Lower Greenville


In today's least surprising news ever, Yes, a Walmart grocery is coming to Lower Greenville

By Robert Wilonsky / Dallas Observer / Unfair Park

Speaking of Walmart (told you) ...

In the end, turns out, I didn't need Mitchell Rasansky to tell me what everyone already knew -- or guessed, anyhow. Because, as I discovered this morning, the permits were filed with the city two months ago and approved December 29. So, yes, brace yourself, Lower Greenville. You are indeed about to get a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the building formerly occupied by that Whole Foods.

Well, actually, the neighborhood market thing's not confirmed; Walmart officials haven't returned calls or emails sent this morning, and folks in Sustainable Development and Building Inspection can't say for sure. "They never identified it as a neighborhood market," says one of Dallas's senior building officials.

But city officials confirm: There will be a Walmart going in almost directly across from the planned Trader Joe's on the old Arcadia site. And it will occupy only the former Whole Foods and not the next-door Blockbuster: Plans call for filling 34,630 square feet with coolers for meat and produce and dairy products, a bakery and a pharmacy, for starters. Per Walmart's website, "A typical store is about 42,000 square feet." The plan also notes: "No late hours."

Tried calling Rasansky. He's out of the country till Monday.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Sh*t Dallas people say...

Can you identify all the locations in the background??

By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Trader Joe's drops one shoe, but what about Whole Foods?

The Lakewood Advocate's resident curmedgeon blogger, Jeff Siegel, is best remembered by his dozen or so loyal readers as saying that BD's 15 minutes of fame were so way up a few years back. Well, both of us are still blogging, but BD ain't the one wearing a tie.

That said, his comments on the recent Trader Joe's coming to Lowest Greenville announcement actually have a few points that merit attention. His information pretty much is confirmed by BD's sources, so we are taking the lazy way out and linking to his story

The parking issue is one BD has heard the most comments about. Considering that many of the area streets are already Resident Parking Only at night, we are only a hop-step-and-a-petition-drive away from asking for 24/7 RPO. But considering that Whole Foods parking on residential streets was only an issue on Thanksgiving weekend, that does not seem likely.

Here's hoping the other shoe will drop on the Whole Foods property (any shoe will do) and soon. Buh-bye Wal-Mart, hello god knows what Mitchell Get The Hell Out of My House Rasansky will bestow on Lowest Greenville.

Trader Joe's, Lower Greenville, and the new Dallas

Everyone I talked to yesterday — and I talked to a lot of people in the real estate and grocery businesses — had the same reaction to the news that Trader Joe's would open its first Dallas store on Lower Greenville. Shock. Surprise. Incredulity, even.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that reaction was our problem. We were surprised because we expected something else to happen because we're used to something else happening. Big-time, desirable national retailers don't open in our neighborhood. They open in the Park Cities or Preston Hollow or Far North Dallas. But not here. We have crime. We have people who don't look like TV commercials. We aren't demographically perfect.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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Yay, 7-Eleven is back!

Well, it's about time: Just in time for New Year's Eve, the Lowest Greenville 7-Eleven, which has been closing at midnight since last September because somebody forgot to fill out their SUP paperwork, is now back in a 24 hour operating model. According to one of the owners, their SUP was approved yesterday and the new Certificate of Occupancy just a few hours later.

Expect them to be open at midnight starting tonight (Friday). BD's been missing his 2am cappucino fix so bad...

This photo is now officially historical.
By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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City sued over Council's refusal to give Lower Greenville bowling alley a late-night permit

One month ago, after a lengthy discussion, the Dallas City Council voted not to give a late-night specific use permit to a bowling alley being proposed for the old Lucky's Roadhouse space, next to Good Records on Greenville Avenue. Pauline Medrano -- who, with Angela Hunt, co-wrote the Planned Development District ordinance that makes SUPs necessary for anyone wishing to stay open till 2 a.m. -- said she was casting a nay because "Lowest Greenville deserves a more balanced neighborhood -- more shopping, more community retail." The rest of the council followed suit, echoing the City Plan Commission's recommendation to deny the permit.

But Susan Reese, who owns the property, refuses to let the council have the final word on the subject: On Tuesday she sued the city in Dallas County District Court, claiming in court documents that follow that the ordinance is "unlawful" -- a downright "conspiracy against bars in Lower Greenville," per the writings of Jackson Walker attorney Michael Knapek.

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Click here to read a copy of the lawsuit

By Avi S. Adelman under Public safety , Lower Greenville
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