Glenn Beck Passes On Southlake, For Now

SOUTHLAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – Polarizing conservative pundit Glenn Beck is turning away from his plans to move his media empire into a Southlake church.

The City Council was poised to hear the proposal Tuesday night, but it never happened: Beck called the mayor himself today to say, “This building just isn’t going to work.”

Shopping and restaurants dominate the section of the city where the church is located. There was much buzz behind Beck’s decision to develop the church: In addition to broadcast studios – Beck’s syndicated show airs on more than 400 radio stations – it would be a destination spot for his fans.

The center would’ve employed 100 people and spanned nearly 14 acres. The city estimated that it would be a $100,000 tax addition to the roll.

“I was totally surprised because I thought this was a good fit for our neighborhood,” said Patty Minder, who lives near the church.

Minder actually met with Beck this month when he visited the site. She was representing neighbors looking for better fencing if Beck moved in along with light that wouldn’t stay on all night.

Beck’s company planned on responding to those concerns, she said.

“Everything was, like, what can we do to make this work?” Minder said.

After several inspections, though, Mercury Radio Arts – Beck’s company – felt the building just wouldn’t fit their needs. A spokesman said they “look forward to staying in touch as we explore other options in the area and surrounding communities.”

Southlake Mayor John Terrell, who received that personal call from Beck Tuesday, said he feels the pundit wants to be in Southlake.

“I have ever confidence that what he showed with us, in terms of intent, was real,” Terrell said.

Some of Beck’s staff is already living in the area, and Beck is currently leasing a home about eight miles away in Westlake.

The company may look for a temporary home. They confirmed Las Colinas – home to the Studios at Las Colinas – as one option among others, but no decision has been made.

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  • Go Away

    His popularity among us conservatives is right there around Michael Savage. Both are idiots. Mark Levin is about the only radio host who can put up an intellectual debate worthy of respect. The rest of those clowns are, well, CLOWNS. Good riddance, Mr. Beck. Perhaps a move to UTAH would be more apropos.

    • Thank you Beck

      Mr. Beck and his company do great work for the American people. My family and I enjoy the fact that he sets party aside and focuses on the truth – regardless of party affiliation.

    • Stop Playing The OLDIES, Michael!

      Didn’t Michael Savage get dropped from DFW AM radio?

  • DDT

    Hey Glenn, if you go with Studios of Las Colinas, just rent studio space. Don’t go with those simpletons at, C-some consonant-another consonant Studios.

    • YEEHA

      CRM? Yes, total morons in management positions. Amazing talent, though. However, the management bills them like you were recording with Sinatra.

  • The Macallan

    I think DDT is referring to CRM Studios. Great talent, but the execs are total idiots. You get billed like you were staying at the Waldorf. Studios 121 is the way to go. Just under 30 minuets over in Fort Worth.

  • James

    Beck may not relocate here at all… he was brought to Texas to try and boost Perry.. and that aint going to happen… Perry is toast… We don’t need Al Gore’s former Texas campaign manager for President. He’s bad enough here in Texas as it is.
    He’s just parroting the most popular ideas that he hears during the debates and adopting them for his own… most of us are ‘not’ falling for that.

    • P8triotmom

      James – you reminded me of something. in the last Governor’s race in Texas, Beck did a “hatchet job” on Debra Messina who was running against Perry for the position. Some of us here in DFW area contemplated that there was a strong bias towards Perry against Medina. Beck made her out to be a “truther.” He was definitely responsible for voters turning away from her. It was then we saw Beck and Perry (and throw Palin in there tooj) getting buddy-buddy. So you may have a point of why Beck is now backing off the move to Texas. Time will tell.

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    […] church in Southlake. City Council was going to hear plans for it on Tuesday, but Beck called to say the building didn’t meet his needs. That’s the only excuse he gave. But I think we know the real reason. Patty Minder met with Beck […]

  • Harmony

    Hallelujah!!! Thank God almighty my neighborhood will be free from the most ungodly of humans and his hateful company. We don’t want haters in our community. Can’t you imagine a guy buying into Beck’s ideology and attacking someone like it happened to Gabby Giffords. Is $100,000 worth turning our area into a hate mecca?

    • darrell

      you sure seem like a prime example of the pan calling the pot black.

    • Steve

      ,,,Gifford’s shooter is a liberal.

    • Stick to the Facts

      Giffords was shot by Jared Loughner. Mr. Loughner is responsible for his actions not Beck or Palin.

  • darrell

    i think that beck, true to form, is looking to see how much more southlake may sweeten the offer with the thought of losing this deal.

  • altha

    Darrell I read your comments>you are a very lonely person. (get a life)

    • darrell

      the clueless like you continue to blather. part of the problem, not the solution.

  • steve

    why would anybody go to southlake with the snottiest bunch of sissies in texas?

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