Southlake officials, residents greenlight previously contested office expansion

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Applicant Landmark General Contractors received approval from Southlake City Council on May 21 to expand an existing office building at 750 N. Carroll Ave., Southlake. The expansion had been a topic of discussion since 2018.

Landmark proposed constructing an addition to the existing 6,600-square-foot, one-story building on its west side, according to meeting documents. With the addition and other improvements, the development would total 11,839 square feet.

It will be divided general and medical office space and have a total of 60 parking spaces. The applicant also plans to install sidewalks along both North Carroll and Lakewood Drive, which runs along the property’s southern border.

The building site is directly adjacent to some residential properties. The contractors presented plans to include an 8-foot wooden board fence with some trees along the border of the development and homes.

An earlier version of the plan attracted opposition from several residents living along Lakewood because the applicant suggested installing a commercial entrance on Lakewood. Letters were submitted expressing concern for increased traffic issues.

City staff presented a few options to help alleviate traffic congestion long-term, said Ken Baker, senior director of planning and development services. These options include working with the Texas Department of Transportation to redesign medians and reconfigure lanes on Carroll, which could take as long as a year.

Site plans have been revised to leave the commercial entrance as it currently is on North Carroll. As a result, many residents have changed their opinions and submitted records to support the project.

Also at the meeting, council members Shawn McCaskill and John Huffman were appointed mayor pro tem and deputy mayor pro tem, respectively. The mayor pro tem will act in the mayor’s stead if Mayor Laura Hill is absent or unable to carry out her duties. The deputy mayor pro tem will step in if both the mayor and the mayor pro tem are unavailable.

Huffman and council members Ronell Smith and Chad Patton took their oaths of office following their wins in the May 4 election.

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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