I will keep this commentary brief. I was delighted!!
I was very happy to see Kent Donahue back into the driver's seat as one of the developers. He will run the day to day operations. Facebook is filled today with people posting the entire meeting on line. I strongly recommend you pick one and view it before you start making up your mind about what you think Sapphire Bay might be. Facebook intellectualism has a way of getting stupid, unless you know what you're talking about.
The entire package is pure uptown. It is not a replica of any other entertainment, residence or commercial complex in the entire DFW metroplex. It is a homogenization of all the above. It will be unique.......and desirable. Upon completion, it should total somewhere north of $1 Billion in development. Furthermore, 50% of the tax revenue should flow into Rowlett's coffers.
Sapphire Bay would become an unbelievable addition to the Rowlett re-branding. All homeowners in Rowlett will not only enjoy a normal increase of desirable real estate values, but an additional 20% just because Sapphire Bay is there.
As I see, there was only one blemish. We will lose the trolley. It was removed from the development plan because other changes in parking availability was presumably improved. It is deemed that all is within acceptable walking distance, now. That may be fine for people without walking difficulties, but to someone that can only walk 300 feet without resting, Sapphire Bay might not be an enjoyable place to go. I would like to think that the developers might think about perhaps electric tractors pulling surries with a fringe on top as a suitable, and inexpensive, replacement for the trolley.
But, taken in total, Sapphire Bay will be an outstanding trophy for Rowlett. We can look at it and enjoy it anytime we want. It will be an enormous addition to Rowlett's good image.