West Dallas neighborhood plans for future growth

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by BRAD WATSON

WFAA

Posted on March 6, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 6 at 9:58 PM

DALLAS - Brent Brown goes to the wall for the future of West Dallas - the wall in his office covered in maps.

As director of CityDesign Studio at Dallas City Hall, he points to updated maps that layout the plan for this long-neglected area.

Along the widened Singleton Boulevard, Brown points to recent progress such as buildings with fresh paint, a new graphics arts business, and where Trinity Groves, a 13-acre restaurant complex, opens this year.

"There'll be a broad mix of restaurants, you know, really for everybody," Brown said. "Not just higher end, you know, so that offers opportunities for everyone to come and enjoy."

Development follows transportation.

To steer excessive growth from encroaching on the neighborhood, the city wants to connect Singleton to Commerce Street by extending three north/south streets that are dead ends now.

"And then let's concentrate the density here, which begins to move it away from the sitting neighborhood, [and] creates buffers where you can step down that development," Brown said. "It becomes more modest - two, three, four stories adjacent to a neighborhood."

Residents in the La Bajada area to the north worry developers and new construction could ruin their working class neighborhood. So the city council slapped on a height limit.

"You can still do a two-story home, but you couldn't build a three-story home," Brown said. "And you also couldn't begin to aggregate land where you would want to then change the zoning to be much higher density."

Although all the excitement is new, the city said the development will be gradual and it could take up to 30 years to fill in the area.

E-mail bwatson@wfaa.com

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