It’s in my garden
Yes, in my garden!
Another day, another opportunity for Dallas City Council to hear from its constituents. For the past 10 years, prime real estate on the corner of Forest and Nuestra has sat vacant, literally, in my backyard. Our incredible neighborhood, which runs the length of Nuestra de LBJ to Forest Lane, is one of the most culturally, ethnically and financially diverse neighborhoods in the city of Dallas, and is almost unanimously aligned in this which concerns this property.
The message to the city was undeniably and consistently “put something in our backyard!” Planned to be a library, we patiently waited for years as the money for the project slowly disappeared. Finally, former council member Jennifer Gates convened the neighborhood to ask for our opinion. In a clear voice, the neighbors responded if we cannot have our library then please sell the property with the current zoning, or to a group motivated to work with the community. Sadly, this was the last time the city seemed to listen, and now seems determined to gift this increasingly valuable property to an unapproved and unproven developer who has shown little interest in compromise.
Meanwhile, more versatile developers have lined up to work with the neighborhood and develop it with our community. It is not the voice of a loud minority against change and growth, but that of a loud majority that the city seems determined not to hear. An overwhelming 95% of the owners in the notification area for this development project have asked the city to consider more diverse options.. Our neighborhood strongly supports the growth of the city of Dallas, additional housing and development. We are asking that the elected municipal government work with the community rather than take the money and walk away.
Neil Fisher, Dallas
No to 26 apartments on 8 lots
It’s good to have an opinion, better to have the facts.
At issue, land on Forest Lane between the Dallas North toll motorway and Preston Road. Originally, the city bought the land to make it the site of a new library. The neighborhood was favorable, but the city changed its mind and left the neighborhood with a vacant lot. The city then put the land up for auction and it was bought by a developer. With it came a demand for rezoning that exceeds the basic requirements for rezoning standards and procedures in Dallas.
The current proposal that takes what is currently eight lots and turns them into 26 was rejected by the city’s zoning and planning staff as it was incompatible with the surrounding area. It is surrounded by properties that comply with the zoning in force. If the current proposal is adopted, the proposed rezoning:
–Deviating from the current R-16 zoning
–Beyond protective alliances
–Go beyond the expertise and concerns of urban planning staff
– Against ForwardDallas Global Plan
– Does not meet the minimum requirements for the proposed zoning classification
– Ignore a positive and realistic alternative
– Ignore the will of the voters.
The owners are overwhelmingly in favor of developing this property and funding the renovation of the Royal Library in Preston. Residents have also made several attempts to work with the proposed developer on alternative plans more consistent with current zoning and deed restrictions. To that end, more than 250 homeowners attended a town hall with board member Gay Willis to discuss concerns about the proposal. We’re used to working with developers to find the perfect fit for our neighborhoods, which in turn benefits the whole city. It is unfortunate that just before the council vote, we were seeing negative propaganda designed to influence those who are unaware of the facts.
Jennifer Burk, Melshire Estates, Dallas
Support rezoning and the library
In a bond election in 2006, the citizens of Dallas approved funds for a new library building for the Preston Royal branch. The library serves a large community and is very overcrowded and outdated. Today, Dallas City Council will vote on the rezoning of a property on Forest Lane to allow sale to a developer who wants to build high-end homes, not apartments. The proceeds from the sale will allow us to expand / update our library 15 years after the citizens have spoken. Please support this rezoning and this sale. The city must also put this empty land back on the tax rolls.
Ann Drees, Dallas / Preston Hollow
Caring for children
It is the height of hypocrisy for people to pretend to care and make laws to protect the health of an embryo, but not a real living and breathing child. And especially not a child who seeks refuge in our country. Or a child who is hungry and depends on food stamps to survive. Or a child who is sick and whose parents do not have insurance or the money to pay for medical care. Or a child who somehow doesn’t deserve to be protected from deadly viruses or mass shootings by citizens with arsenals of weapons and ammunition. Or a child with gender identity disorder who is on the verge of suicide.
I don’t believe for a minute that a person who does nothing at all for the latter cares an iota of an embryo the size of a grain of rice that could miscarry without the woman even knowing it.
Rachel Deering, Dallas
Texans deserve better
Does our governor take out his brain every time he opens his mouth and bounce it like a star athlete trying to score the winning goal? It certainly sounds like it with the most ridiculous and insane comments that he often makes as there will be no more rapists in Texas. He’s proven he’s never going to score the game-winning goal that puts Texas and Texans first. Texas surely deserves something, anything, better.
Linda Grigsby, Farmers Directorate
Report Viagra purchases
I have an idea. Why not make it a federal crime to buy Viagra in Texas and anyone can apply it by attacking the person at an anonymous 800 reporting line. Punishable by 16 years of house arrest until. they make abortion legal again.
Wendy Oberbreckling, Del Rey Oaks, CA
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