Decision on Bishop Arts hotel plan delayed until January

The Dallas City Plan Commission decided to give more time to a developer’s request for a 120-room hotel in Bishop Arts.

Exxir Capital is asking for several major changes to the zoning on its pending 11.28-acre project just south of the Bishop Arts District.

One is the hotel, which would be limited to the block surrounded by Melba, Madison, Tenth and Bishop.

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The company also wants permission to build an event center of up to 10,000 square feet, which could be anywhere between Bishop, Tenth, Madison and Ninth. An events center could include anything from a Bowling Alley to a convention center, among many other uses.

The third big ask is for a general merchandise food store, which by right could be up to 5,000 square feet. That would be big enough for a large convenience or very small grocery store. A special-use permit could be given to build a store of up to 15,000 square feet, big enough for a large Trader Joe’s or CVS store.

The developer, Michael Nazerian, has said he envisions a multi-vendor market under one roof. He’s also said that a CVS store is the last thing he would want for the development.

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But some neighbors Thursday said they’re worried that this zoning could fall into the wrong hands if the Nazerian family should change their minds and sell the property instead of developing.

“This is not tied to the development, it’s tied to the land,” Bishop Arts homeowner Tracy Popken Springer said. “If it got into the wrong hands, it could turn into a row of 15,000-square-foot markets.”

The developer then agreed to mandate that only one 15,000-square-foot store would be allowed. While Exxir is asking for uses not allowed in the current zoning, they are not asking to exceed the bulk standards — building height, setbacks and the like.

But Springer, whose home is adjacent to the planned development, noted that this zoning request has lacked transparency. Rezoning signs popped up in April, but she was unable to find out what they were requesting until August. She said she didn’t return the city’s comment card on the matter because she was unsure what the request entailed.

Besides these zoning changes, the developer also is proposing for the city to abandon a block of Ninth Street so that it could be closed for street festivals at the property owner’s will, although it would be open to traffic otherwise.

A vote to approve the changes failed Thursday, with many commission members saying they wanted more input from the neighborhood as well as more detailed plans from the developer.

The plan commission will re-open the hearing at its regular meeting Jan. 19.

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  • Cristine

    It will become Uptown if CPC and City Council do not have the political courage to say “no” to a developer, specifically a developer that keeps changing their plans.

    Kind of crazy when the City approves a one-way couplet to a two-way street to increase connectivity and then decreases connectivity by allowing the privatization of 9th Street. Once right-of-way is gone, it’s gone forever. We need to keep public open space, whether it is a street or a plaza. Uptown has very limited open public space, because the area didn’t “plan” well.

  • dhusu

    Uptown #2

  • OC

    The Marlborough house finally has some competition. What a mess this continues to be.