Shortly after Intern Alex wrote this strong piece, we wondered what had become of the Timbercreek Apartments on Northwest Highway and Skillman. Schutze exposed the city council vote in May 2006 when Mayor Laura Miller stood alone in opposing new zoning that kicked families, trees and wildlife to the curb to make way for a concrete shopping palace. And then another chapter was added to the story when the council considered a fill permit related to the site, and Mitchell Rasansky and Angela Hunt admitted they were wrong when they voted the first time.
Oliver Robinson, vice president of development management at Trammell Crow Company, confirmed that he's handling the project but refused to comment when we called a couple weeks ago. He claimed a press release would be issued soon.
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They have an application pending before the city's board of adjustment that asks for an extension of the tree replacement time from two years to five years. They also want a waiver from a requirement to provide a bond or letter of credit and instead want to provide a loan commitment letter from a bank. But the bank's letter says that it has "no obligation to insure that these loan funds are actually used for tree mitigation."
The board of adjustment hearing is on Monday, August 17, at City Hall. People who support tree preservation in Dallas are planning to attend and are encouraging others who care about a green Dallas to attend the hearing or send comments to the board of adjustment staff.
After the jump, a photo of what used to be on the site and a PDF of TimberCreek Crossing's brochure.