Preston Center: Photo by Fernando Rojas

Preston Center: Photo by Fernando Rojas

The Dallas Morning News reported recently that Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church intends to erect “an office tower and parking garage on a piece of vacant land adjacent to Preston Center.”

The development would require a zoning change. That’s not surprising. What is surprising is the fact that Jay Grogan, one of the church members pushing for that zoning change, also sits on the Preston Center task force.

To refresh your memory, the task force formed in response to two major zoning battles in Preston Center that drew significant opposition from the community. The group is currently conducting a land use study of the area to assess how development would affect things like traffic at the already congested Preston Road/Northwest Highway intersection.

Generally, task force members — like former mayor Laura Miller — hope developers will resist submitting zoning change applications until the study is complete. According to Miller, Grogan didn’t make anyone on the task force aware of the church’s plans.

She was quoted in The Dallas Morning News as saying:

“A task force member knows there’s a giant project being proposed next to a residential area, and he doesn’t tell anyone? … It doesn’t make the task force seem very legitimate.”

Click here to read the whole story, written by Robert Wilonsky.


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