From an empty Henderson lot to a mixed-use development with rooftop greenhouses

Between McMillan and Glencoe, Henderson Avenue remains nearly 6 acres of open space, a few trees, dead grass and an alarming number of discarded single gloves. On Thursday, the city council will vote on whether to approve a retail, office and restaurant development in the rapidly changing area.

Rarely does an area of East Dallas remain vacant for so long, though Art on Henderson began placing public art in the lot to brighten the strip. The zoning change sign remained for so long that the ink runs down the sign, making it all but illegible.

Approval by the city council will also bring a below-ground parking structure with access on Henderson for the new development.

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Driving Henderson may get busier, but the plan also calls for a two-way turn lane to be installed on Henderson in the area to deal with the added traffic. Of the 214 neighbors who were notified, 96 favored the project and 22 opposed it.

The area’s plan discusses the desire for boutique-like retail and a walkable area with 10-foot sidewalks. It also suggests commercial crop production in rooftop greenhouses. All of the buildings will be less than 50-feet tall with at least 10-foot setbacks in the front and 40-foot minimum side and rear yard setbacks. Trees will be planted along Henderson, and private and public garden spaces are part of the plan as well.

“Texas Bluestem” by Art Garcia, a 2016 Art on Henderson Finalist

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  • Woodrow Wildcat

    I’m a property owner one block off Henderson (since 1983). Everyone I know is all for this. It’s a development sensitive to the neighborhood and the best thing to happen to the area since it was developed 80 years ago.

  • Crystal Nolan

    Actually there isn’t a lot of neigborhood opposition. I live directly behind the development and am very open to the idea but the few detractors keep delaying its progress.

  • Melissa Kingston

    Actually, there is a lot of neighborhood opposition to the proposed plan. The city sends notices to a certain group in the immediate proximity (the “donut”), but every neighborhood association and a number of residents in this area – people who will be directly impacted by this proposed development – oppose it as it has been planned. The plan has some great aspects, but key opposition points include parking and density. I am hopeful, however, that the parties can continue discussions and come up with a development that has more community support and produces a great new product in this space.

  • Brad McConkey

    Thank you Will. Excellent article.