Final Presentation – Masters of Science in Real Estate

Hey there I have attached a copy of my final presentation

Eco Municipality

I am discussing 2 organizations that I am extremely passionate about, and The Village of Shorewood WI. A municipality that really gave me an understanding of what an eco municipality is.

I am sooo soo sorry that you can barely hear the narration of this presentation, I tried several different ways to record this and it seemed this was the loudest it was going to get.

Here’s My Brain Dump:

This year I have had the hardest time trying to figure out exactly what I was going to do with all this information I have squeezed into my head, and I have decided that I am going to spend a lot of time working with Habitat for Humanities and the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce, I have also  decided to go ahead and train to be a General Appraiser, and of course my Chefs Garden. I recently placed a bid for an abandoned lot in East Dallas (Joppa or “Joppy”) so if all goes well it will be the home to the new Chefs Garden.

So defiantly look forward to upcoming posts involving projects going on within these organizations.

Trinity River Vision Authority- Shannon Cate

This morning I got a chance to visit with Shannon Cate, about the improvement being done along the Trinity River.


Planning and Development Manager

 Shanna Cate has worked in planning on the Trinity River Vision project since May of 2004. She manages aspects related to urban planning and development, TRVA’s Fair Contracting program and coordinates a broad range of activities related to stakeholder, community and governmental relations.
University of North Texas Denton, Texas, Master of Science Degree in Real Estate (August, 2005)
Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, Bachelors of Business Administration Degree: Marketing Major (May, 2002)
Trinity Plan

Three bridges will span the bypass channel providing vehicles and pedestrians with access between Uptown and Northside neighborhoods.

1.5-mile-long bypass channel will be constructed to redirect flood waters around the low lying area to the north of downtown.

  • Because the bypass channel will be carrying water so quickly in times of flooding, areas where water can be stored before moving downstream will be critical. This is where valley storage comes into play. Valley storage is constructed to hold various amounts of water for short periods of time while river levels regulate after a flood.
  • Three flood gates will be installed at the portions of the river where the bypass channel and the original river intersect. These gates will remain open at most times, but can be shut during high water events – forcing water through the bypass channel.
  • A dam will be put in place near Samuels Ave. keeping the upstream water at a constant level at all times. The dam will also have a channel lock component allowing boats to travel from Marine Creek in the Stockyards all the way to Trinity Park!
Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.
Flooded homes near downtown Fort Worth in the 1949 Flood of the Clear Fork of the Trinity River. Montgomery Wards department store is seen in the distance. A horse is on one of the rooftops.
Infrastructure needed for flood control will restore an aging industrial area once devoted to oil refining, scrap metal yards and electrical and chemical plants. When the bypass channel is completed, around 800 acres of underutilized land between the Tarrant County Courthouse and Northside Dr. will be accessible for private mixed-use development opportunities – in essence doubling the size of downtown. An envisioned 10,000 housing units and three million square feet of commercial, retail and educational space will make it possible for Fort Worth residents to live, work, play and learn near the river.
The Trinity Uptown plan will provide approximately 10 additional miles of pedestrian trails in the project area. These new trails will provide connectivity to existing trails and create linkages with neighborhoods and cultural amenities. The addition of new trails is concentrated largely along the east and west sides of the bypass channel and adjacent to the urban lake feature. The east side of the proposed bypass channel is envisioned as a “hard” edge with upper- and lower-level pedestrian walkways. These walkways will be hard surfaced and used for a variety of activities including walking, jogging, bicycling, and roller-blading. The west or “soft” edge of the bypass channel will be designed as a park-like natural setting with trails along a greenbelt. Picnic areas, park benches and landscaping will be used along the trails to create a place for the public to connect to the river and the environment. Trails are also planned in this section of greenbelt for horseback riding, and pedestrian bridges are proposed to provide easy access to the trail system.
What interested me the most:
Shannon mentioned they were creating Development Standards to maintain the cities support for urban-ism, and making sure they were only working with sustainable business, that would be maintain the integrate and support for the long run not just through the hype. They have had to decline buisness like Taco Bell and several convenience stores.
I was also interested in the entertainment and tourism that was already booming and the projects weren’t even 50% complete. Halfway through the presentation I started planning my family summer events in Fort Worth.
Anticipated Bypass - Similar to the River Walk
Anticipated Bypass – Similar to the River Walk
coyote-pr-header july4th rock the river

Tarrent Reginal Water Distric (re-visit)

Tarrant Regional Water District
Tarrant Regional Water District

I got a chance to visit the Tarrant Reginal Water District, and unlike the last visit I got a chance to see their control room, while Laura discussed their coverage area.

Since I wasn’t busy taking pictures on this tour I heard some really interesting facts about their new facility:

  • Waste Water is being recycled through a 200 acre wet land treatment system
  • 1.47 Million Solar array (powers 50-70% of the buildings usage)
  •               Repaid in 16-18 years
  •               Since the water district is a govt. building it was important for them to look into long term improvements with little environmental impacts
  • The control room is comprised of several monitors, constantly monitoring the counties lakes and public water usage
  • Since water is becoming scares and expensive to move around the water district is working on ways of reducing costs to its community.

I appreciated that the Water District had created several indicatives to encourage it’s employees to practice sustainable working habits, that support environmental improvements.

Concrete counter tops make with Beeswax
Concrete counter tops make with Beeswax
Mill work enhances air quality
Mill work enhances air quality
Low Flow Sinks
Low Flow Sinks
Florescent Lighting on Essential Programming
Florescent Lighting on Essential Programming

Bishop Arts District (Site Visit)

Today I got a chance to relieve some much needed academic stress I had lunch at Gloria’s with my classmates across the street from my favorite Taco Stand In Bishop Arts District. Then we got a chance to window shop and adventure in and out of some of the stores there. Bishop Arts Distinct is so beautiful now. It was interesting to see all the people walking around. It reminded me of the old Deep Elem. There were people everywhere. The district was so vibrant. This is what community/streets should feel like.

Throughout my studies I’ve heard all these theories about how a community and neighborhoods should look and feel like, but I guess it just depends on who you ask. Even though I hate Oak Cliff I would love to move closer to the District. This week I heard someone say what’s so great about Bishop Arts District; it’s nothing but a bunch of restaurants. I almost fell out of my seat. How can they say that. Obviously they don’t know oak cliff, because there are no decent restaurants with patio seating anywhere else in Oak Cliff.

I’m studying Adaptive Reuses right now and Bishop Arts District is a true reuse. Remembering old Bishop Arts District is I was bracing myself to walk in and out of a ton of antique stores, I was sooo wrong. For this blog I’m just going to post a few pictures.

Favorite Taco Stand in Dallas sorry Fuel City
This dude has a shop in Bishop Arts District… He makes these metal vest , metal masks and other stuff.
I just wanted to show how some was attempting Vertical gardening along the side of their building. You can see the string, where they’re training it up the building.
My classmate Beatris, made a good point, she pointed out that one of the buildings was two toned. We also noticed some updated wiring connected to this building.
We wondered if some of the buildings had been given face lift, but I don’t think the recent developers have done any such restorations. I bet if we dig deeper into this buildings history, we’ll find out that some previous owners of that particular building may have tried to give it a face lift. From my understanding there are now strict clauses in the leases preventing the tenants from making specific changes.
This is just another shot of Enos, the two toned building.
Sorry this picture wasn’t to clear, but I thought it was nice that they had added bike stations and respect bike rider signs.
lol… Me and my classmates tried to figure out what they would convert this building into … someone mentioned another restaurant. I suggested dry cleaners. But given the large open doors on the side, U shaped drive, it’s going to interesting to see who buys it (if it’s not already bought ) and see what adaptive reuse they will make of it.
I can’t remember what this building used to be, but it was recently converted into a dinner If you look closely you can see the window panes open like a roach coach (sorry I couldn’t think of a better way to explain) but the point is this building was really small on the inside but due to their creative seating they were able to add 10-15 extra chairs around the exterior of the restaurant. I also added this photo, because it was just another display of all the people finally hanging out in Bishop Arts District.
I tried to get a better view of this restaurant.. So you could see the interior.
I took this photo when some one pointed out that the develpoers left the trees to shade the side walks. Plus I like the way it brought out the colors in the buildings.
Super Cute >> They kept this >>> Don’t ask why I added this picture>> Just thought it was cool to see it
People every where… this is how a community/neighborhood should feel.

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