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Poll: What Does the Uptown Sam’s Club Say About City Government?

Late yesterday a judge decided not to issue a temporary injunction against the building of a Sam’s Club mega-big-box store at the intersection of Central Expressway and Carroll Avenue, near Cityplace. That means developer Trammell Crow could file for a building permit as soon as today if they wished.

The neighborhood association had argued that the city’s notice of what could be built on that site under the new zoning was insufficient, but the judge ruled that the city had followed the law (even though she was apparently sympathetic to the neighbors’ complaints). A lawsuit is still likely, but it won’t block the Sam’s Club from going up in the meanwhile.

In the August issue of D Magazine, Eric Celeste writes that the case is indicative of how Dallas’ zoning system needs to be fixed. What do you think?

  • Chris

    FIFA: “Their own. Whatever results in keeping them employed or getting re-elected.

  • Helen

    A: The Sam’s Club controversy says that City government and the media and are too financial dependent on the real estate industry. The city can’t say no to big developers and our local media either will not ask the hard questions or will ask them too late.

  • Dubious Brother

    On a good note, the abandoned Sam’s Club on Shadybrook between Northwest Highway and Park Lane could be used to process and house the abandoned border crossing “children” that are supposedly headed our way.

  • Scott Emer

    People should stop fighting companies that are going to build things for your convenience and create more jobs for others. These types of things need to always be approved to keep up with customer demand and create more convenience to those living in the area. I live in Turtle Creek and this will be a great benefit to the area having a location so close.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    That’s one of the things that really doesn’t make sense about this case. If the City had just stuck with the approved zoning, they would have been able to attract development comparable to the stuff that has just been built on the site’s north and east sides… which generates several times the property taxes per acre than the Sam’s Club— with substantially less impact on municipal infrastructure.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    It’s not for the convenience of local residents… it is regional-scale retail warehouse development that is designed to serve a large section of South and East Dallas, yet lacks the necessary supporting road structure… meaning that large amounts of traffic are going to flood the two-lane residential streets behind the development.

    Housing units in the immediate vicinity are too small to be able to store large volumes of merchandise at any one time. The primary customer base will be small businesses from South and East Dallas, as well as residents living in larger single-family houses with adequate storage capacity… houses such as those don’t exist in the immediate vicinity of this project.

  • John O’Neill

    Thank you for the common sense, once again.

  • Tex

    Not everyone in Dallas has the disposable income of Uptown residents. Many of us need close access to a discount retailer like Sam’s Club just to help us make ends meet.

    Bring Sam’s Club to Uptown!

  • Steven Ray

    You clearly know nothing of this neighborhood. Also you can drive 4 miles north or 8 miles south to get your Sam’s fix.

  • Tex

    Steven, I moved into the Uptown area 14 years ago. I most certainly do know this area.

  • Bob

    I think this Sam’s Club is great for Uptown. We could also use a few pawn shops, quick loan stores, and some bail bonds centers. Got to plan for the future.