North Dallas office tower sells to Granite Properties

Developer Granite Properties has purchased a North Dallas office tower.

Granite purchased the 13-story 8235 Douglas tower in Preston Center near the Dallas North Tollway.

The new owner plans to spend $1.5 million in upgrading the silver-glass office building, which was constructed in 1980.

Granite plans to add a customer lounge and conference and, good service and an outdoor seating area.

There will even be a putting green and golf simulator. An outdoor seating area is also being planned. The building is being renamed The Douglas.

"In Dallas and across the country, Granite has a reputation for investing in prime office spaces our customers can be proud to call home," Greg Fuller, Granite Properties’ President and chief operating officer, said in a statement. "We’re really pleased to establish Granite’s brand in the Preston Center area and look forward to serving our new customers there."

Granite bought the tower from Transwestern Investment Group.

Jonathan Napper and Michael McDonald of Eastdil Secured marketed the building for sale.

Update: Man fatally shot at far north Dallas apartment

Police were seeking more information Tuesday about a fatal shooting at a far north Dallas apartment complex.

Herston Monroe, 21, was shot about 11:40 p.m. Monday at an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Frankford Road, according to the Dallas Police Department crime blog.

Live this morning at apt. complex in Far N. Dallas. Man was shot in the parking lot, made it inside his apartment, then died at hospital.

— Dan Godwin (@DanGodwinFOX4) February 7, 2017

Monroe died after he was taken to a nearby hospital.

Police requested that anyone with information about the shooting to contact Homicide Det. Brent Maudlin at 214-671-3676 or

To contact Crime Stoppers, which will pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and indictment for this case and other felony offenses, call 214-373-8477.

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Man shot dead in north Dallas apartment overnight

Neither the victim or his assailant were identified by Dallas police at the scene in the 4000 block of Frankford Road.


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Police investigate murder at Far North Dallas apartment

A man found shot at a Far North Dallas apartment died from his injuries.

The victim’s friend found him inside a unit at the Walker’s Mark Apartments at 4055 Frankford Road around 11:40 p.m. Monday. He called for help, but the man died at the hospital.

Police later identified the victim as 21-year-old Herston Monroe.

Investigators say they found a gun and a trail of blood in the parking lot outside the apartment building.

Police have not released a suspect description or a possible motive.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Dallas Police Department.

Neighbors in Lake Highlands Help Save a Decades-Old Tree

A fight over a decades-old tree in a Dallas neighborhood leaves one man in handcuffs.

The tree in the Lake Highlands area has long served as a photo opportunity for neighbors.

“It provided this great horizontal bench that everyone sat on for pictures and the children climbed on it,” said Amy Martin, who lives in the area. 

On Thursday, neighbors said a man with a chainsaw began buzzing his way through the place that served as a playground for so many.

Martin said neighbors confronted the man, 65-year-old Albert Santos, and told him to stop.

“That guy would have taken the whole tree if we didn’t stop him. He would have taken the entire tree,” said Martin.

She said one neighbor even used his truck to block Santos until the police arrived. 

“The tree is decimated. It’s absolutely decimated. This is its fourth vandalism attack, but what this man did was he basically destroyed the defining feature of the tree… which was the horizontal trunk.”

For his part, Santos said he thought the tree had been damaged in a storm and was fair game to cut down. 

After being charged with criminal mischief, Santos now claims he only wants to make things right.

“I’d be willing to put something there, and spend my time and money to let them know how sorry I am. Because I just don’t go around doing that,” Santos said.

Martin said she hopes in the future that people will leave their beloved tree alone.

“We’re just going to have to learn to love the way the tree looks now. It’s always going to be our landmark tree, but it doesn’t look like it used to. It will never be the same,” she said.

Far North Dallas Apartments – Finding The Best Realtor

Are you looking for the best Far North Dallas apartments? If you don’t have time to visit each of the vacant listings on your own, you can always rely on the services of a realtor. However, you need do a lot of research to find the right one for the job, if you want the best results. Here are some of the top qualities to look for in a good realtor.

1. Proactive
Your realtor should be ready to pounce on new listings to make sure they match the type of apartments you’re looking for. It would be disappointing if you hired a realtor who doesn’t have new leads and isn’t ready to find new listings for you. Therefore, find someone who is diligent and proactive and has new listings ready just in case you don’t like what’s already in place.

2. Good Listening Skills
A realtor who listens and understands what you’re looking for is the best partner for your apartment hunting project in Far North Dallas. You need someone who can find the exact type of apartment that you’re looking for and he/she needs to first listen to your housing needs first. For instance, if you’re looking for a house with central AC rather than the old and rattling radiators, the realtor shouldn’t force you to settle for nothing less.

3. Quick Adaptive Skills
If a client doesn’t look like a particular listing, the realtor should immediately should adapt and find something that matches to what the client is looking for. Therefore, look for a realtor with quick adaptive skills to find you what you’re looking for regardless of how outrageous the demands might be.

In conclusion finding a good realtor is the best way to find the best apartments in Far North Dallas. Use these tips to find the best realtor for your needs.

DFW Adoption Program Gives Animals a Second Chance

An estimated six to eight million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying according to the Doris Day animal league. But DFW Rescue Me wants to have a positive impact on these statistics through adoption programs.

CLICK HERE for DFW Rescue Me’s Kibble and Cocktails event information.

NBC 5 Viewers Share Videos of Storms March 26, 2017

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of storms that moved across North Texas on March 26, 2017.

Looks like a driving rangeLooks like a driving range

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Texas Connects Us: The Final Four of Chess

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The UT Dallas Chess team is off to the final four for the 15th time in 17 years. Today the school held a pep rally, with cheerleaders and all.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

Fort Worth Girl Killed in Hit and Run Accident

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Photo Credit: NBC 5 News

New Features Available in NBCDFW's Interactive Radar

The interactive radar on NBCDFW’s digital properties just got a little smarter, with an exclusive presentation you can’t find anywhere else.

When you visit the interactive radar on, or NBCDFW’s app on iPhone or iPad you’ll see a unique new feature.

When “Live Radar” is selected in layers, you’ll see NBC 5’s S Band Radar, but when you zoom out to look at the entire country, you’ll have the opportunity to view any available fixed NBC-owned radar in the country. 

The radar presentation also shows any of the three StormRanger vehicles that are active in the country.

The unique new radar feature was launched on Tuesday. A StormRanger vehicle could be seen on the map near Boston. (see video above)

Tapping any of the icons takes you to that radar sweep.

NBC is the only network to have this unique radar presentation.

The “Live Radar” layer will be available on Android apps Wednesday.

Along with the Texas Storm Fleet, the new layer added to the interactive S Bandradar is the latest tool aimed at bringing you the best storm coverage in North Texas.

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