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Karina Ramírez: Complex reveals hidden courtyard

The apartment complex with the decorative red-and-silver water tower has a little secret: a courtyard nestled in its core.

Jason Bell, manager of newly opened and family operated Victoria Station Apartments on Bell Avenue, said Wednesday that many visitors are surprised to find the little slice of landscaping.

Victoria Station Apartments offers a total of 80 residential units with 16 different floor plans, most of which include two-story lofts with views of the Square to the west or the DCTA transit center to the east. The apartments feature 9-foot ceilings, wood-style and carpet flooring, and brushed-nickel hardware, as well as other amenities. Monthly rent starts at $795.

“We are approximately 25 percent leased,” said Jack Bell, owner and developer of Jack Bell Property Management, which runs Victoria Station Apartments.

Even since before their completion date of Feb. 1, the Bells said there has been interest in the new downtown complex, especially in the two offices and the retail space available on the ground floor. Those spaces include two 700-square-foot retail spaces and a 1,400-square-foot office space.

“We are not allowing restaurants in the retail [space], although we have had a lot of inquiries,” Jack Bell said. “We’d rather go with a cleaner retail [shop], or it could all go office.”

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According to the Texas comptroller’s office, as of December, every job shed by Texas employers during the Great Recession has been replaced.

Between January 2011 and February 2012, the state gained 258,000 jobs, according to the latest economic report out of the comptroller’s office. Total nonfarm employment increased by 67,200 jobs from December 2011 to January 2012.

According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office, Texas unemployment rate dropped 7.3 percent in January 2012 from 7.4 percent the previous month.

“The Texas unemployment rate has been at or below the national average for 61 consecutive months,” officials said.

Nationally, only 39 percent of recession-hit jobs had been recovered through February, the report said.



Roxanne Wilson will be the executive director of the Rosewood Assisted Living and Memory Care Community that will open in Flower Mound later in the fall.

Wilson has 20 years of experience working with seniors, most recently owning and operating two personal care homes in Lantana. Before joining Rosewood, Wilson opened Rambling Oaks Courtyard Assisted Living Residence and Atria Flower Mound Assisted Living, now known as Flower Mound Assisted Living, a news release said.

Wilson graduated from Central Michigan University in 1983 with bachelor’s in social work. She moved to Del Rio to work at a community hospital, and five years later, took on an administration role at Colonial Hills Hospital, a satellite community center in San Antonio. She was promoted to program director of the hospital’s addiction program.

Wilson managed the partial hospitalization program at Twin Lakes Hospital, a sister hospital to Colonial Hills. By May 1992, she began her career working with seniors from nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and then assisted living.

In her new position, Wilson will also work with Judy Foree, director of community sales for Signature Senior Living, the parent company of Rosewood Assisted Living and Memory Care, and Kim Lyles, the community’s sales director.

Rosewood Assisted Living and Memory Care Community will be located at 4141 Long Prairie Road in Flower Mound and is expected to make at least 40 hires.

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The Crouch Group announced this week Kim Burns has joined the company as business development representative.

Burns will specialize in customized traditional and new media strategies while working with new and existing Crouch Group clients.

A graduate of University of North Texas, Burns earned her bachelor’s in merchandising and a minor in business in 2003, according to a news release. She is also a certified educator in business and physical education, having spent the last five years with the Denton school district.

The Crouch Group represents small and large businesses, institutions and churches in the Denton area and nationally. The company is located at 300 N. Carroll Blvd., Suite 103.

For more information, call 940-383-1990 or e-mail


Coming up

Latina Style Business Series, a development program for Latina business owners, will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Dallas.

The event will feature Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Emmy-winning Telemundo anchor Nancy Leal. Workshops on continuing education, networking, building capacity, technology and entrepreneurship also are planned.

Now in its 14th year, the Latina Style Business Series is a business development program provided to Latina entrepreneurs and professionals.

Advance registration is $45 for the general public, $15 for students and free for members of the military. Cost is $100 at the door.

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s 2012 convention is scheduled for the weekend of March 30 through April 1 in Fort Worth.

This year’s gathering will feature industry highlights during an open general session and breakout sessions dealing with issues important to cattle raisers, according to its website. Live demonstrations with the Enhanced School for Successful Ranching are scheduled for March 29. The weekend will also feature the “state of the industry” review of the cattle market.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s annual convention is the largest cattle industry event in Texas. More than 2,000 ranchers, landowners and members gather over the weekend to network and visit a trade show with more than 200 exhibits.

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KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is