Linda Koop: And Where Are the Promised Developments Around DART Rail Stations?
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|This is what DART says Walnut Hill Lane and Denton Drive will look like once the Green Line gets that far into Northwest Dallas. OK ...|
But Koop today conceded that development efforts around light-rail stations haven't exactly taken off.
"We haven't been able to capitalize at all on development around the stations -- not at all," she said. DART officials didn't have a quick answer for her concerns. That's because there's no easy fix. Look, for instance, at South Dallas, where a St. Louis developer has been called in by The Real Estate Council to evaluate potential for development along the Green Line; results aren't due till later this year. Meanwhile, as we noted in September, 220 acres of land formerly belonging to the Hunt family near the Bush Turnpike Station at U.S. 75 and the G.B.H. sits empty -- and will for a good, long while.
Which is why Koop's itching to start talking about the problem now: She's vowed to add the issue to a future agenda: "That's a good discussion for us to have, because now's the time to plan. There's not a lot of money in the coffers for development right now, even in the private sector, but now's the time to plan."