The latest WHNA News

HGTV is Casting in Dallas!

HGTV is looking for 3 lucky homeowners throughout the Dallas Metro Area to feature on their new show Bang for Your Buck. If you are a homeowners in WHNA who renovated your kitchen in the past 3 years and spent anywhere from $30,000 to $90,000 on the project, contact Keri Grogan, Casting AP for HGTV’s Bang For Your Buck.

They will be filming finalists the week of January 12th, however the producers will be choosing the candidates within the next month. Each episode will tour three similar remodels at similar price points. We’ll bring in our experts to determine how the renovation impacts each home’s value. They’ll also provide viewers with expert advice, answers on remodeling values, and inspiring ideas for design.

Davis Avenue Study

We just received the progress print of the planner’s work on the Davis Avenue Study.
Davis Avenue Study
Please review the pdf here – Note: the file is 10mb, so it may take some time to download/open if you have a slow connection.

The Bigger Picture

You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of some of the high-level activities taking place that will affect WHNA. Some of your neighbors are keeping track. Updates on a few of them follow:

Davis Avenue Corridor Study

Many of us have wondered over the years what it would take to turn Davis Avenue into something better than the neighborhood-unfriendly, inconsistent and underutilized corner of urbanity that it is. In response, a number of local businesses have come together under the auspices of the newly-revived Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce to sponsor a planning study that will work to determine what administrative changes are necessary to allow the desired physical changes to take place. The scope of the work includes areas adjacent to Davis Avenue from Hampton to Beckley.

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New to Winnetka Heights?

Welcome to the neighborhood! We’re so happy you’re here.

 

If you’ve just moved into Winnetka Heights, be sure to let us know so we can send you a free Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Membership Packet.

It provides new residents with helpful contact information, a restaurant guide, plus local coupons. Contact our Membership Chairs, Chris Watts and Todd Fisher, at membership@winnetkaheights.org to receive your packet. You can also download a PDF of your packet here. This is for new residents only.

They plan our monthly neighborhood happy hours, so if you have any suggestions on where to go, feel free to send them an email.

Visit our Facebook Group
If you’re looking for a great way to  stay up-to-date on neighborhood news and events, be sure to visit our Facebook group.

Annual Donation Time
There are no dues required to be a member of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association.   All residents of the district are members and are welcome at our meetings and events.  We suggest an annual donation for each household in WH of $35. This helps us with the costs of running the association and having neighborhood events. For the $35 donation you receive a WHNA T-shirt. You may purchase the shirts separately for $20. They run from adult size small to 3XL.

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Access to the Forum

If you are a resident of WH, you can post messages, photos, and chat with your neighbors. Only residents are allowed to post. If you need an account or have forgotten your log-in credentials, just send our webmaster an email at whnaadmin@winnetkaheights.org with your name, physical address and phone number.

Here is some other information that is helpful to know:

What is a landmark or historic district?

The City of Dallas Landmark Districts are defined areas with a significant concentration of structures unified by their architectural style or related historical events. The significance of the district is recognized by its listing on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being a City of Dallas Landmark District. They are protected by historic district ordinances with preservation criteria, specific to each district, administered by the Dallas Landmark Commission.

What is the description of the Winnetka Heights Historic District in the National Register of Historic Places?

Large residential development platted in 1908 on the south side of the Trinity River in Oak Cliff section. A collection of one-story frame bungalows and two-story Prairie-influenced Four Square homes. Most intact of the early 20th century neighborhoods in Oak Cliff; developed as an exclusive area by several prominent Dallas investors. This is Dallas’ sixth historic district adopted in 1981. This neighborhood consists of more than 600 residential structures and 20 commercial structures situated on 50 city blocks. It is the largest historic district in Dallas. The boundaries of Winnetka Heights are approximately Davis Street on the north, Willomet Avenue on the east, Twelfth Street on the south, and Rosemont Avenue on the west.

What impact does living in a historic district have on my home?  And what is a Certificate of Appropriateness (CA)?

Certificates of Appropriateness (CAs) are required before exterior work (including landscaping) can be undertaken on City of Dallas Landmarks or on structures in Landmark districts. Minor changes generally require only staff approval, but substantial alterations require approval of the Landmark Commission, which meets the first Monday of each month in City Hall.  Contact the Historic Preservation Staff to determine whether your proposed work will require staff review or Landmark Commission approval. The main number is 214-670-4209.

What is OOCCL?

The Old Oak Cliff Conservation League (OOCCL) is a non-profit 501(c)3 that functions as an umbrella organization for 29 neighborhood associations covering nearly 10,000 households within the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas.  The OOCCL sponsors a very popular tour of homes throughout Oak Cliff on the second weekend of October every year.  OOCCL

What is NOCUPP?

The North Oak Cliff United Police Patrol (NOCUPP) is a neighborhood based program aimed at reducing crime by increasing the police presence in Winnetka Heights and four other North Oak Cliff neighborhoods.  Under this program, Dallas Police Department officers regularly patrol our streets, stop suspicious characters, and make arrests.  NOCUPP subscribers have direct communication access to patrolling officers, and can request special ‘vacation patrols’ when they are away from home.  We encourage all neighbors to join NOCUPP for about $1 per day.  For more info email crimewatch@winnetkaheights.org or click here:  NOCUPP Info