High-Rise Proposal Gets Commission Approval

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  • Texas Slim

    Why should Dallas cater to HP? Dallas needs to concern itself with the best interests of Dallas.

  • Lori Watkins

    You forgot to mention the bullying tactics by the very scary Oak Lawn Committee. Whoa who are those people!

  • 1st anon

    @Texas Slim, the best interests of Dallas include a good working relationship with the Park Cities.

  • HP75

    Looks like it’s time for HP to squeeze traffic to and from the toll road to a dead crawl.

  • Sam Tamborello

    Mayor Williams, hold the press, please. I’m kindly saying this for your own good, but,….. talking about preserving the Katy Trail, i’m all for that. But don’t play environmentalist when Highland Park allowed aerial spraying on the entire town with pesticide, remember? Wildlife, plants, people, animals, fish, our creeks…. How about protecting those?

    And Mayor Williams, you have issues with Southwest Airlines, i.e airplane noise at Love Field, now you have an issue with development in Dallas. Well, times are changing. I find it interesting that the HP Town Council complains about development near Abbott Park, etc. but then HP Town Council failed with cleanliness with mosquito larvae in the children’s broken water fountain bowl a few years ago in the same park their trying to protect.

    What about all the development in Highland Park? Are you doing anything to protect our history from the wrecking of the many homes going on? Sir, it seems you are too busy minding other peoples business in Dallas. My thoughts and opinion.

    All the best.

  • Texas Slim

    @1st anon, the best interests of Dallas involve crafting a plan for growth that best accommodates the citizens of Dallas (present and future). Perhaps HP should focus upon its own infrastructure. They can start with a plan to revamp that disaster of a stretch of road along Lovers Lane just east of the Dallas North Tollway.

  • Texas Slim

    “What about all the development in Highland Park? Are you doing anything to protect our history from the wrecking of the many homes going on?” Sam

    I agree wholeheartedly. I saw a home on S. Versailles Ave. (just south of Flippen Park) being demolished just this morning. HP may become unrecognizable one day with all the different architectural styles of McMansions sprouting up.

  • NFW

    I don’t give a hoot about the Katy Trail, but I do care about the fact that his high rise will be in HPISD. Please, let’s add more kids to an already overcrowded high school. Here’s the link for the petition folks: http://chn.ge/1kJ4inT.

    Oh, Texas Slim, I can assure you that HP and UP have ample money to take care of their infrastructure, but they just don’t know what they are doing. The current Lovers construction is still not finished (and taking forever), and the proposed plan will put many of those existing businesses out of business and mess up parking for those who are left. I wish the powers that be would stop spending their time discussing whose turn it is to be mayor next, and spend some time reflecting on what is best for the community.

    Let the wrecking ball argument rest, boys. The houses will keep going up because that’s what people want to buy with their money. Yep, it may be cookie cutter, but it’s clear it sells. Once you’ve lived in a 75 year old home, the luster kind of wears off when you get tired of looking at your 9 ft ceilings and leaky pipes.

  • Sam Tamborello

    NFW, as I recall, Mayor Williams said something about Highland Park not having demographic problems back in 2012. Too funny. Now we have this explosion of school kids in HPISD. Hey, you folks voted in the HPISD Trustees, so fire them for no foresight. The growth has been going on for some time now.

    My own observation about your comment that UP and HP have “ample money to take care of their own infrastructure.” I have observed on Beverly Drive the cracking of the newly repaved street on the east side of Beverly Drive and, cheap red brick tiles buckling. And lets mention the horrific caulking around the new cheap red brick tiles at the street corners. Whose idea was that! I’m chuckling…

    And as I understand, Dallas County subsidizes these street renovations. HP must not have too much money because someone sure isn’t supervising in HP, its a sad disgrace to our town! Would never happen under my watch. Sleepy sleepy HP.

    And talking about the environment, what was up with construction workers who were working on the resurfacing of Beverly Drive going down to Hackberry Creek getting water in their dirty construction buckets and apparently using the water for their street cutter, hey? Any heads roll for that?

    Some in HP talk from both sides of their mouth.

  • 1st anon

    @Texas Slim, if the citizens of Dallas really wanted to have the attitude that you have, then we’ll take Mockingbird Lane, Lover’s Lane, the Tollway that cuts through HP, as well as the millions of HP dollars that have helped fund Dallas’ Arts District, KWP, and other charities and just insulate ourselves from the rest of Dallas.

    But I don’t think HP or Dallas really wants that. Most intelligent people understand the necessary symbiotic relationship of the HP and Dallas.

  • Kathleen

    Then these children can go to Dallas Schools since Dallas wants the building so bad!! NOT HPISD.

  • 1st anon

    @NFW, there are two high-rises. This article talks about a 7-story that I do not think is in HPISD. Your link is to a change.org petition about a proposed high-rise that is in the City of Dallas, but the HP school district in Preston Center.

    Two different high-rises.

  • Texas Slim

    “Most intelligent people understand the necessary symbiotic relationship of the HP and Dallas.” – 1st anon

    LOL. Did you READ the article? Commissioner Paul Ridley believes the project referenced here is “in the best interests of Dallas”. He represents his constituents. Those constituents are residents (and taxpayers) of Dallas.

    Thanks for the laughs.

  • 1st anon

    And again, Slim, both Mr. Ridley and you do not understand that working with Highland Park IS in the best interests of Dallas. He doesn’t get it. Neither do you.

  • Steve

    Could HP have annexed the land? Yes, a high-rise is better for businesses in Dallas and the tax base but it’s a shame that the kids will go to HPISD schools and HP residents don’t have a say. Can Dallas make changes in other Dallas areas where kids go to HPISD?

  • Texas Slim

    “And again, Slim, both Mr. Ridley and you do not understand that working with Highland Park IS in the best interests of Dallas. He doesn’t get it. Neither do you.” – 1st anon

    His duty is to his constituents. End of discussion.

  • Dallas Side of 75205

    I live on this block and it is NOT in HPISD. It’s Milam/Rusk/North Dallas. NFW has this project confused with the one in Preston Center.

  • Wylie H. Dallas

    Since when is a 7-story building a “high rise?”

  • R.Box

    This building would be considered a mid rise in NYC. The scale of the building does not appear to overwelm the neighborhood. There appears to be ample buffer. Unlike the MacMansions that have destroyed the HP neighborhood I grew up in. Ask yourself does this building have a good walkscore? Does it satisfy the Hal Box 5 minute popsicle rule?
    As an architect I can see some potential failures of the window wall if not addressed early in the CD phase.