Over 20 years ago, a group of like-minded property owners north of downtown Dallas joined efforts to create a neighborhood unlike any that existed in Dallas at the time.
In 1993 they formed one of the first public improvement districts in the region to accomplish something none of them could do alone: If every property owner in this community would agree to pay a small additional tax—less than 2% of their current ad valorem tax bill—then exciting improvements could be made to an area that suffered from crime and a badly decaying infrastructure. The Uptown Public Improvement District (Uptown PID) was born to unlock extraordinary development potential and create Dallas’ first live-work-play community.
Today Uptown Dallas, Inc. the manager of the Uptown PID, has realized a remarkable transformation. With renewals of the PID in 2000, 2006 and 2013, these tax dollars have paid for the enhancement of public safety and security; the design and construction of public infrastructure improvements; the maintenance of common areas, lighting, pedestrian amenities and linkages that make Uptown one of the most desirable places in Dallas.
These improvements have led to the highest office rents and occupancies in the city and one of the best multifamily markets in the region in terms of occupancy, rental rates and overall desirability. The Uptown retail and restaurant business is thriving and among the most vibrant in the city.
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One of the major benefits provided by Uptown Dallas is the ability to use PID funds to leverage much larger city, state and federal funds. The McKinney Avenue street reconstruction, the McKinney Avenue Trolley and current Cedar Springs and Griggs Park improvement projects are just a few examples. The creation of these large-scale projects and maintenance of completed improvements wouldn’t happen without Uptown Dallas.
The Dallas municipal government simply does not have the financial capacity to maintain these upgraded improvements. Without dollars from the PID and Uptown Dallas, Uptown’s landscaped medians would not be sustained, graffiti would be much more prevalent, and streets and sidewalks would not be maintained to their current standard.
As a result of several Uptown Dallas initiatives, the crime rate has declined substantially since the creation of the PID. For over a decade Uptown has benefitted from the presence of additional off-duty Dallas police officers hired to supplement normal police service. Uptown now has 16 cameras that the Dallas Police Department monitors 24 hours a day. Uptown Dallas created and sponsors a residents council that helps owners and residents report crime, light outages and other safety and beautification concerns that occur within the district. Together these efforts achieve impressive results.
In the Dallas of 20 years ago, “Uptown” did not exist. Today the area has a widely known name replacing a variety of names from “the Vineyard” to “the McKinney Avenue Area” to part of “Oak Lawn”. From the beginning Uptown Dallas has promoted the name and continues to market the area through a website, social media, newsletters, public relations, events and more.
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Prescott Realty Group
Post Properties, Inc.
R & D Urban Partners
Center City, Inc.
Baylor Medical Center at Uptown
MetLife Real Estate Investments
Office of Economic Development
Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Judy Smith Hearst
Friends of State-Thomas
Koons Real Estate Law
Lincoln Property Company
Crescent Real Estate
Forest City Enterprises
Technology Enablers, Inc.