Now that Lake Highlands United Methodist Church has secured funding to purchase Lake Highlands Plaza, what does the church hope to do with it? Maybe open a coffee shop, maybe expand the preschool, maybe turn the former WalMart into an indoor soccer field … Neighborhood blogger Carol Toler offers these ideas and others — all in the brainstorming phase — on this week’s Lake Highlands podcast. If the church does indeed purchase the property, it might also end up selling some of the land in the future, Toler explains.

But, as she also mentions in Monday’s post, the church may not be the sole bidder on the southwest corner of Walnut Hill and Audelia. No word yet on who the bidders might be, but Toler explains how they might section the property into both single-family homes and retail spots.

We also talk about the news that Target is staying put at Medallion Center. Even though it’s often a backup for what we can’t find at SuperTarget, it’s still good news.

Don’t miss our shameless neighborhood plugs: another neighborhood business that is good for tires; a T-shirt fundraiser for the LHHS senior class that proclaims “Life is good in Lake Highlands” (contact contact Kathy Hawkins,, to purchase one); and specials this weekend at White Rock Coffee.

Listen to the Lake Highlands podcast.