FORT WORTH – A zoning change proposal could mean the end of an era for a historic golf club where legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson learned how to play.
Sunday, residents near Glen Garden Country Club met with District 8 councilwoman Kelly Allen Grey, to discuss their concerns over the possible zoning change.
Firestone and Robertson Distillery requested the zoning change, telling the city it plans to remodel the existing clubhouse, create a building to age whiskey and a gift shop to draw tourists.
But residents say they are concerned that a planned development will bring high traffic, environmental concerns and will affect their home values.
Residents had pointed words for Grey, who met with the group at St. Timothy’s Church.
“The message is this community, ma’am, is that you are to say no,” said Pearl Jones, who opposes the zoning change.
Grey told the crowd of about 60 people that she had fielded more than 100 phone calls from residents who were in support of the zoning change.
She warned residents that even if the zoning change doesn’t pass and the whiskey deal doesn’t go through, other deals could go through, including housing development.
Many residents agreed they’d rather have a housing development on that land over a whiskey distillery.
“It concerns me there could always be somebody else waiting in the wing and the person waiting in the wings may not really be the best person waiting for us,” Grey said.
Members of the Glencrest Civic League and neighborhood residents gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition against the zoning change, saying a piece of golf history would be lost forever.
The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on June 11th to make recommendations to the city council who will have a final vote on July 15th.
Residents plan to go to the meeting to show their opposition.
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