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‘Tron’ mansion intrudes on affordable Dallas neighborhood. How it fits into 2 zoning cases

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High-end real estate social media and chroniclers Futuristic “Tron” House, A nearly $4 million movie-themed behemoth a few blocks east of Love Field in Dallas.

For an additional $575,000, you can keep the Ferrari in your showcase garage visible through the glass wall of your living area.

I’ll admit that I’ve lost my mind about this just-listed property, too. Not because we’ve found anything Gauke-worthy, but because the hype ignores the importance of where this glitzy, oversized mansion was built – a place that makes the dystopian nightmare even worse.

Unassuming Elm Bush – Constructed in the North Park neighborhood, Tron’s home feels willfully disrespectful to its surrounding neighbors.

Its owners say the home has a boutique hotel feel to it, but what I see is another chapter in Dallas’ disappointing efforts to keep the little guy from losing out to builders and developers. .

If the city council really wants to save and expand housing beyond what the wealthy can afford, the opportunity presents itself in two inevitable zoning cases.

Members of the City Council, please consider a vote that respects the wishes of two largely invisible regions, rather than the rich and politically powerful side.

The first ballot, set Wednesday, involves building a warehouse adjacent to a single-family neighborhood in southwest Dallas. The second is from Elm Thicket-Northpark and is set for October 12th.

A three-story house is under construction between the “Tron” house on the corner of Wateka Drive and one of the traditional small cottages that make up the rest of the block.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

you probably remember my previous column In this neighborhood bounded by Lemon Avenue, West Lovers Lane, Inwood Road and West Mockingbird Lane, new has destroyed the old and replaced the affordable.

High-end builders, such as those who worked on the house in Toron and the three-story mansion under construction next door, moved at lightning speed, and City Hall scrambled to save working-class and middle-class housing nearby. rice field.

about three months later City planning board approved the package The City Council makes the final decision on zoning protections that reduce the maximum footprint of multi-story structures and impose height restrictions.

Perhaps Tron House’s highly-reputable listing will inspire council members to take a drive and see for themselves how million-dollar acquisitions have been made here.

Racism drove black residents to the area nearly 100 years ago. Today, the community refers to generations of doctors, lawyers, musicians, elected officials, and everyday families who raised their children in Elm Sicket North Park.

One of the residents, psychologist Myrna Dartson, said it was very disappointing to see people making a fuss in Tron’s house.

“That’s what has bothered our neighbors the most,” she said.

Dartson has lived his entire life in a 1947 brick cottage lovingly maintained by his parents to pass it down as an heirloom.

She understands that in areas with dilapidated housing stock, renewal, possibly demolition and reconstruction, makes sense.

What bothers Dartson is Lose neighborhood history and integrity In a new overbuilt home off the beaten track in Elm Thicket-Northpark.

“This zoning vote is very important to us because we’re trying to maintain the integrity of our neighborhood,” she said. I feel there is.”

At the entrance to Capella Park in Dallas, off South Merrifield Road, traffic circles...
Entrance to Capella Park in Dallas. Located off South Merrifield Road, several traffic circles have been created to discourage truck traffic.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

The second battle between Dallas and Goliath takes place 27 km southwest of Elm Thicket. Hills and forested landscapes are part of a city that claims to be “Dallas’ Hills His Country.”

Capella Parkis a residential master plan development located between Mountain Creek Lake and Texas Spur 408, and is as inviting as its rolling terrain. People of all ages and races live in its 250 or so dwellings. Everyone speaks in one voice about his deep love for this hidden gem.

The Goliath in this story is neighbor-to-be Crow Holdings, who previously came to the city with plans for a warehouse south of Capella Park and returned with a proposal for a mixed development of warehouses with aspects of housing options.

A Capela Park resident points to a long row of warehouses near Mountain Creek Parkway and Grady Nibro Road, a dead end 800 meters (0.5 miles) from the neighborhood.

Given the easy access to Interstate 20, it makes sense that Crow Holdings would like to extend Grady Niblo Road east to Texas Spur 408 and develop there. The Crow team currently has approximately 175 acres of land designated for farmland under contract and is seeking a green light.

The new plans will have single family homes and multifamily homes on the 20 acres of land in front of the property. The warehouse complex he shrunk by more than 50%, leaving green space at the southern end of the development.

The developer also provided a strategy that appears to prevent increased truck traffic on the roads adjacent to the neighborhood.

Many of the streets around Capella Park are dead ends that lead to green spaces.
Many of the streets around Capella Park dead end into green spaces that the community hopes will eventually be used for more single-family homes.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

Regardless of how this deal is dressed up, it’s still about a warehouse complex not far from Capella Park and an increase in 18-wheelers coming and going.

The Planning Commission rejected the proposal 8-4 at its July 7 meeting. Crow Holdings plans to appeal to the city council on Wednesday.

you might ask, “But don’t we need more housing like this plan provides?”

Yes it does, but this is not the way to do it. Not by building a house next to a warehouse with only a 100 foot landscape barrier creating perhaps a 300 foot separation.

What South Dallas needs least is conflicting residential and industrial zoning that makes it unsustainable for other residents.

After revisiting the three hours on July 7th that the Planning Commission spent on this project, I still cannot understand why the staff approved this contract. Regardless of the regulations for industrial use, this combination is potentially toxic.

Count me with homeowners and commissioners who fear that warehouses will be built while the prepared housing lots remain empty.

Part of 175 acres of long-farm land that Crow Holdings wants...
Part of 175 acres of longtime farmland that Crow Holdings hopes to redevelop as housing and warehouses.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

The Crow Holdings team claimed that warehousing projects dominated all but three new developments in the space over the past two decades. They also insisted that the warehousing business provide funding to build water and utility infrastructure that would otherwise never be installed.

It doesn’t convince me that the City Council should have more warehouses by default. Instead, we need to insist that our staff work smarter and have more Capella Parks in the most beautiful corners of our city.

Drive anywhere on Interstate 20 and you’ll find evidence that warehouses are lucrative moneymakers and jobs. These things are important in South Dallas, but they are by no means a sacrifice.

In both the Elm Thicket-Northpark and Mountain Creek cases, the Planning Commission sidened with David rather than Goliath. Now it’s the city council’s turn.

That vote is fundamental to what Dallas wants for these parts of our city, what Dallas wants to do with their future, and whether that vision has a place for the general public. will make a statement.

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