I first started writing about this event when I was writing a few columns for DMN in 2007 as a "Community Voices" writer. That's eight years, folks. I've been pushing for this event for that long.
It's still not a done deal, but much closer. This event, if successfully closed, will be the most important event to ever happen to Rowlett. Rowlett will be catapulted from a backwater suburban crossroads to a high visibility, high dollar, high recognition corner of the world. If done right, I can envision hotels, exclusive office parks, upscale retail, very high end condos, waterfront developments, and superb restaurants. All will be highly visible from Interstate 30.......because I-30 goes right thru it.
If properly developed, I can envision this part of Rowlett becoming some of the most visible and inviting areas in the DFW metroplex. It will most definitely become a destination area.
All of Rowlett's real estate values should raise, and the tax rate should be okay for quite some time.
.................But, it has to close, first...................... .