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Housing development for mentally disabled to receive $1.5 million

Freddie Allen | 6/23/2013, 7:03 p.m.

The Dallas Examiner

The Dallas City Council authorized a grant agreement for $1.5 million with Central Dallas Community Development Corporation during its weekly meeting on June 12. The CDC plans to construct 50 permanent housing units to support individuals suffering from mental illness, addiction or homelessness. Additional services offered at the site will include employment assistance, life skills training, mental health and substance abuse services as well as transportation. The Cottages at Hickory Crossing will be located at 1531 Malcolm X Blvd.

Under the 2003 Urban Land Bank Demonstration Program Act, the Council established the Dallas Housing Acquisition and Development Corporation as an entity to acquire unimproved property. The Council authorized development plans submitted to the DHADC by City Wide Community Development Corporation, East Dallas Community Organization and South Dallas Fair Park/Innercity Community Development Corporation for the construction of affordable houses.

In the event that Dallas Area Rapid Transit requires additional land for the construction of the South Oak Cliff Line Section-3 Project, the Council approved their exercise of the right of eminent domain for the acquisition of nine tracts of land. The project will extend the transit system from the Ledbetter Station to a new station near the University of North Texas at Dallas.

DART does not yet know if the acquisition will be necessary. The Council approved the appointment of Sam Childers to Boards and Commissions as a Landmark Commission alternate member.

Comprised of preservation specialists, historians and archeologists, the Landmark Commission reviews applications for city landmarks and historic districts. Commissioners are unpaid and are familiar with preservation, history and art.