A request to build a warehouse distribution center has prompted the Carrollton City Council to consider what it wants the city’s freeway district to look like.
Last month, developers requested to a 178,500-square-foot warehouse and distribution center at 2643 Interstate 35E. The request was denied without prejudice.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, the council discussed what vision they have for the freeway district and agreed it might be ideal to split it into two areas.
According to the city staff, the freeway district, which extends along the entire length of I-35E, is intended to create an attractive, higher intensity use corridor composed primarily of office, retail, hotels and restaurants.
The council agreed the area north of Luna Road near the transit area would not be ideal for warehouses. However it wasn’t opposed to allowing warehouses in the southern area of the district through a special use permit.
“Most of that in the southern part of the freeway district is older, and it would make sense that maybe there are warehouses down there,” said Councilman Glen Blanscet. “I think up in the northern part, where we haven’t yet developed along the freeway, we need to stick to this kind of purpose (retail and office building use). I think that’s what we’re looking for.”
In addition, the district is also intended to provide attractive gateways into the city – another reason why the council is cautious about where it will allow warehouses.
“I think on our front door step we’re looking for Carrollton to have an enhanced reputation and an enhanced front door entry,” said Councilman Steve Babick.
Babick said he believes splitting up the freeway district and limiting warehouses is good idea and will give good direction to businesses.
“We have to be clear for staff, and we have to be clear for businesses that are evaluating where they want to place their business,” he said.
An agenda item to approve the change will come to the council at a later date.