Land annexed, rezoned

Valley Life Center to sell portion of land that once had an old grain elevator on it, keep some for future expansion

DALLAS — Dallas City Council approved a nearly 4.5-acre annexation and zoning change for a piece of property near Valley Life Center Church, 1795 SE Miller Ave.

The church owns the property, which was zoned industrial, but had been vacant except for an old grain elevator that was torn down last year.

Now, the parcel is zoned medium-density residential.

Valley Life Center purchased the property more than a decade ago with the intention of using it as an investment and for a future expansion, said Steve Cooley at the council’s Oct. 16 meeting and public hearing on the annexation.

Cooley submitted the annexation and zone change application to the city and represented the church on Oct. 16.

With the annexation and zoning approved, it plans to sell the land for development, Cooley said.

“I’m on the church board as a secretary, and we worked with our congregation and felt that the market was right for us to sell a portion of that property to help our financial outlook there at the church, but also leave enough for us to do our future expansion,” he said.

Jason Locke, the city’s community development director, said the zone change adds to the city’s slim inventory of medium- and high-density residential land.

“A lot of that land, as it stands right now, is located in the various mixed-use nodes and a lot is not serviced (by utilities),” he said. “What we are finding is that in those residential medium- and high-density categories, there is in fact an actual shortage of those types of lands.”

Due to its location near an already-developed neighborhood, the property doesn’t have those issues.

“This particular property has access to all the utilities,” he said. “It has access to the street system, water and sewer, and it is adjacent to those types of uses with which it would be compatible.”

Cooley said the church will put a deed restriction on the property before it sells to ensure that any development is like what already exists on the neighborhood adjacent to it, which consists of single-family homes.

“We are not the developer. We’ve been at our location since 1976. We are going to be the neighbors to this development, so we do care what happens to it,” Cooley said. “What is good for us needs to be good for the community as well.”

No one spoke in opposition to the changes, but Joseph Miller, the president of the Dallas Wingdingers RC Club, which has its airport nearby, asked if the club would have to move.

He said based on what he heard at the hearing, the club needs a new home. He asked for suggestions of where the club could move its airport for radio-controlled aircraft.

“This is definitely going to affect us,” he said. “Taking down that great big ugly thing that we used to aim our airplanes at (the grain elevator), that was nice, but we don’t want to hit any houses.”

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