0521_east_village_dev01Courtesy WFAA-TV – proposed development east of Central Expressway (more…)

Highland HouseUpdate 9:40 a.m. Here is what Allyn says the residents were asked over the phone. Do you think it was misleading?

The Trammell Crow Company is planning to build a new development between Haskell Avenue and Carroll Avenue on the east side of Central Expressway anchored by a one-of-a-kind Sam’s Club and featuring three restaurants and a new fuel station. This will create some much-needed excitement for a high-traffic, visible area that has been underutilized for years.

Based on this information, and what you have heard about the plan for the development at Haskell and Central, do you support or oppose the plan?

Eat your Wheaties, Thursday is a big day at Dallas City Hall. The wonderful Highland House development Luke Crosland is trying to develop in Preston Center will be debated, and Laura Miller plans to show up and give ’em hell. Why she is so against this development baffles me. I think it’s a huge plus for Preston Center and the City of Dallas. Does Laura fear that she and Steve might face more leasing competition for their condo at the Athena?

The City Plan Commission will also debate whether to revisit last year’s zoning decision that gave us the current Sam’s Club CBRE Trammell Crow Co. has on tap for the southeast corner of Central Expressway and Carroll Avenue. I drove the ‘hood last evening, noted the flurry of new development, the apartments, the homes that still need to go bye-bye, and a few women pushing baby carriages. Seems like gentrification is trying it’s best to peep up in those parts. I just think it’s a dumb use of land, though I’m sure the big box will prove profitable to CBRE Trammell Crow. That Sam’s Club will go up a whole lot faster than some multi-family mixed with retail, which I would personally like to see there. (more…)

currenteastvillageSam'srenderingThey took over a large room in the Agape Methodist Church on Columbia Ave. in East Dallas, set up easels, graphs, and maps of the area to let the neighborhood come see Sam’s last Thursday evening. Water and cookies were served. About 12 location residents wandered in, if that many. There were so few residents, there was no need to speak to the group. So Scott Dyche, general counsel for Trammell Crow (CBRE), Joel Behrens and others spent a lot of time on their feet just talking one on one, or one per groups of three.

Actually, of the 12 ish people there, one was a newbie reporter from the Dallas Morning News, and some were Oak Lawn/Uptown residents who came over to examine the development. (more…)