The Dallas Logistics Hub has emerged from bankruptcy and local leaders hope the reorganized company can revive dreams for a vibrant Dallas Inland Port that faded in a weak economy.
“It gave us that opportunity to stand back and say, 'How do we massage this so it’s best for the whole region?” Dallas Councilman Tennell Atkins said.
The developer behind the project sold off buildings during the reorganization, including two large warehouses on Landgon Road near Bonnieview Road and Interstate 20 in Dallas and an auto auction site in Hutchins on Lancaster-Hutchins Road.
Once nearly 6,000 acres in size, the DLH retained 4,300 acres of raw land on which it still hopes to host thousands of new jobs in a master-planned industrial and commercial complex.
DLH land parcels are in parts of Dallas, Hutchins, Wilmer, Lancaster and unincorporated Dallas County with access to Interstate 45, Interstate 20 and Interstate 35E.
The project is adjacent to the existing Union Pacific Railroad Inter-modal rail terminal and includes the site for a proposed Burlington Northern Rail container transfer terminal.
Dwight Stemson, who opened Dwight’s Tire Service directly across from the Burlington Northern site five years ago, was looking forward to truck traffic that never came.
“Of course, they’re going to have flats, need tires, good market for me,” Stemson said.
Atkins’ district includes the Dallas portion of the project.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity," he said. "I think the political climate is out of it. I think it’s more a business climate right now. I think all of the cities are willing to work together, and I think that’s what we’re going to do in the future -- make sure that we have the 30,000, 40,000 jobs over there."
Atkins said a joint transportation and utility planning study funded by the affected cities and Dallas County is due to be completed this year.
Stemson said it may not come fast enough for his business.
“It would have been a lot of work for me," he said. "All I can say right now is, if they start right now, it may save me from closing down."
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