Keller residents prepare to sue proposed tennis club

KELLER -- A group of outspoken homeowners in Keller say they're preparing to sue a proposed tennis club after it received city council approval on Tuesday night.

In a letter of intent provided to WFAA, an attorney representing the Johnson Road Coalition threatens to file legal action that would prevent the Dent family from "...ever putting a shovel into the ground to build this commercial enterprise and destroy local property values."

The city council approved the high-end Birch Tennis Club project in a six to zero vote at Tuesday's meeting. One councilman abstained, according to a city spokeswoman.

The same council narrowly rejected plans for the club last month after homeowners nearby the proposed site on Johnson Road raised concerns about plans for massive, so-called "bubble domes" that would house indoor tennis courts.

Earlier this year, Taylor Dent, a well-known former professional player, repeatedly said the domes were a big part of how his Dent Tennis Academy would expand. He said it was something badly needed in the Keller area, and that project financing was contingent upon some type of indoor facility.

He said building a permanent structure would cost too much, but new plans submitted in early May did call for a fixed structure. That is what the council gave the green light to on Tuesday.

The letter of intent outlines a list of issues residents still have with the project, although most of the initial opposition expressed to WFAA dealt with the domes. 

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