ROWLETT – In the not too distant future, the 257-acre lakeside green space known as Elgin B. Robertson Park at I-30 and Dalrock Rd. will no longer be just a park.
The Rowlett City Council approved the purchase of Elgin B. Robertson Park from the City of Dallas Tuesday night for $31.8 million, plus tax revenue sharing after 21 years, plus boundary changes and more.
In April, according to Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk, the City intends to zone the area so Donahue Development Corp., which is providing the $31.8 million, can develop it with single-family homes, multi-family, retail, office and hotels.
The plan includes single-family residential in the north, multi-family options in the middle and a commercial district on the south side of I-30.
“First off I want to be clear that Elgin B. Robertson will no longer remain a park,” Funderburk explained. “The land will be privately developed and include single-family homes, multi-family, retail, office, hotels, etc. It pretty much will have a little bit of everything. In addition, the site will be developed under our form-based code meaning high-quality development with requirements for open space and public domain.
“Second, we are still reviewing land use specifics with our development partner, Donahue Development Corporation. Although the agreement to purchase the land from Dallas and adjust the boundaries was approved by the Rowlett City Council Tuesday night, the zoning overlay will not occur until April. The zoning will go through the public hearing process with the Rowlett Planning & Zoning Commission on April 14th and the Rowlett City Council on April 21st. Once that is done, we expect the closing to occur by the end of April.”
He added there are many reasons for Rowlett citizens to be excited about this project.
“Finally, there is a lot of reasons to be excited about this project. It is a win-win for both cities. When the final details of the development is ironed out, we are certain that our citizens will be very proud of what is going to be built on this exceptional location.”
Kent Donahue attended this week’s Rowlett City Council meeting and said his company expects to be started by the beginning of next year and have a total build-out completed in seven years.
As part of the sale, Rowlett will take over emergency response duties for the bridges over Lake Ray Hubbard, as well as some shoreline cleanup responsibilities, but Dallas is still responsible for patrolling the lake.
Rowlett will also receive licenses for up to two more marinas for a total of 1,005 boat slips.
By J.J. Smith