TABC reignites its undercover miner bites and more Dallas city news

This week’s tour of the city of Dallas news is housing-themed, with housing updates from Dallas City Council and Airbnb. The TABC reignites undercover bites and the city has a suggestion for a quiet Memorial Day celebration.

Here’s what happened in Dallas this week:

Housing challenge
At its May 26 meeting, Dallas City Council approved a housing challenge that will add 1,000 homes near DART light rail stations, aimed at mixed-income residents. In a statement, Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization Director David Noguera said: “These handpicked sites are the perfect locations for residents to access our transit system and engage with their community.” .

The city has received proposals for three potential sites, all on city-owned land, at least half an acre, within half a mile of a DART station, and currently vacant or underutilized. :

  • 3015 Al Lipscomb Way: 2 acre site in South Dallas near MLK Jr. DART station
  • 6601 S. Lancaster Rd .: 10 acre site near the University of North Texas on the Dallas campus
  • 4515 S. Lancaster Rd .: 7.5 acre site located across from the Dallas VA Medical Center

The board authorized negotiations with three developers: Lavoro Acquisition, LLC; Development of Brinshore, LLC; and Innovan Neighborhoods Consulting, LLC.

Ban on Airbnb parties
In August 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 peak, Airbnb instituted a global holiday ban. Now they have extended that ban until the end of summer 2021.

Elements of this prohibition include:

  • removal of search filters such as “event friendly” and “parties and events allowed”
  • establish a neighborhood helpline, a forum for neighbors to report problems or concerns
  • restriction for guests under 25 to book entire accommodations in their area under certain circumstances

Travelers without a history of positive Airbnb reviews will not be able to make overnight reservations for entire homes in the United States during the July 4th weekend.

TABC spades
As students across the state prepare to celebrate summer, officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are here to spoil their good times. I mean, step up their efforts to prevent the sale of alcohol to minors. This involves Underage Compliance Operations (UCO) to identify retailers who violate the state’s age limit on alcohol sales.

During an UCO, a miner working for TABC attempts to purchase alcohol from a retailer while under the surveillance of TABC agents. Sting!

Businesses that break the law face fines or temporary license suspensions to sell alcohol, and the employee making the sale faces a criminal misdemeanor charge.

OCUs have been an important part of TABC’s toolkit for years, but the pace of operations slowed in 2020 as the agency observed COVID-19 security protocols.

Remembrance day event
On May 31, Thanks-Giving Square hosts a quiet Memorial Day reverie. It is a kind of non-event. The downtown Dallas space is designed to be a space for reflection and gratitude.

In the Square’s Thanksgiving Chapel, visitors can write notes of gratitude and remembrance to veterans thanking them for their service. Ruthie’s Fueled by Cafe Momentum will also be parked in the plaza, if writing notes whets your appetite.

Advance voting
It’s the last weekend to vote early in the second round for six Dallas city council seats yet to be determined. Fictional character and city advocate Wylie H Dallas offers recommendations via this Tweeter. The deadline for early voting is June 1; election day is June 5.

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