News Around Our Neighborhood – June 1, 2017

Courtesy of the Lakewood/East Dallas Advocate, these news briefs are excerpted from stories originally published on

Screen-Shot-2016-12-16-at-3.50.22-PMPanera project on Garland is dead, owner ‘considering other options’

The drive-thru proved to be the sticking point for the Garland Road Panera project, which has died on the vine. “Councilman [Mark] Clayton is firm. He will not support Panera Bread or any other restaurant with a drive-thru window,” says Robert Reeves of  Robert Reeves & Associates, Inc. , the zoning consultant working with Oklahoma-based developer Onyx Holdings, LLC. “Panera Bread is not interested without a drive-thru window. My client considering other options.”

Clayton concurs that he was staunchly against the idea of a drive-thru at the site that currently houses medical office buildings (the owner bought two plots, 9323 and 9239 Garland, which flank Beachview). The newly reelected councilman says the idea was unpopular with neighbors and went against the best practices of the Garland Road Vision, a document created in 2010 to guide development in the neighborhood. “I’ve always tried to use that to guide my decisions,” Clayton says of the Garland Road Vision. He is confident there is a better option on the horizon. “We’re going to get something way better than a Panera,” he says.

Flag Pole Hill will be without flag for a while

Changes are coming to Flag Pole Hill, as you all know (if you don’t, catch up here), but the one you might notice later next week wasn’t planned.

During a recent routine inspection, Dallas’ Park and Recreation Department staffers detected stress cracks near the base of the towering flag pole for which the White Rock Lake area park is named.

After bringing in an outside inspector, the experts agreed the flag pole needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

City and Park Department officials aim to ensure public safety while also making sure a flag is flying high Monday, Memorial Day, according to District 10 councilman Adam McGough. But by the middle of next week Flag Pole Hill will be flagless, as city staffers schedule estimates and establish a timeline for its replacement.