DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A number of Dallas city leaders say they see the potential for high-end development along the Trinity River and are proposing not only moving a cement plant out of the way — but paying to have it done.
The Argos Southern Star Concrete plant is at the base of the $182 million Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. While facilities like the Argos plant were once the norm in West Dallas, the area is being transformed from industrial to hip, and re-branded with projects like the Trinity Groves restaurant development.
City of Dallas Economic Development Director Robert Zavitkovsky said the two simply aren’t mixing well. “Right now the plant spreads a lot of unneeded cement dust all over the area.”
According to city leaders, West Dallas Investment L.P. is looking to buy the Argos the plant, so the land could be used for possible future development. Council member Lee Kleinman asked what would be put in the plant’s place and was told the existing location had, “…potential for hotel, potential for office, potential for residential.”
Argos is allegedly onboard with packing up and would move to the Lone Star Industrial Park in far West Dallas, but they say they need $2.5 million from the city to do it.
The money would be used to pay for a railroad connection at the new location. Zavitkovsky said the business relocation opens up opportunity. “It cleans up the area, it puts us in the position to redevelop that area and generate a lot of additional new investment.”
Council member Casey Thomas explained that it’s a matter of cohesiveness. “It [cement plant] definitely does not fit, so it’s just a matter of if we would, as a council, recommend those funds for that relocation.”
The Dallas economic development committee has given initial approval to the plan. A full city council vote is expected buy the end of the year.
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