Medical District Drive Task Force Update

June 30, 2009

Medical District Drive Task Force Update

Alan Hendrix provides an update on upcoming construction in the Southwestern Medical District
Pictured from left to right: Ruben Esquivel -SCBA Board Member from UT Southwestern Medical Center; John Allums -SCBA Board Member from Inland American Communities Group; Robert Todd -SCBA Board Member from City Realty Group; Alan Hendrix, Director of Public Works and Transportation for City of Dallas and Matt Ferguson - SCBA Chairman from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

The Medical District Drive Task Force (formerly known as the Motor Street Task Force) met on March 31, 2009 for an update on development and construction in the Southwestern Medical District. This task force was formed in 2004 under the umbrella of the Stemmons Corridor Business Association (SCBA) to address concerns about the large amount of traffic that was inevitable due to upcoming development projects planned in the Southwestern Medical District. This task force, consisting of major area stakeholders and property owners, was successful in creating a plan that changed the scope of Motor Street from what would have been a 4 lane undivided street from Maple Avenue to Harry Hines to a 5 lane divided thoroughfare with protected left turn lanes at all intersections and other key points. The next major issue was tackling the part of Motor Street from Harry Hines Boulevard to Stemmons Freeway which involves the widening of the TRE rail bridge as the keystone as well as the addition of 2 lanes of traffic on both sides to Stemmons Freeway. Lastly, the task force garnered enough support to have Motor Street's name changed to Medical District Drive thanks in large part, to the work of Ruben Esquivel.

SCBA would like to thank UT Southwestern for hosting the event. Thanks also to Alan Hendrix with the City of Dallas' Department of Transportation and Public Works, as well as all the other government officials for their participation and guidance.

Public Safety Meeting with Sgt. Mike Coleman

Sgt. Mike Coleman presents on the Bait Car Program at the April 14th Public Safety Meeting

Over 65 guests attended this month's SCBA public safety meeting hosted by Jim Lake Companies and Trinity Loft. We were privileged to hear from Sgt. Mike Coleman of the Auto Theft division of the Dallas Police Department, who gave an excellent presentation on the Bait Car Program. He discussed how the rate of auto thefts has continued to decline since inception of the Bait Car Program in 2005. The program concluded with actual footage from inside the bait cars of suspects caught in the act of stealing the bait cars. Many thanks to Sgt. Coleman and his team for the great work they do in the Stemmons Corridor.

****Don't forget to rsvp to for the SCBA-hosted Dallas Convention Center Hotel Debate on May 1, 2009.