Bayside is arguably the most important piece of real estate in Rowlett. What was proposed originally for Bayside would most certainly put Rowlett "on the map." It had all the good stuff for upscale living and shopping. But, what made Bayside special was that it was nearly surrounded by a 23,000 acre lake, an Interstate highway running thru it, a toll road accessing all of the north Dallas employment centers, and a DART terminal station within a very short 5 minute drive. NONE of the highly touted competing cities of Sachse, Murphy, Wylie, Prosper, and Frisco, had such well endowed real estate.
In my opinion, Bayside was always a better site for potential development than the area we call North Shore ever was. Our "consultants" (persons providing expert advice) for Rowlett 2020 and our most recent "consultants" for North Shore can't seem to recognize the fact that there is a whole bunch of land between Rowlett and the employment centers around the Geo. Bush Tollway and US 75. Furthermore, North Shore is on a tollway with no major "free" access nor a service road. That means employers have to pay more to get comparable good employees and if they have rolling stock, as in a service center, all their trucks pay a toll to get in and pay again to get out. Large companies have bean counters that watch that sort of stuff. I have preached about all the draw backs of North Shore becoming a commercial development area for a long time. However, the title "consultants" and pretty pictures won the day.
The best example of what I was talking about has just been recently announced. Sachse has just announced a huge, multi-use development right smack in the middle of the distance between Rowlett and the major employment centers. That development will steal the thunder away from any North Shore commercial development for the next 20-30 years. Good for Sachse. Bad for Rowlett. Bayside wins by default.
So.....what are we going to get in Bayside?
Remember, a camel is a Thoroughbred designed by committee. Usually, if it's a government committee, the camel, by decree, becomes a platypus. I will know what we have a short time after the announcement of who the new developer is.......if any. If no new developer, back to the court house for some more practice.