White Rock YMCA site plan

The plan commission’s vote was unanimous, and yesterday, the Dallas City Council’s vote was unanimous to change the zoning for land at Gaston and Loving and allow the White Rock YMCA to construct a new center on property where Trinity Lutheran Church sits vacant.

During the meeting, Councilwoman Angela Hunt said twice how “thrilled” she is “to have the YMCA coming on to that property, investing millions of dollars to create an incredible community asset.”

According to a press release, the Y plans to close on the property this summer, and “the next step will be to begin to secure contributions from the community to continue the great work of the YMCA.”

Santos Martinez of Masterplan Consulting, who represented the YMCA in its request for new zoning, said at a neighborhood meeting in March the Metropolitan YMCA has the money to purchase the Trinity Lutheran property outright, and could roll money from the purchase of its current property into new plans. He also said the new White Rock Y facility would cost a projected $12 million, and would hopefully be open by May 2014.

The Y officially moving also means, of course, one less major hurdle in Lincoln Property Co.’s attempt to purchase of land around Gaston and Garland/East Grand to make way for a “high-end retail development” on that corner.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.