Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Hollywood Overhead Doors becomes target in White Rock Lake development
City Councilmen Bill Blaydes and Ed Oakley not looking so good.
DALLAS Sharon Boyd at DallasArena.com takes a look at the May 23 City Council hearing where they discussed rezoning the land on which veteran White Rock Lake business Hollywood Overhead Doors has operated since 1936.
The bone of contention is that Hollywood Overhead Doors sits on the other side of the creek from the $100 million Prescott development. Councilman Bill Blaydes claims that the current zoning that allows Hollywood to stay in business could also allow sexually oriented businesses. But there are signs that that's just a smokescreen to help out Prescott Realty.
From Dallas Arena:
While the Mayor was questioning [Hollywood Overhead Doors owner] Mr. Pierce, she got him to repeat his story about his communications with Bill Blaydes over this attempted land grab.
Mr. Pierce said the first he had heard about any of Blaydes' plans was when he got the notice of the council hearing to call a Plan Commission hearing to rezone his land. He said he called Bill Blaydes, and said 'I don't even know you why are you doing this to me?' Blaydes told Mr. Pierce he hadn't accepted any of the offers to buy his land, and this council action was to get his attention. Mayor Miller asked Mr. Pierce if developers have been trying to buy his property, and he said they had but he had declined because he wanted to continue to use the property just like he was currently doing.
A Plan Commissioner could have requested a hearing to rezone Mr. Pierce's property. All the council was doing today was to consider sending the matter to the Plan Commission to consider the rezoning. There would be no guarantee the Plan Commission would vote to rezone the land. Mayor Miller asked Blaydes' Plan Commission appointee why she had not done so herself. She advised that she had refused Blaydes' request because she thought it was wrong.
Ed Oakley knows he looked as bad as Blaydes today. You could hear it in his voice when he was talking with Mr. Pierce. Rather than answer Mayor Miller's question as to why he signed the resolution to rezone Mr. Pierce's property, he tried to play a "positive" image of finding a solution to Mr. Pierce's problem -- a problem that Mr. Pierce didn't have until Ed tried to assist Blaydes in stealing Mr. Pierce's property.
Mitch Rasansky said it best. Changing the zoning on Mr. Pierce's CS zoned property would be lowering its value. When he would be forced to sell and relocate his business and his 45 employees, long-term employees, Mr. Pierce would take a terrible loss. You know who else would take a loss? Dallas taxpayers. Mr. Pierce would very likely move his company out of our city limits, with his 45 jobs. Some other city would get the sales tax generated by Hollywood Overhead Doors. Some other city would get the tax on his equipment and buildings.
Unfortunately, the sound system between City Hall and WRR went haywire just as they were reading out the vote. So, I can't report who voted against Bill Blaydes and Ed Oakley. Must have been enough to kill the deal, because Blaydes' motion failed.
A discussion on Dallasmetropolis.com among residents from the area champions the right of Hollywood Overhead Doors to stay in business, insisting that it's not the blight that Blaydes suggests, with vows to keep an eye on what happens to it in the future.
Posted by T.G.
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