I kind of feel like a proud mama whose baby is graduating from high school, with highest honors.

Preston Hollow Village celebrates its Grand Opening this Thursday, June 28th, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Festivities will take place in The Douglas, 7825 Firefall Way, Dallas, TX, 75230. You simply cannot miss the partying.

Preston Hollow Village is, of course, that dynamic and ever-growing mixed use live-work-play miracle center at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway, northwest corner. By the way, we learned at NAREE a week ago that one no longer says “shopping center.” You say simply “center”, reason being that’s what these new developments truly are: so very much more than shopping.

Probably you have been to the Trader Joes there, one of the first stores that opened about spring, 2015.

The $300 million plus masterpiece of Preston Hollow Village brought life and tons of tax revenue to one of the most significant corners in the city, and one of the largest infill tracts of land in the Southwest. And this all happened without a dime of taxpayer “economic incentives”. 

I recall, because I am so old,  the olden days when the 42 acres at Central and Walnut Hill were covered with the Willow Creek Apartments, 1960’s era garden style townhome units that had more than their share of fires and trouble. They did have pleasant ponds where we once freed a pet duck. RIP Tulip the duck. 

Walnut Hill Lane and 75 in 2009

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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…)