I saw an enormous amount of Class A office space being built at the Farmer's Insurance building on the SE corner of #75 and the tollway. Continuing east, I saw hotels, office buildings, restaurants, medical buildings and major shopping stretching all the way to Fire Wheel. There were service roads, cross streets, sewer, water, electrical service everywhere. Inter-disbursed within these areas were hundreds and hundreds of acres of clearly commercial land just sitting there waiting to be developed. Believe me, there was enough land to absorb many, many years of commercial development.
After I passed Fire Wheel heading south, I entered a "dead zone." There were no major developments, service roads, cross streets..............nothing until reaching Merritt Road.........a road that goes nowhere. This is kinda in the middle of Rowlett's "officialdom" and their consultant's opinion of where Rowlett's Office and Warehouse Industrial Park is to materialize.
I know the intersections of Merritt Road and Liberty Grove will develop relatively soon.....but the big "stuff" away from the intersections ain't gonna develop commercially for a very , very long time......if ever. Why do the consultants think it will? That's what I keep asking. Show me where I'm wrong. Do you think the land is so cheap in Rowlett that developers will jump over land to the north to come to Rowlett? I actually know the answer to that. It won't happen. Rowlett prices, when added to the needed infrastructure costs, are far higher than existing land with existing services in place.
So, people.........you get to pay the taxes that will be incurred because we have created a no growth policy (disguised as commercial planning), in which our tax base languishes while waiting for the tooth fairy. It is said we must protect this land from residential encroachment. When I read the gobblygook coming out of City Hall regarding residential encroachment, I retch. It is pure propaganda.
Rowlett needs charm.......badly. I was driving back from Haslet above. Haslet was nothing more than a dusty crossroads 10 years ago. Now it's a charming little town. All the older houses are very well maintained, indeed........all within walking distance of city hall and the library. There is new commercial development all up and down Highway #156, Haslett's main street. I go to Decatur and Granbury, charming little towns that are growing and making a statement. Closer in we have Murphy, Wylie, Sachse and Rockwall. It's everywhere. Is Rowlett not growing? Of course not. We are in the middle of the hottest residential market seen in years. However, we are growing from Dallas spillover.......not Rowlett ingenuity. I sometimes think we operate within a complete void of creativity and originality. That's what the consultants were to bring to the table. We have only had partial success.