Category Archives: Southlake

Retirees opt to live in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake despite costs

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Colleyville and Southlake have higher housing costs and fewer options for smaller homes, apartments and senior living facilities compared with their neighbors, but that is not keeping older residents away.

The senior population grew at a faster pace than the populations of those cities as a whole. Between 2012-17, Colleyville’s population increased 11.1 percent, according to data released in December by the American Community Survey for the U.S. Census Bureau. During that same period, the percentage of residents age 65 and older increased 73.5 percent.

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Bomb threats reported in Frisco, Plano, Sugar Land, Round Rock and other cities across Texas on Dec. 13

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police-GCS-1Law-enforcement officials across Texas and the U.S. have received multiple reports Dec. 13 of bomb threats via email affecting local businesses, schools and other locations. Local officials in the Austin, Houston and Dallas areas are urging residents to report suspicious activity, but they said the threats have not been considered credible.

According to a statement on social media from the Southlake Department of Public Safety, the email sent to the businesses demanded Bitcoin to not set off the bomb, and everyone received the same version of the email.

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Freerunning and parkour gym now open in Southlake

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Photo courtesy of Tempest Freerunning Academy

Tempest Freerunning Academy held a grand opening Dec. 2 for its first Texas location at 280 Commerce St., Ste. 100, Southlake. The gym offers freerunning and parkour classes to students, including options for those as young as 4 years old. Although freerunning and parkour have minor stylistic differences, both sports involve traveling from point A to point B, often using obstacles in one’s path.

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5 holiday-themed events in Grapevine and Southlake this weekend, Dec. 7-9

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ChristmasThe holiday season ushers in a host of Christmas-oriented events in the community.

Friday, Dec. 7:

1. Christmas preparations in Grapevine

Families and friends can help Nash Farm get ready for the holidays by making ornaments and decorating the tree while enjoying cider and cookies. 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. sessions. $3 per person. Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3558. www.nashfarm.org

Saturday, Dec. 8:

2. Holiday open house in Southlake

The Southlake Public Library hosts a holiday open house event, featuring a jazz concert, craft activities and food. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Southlake Public Library, 1400 Main St., Ste. 130, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library

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Southlake City Council approves contracts for street improvement and construction projects

 

trafficSouthlake City Council unanimously approved Dec. 4 three contracts providing for construction and engineering work for SH 114 frontage roads, the FM 1938 and Continental Boulevard intersection, and the Peytonville Avenue and Continental intersection.

SH 114 Frontage Roads:

City Council approved a $3 million local project advance funding agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for the construction of eastbound and westbound frontage roads along SH 114 between Dove Road and Kirkwood Boulevard.

The project will improve mobility as development grows in the surrounding area, according to the meeting agenda packet. Funding for this agreement was allocated as part of the current and previous year capital improvement program budgets.

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Southlake gives preliminary approval for residential subdivision

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23826096_1699342383443999_8116472041195244948_oSouthlake City Council approved during its Dec. 4 meeting the first reading of a request to allow for the development of a residential neighborhood, Oxford Place, including 11 lots averaging over 44,000 square feet each.

The approximately 12.64-acre property for the potential development is south of East Highland Street, west of Carroll Middle School and near the intersection of Highland and East Kirkwood Boulevard, according to the meeting agenda packet.

The applicant for the development, Sage Group Inc., originally proposed a gated development for 13 lots with a private street during a Nov. 6 City Council meeting.

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Q&A: Southlake PD’s public information officer on sharing more than just social media posts

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Ofcr Brad Uptmore (Photo: Renee Yan)

Officer Brad Uptmore of the Southlake Police Department began working as the department’s public information officer in February and has since gained widespread recognition for his creative and humorous posts on the department’s social media pages.

Police Chief James Brandon discussed taking on the public information role with Uptmore after reviewing Uptmore’s prior work with some public service announcements for the city.

“One of the first meetings we had was [Chief Brandon] just said his two main things are we want to humanize the badge and provide transparency, and he said he wanted it to be done in a candid way that people would pay attention to,” Uptmore said.

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A technology lane on SH 121 and 3 more transportation updates to know this month

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SH 121 shoulder widening

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Funding for the project has been officially awarded to Austin Bridge & Road.

Funding for the project has been officially awarded to Austin Bridge & Road. Work will soon begin on a shoulder-widening project that the Texas Department of Transportation said will better accommodate periods of heavy traffic on SH 121 from SH 183 to Glade Road in Colleyville. Widened inside shoulders for both north and southbound SH 121 will be created to act as additional lanes during peak use periods. Overhead dynamic message signs will alert drivers as to when they can use the peak-use lanes. The lanes will continue to act as a shoulder during non-peak hours. The 3-mile project will include widening overpass bridges at Harwood Road, Cummings Drive, Cheek-Sparger Road and FM 157.

Timeline: fall 2018-2020
Cost: $28 million
Funding source: TxDOT

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4 things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake this weekend, Oct. 5-7

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Local residents and visitors can enjoy film, culture and volunteering opportunities.

Friday-Sunday:
  1. Oktoberfest celebrated in Southlake Town Square
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This event features live entertainment, German food and beer. (Courtesy Southlake Chamber of Commerce)

Family and friends can attend the city of Southlake’s annual Oktoberfest celebration. The German-inspired event includes a wiener dog race, live entertainment, arts and craft booths, specialty items from local vendors and food and drinks. Attendees can also expect performances by musical groups such as the Swiss Longhorns, Time Machine and Le Freak.

5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake. 817-481-8200. www.southlakechamber.com/oktoberfest-home

 
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  • Movie shown at the Village in Colleyville
  • Festival held on historic Main Street
  • Cleanup efforts underway in Grapevine

North White Chapel Boulevard bridge in Southlake to remain closed until further notice; sustained severe damage from storm

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The bridge at North White Chapel Boulevard and Kirkwood Branch in Southlake is still closed after it sustained severe damage from heavy rains the weekend of Sept. 21-23.

To make repairs and reopen the structure would cost $200,000-$400,000, and the project could last two to four months, Public Works Director Robert Cohen said. Staff has not determined an accurate cost to replace the bridge altogether; however, a rough estimate projects it could total $10 million.

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