Ken Kalthoff, NBC 5 News
The Davis Street Market would occupy a whole square block of vacant land along Davis between Van Buren and Vernon.
The Davis Street Market would occupy a whole square block of vacant land along Davis between Van Buren and Vernon. The plans call for 150 apartments, stores, offices and a 345 space parking garage.
It’s right across the street from Brumley Gardens, a flower and garden supply store that opened just last week in an old Davis Street service station.
The people who run Brumley Gardens said 150 new apartments would be good for their business. "Oh It would be excellent," said Brumley Gardens employee Lisa Cannon. "It would be excellent, because I’ve noticed the area growing, it’s grown a lot," she said
But Davis Street Market plans call for a 5-story structure in a neighborhood where all of the surroundings structures are just one story high.
Juan Vazquez owns a home on the residential street immediately behind the Davis Street Market site. He learned about the plan for the first time Sunday. 'It’s way too big, way too big," he said. "I don’t think that would be a good idea, a building that tall."
To the east, the Bishop Arts District at Davis Street and Bishop is a collection of one and two story businesses.
Annette Norman, an owner of Zola’s Vintage clothing in Bishop Arts, supports city efforts to expand the business area but opposes a 5-story structure. "I just think you’re going to loose this neighborhood feel when you go 5 stories in a neighborhood like this," Norman said.
The Davis Street Market developer is requesting a city subsidy of $4 million from a tax increment finance district to help with the $33 million project.
According to Monday’s briefing document for the Dallas City Council Economic Development committee, the project is to be completed by December 31, 2014.
Several city hall approvals would be required and neighbors still have time to be heard.