Talk about David and Goliath: Judge Michael O’Neill ruled that the city of Dallas did not properly notify property owners living near the proposed 100,000 square foot big box site. Property owners were concerned that a Sam’s was not the best use of the choice dirt and they worried about their property values ever since May, 2014, when Trammell Crow Company announced the Sams deal on 17 acres across from Cityplace and demolished the old Xerox building that used to sit on the site
Trammell Crow told the Dallas Morning News it is considering options:
“While we’re disappointed in the judge’s ruling, we’re considering our options moving forward,” said Scott Dyche, general counsel for Trammell Crow Company.
The neighbors claim they were told one thing, but got another. Way back in 2013, property owners were told that Crow wanted to rezone the site to “accommodate a retail development with design standards.” Many were hopeful that the zoning, which would have allowed for mixed use retail (shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments) would create a West-Village type atmosphere.
Instead, they got a big box retailer with a long lease. You may recall that some members of the Dallas Plan Commission even tried to re-open the case, but feared that Trammell Crow might sue the city. Or that the city would lose face, reneging on its word which would then be a bad example to other developers.
The property was closed on in August of 2013. (more…)