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Developer proposes closing La Vista between Live Oak, Skillman

Advocate Magazine

The company that owns the Skillman Live Oak Shopping Center wants to close a one-block section of La Vista to create outdoor spaces for its new tenants, Matt's Rancho Martinez and the Mecca restaurant.

Property owner Stonelake Capital Partners has proposed closing La Vista from Live Oak to Skillman, according to a letter neighbors received from the city's Department of Sustainable Development and Construction.

Some neighbors are opposed to the proposal, which apparently wouldn't require vetting from the City Plan Commission.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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Plan commissioner sides with neighbors on Skillman-Oram rezoning

Lakewood Advocate

In April, Stonelake Capital Partners filed the request to rezone an 0.8-acre plot from a neighborhood services district to a commercial retail district.

The request to rezone the property on the northeast corner of Skillman and Oram recently was "denied with prejudice," ending the surrounding neighbors' concerns and months of speculation of what Stonelake might do with the building.

Stonelake Capital Partners requested, because of neighborhood opposition to their zoning change application, they be allowed to withdraw their application altogether, says City Plan Commissioner Paul Ridley.

However, the City Plan Commission would not allow Stonelake Capital Partners to withdraw their application because it was too close to the public hearing date and had already been advertised, Ridley says.

BD Note - When this zoning case first came up a few month's ago, the big rumor on the street was this was going to be developed into a Chili's restaurant. Calls to Chili's about this property were never returned.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Dallas City Hall
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WalMart Lowest Greenville releases updated site maps and truck routes

During a meeting with WalMart reps a few months ago, neighbors who live close-in to the (under renovation) store at the old Whole Foods location asked for information on truck routes, landscaping and other plans for the site.

As one person described them, these documents were moving targets during the planning process. But today, they released four documents to the residents.

Take a look and give BD your opinions. All comments will be compiled and sent back to WalMart. The store is set to open on October 17, which we understand is about two months later than originally scheduled.

BTW - The space formerly occupied by Blockbuster is being remodeled into the store's office, and will include a training center, a food prep area, an employee lounge, employee lockers and other internal amenities.

  1. An extremely detailed site map as of today's work - link. For those who can understand these documents better than us, here is a link to several site plans from the City's files earlier this year, another link.
  2. Landscaping for Greenville Avenue and Belmont Avenue - link
  3. Greenville Avenue entry enhancements - link
  4. Delivery truck turn movements - link
By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Safe streets
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The Mecca is moving to east Dallas

Click here to read the DMN's follow-up - When The Mecca Restaurant moves to East Dallas next month, it won't be the first (or second) time

Scott Reitz - Dallas Observer / City of Ate

East Dallas is getting a new CFS that borders on holy.

Cheryl Hurt has only been the manager at The Mecca for three years, but she talks like she's been with the restaurant for all 74 of them. I called her when a reader emailed to tell me the restaurant was making a move form its spot on Harry Hines to Live Oak Street. Hurt told me they just signed a lease on the old Molly Maguire's space that closed last fall.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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First Trader Joe's, then Walmart, now Green Grocer coming to Lower Greenville

At the end of 2011, we learned that Trader Joe's would open on Lower Greenville just south of Belmont. Then came the news earlier this year that Walmart would open a neighborhood market right across the street.

The latest newcomer is Chicago-based Green Grocer, which is moving into the corner space at 3416 Greenville, right across the street from Gloria's and Cafe Izmir. The store already has a presence on Facebook and Twitter, and says that it is shooting for a late summer/early fall opening.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Neighborhoods , Lower Greenville
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