Reporting Elizabeth Dinh
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Mayor Mike Rawlings is expected to announce his plans Tuesday for the second year of revitalization projects in the south Dallas area. Fair Park will be one of the focal points as Rawlings zeroes in on certain issues during the next phase of development.
Leaders have called south Dallas the city’s greatest opportunity for growth. The area is huge — twice the size of Seattle — and Jefferson Boulevard is already showing signs of improvement as it becomes a vital part of the south Dallas plan. The roadway looks to become a Main Street of south Dallas under the area’s rebirth.
Rawlings addressed potential investors last month. “‘Grow South’ is not a charity case,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to make money. So, if anybody’s out there that wants to make money, you come and invest, and you’ll get a good return on your capital.”
After a November bond election, $1.5 million is being spend toward immediate improvements to the south Dallas area. A private donation will pay for extra police patrols, and area businesses have formed an alliance to work with the city on new developments and other ways of attracting more retailers.
Rawlings will be at Fair Park on Tuesday afternoon to present his plans from the Discovery Gardens. He is expected to provide an update on the last year’s progress, and look ahead toward the future.
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