Not everyone is happy with the influx of warehouse building projects in Dallas. A city planning committee has rejected a planned Warehouse Project in South Dallas according to a Dallas Observer article from October 16th. In it they say:
“The City Plan Commission on Wednesday rejected a zoning request for a 175-acre warehouse project in southern Dallas that nearby residents said would bring more pollution, more traffic congestion and lower property values to an area already overstuffed with warehouses. City staff had recommended approval of the rezoning for Dallas-based developers Crow Holdings Industrial, which was eyeing the project off of Merrifield Road close to Interstate 20 and Spur 408.
The plan commission opted instead to side with homeowners. Crow wanted the west line of Texas State Highway Spur 408 and west of South Merrifield Road to be rezoned from agricultural use to an industrial research district. Several Dallas residents spoke in opposition to the zoning change. The consensus was this: The southern sector needs houses, not warehouses.”
Homeowners in Dallas made their sentiments heard in an NBC 5 DFW article from November 24th. In it they say:
“Smith owns a new house on the edge of Capella Park Phase One, backing up to what was to be phase two, with more houses. Smith said he and other homeowners are angry about a warehouse proposed instead on the phase two site by Hillwood Development Company.
‘It would kill the property value of my investment,’ Smith said. ‘It’s extremely upsetting that I would have a warehouse behind me when me and my wife have invested in Dallas and I’m very upset.’ Renderings created by neighbors show how the warehouse would tower above the homes. ‘There’s no neighborhood that has boomed because a warehouse has moved in their back yard,’ said homeowner Darrell Chris Herbert.”
Residents raise some good points and valid concerns about the rapid increase of warehouse projects in the area.