RE: Leland Burk Has Highland House Site in Preston Center UNDER CONTRACT From Crosland Co, Correction

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Well, hold my horses. I should have known better. Leland Burk does NOT own the Preston Doctor’s Center, yet. But if all goes as planned, he will own it by October. I should know the first rule of real estate transactions: it ain’t over until the contract is signed. What happened is that Leland asked the Planning & Zoning Commission to withdraw the plans for the Highland House proposal, the plans that were tabled pending the land-use study. The Dallas Morning News found out about the withdrawal, and phoned Burk, who was in London, and spoke to the DMN’s Tom Benning over the phone. Keep in mind, as I should have, that even Crosland Co. doesn’t own the property. The property is still owned, as it has been, by the same entities, two sisters, I hear, who are eager to sell, one maybe more than the other. Crosland had a contract to buy it, Rick Williamson had negotiated an extension of the contract, and Crosland has now assigned their contract over to Leland’s entity. I will claim vacation brain — I read Benning’s piece “Since then, developer Leland Burk purchased the property” and thought maybe the deal had transpired, even closed, while I was in Maine, which would have been like a miracle.


Like any careful buyer, Leland is in a due diligence period figuring out all the angles of the sale.  I still think Benning’s article gave Laura Miller way too much credit for stopping the development she thought was as tall as Reunion Tower. I’ve been to almost every meeting, and feel others have more concerns than just height. Traffic IS horrible in Preston Center. It’s horrible because of the center parking garage and the one way streets around it . It’s horrible because delivery trucks stop and deliver in the middle of the street. It’s horrible because there are too many offices. Nice residential could make the area more West-Village-esque.

Like I said, right now it’s one Big Hot Mess at Preston Center West. Maybe that’s what they should nickname the study.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature, and, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Truffle says

    and … he’s STILL dyeing his hair!!! Could someone please suggest he at least goes to a professional hairdresser instead of doing it himself!?

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