Word comes from the great neighborhood reporters at the Preston Hollow Advocate that Transwestern has decided to slim down the scale of its proposed apartment development at Preston Road and Northwest Highway from eight stories to six, shrinking the complex’s size from 296 to 225 units.
For neighbors and members of the Preston Hollow East Homeowners Association, that’s a good start. Still, neighbors feel the complex, planned for the northeast corner of the intersection just across the street from Ebby’s Little White House, will add an unbearable amount of traffic to an already congested area.
According to the story from the Advocate, the property’s current zoning allows for just 130 units. Right now there are 24 apartments and 12 condos on the site of the proposed development. So the re-zoning proposal would still add more than six times the existing units. That could mean a lot more traffic in the area, something to which neighbors are vigorously opposed.
“Traffic is the big concern,” PHEHA president Ashley Parks said in the Advocate story. The PHEHA petition has almost 1,050 signatures as of this morning (almost double the amount since our last report), and residents are planning a rally on Saturday at 2:22 p.m. at Preston Hollow Park.
So, do you think Transwestern’s revised re-zoning plan goes far enough to protect the neighborhood from excess traffic? Or are nearby residents blowing the whole thing out of proportion?