Council denies land swap
LANCASTER - After a two hour discussion, Lancaster City Council vetoed a proposed land swap between the city and the city of Dallas on Monday, Sept. 27.
The land swap, an even 22.478 acres between the two cities was first discussed and denied in May of this year.
"I don’t know why this is even back on our agenda and I voted for it last time and it didn’t pass," said District 1 Councilman Walter Weaver.
Ridge Property Trust was a proposed one million square foot distribution center/ logistics hub off undeveloped property near Dallas Avenue and Telephone Road.
"I just can’t support a project that is not concrete, they [ City of Dallas] say they are going to do this now but ,who’s to say they aren’t going to change their mind before building and we end up with a truck stop as a gateway to our city," said District 3 representative Marco Meja.
A motion was made by District 2 Councilman Todd Love to deny all three agenda items for the evening pertaining to the land swap.
The vote was passed and the agreement with the city of Dallas was denied by a 4-3 vote.
Mayor Marcus Knight, District 5 representative Clyde C. Hairston and District 4 Councilman James Daniels voted against.
"I just want to make this clear for the record, I thought this was a different vote, I am not for this," said Daniels.
According to Knight and City Attorney Bob Hager the public hearing was already posted and legally needed to be heard even if the vote for the land didn’t occur.
City Secretary Dolle Downe read Access Self Storage Owner Doug Hunt’s letter for the public hearing into the record.
Hunt, who couldn’t be present due to obligations in Ovilla, was in support of the warehouse being built saying the new development could bring in $50 million solely for Lancaster.