Harlan Crow Says “Shame on Us” For Letting It Pass, if Dallas Doesn’t Approve Temp Skybridge for Preston Center & Large Grocer

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These are the four parking spaces that will be replaced by the temp skybridge and elevator.

Losing a major grocer as a tenant in Preston Center is not going to hurt Crow Holdings one bit. Not gonna lose one penny. The company will find retailers to fill the old Foleys/Sanger Harris building right up, whether it’s Bed, Bath & Beyond or Buy Buy Baby or Sarah’s Secrets. (Kidding on that last one.)  That’s how the business works. Preston Center is some of the most primo commercial property in Texas.

Who will lose? The people who live in the area who will have to drive north to Preston/Royal or Preston/Forest to pick up Tide and Ziplock bags with their milk and pot roast, or south to — wherever.

Maybe they’ll just go to the new Sam’s on Central.

A grocer might be a more cohesive tenant than a string of smaller stores. It would be open longer, later, and might pull a vibe for that side of Preston Center.

I don’t know why some of the community and the TSK Force is so hell-bent on saying “No!”  The skybridge is not permanent. Harlan Crow told Candace Carlisle of the Dallas Business Journal  

“The city’s fight to get grocery stores in neighborhoods, and this neighborhood has a very small grocery store that I think doesn’t serve the community,” Crow, who is chairman and CEO of Dallas-based investment firm Crow Holdings, told theDallas Business Journal.“I think this is a unique chance to get a substantial grocery store in the area.”

I really wish Crow Holdings would divulge more details of the grocery deal as I think that would help influence the ones who count, the people who live in the area, make a decision. Thus far I have received three e-mails from people who are pro-skybridge because they want to see progress in the area. No offense to Laura Miller, but many see her as being anti-development.

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By the way, Candace was wrong in her article: Crow Holdings does not plan to re-develop the adjacent garage. That would cost an arm and a leg. As the largest tenant, I think they have a right to the most spaces. They will make $1.1 million improvements to the parking garage through clean up, painting and re-striping, which will bring in more parking spaces. Only 4 parking spaces will be used for the skybridge and elevator connection, and those will be made up in the re-striping. Crow Holdings has stressed to me that NO parking spaces will be lost with the skybridge. This is important because many employees use the top of the skybridge for parking — which was my original concern. Also, this is probably our only chance to have a private commercial entity improve the garage that the City of Dallas has no dinero to improve.

Crow Holdings owns the two-story Preston Center Pavilion and would like to redevelop the adjacent garage at the corner of Berkshire Lane and Westchester Drive. The firm, which invests heavily in real estate, would like to develop a sky bridge as part of the garage redo that will also help lease a vacant portion of the building to a grocer.

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Why are the same old people holding this area back? Why can we not get a long term lease with a major landmark tenant in Preston Center West? Now may be a crucial time to say howdy to Jennifer Staubach Gates and Lee Kleinman, and tell them how you feel! Here is a link to ALL of them! 

By the way, I want to say kudos to Candace for getting Harlan on the phone. She’s the third fourth hardest-working real estate editor in Dallas…

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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 Forbes.com, 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 CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, 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).

Reader Interactions


  1. critic says

    There are never any parking spaces available during the week on the upper level of the parking garage. Check it out for yourself.
    If a market were to be built and connected to the parking garage what good will it do?
    Something is fishy about the Crow bridge desires

    • mmCandy Evans says

      I know it’s almost always full. I think they want the outside cafe space that the bridge will provide. But what else are you thinking, this is a very interesting train of thought…

  2. Gary Turner says

    Preston Center employees are told to park up top. Leaving the spaces below amd in front of the store fronts for customers.

  3. Charles says

    The milk will sour, the vegetables will wilt and the meats/seafood will turn rancid during the time it will take to get in and out due to the insane traffic issues in this area. If staples are needed they would be better off with a dollar store!

  4. Marsha Finney says

    The sky bridge is okay. The problem will still be lack of parking. A grocery store in that location seems odd to me. In your list of available stores you didn’t mention the huge Tom Thumb across from NorthPark. It has great parking and is pretty close. Preston Center has lots of restaurants and banks. It does not have good shopping opportunities. So if you need to grab a gift or purchase something for your home or maybe an outfit, your options are pretty limited. Why oh why can’t the developer make an attractive destination for specialty shops? I am just being selfish because that is what I would like to see. I can go to Tom Thumb, Trader Joe’s or Central Market without too much of a hassle. Of course I can shop at the Mall or Snider Plaza or Preston Royal or Inwood. That to me speaks loudly as to why that kind of shopping is needed in Preston Center.

  5. BF says

    Is the Tom Thumb that is already in Preston Center going to close? Even if no Tom Thumb store goes into this Crow space? If it remains open I don’t really see a reason for this new grocery store…

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