Preston Center: Photo by Fernando Rojas

Preston Center: Photo by Fernando Rojas

Dallas City Council this week nixed a proposal to build a sky bridge between a city-owned garage and a retail building at Preston Center.

The Preston Center land-use study isn’t yet complete, but there is a consensus among neighbors that a sky bridge is not the best option, City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates says.

Crow Holdings proposed over a year ago to build the bridge from its Preston Center Pavilion building — which houses Marshalls and CVS, among other tenants — to the adjacent two-story garage at the core of Preston Center.

The proposal was tabled several times while the land-use study was underway, but Gates says most parties involved now agree that a sky bridge would limit options to renovate or replace the garage.

“Everybody wants us to take a big stab at improving the garage and the circulation in that area,” Gates says.

She’s now working to find a way to pay for an underground parking garage to replace the existing one and build a park on top.

“I’m hopeful we can do something positive for the center, but [a sky bridge] would be limiting the ability to do that,” she says.

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