[Hpn] Homeless center could damage revitalization

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Wed, 17 Aug 2005 03:17:58 -0400


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THIS IS THE SAME OL' SAME OL" NIMBY ATTITUDE THAT HURTS ALL CITIZENS AS =
IT IS STILL A HATE CRIME TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST PERSONS FOR HOUSING AND =
THIS DOWN TOWN REVTALIZATION IS DOING JUST THAT!!!

In The Struggle=20
Bill
www.newhampshirehomeless.org

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Report: Homeless center could damage revitalization
Jaime S. Jordan=20
Web Editor
The construction of a homeless assistance shelter inside the downtown =
Dallas loop could ruin chances for revitalizing downtown Dallas, =
according to a report released by two professors at the University of =
North Texas.=20

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The report looks at the economic and fiscal risks of locating the center =
in downtown Dallas. It was funded by the Heart of Dallas Partnership, a =
group of downtown developers, business owners, restaurant owners and =
real estate professionals, which was formed in June to oppose the =
proposed location of the assistance center. The cost of the study was =
not disclosed.=20

An examination of downtown properties using Dallas County Appraisal =
District records shows home values in the southern sector of Dallas =
where most of the homeless are concentrated are less than half of those =
in the northern sector, according to the report.=20

The report went on to say that the city of Dallas, Dallas County and =
Dallas Independent School District are losing about $2.4 million a year =
because of the valuation disparities resulting from a lack of =
development in the southern sector.=20

The two UNT researchers, economics professors Bernard L. Weinstein and =
Terry L. Clower, said their research indicates Dallas' southern sector =
can support 2.2 million square feet of new commercial, residential and =
office space. That would create more than 5,000 jobs and generate about =
$6.6 million a year in revenue for local taxing authorities.=20

Currently, the entire city of Dallas added only about 700 jobs over the =
past year, compared to 13,000 jobs added to local payrolls in Fort =
Worth, according to the report. Commercial real estate, as a percentage =
of the Dallas' tax base was 37 percent in 2005, compared to 51 percent =
in two decades ago.=20

Dallas' 5.8 percent unemployment rate also is higher than the average of =
North Texas' metropolitan areas, the report said.=20

And while Dallas' property valuations were up 4.4 percent between 2004 =
and 2005, the increase was below Fort Worth's 9.5 percent growth, the =
report stated.=20

Revitalization efforts in Dallas' downtown already have begun, with =
private developers planning to build more than $500 million in new =
construction and rehabilitation projects within Dallas' Central Business =
District. A proposed Dallas Center for the Performing Arts is expected =
to pump an additional $275 million into downtown.=20

The city of Dallas has formed tax increment financing zones totaling =
$243 million for downtown and nearby areas, and the city has allocated =
$2.5 million for its Main Street Retail Incentive Program, the report =
states.=20

"Unfortunately, all of these investments -- private, nonprofit and =
public -- will be at risk if a homeless assistance center is constructed =
within the CBD," the report says.=20



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<DIV class=3Dmasthead2><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>In The Struggle =
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professionals,=20
which was formed in June to oppose the proposed location of the =
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District=20
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the=20
homeless are concentrated are less than half of those in the northern =
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according to the report. </P>
<P>The report went on to say that the city of Dallas, Dallas County and =
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Independent School District are losing about $2.4 million a year because =
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valuation disparities resulting from a lack of development in the =
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support 2.2=20
million square feet of new commercial, residential and office space. =
That would=20
create more than 5,000 jobs and generate about $6.6 million a year in =
revenue=20
for local taxing authorities. </P>
<P>Currently, the entire city of Dallas added only about 700 jobs over =
the past=20
year, compared to 13,000 jobs added to local payrolls in Fort Worth, =
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<P>And while Dallas' property valuations were up 4.4 percent between =
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2005, the increase was below Fort Worth's 9.5 percent growth, the report =
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<P>Revitalization efforts in Dallas' downtown already have begun, with =
private=20
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and=20
rehabilitation projects within Dallas' Central Business District. A =
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