ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) – A proposed development in Addison has many residents protesting the project, angry about what it could bring to their community. The city council could make a decision on this development plan during a meeting on Tuesday night.
The intersection of Midway Road and Belt Line Road can already get pretty busy, and that is a big concern for those residents who do not want to see a property there — previously a Sam’s Club location, but now an empty building — turned into an area with hundreds of apartments, town homes and new retail shops.
Several people who are against the development plan made signs and protested just a few days ago. Organizers said that they will be at the Tuesday night city council meeting as well, and expect dozens of other supporters to attend too. That meeting is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start time.
City council members plan to discuss the development project, and there is a chance that it could go to a vote.
The angry residents explained that their opposition is centered around two issues. First, a proposed road which would lead to the new property, just off of Beltway Drive, would only serve to increase traffic woes in the area. Second, opposers do not want a wall along Beltway Drive to be removed, because it serves as a barrier between the neighborhood and busy commercial area.
Addison resident Paul Walden is eager to voice his concerns before the city council on Tuesday evening. “To be able to do that and say, ‘We just don’t want this,'” Walden explained. “It has nothing to do with, well, you know, ‘It’s those people’ or any kind of nonsense like that. It’s an inappropriate use of the land. That’s all this is a discussion about.”