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.