That Big Box Sam’s at Cityplace May Not Happen After All, Property Could Command Higher Price

By Candy Evans and

Word came Tuesday from Jonas Park, the “Accidental Activist”, that a Dallas county judge has ruled to void an ordinance for a planned development district on Central at Carroll Avenue, across from Cityplace, that was all but certain to be a big box Sam’s Wholesale Club.

Talk about David and Goliath: Judge Michael O’Neill ruled that the city of Dallas did not properly notify property owners living near the proposed 100,000 square foot big box site. Property owners were concerned that a Sam’s was not the best use of the choice dirt and they worried about their property values ever since May, 2014, when Trammell Crow Company announced the Sams deal on 17 acres across from Cityplace and demolished the old Xerox building that used to sit on the site

Trammell Crow told the Dallas Morning News it is considering options:

“While we’re disappointed in the judge’s ruling, we’re considering our options moving forward,” said Scott Dyche, general counsel for Trammell Crow Company.

The neighbors claim they were told one thing, but got another. Way back in 2013, property owners were told that Crow wanted to rezone the site to “accommodate a retail development with design standards.” Many were hopeful that the zoning, which would have allowed for mixed use retail (shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments) would create a West-Village type atmosphere. Read More >