-of- sight along Live Oak is reduced to within 10 ft. of current permitted height. The height at the rear portion of land is reduced from the permitted 270 ft. to 180 ft. This allows the developer to maintain the planned apartment density, retain plans for the Tom Thumb with garden cafe, and address height concerns along Live Oak.
There will probably soon be another City Council hearing to move this project forward. The developers have been working off and on for ten years to make this project a reality. They have worked consistently to inform the neighborhood of plans and address our concerns. At this point, we would like to assess the level of support for the newly redesigned Elan Lights, Phases II.
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Many of you know that the Bryan Place’s Happy Shapes project for lighting under the bridge at Central has been delayed for several years. The latest news, though, is that the art will not be placed at its planned location under the bridge.
Now we must decide whether we want the art relocated in Exall Park or whether we want to abandon the project altogether. Kay Kallos, Public Art Program Manager for the City of Dallas, will make a presentation at the General Meeting about our current options. She is also attempting to have the artists send a mock-up of one of the figures, along with a sample of the material to be used. Of course, at this point if we choose to go forward with the art, the figures can be scaled down and the number of figures can be reduced. Please come to the General Meeting to let you voice be heard in this important decision for Bryan Place.
The meet and greet starts at 6:30pm in the Pool House at 3030 Adolph with the meeting starting at 7:00pm.
More important news for our area is that the building at Hall and Ross has three tenants to fill the building. The building owner has worked hard to find tenants that he believes will be good for the area. He and his family plan to keep the building far into the future, and he wants to be a good neighbor. You can go on-line to the website for each of the establishments and explore information about the operations.
The largest will be Little Woodrow’s, which is a small-chain sports bar. They have acquired parking down the block to handle their parking needs.
Lots of residents have been disturbed by the shenanigans at Bungalow Beach and Sunset Lounge on Ross. Not only are the patrons loud and drunk in public, parking in our neighborhood, leaving behind bottles and other debris in yards, but they sometimes brawl in the street.
Please know that I and several of the HOA area leaders, including Brad Vance, the editor of Nextdoor Bryan Place, are exploring what steps we can take to resolve this unacceptable situation. We’ll meet with Council Member Kingston later this month.
Dallas – Ground spraying activities for mosquito control in the City of Dallas will be based on a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito trap result from a public health laboratory or a consistently high mosquito trap count as outlined under the City of Dallas 2016 Mosquito Control Plan.
Additionally, localized spraying may occur if a confirmed human case of the Zika Virus is detected in the City of Dallas. The spray radius for the Zika Virus will be based on surveillance.
Only EPA approved products for ground spraying will be used.
Products will only be dispensed from an ultra-low volume (ULV) truck mounted sprayer or a back pack sprayer (if conducting localized spraying).
Spray activities for WNV will take place between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
Spray activities for Zika Virus may occur during the day.
WNV spray activities will begin within 5-7 hours after the City is notified by the lab of a positive mosquito trap. All locations will be double sprayed on consecutive days.
Citizens are encouraged to follow the City on Twitter and Nextdoor as alerts will be sent that identify affected areas. Citizens may contact 311 to report standing water or (214) 670-1733 to get additional information on the City’s mosquito abatement activities.
There are many exciting things happening in and around Bryan Place. It may be that the City Lights retail development across from the Latino Cultural Center may materialize after all. Greystar has reacquired the space previously consolidated by Matt Malouf. We hope to arrange a meeting between the Board and Greystar representatives in March to learn what is now being proposed. But our understanding is that there will be retail space in the area.
If the development is likely to occur now, we will try to bring the representatives to the General Meeting in May. This will give each of you a chance to hear directly what’s being planned and have an opportunity to ask questions. I know that we have had expectations raised before, so we are cautiously optimistic about new plans.
As we look forward to a new year, it’s appropriate to first thank all the Board Members of BPNA for making 2015 so successful. Every Board member is dedicated to you and freely gives their time to making Bryan Place an open and welcoming place to live. I am proud to serve with each and every one.
2016 will present some new opportunities and perhaps a few new challenges, but with your help and support Bryan Place will continue to thrive and improve. Just a reminder that if you see common areas around Bryan Place that need attention, let one of your Board members know. We hope to set priorities; and when funds are available, begin to address issues that are within our power to address.
Also, we invite you to contribute content to the newsletter that you feel will be of interest to your neighbors. And don’t forget to submit photos for a contest to be held at the holiday party next year. Submit your photos any time during the year to Phillip Bryan, our Web Master.