Deny Request to construct a 29-story apartment building in Preston Center
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The Crosland Group is proposing a 29-story apartment building near the core of Preston Center shopping center (right behind Hopdoddy Burger restaurant). At present, a 3 story medical building sits on the Westchester Drive site. Current zoning allows for a 6-7 story building. The proposed building would be higher than any building in Preston Center. The addition of an approximate 245 unit apartment and the ensuing 500 tenants, 500 cars, apartment staff, deliveries, service providers, tenant's staff and visitors would significantly add additional traffic to the already congested area. Though the apartment is advertised as a residence for "empty nesters", it would attract families because children residing in Highland House would be eligible to attend HPISD schools.
Preston Center is already one of the most congested areas of Dallas. It is near impossible to park during lunch hours and it is going to get worse. Ground has been broken for a new 7 story high rise office building near Douglas on Weldon Howell Parkway, not far from the proposed "Highland House". The new office building will have 200,000 sq ft, statistically adding a potential 1,136 employees and cars into the Center along with deliveries, service providers, salesmen and visitors.
The developers of the Highland House contend the apartment building will generate less traffic than the current medical building. The Crosland Group cites statistics that a medical building of the size located at 8215 Westchester generates on average 1666 visitors on a daily basis. An actual count of visitors was taken on Thursday, April 17. Between the hours of 7:45 am and 4:30 pm the building had a total of 172 visitors. Clearly, the traffic generated with a 29 story apartment would exceed 172 visitors each day, therefore increasing traffic and congestion in the area.
During peak hours of traffic, many drivers seek alternate routes to avoid long delays. These alternate routes are through nearby neighborhoods. Increased and higher speed traffic through area neighborhoods pose a danger to bikers, joggers, walkers and especially children and elderly living along these streets.
Lastly, privacy is a concern for homeowners living in close proximity to any high rise building. Tenants could look out of their windows into the back yards of nearby residents.
To avoid further congetion to adjacent thoroughfares and neighborhood streets, to protect the privacy and home values of nearby residential properties and to decrease the danger to pedestrians and children, we ask that the Crosland Group's request to re-zone 8215 Westchester Drive be denied. Any new construction should be built to current building code.
Please express your concerns to the following:
Dallas Councilwoman Jennifer Gates - 214.670.3816
CPC Dist. 13 Margot Murphy - 214.670.3086
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