Judge Gives Thumbs Up To Proposed Sam’s Club at City Place Jul31


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Judge Gives Thumbs Up To Proposed Sam’s Club at City Place

The debate about the successful development of Dallas’ West Village was settled some time ago. The West Village is nestled perfectly between Uptown and Knox/Henderson and has attracted that perfect balance of residents and both small and big businesses. The recipe worked so well at McKinney and Oak Lawn that the Trammell Crow Company decided they wanted to re-develop City Place, just to the east of 75. But the plan, which includes a big box retailer, has courted controversy.

Writing for the Dallas Morning News, Robert Wilonsky has done yeoman’s work, keeping track of the city rezoning effort and the lawsuit brought by area residents as a result. At the center of the issue is a proposal that would likely wake any home owner from a dead sleep: seeing a Sam’s Club from your front lawn.

The East Village Association, a group of local homeowners in the vicinity of Central Expressway and Carroll Avenue, took Trammell Crow Co. and the City of Dallas to court, claiming the notice of zoning change was conducted improperly. While Judge Phyllis Lister Brown appeared to be sympathetic to the plight of the homeowners, deriding both the city and the developer for their obvious “lack of transparency,” she nonetheless withheld issuing a temporary injunction against development. This means Sam’s Club could apply for and be granted immediate permitting for development.

As Judge Brown handed down her ruling shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday, she addressed the residents in attendance in the courtroom. “The court is concerned with the lack of transparency, but the court is bound by the law,” she explained.

The need for capital improvements to the area in question, including asbestos abatement, likely means Sam’s Club will not immediately seek city permits. As Trammell Crow Co. moves forward with development, Anthony Ricciardelli, attorney for the homeowner’s association, vows to continue the fight for his clients.

“This is not the end of the road,” he said. While he believes further action will likely happen next year, he is quick to point out that, even if Sam’s Club starts construction, he and his clients will insist it be torn down.

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