Saturday, September 19, 2020

City Council Approves Ordinances to Amend Town Square Signage and Storefront Designs

Businesses in Town Square can now have an individualized look thanks to recent ordinances passed by City Council over the summer.

The modifications to the ordinances allow for greater flexibility for the provision of signage, administrative approval of storefront façade designs, and relieves some restrictions on the use of branding colors.

Town Square has always played a pivotal role in Southlake by serving as the heart of the community with retail, office and hotels which is highly critical for the community economically in terms of attracting visitors and other business opportunities.

The City has made recent modifications to the Town Square sign ordinance and Downtown “DT” zoning ordinance to create flexibility and efficiency in the provision of signage, store front designs and lighting with the intent to create an ordinance that streamlined the review and approval process.

The modifications to the ordinances will increase the variety and diversity in signage types to address new trends in retail while remaining complementary to building designs, the urban pedestrian-oriented environment and further placemaking efforts that may occur in the near future.

For more information on this ordinance, please contact the City of Southlake Planning and Development Services.

Council Approves Construction Services Agreement to Repair Fountain in Town Square

City Council recently approved a contract agreement with Falkenberg Construction to replace the mechanical vault for the fountain located at Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park in Town Square.

The scope of the project includes the replacement of the existing vault, and the removal and replacement of the pavers surrounding the vault. The vault contains the components (pumps, motors, electrical, etc.) necessary for the operation of the fountain within the park. The existing vault is in need of replacement due to extensive corrosion over the last 10 years.

The ever so popular fountain sits in the middle of dining and shopping on the south end of Town Square. It is a common spot for shoppers, kids, and visitors to sit on the benches and enjoy the ambiance the fountain creates.

Repairs are set to take place in early July after Stars and Stripes, weather permitting.

Get Charged Up at The Marq. New Charging Stations Coming to Champions Club

When Champions Club at The Marq Southlake opens, you’ll be able to charge more than your body. New electric vehicle charging stations will let you power up your car.

At the September 4th City Council meeting, Council approved a Specific Use Permit for an electric charging station to be installed at Champions Club. The one public electric vehicle charging station, with two dedicated parking spots, will be placed near the entrance in the west parking lot. The Level 2 dual head EV charging station is a single unit with connectors to charge two vehicles simultaneously. It can fully charge some vehicles in less than four hours, charging at a maximum rate of 25 RPH (miles of Range Per Hour).  All vehicle models, including Tesla, will be able to use the stations.

Like the charging stations already located in Town Square, the charging stations will have a $2 fee for each use of the station.

“We’re happy to partner with our electric provider to install charging stations in key public spaces like Champions Club,” notes Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher. “Along with the charging stations already in the parking garages in Town Square, we are excited to provide more charging options in other parts of Southlake. The City recognizes there are more and more electric vehicles on our roadways. This is a program we’d like to grow, so we are always looking at where it would be appropriate to add more charging stations in public spaces.”

The charging station will be operational and ready to go with the opening of Champions Club sometime late this year.

Celebrate National Dog Day August 26 with Pet-Friendly Dining in Southlake

Grab some grub with your best furry friend in Southlake on Sunday, August 26, during National Dog Day. With more than two dozen pet-friendly patios in town, celebrate this pawesome occasion and dine out with your dog.

Hungry for fresh? You and Fido will find scratch food fast at Café Express. With recipes crafted by James Beard Award winning Chef Robert Del Grande, who was inspired by European café cuisine and his deep Southwest roots, savor freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and more. Outdoor seating and large table umbrellas offer an inviting atmosphere, complete with plenty of passersby around Southlake Town Square for a dog-watching good time.

Enjoy flavors from the coast at Rockfish Seafood Grill. The chef-driven, distinctive menu features guest favorites like Shrimp Baskets, Fish Tacos and Seasonal Wild Copper River Alaskan Salmon. Quench your thirst with a signature Rock-a-Rita margarita and ice cold beer—or a refreshing bowl of water, if you’re a dog. With nautical décor to match the seafood dishes and a fenced-in outdoor patio shaded by trees, this restaurant is a lucky catch for both people and pets.

Order some pizza with your pup at Mellow Mushroom. With groovy pizza names like Kosmic Karma, Funky Q. Chicken and Holy Shiitake Pie—and equally unique customizable toppings ranging from salami and sausage to tempeh and tofu—enjoy a psychedelic taste sensation with your dog on Mellow Mushroom’s covered, partially enclosed outdoor patio.

Take tu perro to Torchy’s Tacos for a south-of-the-border flavor fiesta. Founded by a former executive chef turned food trailer entrepreneur, Torchy’s Tacos now has several brick-and-mortar locations. Having garnered many awards and national praise for “tacos for every appetite,” patrons will find creative cuisine in hand-held form with fillings ranging from fried avocados and seared ahi tuna to Jamaican jerk chicken and beef brisket. Park yourself and your pup at one of the outdoor picnic tables, and don’t forget to save room for Lil’ Nookies (fried chocolate chip cookie dough dusted in powdered sugar and topped with cherries).

Drive thru with your dog. If you’re grabbing a cup of coffee for yourself, be sure to ask for a complimentary puppuccino for your pal at Starbucks or a puppy latte at Dunkin’ Donuts—a small cup filled with whipped cream. Chick-Fil-A and Sonic have also been known to give dog treats to pup passengers.

Visit the online Southlake Dining Guide to review all dog-friendly dining options as indicated by a paw print icon next to the name of the restaurant. For more information on all of the ways Southlake is pet-friendly, including parks, grooming, pet-friendly hotels, pet-focused retail shops and more, visit the Pet Friendly page on VisitSouthlakeTexas.com.

Construction Alert: Fiber Optic Cable Installation In Town Square

Beginning Thursday, August 9, Verizon is scheduled to begin the Town Square portion of their fiber optic cable installation.

Work will be done on Main Street from Carroll Avenue to Grand Avenue and State Street from Main Street to Federal Way.

What does this mean for traffic?

All work will be completed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Monday evenings through Thursday evenings to avoid any major disruptions during peak shopping and dining hours. The work is expected to take three weeks.

The majority of the work will be done under the sidewalks and contractors will be removing sections as they work. The work areas will be fenced off while work is in progress and alternate pedestrian routes will be designated for foot traffic.

The Verizon fiber optic cable project will be completed in four phases. Phase one was the recent work along Carroll Ave. The work outlined in the map represents phase two. Phases three and four will also be in Town Square. More information about phases three and four will be shared as work once phase two is completed.

Please contact Public Works Operations with any questions at (817) 748-8082.

Are you ready for Stars and Stripes? Here’s what you should know about getting to the event.

Stars and Stripes Southlake is just a few days away. Tuesday, July 3, will be here before we know it. It’s an exciting event with a lot of activity, so before you come down we want to share some traffic, parking and safety tips.

Along with providing the perfect family-fun event, we also strive to provide a safe and secure event for all our visitors. The City of Southlake takes great measures to make sure all families attending the event have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“This is one of our most popular and fun events. We all look forward to Stars and Stripes,” said Police Chief James Brandon. “With that being said, Town Square will be full of people and activities. I’d like to remind everyone that while at the festivities please be aware of your surroundings. If anything causes you concern, our officers can be found throughout the event. Our primary goal is to make Stars and Stripes a safe place to enjoy the holiday for your family.”

Before you come to the event, here are some important tips to help you arrive and enjoy the event safely:

Want to avoid parking in Town Square?

Take the Shuttle: We are providing a shuttle service to and from the event.  The shuttle will be running from 3:30 p.m. to 11:55 p.m., and the pickup/drop off locations will be located at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church at 185 S. White Chapel Boulevard and Gateway Church at 700 Blessed Way.

The pickup/drop off location in Town Square will be located on Division and State Streets next to DPS Headquarters.

Use the family drop off area: There will be a family drop off at DPS Headquarters near the shuttle drop off. Please have your passengers ready to exit the vehicle when it comes to a stop. This will help alleviate traffic congestion. Drivers who are planning to use Southlake Blvd. to get home need to be aware that they will not be allowed to access Carroll Avenue towards SH 114.

Use the Uber and Lyft drop off area: This year, we’ve created a designated drop off location to help you coordinate drop off and pick up with your driver. Tell your driver to drop you off at DPS Headquarters, or 600 State St.

Traffic officers will be in the area to make sure that drivers are following the plan so that everyone gets in and out of Town Square safely and with as little delay as possible.

Planning to drive and park in the area?

Take advantage of the Granite parking garage: Parking will be available after 6:00 p.m. in the Granite parking garage located on the north side of Town Square.  The garage can be accessed on Division Street, the road that runs along the south side of DPS HQ, then traffic will be directed northbound on State Street to turn into the parking garage. Just follow the signs that will guide you into the Granite parking garage.

Entering via SH 114: Take the Carroll Avenue exit of SH 114.  Access is available on North Carroll Avenue at Federal Way and Prospect Street, between SH 114 and Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709). Drivers may also access Town Square from the eastbound service road of SH 114 at Grand Avenue and Central Avenue. It’s important to note that there will be no southbound traffic allowed from the north parking lots. All traffic will exit to the service road. Also, no parking will be allowed on the grassy areas next to the service road. “No Parking” signs will be posted and enforced.

Entering via Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709): You may either turn north on Carroll Avenue to park on the west side of Town Square; use Central Avenue to access the east side of the Square; or use the east parking garage. **Please note that the west parking garage will be closed for the event.

At the end of the event: All traffic on the west side of Town Square will exit (right-turn only) onto Carroll Avenue heading northbound. There will be NO southbound traffic out of the Square allowed onto Carroll Avenue.

All traffic on the east side of the Square from Main Street will exit onto Central Avenue southbound.  All exits from the east garage will be directed to Central Avenue to go north to the SH 114 service road to exit the Square. **The west side exits to the east garage will be closed.

Handicapped Parking in Town Square

Drivers can enter from either Prospect Street/Carroll Avenue or Central Avenue /Southlake Blvd (FM 1709). to access the handicapped parking along Main Street. Handicapped parking will be available on Main Street by Starbucks and Mi Cocina. Please be aware that the entrance at Carroll Avenue /Main Street will be designated for exit only.

Not parking in Town Square?  

Lighted crosswalks will be available and manned by Southlake officers at the following locations:

  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Central Avenue
  • Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) and Carroll Avenue
  • North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street
  • North Carroll Avenue and Federal Way

If parking on the side streets off of Carroll Avenue, please remember to follow these important rules.

  • To ensure everyone makes it home safely, it’s imperative that everyone uses the designated crosswalks. Crossing Southlake Blvd. (FM 1709) on foot from the Central Market area is very dangerous and PROHIBITED!  Bike officers will be patrolling the area and will take appropriate enforcement action for your safety.
  • Park facing the correct way and no more than 18” from the curb.
  • Do not block driveways or park in someone’s yard.
  • Make sure your vehicle is not in the intersection; it will be towed.
  • Be courteous to the neighborhood.

Access to Town Square before the event

  • Barricades will go up early in the morning on July 3rd. The interior roads of Town Square will not be accessible by vehicle. Please plan accordingly. The parking lots and east garage will be open until full. As the lots and garage become full, they will be closed. All parking lots with the exception of the lots north of the Hilton will close no later than 7:30 p.m. There will be barricades for the duration of the event preventing traffic from traveling north on Central Avenue past Main Street.
  • And most of all, WATCH FOR PEDESTRIANS! Citizens on Patrol (COPs) volunteers will also be on hand to assist pedestrians at major crosswalks and to help ensure the safety of all attendees.

For more information about the event, visit www.StarsandStripesSouthlake.com.

Charged and Ready: Tesla Supercharger Station Opens in Southlake Town Square

There was electricity in the air last Saturday morning as a crowd, along with nearly 50 Tesla electric vehicles, gathered in the parking lot at Prospect Street and Carroll Avenue in Southlake Town Square.

The excitement was in anticipation of the ribbon cutting for the Tesla Supercharger station, which is one of 39 throughout the state and five in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. There are 70 registered Tesla vehicles in Southlake, the highest concentration in Tarrant County.

Line of TeslasSimilar to a gas station, the Southlake Supercharger has 10 stalls for Tesla owners to plug in and charge their vehicles quickly. This allows for out-of-area travel and more than 500 stations are strategically placed throughout the U.S.

According to Rick Bollar, a Southlake resident, and president of Tesla Owners Club of North Texas, this network differentiates Tesla from other electric cars, which aren’t capable of long-distance travel.

“Having a Supercharger station in Southlake is really special because we’re one of the few in Texas that is not located along a highway. The amenities we offer in Southlake Town Square will make it a destination for people traveling across the country, encouraging them to stay and shop, eat and spend the night,” said Bollar, who estimates it will bring $500,000 in revenue to the city.

Bollar also pointed out that a Supercharger differs from the urban charging stations – which are located in Plano and Dallas and designed to serve drivers who don’t have a garage (and way to charge their vehicle at home) – in that the Supercharger delivers more power, thereby charging the car faster.

“This station puts Southlake on the map as a destination for Tesla owners and is another example of exciting things that are happening in our city,” stated Southlake Mayor Laura Hill, who participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Southlake Town Square welcomed Tesla last September with the opening of its 4,500 square foot gallery across from the Apple Store. According to Tesla, its charging network is designed to be the fastest, most convenient, and extensive charging network in the world. Note: There are currently six public chargers for all-electric vehicles in Southlake Town Square, see the map below.

Tesla Supercharger Map for MSN

Granite Place at Southlake Town Square Named Best Suburban Office by Dallas Business Journal

The Dallas Business Journal has revealed the 26th annual Best Real Estate Deals and Southlake’s Granite Place at Southlake Town Square was named the Best Suburban Office, edging out Bethany East in Allen and Fourteen555 along the Dallas North Tollway for the award. The awards were presented to stand-out deals made throughout North Texas in 2017.

One year since opening for business as a premier Class A office building, Granite Place is now home to several tenants and has available space for additional occupancy. With a prime location along State Highway 114 frontage road in Southlake Town Square, the six-story office building has become a visible landmark in Southlake and is also making its own mark.

The 158,000 square foot office building – with amenities including a corporate living room, shared conference rooms, landscaped courtyard with WiFi, and adjoining parking garage – was recently nominated as a finalist for “Best Office Project” by D Magazine as part of D CEO’s 2018 Commercial Real Estate Awards, and received recognition in Dallas Business Journal’s Best Real Estate Deals of 2017 in the category of “Suburban Office.”

Granite Place is currently 40 percent leased with 10 tenants listed in the building’s lobby directory that includes Campari America, HeartSciences, Republic Title, Scott & Scott, LLP, and Spaces Granite Place, Southlake’s first co-working, and flexible office space group. The company occupies 23,300 square feet within Granite Place and is already 60 percent leased since opening in March. The industrial-style, two-story space offers a 900 square foot business club, 191 dedicated desks, two meeting rooms, and one boardroom for rent by the hour or day. Bicycles, board games, and a ping-pong table are a few of the fun perks offered to members.

In a press release by Spaces about its Granite Place site, Joshua McLeod, Space’s associate vice president of North Texas commented on the many benefits of the location.

“Spaces Granite Place is situated in the heart of Southlake Town Square, the perfect location for local entrepreneurs and business in search of flexible co-working space, arts and entertainment programming, and networking opportunities. With a pedestrian-friendly environment and an energetic atmosphere, Spaces Granite Place is just steps away from McPherson Park and conveniently located with quick access to the DFW International Airport,” stated McLeod.

According to Aarica Mims, a leasing manager for Granite Properties, there is more than 94,000 square feet of available space within the office building.

“We are currently building out spec suites that are in the 1,500 to 3,500 square foot range to meet demand. The top two floors and the top of the building signage are still available for larger users,” stated Mims, adding that more new tenants are expected to sign in the near future.

Southlake’s commercial expansion has dramatically increased over the past year. After the opening of Granite Place in March 2017, a second Class A office building opened in August 2017, The Offices at Kimball Park. Together, these developments have increased Southlake’s commercial square footage by approximately 275,000 square feet, creating additional opportunities for businesses to take root in Southlake. Also nearing completion is Chapel Crossing at the southwest corner of SH 114 and N. White Chapel. Chapel Crossing is a 55,000 square foot, three-story, Class A medical office building.

Town Square Street Work Starts March 12

Southlake Public Works Streets & Drainage will begin nighttime work in Southlake Town Square starting on Monday, March 12, 2018, through March 30, 2018, weather permitting.

When complete there will be new paving, fresh striping and new handicap ramps starting at State Street from Federal Way south to Civic Place.

Work will require daily closures of the angled parking next to the U.S. Post Office on State Street as well as the parallel parking spots across the street. No parking will be allowed in this area Monday-Friday for the duration of the project. Patrons are asked to use the angled parking on Prospect Street or the West Parking Garage.

Town Square Street Work on State St.

Night time working hours will be from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday to minimize any inconvenience.

Look for message boards at the intersection of North Carroll Avenue and Prospect Street as well as at the intersection of Federal Way and State Street.

At the time same time, the Public Works team will also re-stripe the fire lanes along Main Street from Central Avenue to Summit Avenue, as well as from Summit Avenue from Main St. to Southlake Boulevard. This work will be performed during daytime hours and parking will be temporarily closed for short durations as needed.

Town Square Street Work Summit St.

Please contact Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions. Thank you!