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PV14 facing Peavy Road (Photo: M Gooden Design/PV14House.com)

If there’s one thing that the discussion regarding the proposed restaurant at Boy Scout Hill has done it is galvanize a movement to preserve White Rock Lake. I suppose, depending on your viewpoint, this could be both positive and negative, as preservation often means ex-nay on any kind of development (or even re-development, for that matter).

Which brings us to one of the most interesting structures going up around the lake right now, the modern shipping container home on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands called PV14. The home, designed by M Gooden Design and constructed by Herman Darden Custom Homes, has sweeping views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, thanks to its unique build and rooftop deck. This is definitely one of those homes that will be featured on the White Rock Home Tour when it’s done.

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From Sarah Dodd of Dodd Communications, the PR firm hired this week by Burgin and Kopf:

Developers Lyle Burgin and Rick Kopf have decided to suspend their efforts to build a restaurant on Boy Scout Hill at White Rock Lake.

“We both firmly believe that the concept would be an excellent amenity for all of the citizens of Dallas, but the present time is not the right time. We thank all of the individuals and groups that have voiced their support. And we will see you at the lake!”

-Lyle Burgin and Rick Kopf

This comes on the heels of the extremely contentious town hall, at which scads of homeowners shouted down the plan to build a restaurant on Boy Scout Hill. At the end of the meeting, District 9 City Council member Sheffie Kadane declared his opposition to the project. We’ll provide reaction from homeowners as we get it.

UPDATE: The terms “present time” and “suspend” aren’t resting easy with those opposed to new development surrounding White Rock Lake. Hal Barker, one of the “Save Boy Scout Hill” organizers, said this on the group’s Facebook page:

The goal now is to convince the City Council and Park Board to declare areas such as Boy Scout Hill and Winfrey Point no development zones in perpetuity. The overall battle is not won until such a development is impossible

 

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When I arrived at the Boy Scout Hill town hall meeting, there was a line forming out the door from a table handing out green lapel ribbons and thumbs up/down signs for attendees. According to a volunteer named Susan at the table, the ribbons showed support for an unsullied Boy Scout Hill, while the signs were for attendees to use to quietly indicate whether they liked or disliked what presenters Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf had to say. I have covered town hall meetings before, so I know they can get out of hand quite quickly, but this level of preparedness left me hopeful.

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As it turns out, I drove by Boy Scout Hill almost every single day and I didn’t even know it. Hailed as “virgin Blackland Prairie” and as a habitat for wildlife surrounding White Rock Lake, this hill is at the southwest corner of Mockingbird and Buckner Boulevard, just before the overpass to Old Lake Highlands and Peavy Road.

But after plans came to light that nearby residents and developers Lyle Burgin and Richard Kopf wanted to build a restaurant and parking lot on Boy Scout Hill, nearby residents objected in the way they usually do — signs were printed and placed in front yards all over neighborhoods surrounding White Rock Lake, protests and pickets were organized, and a website was constructed.

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