Southlake panel OKs Glenn Beck media facility

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on October 20, 2011 at 11:20 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 21 at 1:56 AM

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SOUTHLAKE — Lighting, fencing, security and crowds were all concerns raised by Patty Linder and her neighbors at Thursday night's meeting in Southlake to decide if former Fox News personality Glenn Beck can move his media empire to a vacant church.

The neighbors of the former Gateway Church building at 2121 East Southlake Boulevard were concerned about reports that in addition to taping radio and TV shows in Southlake during the week, Beck's company — Mercury Radio Arts — planned to occasionally host large events and studio audiences.

Company representatives agreed that the uses for the space may vary.

On Thursday night, however, Linder told Southlake's Planning and Zoning Commission the company has put her concerns to rest.

In e-mail messages, Woodland Heights neighbors agreed, convinced that the conservative talk show host and his company plan to do right by the community.

The neighbors asked for two concessions: That the business turn its parking lot lights off overnight, and that a masonry wall be built to block the view of Woodland Heights.

Mercury Radio Arts said it is working to accommodate both requests. The commission recommended the rezoning application for City Council approval.

E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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