Dallas County commissioners are scheduled to consider a variety of topics affecting the north Dallas and Richardson area during their upcoming meeting Nov. 21.

Topics on the agenda include authorizing a lease agreement to move the county’s Juvenile Probation Department for District 2, which includes parts of north Dallas and Richardson, to a new space in Vickery Meadow. Commissioners could also potentially approve a funding agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation to improve trail infrastructure at the border of Lake Highlands and Richardson.

Items worth mentioning

The Juvenile Probation Department, located 12970 Pandora Drive, could move to 8330 Meadow Road. The new location would be more centrally located for District 2 families and clients, provide more space, and “alleviate inefficiencies” at the Pandora Drive location, according to commissioner documents.

If commissioners approve the lease, it would start Dec. 1, 2023, and expire March 1, 2034.

What else?

Commissioners will also consider a multimillion-dollar deal for transportation infrastructure improvements along Buckingham Road, South Greenville Avenue, Walnut Street and Abrams Road. The project would include:
  • 1.4 miles of off-street path improvements from the existing Central Trail at Buckingham Road to the existing sidewalks west of the Dallas College Richland Campus
  • An enhanced DART rail crossing for pedestrians and cyclists on Buckingham Road
  • A 12-foot trail with a concrete buffer and drainage improvements along Greenville Avenue
  • Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at the intersection of Greenville Avenue and Buckingham Road
  • A 12-foot trail with a concrete buffer tying into an existing sidewalk near Abrams Road
If approved, the project would use nearly $6.5 million from TxDOT, about $1.4 million from Dallas County, nearly $1.3 million from the Regional Transportation Council and $475,000 from the city of Richardson.

Stay tuned

Dallas County Commissioners Court will meet at 9 a.m. Nov. 21 at 500 Elm St., Dallas. Residents can watch the meeting in-person or online through the county’s website.