Item No. 85 on today's action-packed city council agenda should make for an interesting discussion: That's when the council considers GGH Development's request to build "a high-rise multiple family use as part of a mixed use project providing for hotel, restaurant, health studio, and bar uses." Course, the developer wants to do so at 2505 Turtle Creek Boulevard -- formerly the site of that Harwood K. Smith-designed office building torn down while no one was looking last month, about which Angela Hunt might have something to say. The City Plan Commission voted nay on the project; city staff says yea, only without GGH's request to lift the booze ban so close to Reverchon Park.
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Of course, though, it's Addendum Item No. 6 sure to garner the most attention today. That's the one moving forward with the city's purchase of $42 million of land downtown, upon which Mayor Tom wants to build the convention center hotel. The yea vote would also allow "the City Manager to pursue negotiations with hotel developers and operators for construction and operation of a publicly–owned convention center hotel to be built on the Chavez site." To which, this morning, Dallas' Only Daily tells the council ... wait, this can't be right ... just hang on there one goldurn second. Is Leppert also mayor of Bizarro World? --Robert Wilonsky