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April 2018

Construction ready to start on Bishop Arts Village in Dallas’ North Oak Cliff

Exxir Capital

Developers are ramping up construction on one of North Oak Cliff’s most anticipated new real estate projects.

The 11-acre Bishop Arts Village at Bishop Avenue and Ninth Street has been in the works for years and is just south of the historic Bishop Arts commercial district.

Now long-time property owner Exxir Capital is pushing ahead with new residential, retail and public spaces in the second phase of the project.

"Everything is in place and it breaks ground next week," said developer Michael Nazerian. "It’s been over a decade in the making and we are very proud of it."

The construction will include 246 apartments on a public plaza with 12,000 square feet of retail.

It will join the 42,000-square-feet of retail and office space Exxir Capital is already building across the street.

Most of the new buildings will be between two and four floors. Two-story arched entryways to the development will face the street.

The project will have more than 500 spaces of public parking.

Nazerian said the development uses only 60 percent of the entitled density.

"We hope the overall project will serve as a place for all the people of Dallas to be able to enjoy and connect in a beautiful, charming outdoor environment, populated by graceful housing and creative entrepreneurs," he said. "We have put design and human scale experience first, working with artists and craftsman."

Exxir Capital’s Bishop Arts Village replaces small homes and older apartment buildings that once occupied the site located between Davis Street and Jefferson Boulevard.

The project is in an area seeing huge redevelopment with several new apartment communities and additional retail.

Nazerian said his firm plans to be a long-term player in Bishop Arts.

"This is a family legacy project, funded without outside equity so we are able to make decisions for the coming decades, not a three to four-year time horizon," he said. "I think this, coupled with the fact we have spent 10-plus years in the Bishop Arts neighborhood to gain a true understanding of it, will result in a special project that can help serve as the core of a great urban neighborhood."

The next phase of Bishop Arts Village will include apartments, retail and public space.

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Dallas Man Shoots and Kills Man Who Tried to Enter His Apartment

A Dallas man has been released by police after he shot and killed a man who assaulted him and then tried to enter his apartment.

Dallas Police say the shooting happened at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of Highland Road.

Investigators say a 28-year-old man assaulted a 54-year-old man who lived in the apartments, and then tried to enter the 54-year old’s apartment.

Officers say several witnesses called 911 to report the incident. Investigators did file murder charges, but the 54-year-old was released. The case will now be referred to a grand jury.

Sacramento police released new footage from the night Stephon Clark, 22, was shot and killed on March 19. Videos released Monday shows footage from 23 dashcams, 28 body cameras, two 911 calls and additional footage from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department helicopter.

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The victim’s next of kin have not been notified, so a name or photo have not been released.

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Former Dallas City Secretary Deborah Watkins, who ‘epitomized professionalism,’ dies

The Dallas Morning News

Former Dallas City Secretary Deborah Watkins, who was known for her professionalism and fairness, died early Tuesday after a year-and-a-half-long fight with uterine cancer. She was 66.

Watkins worked for the city for 37 years. The City Council hired her as its top record-keeper and election-runner in 2006. Her son Kurt Watkins, 36, said city secretary was the top City Hall job his mother wanted early in her career — likely because "it was an attainable job for a black female in the 1970s."

"That was what she wanted to get and she got there, and she served admirably," Kurt Watkins said.

Deborah Watkins retired in the summer of 2011. Afterward, she worked as the interim city secretary in Ferris, served as vice chair of the city’s Ethics Advisory Commission and earned her Ph.D. in education from Texas A&M-Commerce. Kurt Watkins said his mother had hoped to start a second career as a Dallas County Community College professor.

Former and current city officials remembered Watkins fondly. Former Mayor Laura Miller said the former city secretary was "a one-in-a-million person" who people didn’t want to cross simply because she was too nice.

"Deborah was the most gentle, patient, calming city employee, which is pretty hard to pull off at Dallas City Hall," Miller said. "She was loved by everyone and did her job beautifully."

Former Mayor Tom Leppert said Watkins "was terrific" and "epitomized professionalism."

"You always enjoyed being around her," she said. "She always had a very good disposition. Never got down. Even in difficult times, she always had a smile on her face."

Mayor Mike Rawlings called for a moment of silence Wednesday for Watkins, who he said was "a real dedicated public servant of this city." Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said in an interview that Watkins "had the ability to get along with any and everyone, even if she disagreed."

"She was firm. She was factual. She left a heck of a mark in the city secretary’s office," Caraway said.

Watkins was born Deborah Phillips and grew up in Dallas. She graduated in 1969 from Roosevelt High School, which she attended with Caraway. She then attended the University of North Texas, where she met her future husband Thomas on her first day there.

The couple had two children, Ryan and Kurt. Thomas Watkins, who died in 2008, was a long-serving president of the Dallas chapter of the NAACP. Deborah Watkins, who also earned a master’s degree from UNT, was the president of the Dallas chapter of Delta Sigma Theta from 1993 to 1995. The couple’s nephew was Craig Watkins, the former Dallas County district attorney.

Deborah Watkins worked in the city secretary’s office early in her career and climbed her way through the ranks at City Hall to become manager of accounting and collections for the court services department. In that position, she hired a young Zale Corporation credit analyst named Bilierae Johnson, who is now the interim city secretary.

When Johnson’s mother died about three months after she started working for the city, Watkins kept her from quitting.

"I was young and wasn’t thinking straight," Johnson said. Watkins, Johnson said, told her she would give her whatever leeway she needed, even if she needed to cry at her desk.

Johnson and Watkins both went on to different departments in City Hall afterward, but remained in touch. Johnson considered Watkins a mentor. And in recent years, Johnson called Watkins to pick her brain and ask questions about issues facing the city secretary’s office.

Watkins was "an amazing lady, very kind and strong," Johnson said. Johnson — whose official appointment to the city secretary position is on Wednesday’s council agenda — said she’s struggling with Watkins’ death because she believed her friend had more to accomplish.

"She was full of life until the end," Johnson said. "She really wanted to keep going. She didn’t stop. Her situation stopped her."

Watkins’ funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church at 9333 Ferguson Rd, Dallas, TX 75228.

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North Texas Property Management Announces McKinney Informational Page on Property Management – San Antonio Business Journal

MCKINNEY, Texas, April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — North Texas Property Management, a leading property management company in Plano, Texas, at http://www.ntxpm.com/, is proud to announce a new informational page on McKinney property management services. McKinney is a prosperous North Dallas suburb with 168,000 people.

"While folks in Plano know us as their best choice in a property management company, we wanted to alert McKinney residents and investors of our property services in that nearby community," explained Jason Marascio, CEO of North Texas Property Management. "Accordingly, we’ve produced an informational page on McKinney property management services for a quick Web introduction."

To learn more and to view the new page on McKinney property management, visit http://www.ntxpm.com/mckinney/. Those who are seeking a consultation on property management are urged to call the firm at 214-227-7669.

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR MCKINNEY, TEXAS, INVESTORS

McKinney is one of the booming, prosperous suburbs north of Dallas, Texas. With a population of nearly 200,000 people, it still retains a small town atmosphere, and many residents or investors have residential homes that they "hang onto" in anticipation of appreciation. Many need property management services and do not want to go to one of the large, impersonal Dallas property management firms. They want a local business, but they may not be able to find one directly in McKinney. For this reason, North Texas Property Management has launched an information page explaining that their company has deep roots in McKinney and really knows the area. Services that are available are detailed on the page such as "make ready" services to get a property ready to rent, the handling of all homeowner association issues, and – of course – the management of renters and rental issues. In this way, McKinney property owners can rest assured that they will get "big city" know-how with "small town" service, and their first stop is to learn about McKinney property management on the new informational page.

ABOUT NORTH TEXAS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT

North Texas Property Management Company is a top-rated property management company servicing the needs of rental property owners in the North Dallas area of North Texas. The company’s property managers manage residential rental properties in Plano & McKinney and Richardson & Allen, as well as other communities in the North Dallas area, for real estate investors and rental property owners who want a property management company that will take the burden off of them of physically and financially caring for, maintaining, and managing their rental homes.

Web. http://www.ntxpm.com/
Tel. 214-227-7669

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