Reporting Brian New
GARLAND (CBSDFW.COM) - The Merriwood Ranch, a fixture in Garland for more than fifty years, cleared the first hurdle in an effort to stay open.
The Garland Plan Commission voted down a proposal to rezone the 28 acres of the Merriwood Ranch for single family homes.
The landowner recently sold the land to a developer. The proposal would have paved the way for the development of a nearly 50 house subdivision.
Merriwood Ranch, nestled between subdivisions and new development in Garland, is home to more than 50 horses and a summer camp for girls.
Ten-year-old Bianca Carroccio has spent the past four years at the camp.
“It’s fun because it’s like you are out in the country,” she said.
Her mother, Holly, said when on the ranch it’s like stepping back in time.
“We have lots of houses,” she said “There is no other Merriwood. This place is just a jewel in the community and it’s irreplaceable.”
While the city’s plan commission voted down the rezoning proposal, the ranch’s future remains in jeopardy.
Those who run the ranch said its lease with the landowner will soon expire.
However, with the subdivision now off the table, those fighting to keep the ranch hope the landowner will consider selling the property to them.
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