"I am not sure if you saw this in the dbj today or not. I certainly hope this comes to fruition and I hope we get out of our own way and do not chase off another developer!"
People, this is great news. It is some of the best "development" news I have heard about Rowlett since I've lived here. It is proving that Kent Donahue knows what he's doing and has a vision that I fully support.
My greatest fear is the same as Jen's. I worry that in the interest of self-aggrandizement, Rowlett's "officialdom" will leap into the design concept business and attempt to prove without any doubt that their Form Base Codes were the single most important reason for any success of the development. They have already started bragging about it. Just where in the hell do these nim-rods think they acquired the experience to know more about successful development than a top shelf developer? I would trust Donahue's visionary concepts with infinitely more comfort than Rowlett's home grown variety. Form Base Codes should be introduced into Donahue's Lagoon with the same intensity as it was with Lake Point Hospital.......disposable. I don't see any urban development issues within Donahue's proposal. Let Donahue do what he knows how to do. Keep the city away from what they don't know how to do.
Now, folks, we have an opportunity to visualize. Let's take the last two proposals presented in this blog........that would be several small craft oriented "pocket parks" scattered around Rowlett's lake front, coupled with Kent Donahue's concept of a lagoon development. Do you have any clue what just these two concepts would do to the "livability" and "desirablilty" images of Rowlett? Do you think visitors to DFW, looking for a place to live, might just want to visit this place? Do you think others already in DFW might want to look at this upstart "new" community as a place to live?
Quietly whisper real estate values.
I appreciate Jen's comments and Jared's earlier comments. I appreciate all comments. We seemed to have awakened a sleeping citizenry. That's what this blog is all about. We need thinkers. If we get you all involved, we will have a really great town. We might throw rocks at anyone wishing to move here from Highland Park. Shoot.....we found Rowlett first.