6-story apartment tower in Lakewood? That’s what the developer wants.

Lakewood Theater: Photo by Danny Fulgencio
Photo by Danny Fulgencio

The faucet-parts store in Lakewood just off Gaston at Abrams could become a six-story apartment building if a developer has its way.

Nashville-based Southern Land Co. has requested a zoning change for the site of Teter’s Faucet Parts Center on Oram. The developer is asking the City to approve about twice as much density as existing zoning allows.

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Currently allowed is a five-story building with a 50/50 mix of residential and commercial uses, and floor area of approximately 63,837 square feet on the .977-acre site.

Southern Land wants to be able to use up to 159,593 square feet to build apartments and a parking garage. While the developer is seeking six stories, the project would stay under the existing 75-foot height limit in the current zoning, excepting mechanical equipment on the rooftop.

The developer wants to build about 160 apartments averaging 950 square feet each. There would be underground parking as well as one level of above-ground garage parking, according to the zoning change application. At least one parking space per bedroom would be provided, in excess of the minimum requirement.

While apartments would comprise the entire project, the developer “has agreed to develop the ground floor to appear like retail and to engage the street frontage on Oram.” The property is right behind part of the Lakewood shopping center, with a Valvoline center separating it from Zoe’s Mediterranean restaurant.

For such a dense commercial area, the Gaston/Abrams area lacks walkability.

As part of its zoning-change application, the developer included a proposal to help Lakewood neighbors come up with a “vision plan” for how to make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly. Southern Land has the resources, in the way of engineers and planners, to help create a plan to correct problems such as dangerous crossings and irregular sidewalks, says Todd Marchesani, the company’s Dallas-based acquisitions manager.

Southern Land’s application says the company “has met proactively with neighborhood leaders over the past several months and has agreed to create a Neighborhood Vision to help guide future development and infrastructure improvements in Lakewood.” That would include “ways to improve the pedestrian experience along Gaston and Oram,” as well as looking for ways to improve traffic flow around their property.

The application noted that even though developer “is not responsible to making these off-site improvements, as new neighbors to Lakewood, they willingly jumped at the opportunity to create a Neighborhood Vision for the neighbors and City to use to make desirable improvements.”


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  • Los_Politico

    “As part of its zoning-change application, the developer included a proposal to help Lakewood neighbors come up with a “vision plan” for how to make the neighborhood more pedestrian friendly. ” This sounds like they are very much thinking about the affects on the neighborhood.

  • Los_Politico

    So if these are under priced apartments (aka subsidized housing) you’ll be cool with them?

  • Los_Politico

    “Keep the ugly multi-level apartments closer to downtown” Have you seen a rendering? How do you know it is ‘ugly’?

    “We are a residential neighborhood” Apartments are ‘residential’.

    “are just fine with the smaller rental units we have”. 950 sq ft is in line with the size of apartments in the neighborhood currently. I, for one, consider the proposed size “small”

    “Can you imagine what would happen to our already crazy traffic? ” Yes, I imagine adding 25 or so cars to Gaston will slow everyone done a tiny bit. Now you’ll have to go 38 in a 30 instead of 40.

    “Enough of the large ugly apartment buildings without any soul or character.” Agreed. Let’s work on the form and not reject the idea of the building.

  • Thanks, Ox-Bow. Too bad the front of the building doesn’t still look like this; maybe that would have allowed some type of historic preservation action.

  • Ox-Bow
  • Mark Reeves

    Thank you Rick!

  • Tracy McElhenie

    Absolutely Not. Keep the ugly multi-level apartments closer to downtown. We are a residential neighborhood and are just fine with the smaller rental units we have. Can you imagine what would happen to our already crazy traffic? Just think….If they are two bedroom rental units, that’s 2 cars per unit. Enough of the large ugly apartment buildings without any soul or character.

  • Samantha Rodriguez

    No. Just no. Bad enough Ross Ave is being over run by soul-less, over priced apartments…
    There is a reason why East Dallas folks like this side of the city, it’s to avoid that type of city deveoplment!

  • File No.: Z167-115

  • Jason Cohen

    Uggggghhh , Great !!! That is just awfull!!! Lets hope they do not allow this gross eyesore destroy our neighborhood!!! Corporate greed always wanting more space so they can squeeze more profit without thinking about the after effects.

  • Mark Reeves

    Rachel, do you know if there’s a case number on the rezoning?