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Urban Genesis Begins Bishop High Line Apartments this November
Amanda Popken
August 18, 2016

As soon as the rain lets up, demolition will begin on the four homes where 70 apartments will be under construction in November. Urban Genesis spoke with the Bishop Arts Neighborhood Association Tuesday night about the Bishop High Line project and the other 50 apartments they have planned just a block away. The projects are planned along Melba Street between Madison St. and Adams St.
Urban Genesis is a merchant builder, planning to keep their investment for between 5 and 20 years, so they’re invested in spending more on characteristics that will pay out over the long term, such as conditioned interior halls and elevators. Also, the secured parking behind will have eight-foot, board-on-board fence along the back, with open gates on the side. “It’s not going to be ugly,” says Matt Shafiezadeh, one of the developers with Urban Genesis.
And, unfortunately, the Urban Genesis developers were able to take advantage of a loophole in zoning that allows trees on residential lots to be cut down without any stipulations on replacement. Whereas, the Nazerians down the street saved every tree they could around every house they demolished, planning much of their development around the big old trees, and will be required to plant new trees to replace those that will be cut.

Oak Cliff is prized for its big, old trees. That’s the appeal of the area — and its namesake. It’s why the city recently spent $70,000 to move two mature oaks in the path of the Bishop Arts streetcar stop.
The Urban Genesis team encouraged neighbors to put together a design committee to recommend design changes before they go to the TIF Board for approval. If not granted TIF funds, the developers would not be able to make planned improvements to the alleyway and streetscape. If they do accept TIF funds they will also be subject to design recommendations from the Urban Design Peer Review Board as well as required to include 20 percent affordable housing.
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