Judge issues temporary restraining order in Dallas Sam's Club dispute

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

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WFAA

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:21 PM

DALLAS -— Residents opposing the development of a Sam’s Club megastore in Dallas’ East Village scored a victory in court Friday.

Judge Emily Tobolowsky of the 298th District Court issued a temporary restraining order Friday afternoon preventing the city of Dallas from issuing a building permit to developer Trammell Crow.

"I am very excited about this ruling; I think the court recognized that justice requires a temporary restraining order here,” said Anthony Ricciardelli, the lawyer representing the East Village Neighborhood Association.

The development is slated for 17 acres across North Central Expressway from Dallas' West Village neighborhood. Residents say they knew a development was coming, but say they found out too late in the process it was a big-box store.

"The status quo needs to be preserved, pending the outcome of a temporary injection hearing in the next two weeks," Ricciardelli said.

In two weeks, a judge will review the case again and see if the restraining order will be extended.

During Friday's proceedings, a lawyer for Trammell Crow said plans were presented that included a rendering of a large store more than a year ago.

Cynthia Langhorst, the Trammell Crow senior director of communications and marketing, sent News 8 the following statement late Friday afternoon: “This project was under review for more than 12 months and we remain confident that it was properly vetted by the city. It has been discussed at three separate City Plan Commission meetings and one City Council meeting, and was approved every time a vote was taken to move forward. We look forward to making sure that this project is successful for the city and for the communities it will serve.”

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