The developer of the residential project planned for the Garland Road Thrift Store site met with neighbors to give updates and answer questions.
After the last meeting, several of the neighbors, particularly in the Reinhardt area, said they had not heard about the project, and Wednesday’s meeting was held to provide them an opportunity to learn about it.
Rob Baldwin of Baldwin Associates invited the developer, Carl Anderson of Larkspur Capital, to give a presentation. Larkspur has worked on many properties in East Dallas, including the Faulkner Tower.
The development, which has not yet been named, will have 56 units, a combination of duplexes, free-standing residences and four six-plexes. The perimeter will be lined with the two-story homes, each with a private backyard, while the three-story structures are in the middle, surrounding a community pool.
“In our view, this is a really good fit,” Anderson said. “It’s pretty consistent with the Garland Road Vision Study. It doesn’t overlap perfectly, but it basically called for this section to be high-density residential.”
The study, which was adopted in 2010, includes a higher-density development than Larkspur is proposing, Anderson said.
We reported in December that the case, which includes a rezoning from community retail (CR) to a planned development district with MF-2 characteristics, was set to go before the City Plan Commission later that month. However, the developer said the case will be reviewed at the Jan. 20 meeting. If approved, it is expected to go before the Dallas City Council on March 9.
Larkspur Capital hasn’t yet closed on the property; it’s currently under contract. The expected closing date is March 15.
Throughout this process, some neighbors have been concerned about potential traffic issues that could result from this development.
Christy Lambeth, a traffic engineer, said during the peak morning hours, about 30 vehicles are expected to leave the development in a one-hour period. In the peak evening hours, about 30 vehicles are expected to enter the site in a one-hour period.
“If this were a retail or restaurant, it would have about five times the amount of traffic that this site is projected to have,” Lambeth said.
Lambeth said with the DART network redesign, route No. 467 is being absorbed by the No. 15 route, which does not travel on Peavy Road.
The site plan shows 106 parking spots, 22 more than the required 84 for a 56-unit project.