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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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You are in for a treat today. I have the most incredible account of this hidden Hillcrest Road New England cottage at 11525 Hillcrest Road because the couple responsible for the renovations kept meticulous notes. Grab a second cuppa, and settle in dear readers. This is one special property.

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There are few areas around White Rock Lake where you can truly take in the natural beauty that surrounds the crown jewel of Dallas. Boy Scout Hill and Winfrey Point are some of the best vantage points from which you can take in a sunset over the lake, watching the clouds alight and afire around our city’s skyline.

But what if you could get that view just outside your front door? That’s what this outstanding, recently remodeled listing from David Griffin & Company Realtors David Collier and Jennifer Rice of the Collier+Rice group offers. But the views outside those enormous banks of windows on this Old Lake Highlands home aren’t the only reasons why this home is our High Caliber Home of the Week sponsored by Lisa Peters at Caliber Home Loans. It’s also completely gorgeous inside.

If this listing might be the home of your dreams, don’t waste a moment and call Lisa Peters of Caliber Home Loans so you can sail through pre-approval to closing and start arranging your furniture collection inside this beauty! Jump to see more!

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Photo: Wade Griffith

I think I’ve heard just about everything there is to hear about PV14, the modern home constructed of 14 shipping containers located on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands. The home, which has outstanding panoramic views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, including Boy Scout Hill, has been praised and has raised several eyebrows as neighbors watched the home go vertical.

It’s been called both trendy and tremendous, but while there was some negative feedback from some of the homeowners, many of whom felt the structure was too tall for a neighborhood full of single-story 1950s traditionals, after the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes the collective gasp of excitement over the home was well heard.

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By now I’m sure you’ve read just about all of the postmortems on the infamous shout fest of a town hall last month regarding a proposed restaurant at Boy Scout Hill. But even if you’ve had your fill, I implore you, find room for just one more: Eric Celeste’s “Whose Lake is it Anyway?” in the June issue of D Magazine. 

This is an important column to read because residents of Old Lake Highlands and other White Rock Lake-adjacent neighborhoods need to see what other Dallasites see, from the outside looking in. Whereas Lyle Burgin and Richard Knopf just wanted to build a restaurant atop what they thought was an underused portion of White Rock Lake Park, residents saw it as an abominable incursion on public space that was a slippery slope toward turning the “Crown Jewel of Dallas” into an amusement park.

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By the end of yesterday evening’s town hall meeting, the tenor of the discussion regarding Transwestern’s plans for a 220-unit luxury apartment complex at the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway had become much more nuanced. After a brief presentation from Transwestern’s attorney, Bill Dahlstrom, outlining the development’s updated stats, Kleinman allowed nearby homeowners association leaders and other nearby residents a turn at the mic.

Of course, some people were angry and impassioned, including some that couldn’t wait for their turn to be called on to speak. But the tone was much more quiet once Dahlstrom took the mic to respond, opening up a brief Q&A that was, save for the quiet-yet-furious arm waving, peaceful.

Of course, there were some loud voices, and some pretty famous ones, including former mayor Laura Miller and Lisa Blue Baron, who flew in from her home in Washington, D.C., to be at last night’s meeting. In addition, Michael Jung, an attorney hired by nearby residents pointed out a few interesting facts to the crowd of about 150 to 200 or so people.

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