I’m more than a little devastated by the news that this incredible townhome at 3845 Oak Lawn might be rezoned into oblivion. You remember it, right? Sexy garage full of antique autos, gorgeous conservatory-like dining room. Just amazing.

OK, that’s a little dramatic, especially considering that the owner, Shahab Salehoun, plans to add only ground-floor retail and office uses to the site, according to his zoning request facilitated by Baldwin & Associates. This amazing home was marketed for $10 million back in 2013, which is when Salehoun and Zohreh Malek purchased the property.



Of course, while Salehoun says in the application that there are no planned additions or construction, you have to assume that, should this zoning change go through, it’ll mean dicing up the interiors of this 1919 structure.

So far, the zoning request should receive a staff review on March. 1. We’ll have to see what happens then. Jump to see the full zoning request.



As predicted, we are all two-weeks older since the Planning Commission fobbed-off the vote on the proposed Transwestern development at the northeast corner of Preston Road and Northwest Highway. What, if any, votes changed in those two weeks is unknown, but I suspect few. Certainly attendees were not treated to German band Texas Lightening popping out of a cake as I’d hoped.

In those two weeks Transwestern held a meeting largely for angry single-family homeowners upset that the proposal had moved on without them paying attention and seemingly their neighborhood association not informing them. Thankfully I was busy elsewhere that evening. However, I invited Candy over after the fireworks to spill the beans while I plied her with wine.

Also in those two weeks the opposition became a bit more organized and vocal, certainly putting up more of a show at today’s Planning Commission meeting.

And a show it was… hours of tedium and speechifying. It was like church without the wine and crackers.

The same tired rubrics about density, traffic and parking ultimately found no purchase with the Commission. Especially after both the Transwestern-hired traffic engineering representative and the City traffic planning representative spoke. Those arguments were shot, gutted, stuffed and mounted on the rumpus room wall. (more…)

Easy Slider Food Truck is one of the vendors interested in the proposed Plano food truck park. Photo: Miley Holmes

Easy Slider Truck is one of the vendors interested in the proposed Plano food truck park. All photos: Miley Holmes

Plano is one step closer to getting a food truck park this week with the approval of a special use permit and preliminary site plan by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Hub Streat, the proposed food truck park and restaurant concept, is slated to sit at the corner of 14th Street and M Avenue on a vacant 1.6-acre piece of land just east of downtown Plano. The proposal passed unanimously and will go before city council for final approval soon.

Hub Streat will be anchored by a restaurant created from former shipping containers with space surrounding it for two or three food trucks, live music and entertainment, and seating.

James West, founder and president of Hub Streat, told the P&Z commission, “What I’m trying to do here is take several facets and put them in one venue, and part of that is the food trucks, because they attract a lot of excitement.”

Easy Slider Truck was one of the early arrivals on the Dallas food truck scene, and co-owner Miley Holmes said if the Plano food truck park becomes a reality, her teal, stars-and-stripes truck will be there.

“We are super excited—Plano is a tremendous market for us,” she said. “We have a permit to operate there and we visit offices and schools and other events already. People are hungry for food trucks there and we’d love to be a part of it.”



The Oak Cliff Gateway rezoning will add around 900 new regulations to areas in North Oak Cliff, but not everyone agrees on the plan. (Map: The Oak Cliff Advocate)

One of the largest rezoning proposals in Dallas history, the Oak Cliff Gateway is a tremendous effort to polish and brighten North Oak Cliff’s more public face that has been several years in the making

But not everyone sees the Gateway plan as the best way to redevelop Oak Cliff. Its lack of building standards grates the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, which pointed to the new Magnolia apartments as an example of how a new development can be completely out of character in an established neighborhood. And many residents feel burned by the Bishop/Davis rezoning, which has several flaws that are yet to be addressed. Likewise, it’d be naive to assume that the proposed gateway will only have positive impacts on the neighborhood.


Betty Culbreath (Photo: Dallas Morning News City Hall Blog)

Betty Culbreath (Photo: Dallas Morning News City Hall Blog)

Sounds like Betty Culbreath is a CandysDirt.com reader, as the City Plan Commissioner called out our little Dallas real estate blog during her comments at the June 19 meeting in which the proposed Sam’s Club at Uptown East/East Village/Cityplace was discussed.

Her speech, which lasts about three minutes at the 1:26:15 mark, references the $30,000 millionaires we’re hearing so much about these days, how it’s all about neighborhoods, and pool floats! If you didn’t know, Betty Culbreath is a bit of a blogger in her own right.

Get the full listen after the jump, and then tell us what you think: