Chamber, ilume developer pledge reward funds for info on Oak Lawn attacks

crosland veddaOfficials with the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce announced today (Friday, Nov. 20) that the chamber has pledged $2,500 to be added to the reward offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects responsible for recent robberies and assaults in the Oak Lawn gayborhood. Luke Crosland, owner of The Crosland Group that developed the two ilume complexes on Cedar Springs Road, has promised to match that with another $2,500.

Chamber President and CEO Tony Vedda said he is optimistic that the additional reward money will motivate anyone with information on the 12 crimes that have occurred here in the last three months to come forward.

“It is our shared hope that we can come together as a community with our voices and our resources to catch whomever is perpetrating these crimes,” Vedda said in a statement released this afternoon. “Our businesses, patrons and residents have a vested interest in preventing further incidents.”

Crosland said he, too, is committed to finding justice for the victims, and that he wants the community to remain vigilant.

“We have continued to invest in private armed security for our properties, as safety is a top priority for our members, tenants and customers,” Crosland said. “This neighborhood is a wonderful place to live, shop and celebrate, and we are dedicated to finding the culprits.”

The money from the chamber and Crosland will be added to $10,000 in reward money already pledged to Crime Stoppers with help from Resource Center and Dallas City Councilman Adam Medrano.

—  Tammye Nash

Crosland Group make huge donation of gay-themed books to Oak Lawn Library

booksDallas developer Luke Crosland, whose company The Crosland Group is responsible for ilume and ilume Park, has marked a gift of more than 6,000 volumes of LGBT books to the Dallas Public Library. The collection will be stored at the Oak Lawn branch in the heart of the gayborhood.

The donation was originally housed at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida.

There will be a presentation of the books during Pride Weekend. Due to space limitations, not all volumes will be on display, but will be available to be checked out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Doughman: ilume won't be blocking access to sidewalk for future Tavern Guild events

Apparently you had to be dressed like this in order to get onto the sidewalk of ilume during the gay Pride parade.
Apparently you had to be dressed like this in order to get onto the sidewalk in front of ilume during the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade.

In today’s Dallas Voice we printed a letter to the editor from George Castro, who’s miffed that ilume blocked public access to the sidewalk in front of the development during the Pride parade, which Castro called “offensive and quite presumptuous.”

Late yesterday Castro forwarded me the response he received to his complaint from Michael Doughman, executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, which puts on the parade. Here’s what Doughman said:

“I am e-mailing to let you know I am aware of the problem the closing of the sidewalk at ILUME caused and accept full responsibility for the problem. We have spoken with [ilume developer] Luke Crosland and the property management and have resolved the issue and the sidewalks in front of ILUME will remain open to the public for any future Dallas Tavern Guild events. I am sorry for the inconvenience it created and we have made the appropriate adjustments to our policies to avoid this happening again.
“Thanks so much for your response and I appreciate the feedback as we strive to make Pride a pleasant and agreeable event for all our neighbors, friends and guests.

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—  John Wright