First, the major news: Mayor Beth Van Duyne will run for mayor again in 2014. She said she’d like to see some of the planned projects for Irving get finished. A few of those projects include Water Street, a convention center hotel and an entertainment center.

Van Duyne gave an update this morning on what’s happening in Irving at a coffee held at Irving Chamber offices. She introduced Paolo Iaccaino of Hines who talked about the residential developments his company is working on. A priority for Irving, Van Duyne noted, is adding more single-family homes. Rental properties already stand at about 70 percent of housing in the city, she said. Another priority, she added, is education. She said she hasn’t met the new superintendent yet but she’s heard good reports about him.

Other news talked about included updates on the city’s library plans (Irving is building a new library despite the water problems recently encountered at the site); early plans for development at the Texas Stadium site (maybe a tennis complex with a major retail project); creating an Irving identity to make up for losing the Dallas Cowboys and the Byron Nelson; and developments along the DART line (which should open at DFW in December 2014).

A financing package is coming together for the Convention Center Hotel, which has been narrowed down to two companies. Water Street negotiations are ongoing with some positive changes, such as making the complex more urban rather than suburban and moving the parking structure off the road to behind the complex.

When asked what keeps her up at night, Van Duyne replied it was the larger issues, like water and energy, and also traffic.

“We can’t go back,” she said. “We have to keep going ahead.”

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