HPISD moves to acquire 2 lots on Lovers Lane

Nov. 17, 2014

Dear HPISD Parents & Staff, 

The Highland Park ISD School Board authorized the superintendent to begin work on the acquisition of two lots on Lovers Lane in the block east of the HPISD Administration Building.


The properties, which were previously apartment buildings, are located at 4133-4139 and 4141-4143 Lovers Lane. The properties, which are contiguous and total .62 of an acre, would provide the opportunity for the district to address parking and facilities needs.


"Part of our strategy is to acquire property that the district can use to meet our growing enrollment and facilities needs," said HPISD Trustee and Facilities Chair Kelly Walker. "When we heard about the properties on Lovers Lane becoming available, we felt the time was right to move forward with action."


The school district anticipates acquiring these properties by agreement with the landowners or, if necessary, by exercise of the district's power of eminent domain. The first step is board action authorizing acquisition of the property. The district anticipates completing appraisal work and making an offer to purchase as soon as practicable, based on the appraised value of the property.


"It is our hope that we will quickly come to an agreement on a fair price with the property owners and that the process will move forward smoothly," former Superintendent Dr. Dawson Orr said.