WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie City Council approved a zoning amendment request made by developer Brad Yates for the construction of townhomes at its Monday night meeting. The townhomes will feature eight units and will be located on Dunn Street.
Dunn Street Resident Sharla Hopkins expressed her concern to the council that this development is going to negatively change her neighborhood.
“This has always been a residential area. I can’t believe that you would think of putting that tall of a building on that residential street. I don’t think that there are enough places for eight cars. The Daily Light employees pull in right behind their building. It just doesn’t appear to be that many spaces for cars,” Hopkins said. “I just think that there are too many areas in Waxahachie that this could be built upon instead of this street. I know that you all are concerned with traffic and there is a lot of traffic when the diesel trucks come down Dunn to the Daily Light. It won’t be part of the neighborhood. It will be like the expression, ‘a sore thumb.’ I wish that you would consider if you lived where I do, please think of yourself if you lived in that house. I plan on living there until I have to go to a nursing home or pass away. I do not want that there. I know I am just one person, but it’s my home.”
Hopkins said Waxahachie stands for that hometown feeling and she believes that the development is going to take away from the neighborhood’s hometown atmosphere and community.
Mayor Kevin Strength addressed Hopkins' comments about the proposed development and its impact on the area.
Strength said he understands the concern Hopkins has about her neighborhood but a lot of that area in and around Dunn Street has already had commercial development built and it is not just strictly residential anymore. Some examples he gave were the Daily Light, Comerica Bank and Church’s Chicken, which generate traffic. He added that the council would be looking at what is going to be built there.
Mayor Pro Tem Mark Singleton said this development provides an excellent opportunity for people to buy or rent on a piece of property that is not being used at all. Singleton added that infill developments like this would help to move the city forward in a positive direction.
“I think that this is a cool opportunity to look at a property that has sat there and five or six people have tried to buy, to get seven or eight homeowners to come downtown,” Singleton said.
In other business the council
• Named Global High School Senior Levi Villarreal as the honorary council member for the month of March.
• Held the first and second public hearing to consider a requested annexation by Walton Texas, LP, of four parcels of land located south of Farm-to-Market Road 875 and West of Interstate Highway 35E.
• Approved to continue a public hearing on a request by Karl Hansen for a specific use permit for garage accessory dwelling located at 201 Cynisca St.
• Approved a request from Colonial Restoration for a zoning change from a single-family three zoning district to a planned development SF3 with a concept plan located at 111 N. Getzendaner Ave.
• Approved a request from Marcos Cavazos for a specific use permit to a dance hall, tavern or nightclub use to allow a restaurant with alcohol sales exceeding 49 percent of the gross revenue located at 100 N. College St. The business would be located in the basement of the Rogers Hotel.
• Approved a request by Alan Doan for a zoning change for a single-family-2 zoning change to a general retail located at 1324 Brown St.
• Approved the preliminary plat of Settler’s Glen addition for phase five, which contains 82 residential lots located north of U.S. Highway 287, south of Marshall Road, West of Patrick Road and East of Ovilla Road.
• Approved the final plat of Settler’s Glen addition, phase four for 86 residential lots located at North of U.S. Highway 287, south of Marshall Road, West of Patrick Road and East of Ovilla Road.
• Approved the final plat of Homestead Estes subdivision for 86 residential lots located southeast of Old Italy Road and Laguna Vista Drive.
• Approved a preliminary plat of North Farm Estates subdivision for 20 residential lots located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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