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March 2016
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ANNUAL MEETING

A Vision For Prime Irving-Las Colinas Property


Verizon’s plans for a mixed use development on the 110 acres across the street from its existing corporate campus are moving forward. This includes land that was the former homestead of the Carpenter family. Verizon has created a master plan for the land which will transform the area into a special transit oriented development.

The 1.2 million square foot Verizon Hidden Ridge campus dedicated on November 21, 1991, currently has over 2,000 employees who manage functions across the corporation including network engineering, information technology, finance, marketing, sales and operations. Additionally, it is the south central market headquarters for Verizon Wireless overseeing nine states.

This is a premier location in the heart of North Texas. Planners envision a development which will house other large corporate offices, surrounding a pedestrian friendly walkable lifestyle core with high-end retail, restaurants, a hotel, and multiple residential options. At its front doorstep will be the Carpenter Ranch Dart Light Rail Station.  Verizon believes this is a special opportunity for an exciting new vibrant development in Irving-Las Colinas.

As Verizon moves beyond the conceptual planning, Smart City technology and sustainable design will be at the forefront. Smart City technology will integrate multiple information and communication technology solutions in a secure fashion to manage the development’s assets. The lifestyle core will serve as the center of innovation. It will be a place for the start-up entrepreneurial community to connect with Verizon and other corporate tenants in co-working and incubator spaces.

A project of this size requires participation from a wide variety of disciplines and partnerships. Gensler is the architect for the master plan. CBRE will be the broker firm. Verizon has worked very closely with the Irving Economic Development Partnership. They continue to work through the necessary approvals with the City of Irving and the Las Colinas Association. A marketing program is to be launched later this quarter that will not only bring attention to the project but to Irving-Las Colinas. For a visualization of the project, please go to the link and watch the video.
https://youtu.be/vIepSTaxEFM

Significant Sigs Award


Las Colinas Association would like to congratulate Board Member, Charles (Chuck) Boyce on being selected as part of the 2016 class of Significant Sigs. The Significant Sigs Award is one of the highest honors the Fraternity can bestow upon one of its members, and is given annually to those persons whose achievements in their chosen fields of endeavor have brought honor and prestige to the name of Sigma Chi. We are excited to announce Mr. Charles Boyce has been selected into this elite group of brothers, joining actor John Wayne, Southern California 1929; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Purdue 2001; philanthropist Jon M. Huntsman, Pennsylvania 1959; and many others.

Mr. Boyce has been invited to receive his award at a formal presentation ceremony and banquet on Friday, June 10, during the 2016 Grand Council meeting, which will be held at the Skokie Double Tree Hotel in Skokie, I11., from June 10 to 12. If you would like to see Mr. Charles Boyce’s Bio, please visit click here.

Off and Running!


We're well into 2016 and whether or not you've stuck to your resolutions (if you make them), being healthy and active is a great goal for everyone. If you have ever wanted to pick up running or you are already an avid runner, there's a great club in town just for you. The Irving Running Club was founded in October 2012 so that like-minded people in the area could enjoy the camaraderie and support of each other, meet new people, train for goals and learn more about running/racing, get fit/fitter, and showcase and enjoy the beautiful trails of the City of Irving.

The Irving Running Club is free and welcomes runners from all over and of all experience levels. They have runners who are training to run their first mile, those who are training to win first place overall in a marathon, those who are training for their second or third 125+ mile race, and everything in between. They would love to see you out at a run! For more information,
visit www.irvingrunningclub.com

 Flags Over Irving


The Irving-Las Colinas Rotary Club invites you to join your friends and neighbors in displaying the American flag on the five major holidays of Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day. The “Flags Over Irving” Program gives Irving residents an opportunity to show their pride and love for our country. It gives our community a great patriotic spirit and at the same time helps so many people.

As a service project of the Irving-Las Colinas Rotary Club, 100% of the proceeds are used to support the Rotary scholarships and youth programs in our community of Irving. Rotarians are dedicated businessmen and women who provide humanitarian service to people throughout the world and in the local community.


How does the program work? They will place a PVC plastic sleeve in the ground, 15” from your front sidewalk or curb and mark the curb with a small Blue Star. On the five holidays, a 3’ x 5’ United States Flag, mounted on a 10’ metal pole, is placed in sleeve. Rotary Club volunteers, with the help of Boy Scouts, will do all the work. They display and store the flags. The flags and the sleeves remain the property of the Irving-Las Colinas Rotary Club. There are no brackets or fixtures attached to your home and the plastic sleeve cap will be barely visible.
 

2016 Annual Flag Lease is only $40 for the year.        
($35 for payments received on/before April 1, 2016)

Visit www.flagsoverirving.com for more information. If you have any questions, please call the Flag Hotline at 972-523-9616 or email
kchoward@verizon.net.

 

Water Improvements Planned


In an effort to invest in Irving's future, the City of Irving is improving the water and wastewater at Millswood Lane and Sam Hill Street. Construction is scheduled to begin the week of March 1 and is expected to be completed in six months. The City and the contractor will make every effort to minimize disruption to your daily schedule. 

Additional information about this and other capital improvement projects, can be found here.

Keeping Las Colinas Beautiful


Spring is right around the corner which means spring flowers and green grass! To help keep our community beautiful, The Las Colinas Association established a mowing schedule for vacant lots/fields. 

To see the entire schedule which begins March 5, please click here.

Speaking of beautiful, have you seen the new sculpture at Flagpole Hill in University Hills?

"New Beginnings" by Dale Lamphere was installed in mid-December. Make sure to go by and check it out this striking piece of art!

Las Colinas Boulevard Construction Update


You may have noticed very large trees being removed along Las Colinas Boulevard in the Urban Center; and perhaps you’ve wondered what is happening. The City of Irving has started an exciting project on the boulevard to improve the condition of the streets as well as develop an urban design and creating a pedestrian-friendly corridor, to include bike lanes, improved parking, enhanced pedestrian cross-walks and pockets of beautifully landscaped areas.  Thank you to the Las Colinas Parks Foundation for their assistance in the funding of the relocation of trees.

As a result of this necessary project, roughly 80 trees (total project) are being removed from Las Colinas Blvd.  We will continue to keep you up to date on the progress the City of Irving is making on this project, but for now, below is some key information you may need:

  • Phase I will begin at Fuller St. and go to O’Connor Blvd. This section is slated to begin on June 1, 2016 and anticipating a completion time frame of 6 months. Eleven trees will be removed during this phase.
  • Phase II will begin at  O’Connor Blvd. and go to Lake Carolyn Pkwy. The phase is expected to begin in November 2016 with completion scheduled for November 2017 .
  • Phase III is the final phase and starts at Lake Carolyn Parkway and around to Riverside Dr. As of this date, we are not aware of start and completion dates for this phase.
The City of Irving has indicated that there will never be a full road closure during the road work and that signage will be prominent, providing you with proper direction. We are looking forward to the road improvements and enhanced updates of our Urban Center; and we know you do too.  Again, we will keep you informed as this moves along.




In the near future, we will add a “Las Colinas Blvd. Improvement” section on our webpage (www.lascolinas.org) and keep it updated for you to review at any time. 


 

World-Renowned Art Exhibit at the
University of Dallas


Featuring over 50 original works, Marc Chagall: Intersecting
Tradition is a series of hand water colored etchings depicting scenes from the Old Testament. As a modern, Jewish artist, Chagall developed a unique visual vocabulary that synthesized elements from diverse cultural and artistic traditions. Because he approached the Old Testament narratives as a set of stories and recurring themes to be broadly interpreted, Marc Chagall was able to produce a deeply human and personal body of work that remains relevant today.

For information about field trips for students of all ages and to make reservations call 972-721-5087 or email gallery@udallas.edu. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. Visit udallas.edu/Chagall.

CULINARY CORNER


If you ever have a sweet tooth this is the place to go. Pink Frosting Cupcakes has an array of menu items from cakes, cake balls, bread pudding, cookies, and of course their famous Macarons and cupcakes. We recently sat down with Ms. Antoinette Lafayette owner of Pink Frosting Cupcakes and got the inside scoop on her successful business.

What brought you to Las Colinas? I live in Valley Ranch and have been a patron for some time. I just knew Las Colinas would be a prime location for my business. I waited for quite some time to get the location as it is in a high demand retail center. I couldn’t be happier with my location and success here in Las Colinas. Which cupcake is your favorite? It is a tie between bananas foster and red velvet.

Stop by today and discover your favorite treat!

Hours:  Tues - Fri: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM  |  Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM          
925 W. John Carpenter Fwy., Ste.104 • Irving, TX 75039 • 214.496.0103
Click here to view the menu.
Pure Barre is the largest, most established barre franchise in the nation. It's a total body workout that utilizes the ballet barre to perform small, isometric movements.
COMING SOON!
6716 N. MacArthur Blvd.,
Ste. 140
Zoes Kitchen embraces the Mediterranean way of life –
that a fulfilled, happy life is one shared with family, friends, great food and that eating wholesome, fresh ingredients is key.
NOW OPEN!
731 N. MacArthur Blvd.

 


Modern Market is a farm fresh eatery that specializes in fresh salads, toasted sandwiches, oven-fired pizzas and home-made soups. It’s gourmet, scratch-made goodness.
COMING SOON!
6671 MacArthur Blvd. 

Commercial Property of the Month
Congrats to AREP 1 Atrium, LLC! When you're out for a drive, make sure to stop by and look at this beautiful commercial property located at 1320 Greenway Drive.

Construction is still underway on the new Whole Foods opening in the The Shops at MacArthur Hills. 
COMING SOON!
Intersection of SH 161 & N. MacArthur Blvd.

 

Residential Property of the Month
We would like to recognize Victor Salvino for his beautiful property in Cottonwood Valley HOA at 1601 Nelson Dr. Irving, TX 75062.
Irving's Year in Review
"City Source" takes a look back at the at biggest and best Irving stories from 2015.
Big economic development wins, business openings, eye-catching fun at the Convention Center,
animal tales and much more are featured in this hour-long special. Click the link below to see more
www.irvingchamber.com/2016/01/irvings-year-in-review/
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