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Developer proposes closing La Vista between Live Oak, Skillman

Advocate Magazine

The company that owns the Skillman Live Oak Shopping Center wants to close a one-block section of La Vista to create outdoor spaces for its new tenants, Matt's Rancho Martinez and the Mecca restaurant.

Property owner Stonelake Capital Partners has proposed closing La Vista from Live Oak to Skillman, according to a letter neighbors received from the city's Department of Sustainable Development and Construction.

Some neighbors are opposed to the proposal, which apparently wouldn't require vetting from the City Plan Commission.


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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Plan commissioner sides with neighbors on Skillman-Oram rezoning

Lakewood Advocate

In April, Stonelake Capital Partners filed the request to rezone an 0.8-acre plot from a neighborhood services district to a commercial retail district.

The request to rezone the property on the northeast corner of Skillman and Oram recently was "denied with prejudice," ending the surrounding neighbors' concerns and months of speculation of what Stonelake might do with the building.

Stonelake Capital Partners requested, because of neighborhood opposition to their zoning change application, they be allowed to withdraw their application altogether, says City Plan Commissioner Paul Ridley.

However, the City Plan Commission would not allow Stonelake Capital Partners to withdraw their application because it was too close to the public hearing date and had already been advertised, Ridley says.

BD Note - When this zoning case first came up a few month's ago, the big rumor on the street was this was going to be developed into a Chili's restaurant. Calls to Chili's about this property were never returned.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Lowering the flag at Bonham Elementary School for the last time (photos)

The flag was lowered for the last time at Bonham Elementary School, as it becomes one of nine schools to be shuttered and mothballed by DISD.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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You're gonna kill the what????

How can you look into those big eyes and say, Sorry, little girl, but we are going to mow the native flowers and kill all the little birdies at Winfrey Point. Now get out of my way!

More photos from the Save Winfrey Point Rally @ Arboretum - click here
By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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No mowing at Winfrey Point this weekend - CM Sheffie Kadane

Photo - Copyright 2012 / Avi S. Adelman

 

Dallas City Council Member Sheffie Kadane, standing in front of >100 supporters of the natural Texas prairie land area at Winfrey Point / White Rock Lake, announced early this afternoon there will be no mowing in order to create parking lots this weekend (for the Arboretum's Chihuly exhibit).

Even though the temporary legal agreement between residents and the Park / Recreation allows it, they won't be mowing. He is not supporting turning this unique and almost the last area of original untouched prairie into parking lots, and he is not going to let anyone destroy the two-year old baseball fields, which he credits with reviving Little League in Dallas.

He noted the deal to allow the area to be used for parking lots was a private agreement between the department and the Arboretum, which are usually not brought to the City Council for review.

Follow the story on the DMN blog - click here.

Save Winfrey Point community website - click here

Photos from Friday afternoon informal rally @ Winfrey Point - click here

Photos from Saturday morning rally @ Arboretum entrance - click here

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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