Observations on the Town Center meeting

My top ten observations from the Skillman Corridor TIF District Design Review Committee meeting, David Letterman-style:

#10: Lake Highlands residents consider themselves/ourselves stakeholders as much as (more than?) any owner, investor or developer involved.

#9: The idea of a brand new Tom Thumb in the Town Center has some LH residents fightin’ mad, envisioning the Tom Thumbs at Skillman/Royal and Skillman/Abrams closing and becoming cancerous corners, much like the old Tom Thumb center at Forest/Abrams.

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#8: Residents seem to be under the mistaken impression that Prescott has pocketed $23 million in TIF kickbacks. The developer anticipates reimbursements up to that amount from the TIF during future progression of the project.

#7: Residential units in the first phase of development will begin construction late this summer. These units will be down near the amphitheater at the water’s edge.

#6: The residential units nearest the DART station will be seven stories high.

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#5: Zero lot line homes or townhomes are planned for the southernmost end of the development, with price tags around $700,000.

#4: Prescott considers LH “under-restauranted” and is pursuing multiple restaurants, including at least one as a “junior anchor.”

#3: Prescott has secured funding through the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to extend the trail southward to connect with the LH trail system, which connects to White Rock Lake and goes northward beyond LBJ.

#2: The grocer (whichever that may be), will be accessible to the greater LH neighborhood for quick in-and-out shopping via Skillman with some surface parking (ala Whole Foods Market at Greenville and Blackwell and Park Lane) or as part of a Town Center shopping experience, reachable from the new residential buildings, parking structure or strollable Wildcat Way.

#1: Yes, former Dallas City Councilman and LH development advocate Bill Blaydes, there will STILL be a clock tower at Lake Highlands Town Center.

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  • BGP

    Consider the topography of the location… A 60K sf grocery could easily be built atop a multi-level parking facility with the store atop at Skillman street level and basement loading…exactly like the Tom Thumb at Skillman and Abrams! An elevator to the lower levels would simplify getting carts to parking while others would use the more limited surface parking with direct access to the store. No way that Prescott would loose that space for all those 700 thousand dollar homes!

  • SHB

    #10 – Lake Highlands residents are a distant third behind the owner/developer and a potential tenant/occupant. If Prescott has an opportunity to make a deal (i.e. Tom Thumb), they will do it regardless of the preferences of the residents. Prescott no longer has the luxury of being selective.

    #9 – Safeway (Tom Thumb) will consolidate two locations into one new one if they feel it is in their best interest (which it probably is) regardless of the carnage it leaves behind at existing shopping centers. And, no one will stop them for that reason. And, a new prototype Tom Thumb will do a fabulous business at that location.

    #7 – Is this a certainty? Financing in place?

    #6 – Wow! Seven stories in the middle of Lake Highlands? Kinda hard to imagine….

    #5 – A 60,000 SF Tom Thumb might need to go at the south end of the site because of truck access and surface parking.

    #4 – What Lake Highlands needs is a hang-out for junior high and high school kids. A Freddy’s Frozen Custard would give Lake Highlands a classic burger and malt shop place for the teenagers!

    #2 – A Tom Thumb or other grocery store will need a loading dock with access for 18-wheelers. Hard to imagine that side of the building facing either street. Which is why I see the grocery store at the south end of the site with the front facing north.