New Development Plan Gives Hope to Garland's Downtrodden I-30 Corridor

GARLAND — A plan to turn the bizarre and tattered history of Garland's Interstate 30 corridor into a component of its rebirth is one step closer to reality. The four-mile stretch of I-30 through the city has been defined by negatives: a billion dollar land scam in the 1980s, a deadly tornado in 2015 and costly infrastructure missteps over several years. During all that time, potential investors have been scared away.But better days may be ahead after the city council on Tuesday unanimously approved a $137,500 plan that calls for major improvements along the stretch of highway. The upgrades would focus on three areas — improved public access to Lake Ray Hubbard at Harbor Point, finding ways to develop large available tracts near Rosehill Road and a more modern look at the city's entryway near Belt Line Road. "This is really the next major economic development we have in the city," Council member Jerry Nickerson, who represents the area, said this week during a discussion about the plan. "This thing's got some real promise to it."  Continue reading...

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