As we mentioned yesterday, the city council's Trinity River Corridor Project Committee has a lot to chew on at its 9:30 meeting this morning -- like, for starters, how to tackle the Sylvan Avenue bridge enormous budget shortfall. After that, the committee will take up two agenda items that are more or less the same thing: zoning issues near the Trinity River that will reshape the landscape.
First up is the discussion of Irving-based JPI's desire to build a "pedestrian-friendly" retail, residential and office development on some 60.5 acres along Industrial Boulevard, southeast of Cadiz Street and south of the Union Pacific railroad. JPI, of course, is responsible for a number of recognizable projects around town, and today's is an important discussion, because it's among the first to delve into the implementation of the Trinity River Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
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Which brings us to the other big item on the agenda: the rezoning of the Cedars West, where there's not much residential -- because it's not zoned for it. The question, then: How do you transform an industrial area into one that's "a dense mix of office, retail, residential, lodging and civic use [intended] to create a destination for residents and tourists"? We shall find out. --Robert Wilonsky