7. Q What’s in this new plan for the citizens of Rowlett?
In the recently released Imagine Rowlett survey conducted by the City of its citizens, the top four trends that emerged were more green space (parks, trails, bike paths and walkability), increased dining and shopping options, entertainment and cultural amenities, and better interactivity with the lake. What is Imagine Rowlett? I never heard of it. In any event, I think the conclusions were meant for Rowlett, as a whole.......not Bayside specifically. Furthermore, the desires are almost universal with the desires all over the USA. The developer just used them to support the argument of deleting lagoons and replace with grass, trees, and sidewalks. Wanna guess what costs more? Also, some of that newly found land will become townhouse land. Only a small part goes to grass.
In the new plan, we’ve more than doubled the open spaces, including trails, parks, water gardens, a splash park and a kayak lagoon, than the prior plan. It also far exceeds the prior plan by providing a more natural setting and visual amenities that visitors can both experience and enjoy. Read as much cheaper to develop, and converting proposed lagoon land into more income producing townhouse land.
Additionally, the new plan can accommodate several thousand more visitors for large-scale events like outdoor concerts, festivals and holiday events, while providing options for smaller events like farmer’s markets, craft fairs and school events. This is what grass does for you instead of lagoon.
Financially, we see this new plan as more beneficial to the City of Rowlett as well. Our internal estimates for the new plan exceed the economic study that was completed with the City in 2015. Tax value is estimated to be over $1 billion, as compared to $878 million for the original plan. Tax revenue to the city is estimated to exceed the original $149 million planned. We are working with Stein, the firm that developed the original study, to update their findings. Now, I understand. It's all for Rowlett's benefit!! I always heard it was $1 Billion, anyway. I don't know where the $878 Million came from. What a bunch of crap.
8. Q What are your next steps?
We hope to continue the conversation with the City and its citizens to create a development that meets our shared goal of boosting tax revenue and attracting more commercial, hospitality and retail to the area. At the same time, we hope to create a space for the citizens of Rowlett and its neighbors to enjoy on a regular basis. With so much crap being spread like fertilized, my next step would be the take the first step of the required number of steps to kick the developer's butt all the way to Texhoma, one step at a time. One thing a lender (or ex-lender) hates, is to be lied to or conned. We learn to spot it.
9. Q Who created this new plan?
We’ve assembled a design and development team, which consists of some of the top experts in their respective industries. They’ve been involved in tremendously successful projects, such as The Woodlands near Houston and Reston Town Center in northern Virginia, as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the US Capitol, the Pearl District in San Antonio and many other highly-regarded spaces.
Well,okay. If you say so. Not very specific, tho. I guess we just have to believe you.
Team members have been involved in world-class projects around the globe, as well as throughout the State of Texas.
- Developer: Tom D’Alesandro, Blake-Field (Chicago)
- Developer: Dan Leverett, Place (Houston)
- Architecture & Planning: Alan Ward, Sasaki (Boston)
- Architecture: David Lake, Lake Flato (San Antonio)
- Landscape Architect: Christine Ten Eyck, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects (Austin)
Please note: The Dallas area is home to some of the best land developers in the world. In fact, they develop all over the world, including all the places mentioned by our new Bayside developers. Crow and Lincoln Properties just to start. There are many more. I did not notice one single name from Dallas. I think it would be nice to tell us what they know about the Dallas area rather than Beijing. By the way, I have even been in Beijing and walked on the Great Wall of China. I didn't see our developers there. Certainly Boston and Chicago did not help their case. I don't even like those places.
This concludes the nine questions on the developer's FAQ website page. I wish to write a conclusion as a separate post. I had absolutely nothing against the developers of Bayside. In fact, I would defended them in most cases. However, after last Thursday's performance, I was horribly disappointed.
Stay tuned in.