In 2016, two new major developments got underway. Lewisville also came together with other cities and county officials to celebrate the opening of a major bridge along Interstate 35E. The highs of 2016 were paired with lows as the city said a final goodbye to a community icon and mourned along with many others the killing of five Dallas police officers. Here is a look back at the city’s top happenings in 2016.

5. Jan. 31

Lewisville Feed Mill redevelopment progresses

Heather M. Goodwin

hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com

In November 2015, the Lewisville Feed Mill was bought by a local entrepreneur, who is renovating it into a steakhouse.

Jim Murray, owner of Prairie House Restaurant, a Texas-style eatery in Aubrey, bought the feed mill and will open J2 Steakhouse in March or April. The feed mill has a new roof, repaired walls and will get new furnishings and decorations.

In addition, the grain silos that sit on the Kealy Avenue side of the property will be repurposed and made into gazebos. Murray is also planning to donate two to the Denton County Historical Commission.

The iconic barn door and Lewisville Feed Mill sign facing Main Street will stay in place, but the doors will be sealed up. The sign will be repainted, and a J2 circular sign will be placed near it.

Once complete, the restaurant will seat 150 to 175 inside and will have a 75-foot bar. It will also have a patio with outdoor seating.

4. April 10

Former Lewisville mayor dies

Heather M. Goodwin

hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com

In April, the longest tenured mayor in Lewisville’s history died leaving behind a legacy that has affected many lives.

Former Lewisville Mayor Gene Carey, 73, died after a brief illness. Carey was mayor from 2000 until 2009. He was well known throughout the community and beloved my residents and city officials alike.

After leaving office, he continued to serve the city. He was the chairman of the Arts Advisory Board and the Charter Review Commission and a board member of the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone No. 2.

The city flag was lowered to half-staff at all municipal facilities until the funeral. In addition, a public memorial was held at Lakeland Baptist Church.

In addition to serving on city boards, Carey was also a member of Lakeside Baptist Church, a volunteer with Christian Community Action, a member of the Lewisville Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and the Denton County Republican Men’s Club.

3. April 24

Nonprofit to open teen homeless shelter in Lewisville

Heather M. Goodwin

hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com

Kim Hinkle wants to offer homeless teens a safe place to stay, and she has chosen Lewisville as the place to do it.

Hinkle, co-founder and executive director of Journey to Dream, will lead a team of people in running Kyle’s Place. The youth home will provide emergency shelter and 24-hour care for teens 13 to 18 years old, regardless of why they are homeless. 

Kyle’s Place will be located at 1960 Archer Way. It will offer homeless teens a place to sleep, food, clothing, basic needs and individual and family counseling. It will also have enrichment programs and services, case management, academic support and tutoring, medical and dental care and career and job training.

Hinkle said they plan to be licensed by the state and housing students the first quarter of 2017. Floors and tile in the bathrooms were recently installed and soon kitchen cabinets and equipment will be installed.

2. Sept. 11

Officials come together for Lewisville Lake Bridge ribbon cutting

Heather M. Goodwin

hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com

 

On Sept. 10, the southbound Interstate 35E Lewisville Lake Bridge opened with a ceremony attended by state and local elected and appointed officials and first responders, who were the first to cross the bridge.

Crews are still working on the frontage road and the pedestrian/bike path in that area. The frontage road and the path will open in 2017 once crews have northbound traffic on the original bridge.

Construction began on the bridge in 2013. It is now approximately 564 feet above sea level and includes images of local wildlife and lake recreational scenes on the concrete walls supporting the structure. When the project is finished in mid-2017, the new southbound bridge will include a pedestrian/bike path, two frontage road lanes, four general purpose lanes and two reversible managed lanes.

  1. July 17

LPD honors fallen Dallas officers

Heather M. Goodwin

hgoodwin@starlocalmedia.com

In July, the unthinkable happened in Lewisville’s own backyard – five Dallas police officers were killed in the line of duty.

The LPD Honor Guard sent 12 members to join hundreds of other departments in paying their respects to the fallen heroes. Some members ushered family members and guests at graveside ceremonies, and some simply paid their respects to the fallen officers and their families.

Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Lorne B. Ahrens was assigned to the southwest division. He was 48 years old and had 14 years of service.

Dallas Police Sgt. Michael J. Smith was assigned to the north central division. He was 56 years old and had 28 years of service.

Dallas Police Officer Michael Krol had served with the DPD for nine years and had previously served with the Wayne County, Michigan, Sheriff's Office for four years. He was 40 years old.

DART Police Officer Brent Thompson was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the DART police department for nine years. He was 43 years old.

DPD Officer Patricio E. Zamarripa was assigned to the southwest division. He was 32 years old and had six years of service.

The LPD continued its support for Dallas by backfilling the Dallas Police Department’s Southwest Division, so that officers assigned to that station could attend the funerals of fallen Dallas police officers assigned to that division. Officers were assigned to the patrol division and answered calls for service and also helped with the traffic flow to the funerals.

The Dallas Firefighters Association Auxiliary sold T-shirts and donated the proceeds to the Assist the Officer Foundation in memory and honor of the fallen and injured Dallas police officers. The effort netted $70,000.

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