Did a developer offer to buy votes of approval for his proposed residential project in North Dallas?

On Sunday, I received a note from Doug Bedell, a resident who seems to be leading the opposition to the proposed Northaven Trail Village project that would see 35 homes constructed on a 4.4-acre parcel zoned for 19 homes. The development was part of former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller’s anti-development campaign rhetoric and one of three precincts she bested council member Jennifer Gates. (Background here, here)

Bedell forwarded me an email from another resident, Amy Wallace titled, “Northaven Trail Village buying votes.” The brief email, dated June 12th, stated, “I was approached Sunday by Mr. Gleeson, who wants to build the homes where the school is. He was trying to collect my blue form for the city. I didn’t give it to him. Today he called me and offered me $300 if he could pick it up and deliver it downtown. He’s trying to buy us off!(Emphasis theirs)

For reference, “Gleeson” is David Gleeson who’s working with David Weekley Homes on this project.

There was no evidence supplied that this offer was made to more than Ms. Wallace and Gleeson responded that, “I made such an offer to one person — out of frustration and exasperation at trying to get that person to take the time to fill out the form. I have hand delivered letters/presentation to 49 homeowners who have not turned in their forms; placed MANY phone calls and follow-up calls; knocked on doors; follow-up emails.  MOST of the 119 residents in the Notification Area designated by the City obviously do not care about this case.”

A second response clarified, “no payments have, or will be made.”

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Overhead lines may not be aesthetically pleasing, but they don’t seem to hamper home sales (Photo courtesy Pixabay).

They may be unsightly, but overhead lines are not really affecting property values, a trade journal said this week.

A peer-reviewed article in The Appraisal Journal revealed that there is actually very little data to prove that the high-voltage overhead transmission lines (or HVOTLs) are negatively impacting sales prices. (more…)

Over Labor Day weekend, teens all over town (who were in town) were likely sleeping in, texting each other, or playing games on their ipads. Not the enterprising, gold-hearted teens of MY neighborhood in North Dallas (Preston/Royal north of Preston Hollow).

Janey Daniels is an 8th grader at Levine Academy. She wanted so badly to do something to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Her family moved to Dallas four years ago from Houston, so they have lots of friends and family in Houston directly affected by the storm.

In fact, Janey’s old school in Houston flooded.  So she asked her friends and neighbors to help her do something to raise money for the school. Many of these cute girls are also members of Girl Scout Troop 5566. They got up early, baked like crazy — hand-frosted sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies — they baked cakes, cupcakes and brownies. They mixed up both pink and yellow lemonade. Then they constructed a large sales table right near the Northaven Trail, just east of Preston Road, after shouting out the news on the neighborhood ap NextDoor. Two girls even bravely flagged down cars on Northaven. Parents and friends came out to help.

 “We raised almost $600 today all of which we will donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund,” says Janey’s mother, Taryn Daniel.

Enterprising young ladies! When you seek out neighborhoods, seriously, check the pulse of the teen and tween population. Lemonade stands and giving hearts mean this is a neighborhood of kids with big hearts, like our’s, because of great kids like Janey and her friends! (PS: Stay tuned for THREE great listings in our hood!)

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How’d you like to have Candy Evans for a neighbor, stopping by for a cuppa now and again? Let’s get real, it’s more likely going to be a glass of champagne! Our Inwood National Bank Home of the Week is a gorgeous Preston Haven Estates contemporary at 11414 Parkchester Drive and it’s hop, skip, and a jump from your favorite blogger.

Listed by Brian Davis with The Davis Home Team at  Weichert Realtors, Watson & Associates just days ago for $1.699 million, it’s an absolutely wonderful family home inside and out.

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The home at 4661 N Versailles Ave. is one of the five featured this week in our open house roundup.

The home at 4661 N Versailles Ave. is one of the five featured this week in our open house roundup.

It may be Halloween this Saturday, but there’s always time for a fun open house. We’ve scoured the listings and rounded up five open houses around DFW you won’t want to miss.

We’re visiting neighborhoods from West Highland Park and Frisco to West Dallas and Hollywood Heights. The prices range from $420K to $899K. Let us know if you visit any and what you think!

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