Southlake City Council approves first reading for new offices at meeting Tuesday

The Southlake City Council met Oct. 3 to have a first reading for new offices in the area.

The Southlake City Council met Oct. 3 to have a first reading for new offices in the area.

The properties at 2149 E. Highland St. and 1030 N. Kimball Ave. in Southlake are being considered for office spaces following a rezoning request.

Southlake City Council approved the first reading of the rezoning request following some discussion and deliberation at the City Council meeting on Oct. 3.

The properties would be developed into one cohesive space with up to seven buildings.

The site is currently being used as agricultural, residential and mixed-use.

The office spaces would be located on a green lot with picnic tables and lawns. The buildings themselves will be made of a combination of stone and stucco with metal roofs. Applicant David Keener said this was because he was looking for a fresh, modern look.

Mayor Pro-Tem Randy Williams said he could not imagine approving the rezoning with two dumpsters being located primarily in the center of the area.

"The gates get left open ... it gets messy," he said.

The council also questioned what kind of trees would border the property. Keener said the trees in question would be crepe myrtles and red bud trees. Council Member Justin Huffman asked if Keener would be open to having taller and more substantial trees, something Keener said he could consider.

The council ultimately approved the first reading of the rezoning, stipulating that Keener return with more ideas on bordering trees and different dumpster locations. The motion was approved 5-1. Council Member Chad Patton voted against the measure, noting he was not in favor of changing the land use for that purpose.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.