Photo courtesy Zillow

Photo courtesy Zillow

I was able to reach out and chat with Keith Head, branch manager and associate broker for Coldwell Banker and Renaissance resident about this ongoing story.

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Renaissance parking garage


Photo courtesy Zillow

Photo courtesy Zillow

Update: I’m hearing multiple reports from residents and people who live and work near vantage points for the top of the parking garage who are saying that a contractor had been storing fill dirt in the area that collapsed.

We are still working on the details, but reports are that part of a parking garage at the Renaissance on Turtle Creek at 3225 Turtle Creek Blvd. has collapsed. After viewing a picture of the actual collapse, I can say it looks like several parking spaces just dropped through several levels of the Turtle Creek garage. It appears that fire and police are on the scene, and search and rescue as well as canine search and rescue are on the scene. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that might be affected by this pretty scary looking multi-level collapse, and hope that the only things injured are cars.

From Twitter:

Folks, be careful tonight. I can say for sure that there are so many roads (that you wouldn’t even think would flood) are covered over with water. There are many road closures. Once you get home from work, stay home – there’s more coming and the rain is coming down again after that brief break this afternoon.


UPDATE: According to Eric Nicholson at the Dallas Observer, the Arboretum has changed course and won’t try to park cars at Winfrey Point.
That is, if the Dallas Arboretum has its way.

This weekend, a group of supporters carrying posters and wearing shirts saying “Help Save Winfrey Point” rallied outside the Dallas Arboretum, protesting the new parking facility planned for the area. Winfrey Point, an award-winning blackland prairie restoration and natural area, is a popular landmark at White Rock Lake. It’s home to a few tidy baseball diamonds, too.

But from now until November, it’ll be a parking lot. And after that, it could be a parking garage.

I bet you’re thinking Joni Mitchell was ahead of her time, amiright?

I am wondering how the folks who live in the Emerald Isle neighborhood as well as some of the nearby pricey apartments and condos think about having a ton of cars parked on Winfrey Point. That can’t be good for property values.

In the WFAA story, nearby residents sounded downright stunned by the news, saying that there was no public notice of the decision. One day, Winfrey Point was just another part of Dallas’ Crown Jewel — White Rock Lake — the next day the mowers were roaring and the wildflowers were shaking in their roots.

Now, the Arboretum, which just finished another overflow lot on Garland Road a couple of blocks away, says that because of the new Dave Chihuly exhibit and the addition of the new Children’s Garden, they need a place to park more cars, and Winfrey Point happens to be that spot. They also claim that all of those wildflowers and grasses aren’t native at all, and should’ve been mowed down anyway.

Fighting the Arboretum on the issue will be an uphill battle for residents and nature-lovers, that’s for sure.

Perhaps someone has already thought of this, but what happens when several less-than-well-maintained cars and trucks park out on the blackland prairie restoration area and leak oil and other toxic fluids into the soil before the parking structure is built? What about all the hard work the city put into restoring the area? And what about the brand-new baseball diamonds?

Is the city being short-sighted, or are the Arboretum’s neighbors being too sensitive? How will a multi-story parking structure change the landscape of White Rock Lake Park?

There seem to be a heck of a lot more questions than answers, that’ for sure.