Dallas Farmers Market supporters oppose plans for low-income housing
By RUDOLPH BUSH Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: 07 April 2012 11:13 PM
Now, the two primary groups that support the market — the Friends of the Dallas Farmers Market and the Dallas Farmers Market Stakeholders Association — are fighting against a plan they say will only exacerbate problems they see as emanating from the Bridge.
But backers of a proposed 164-unit apartment complex for former Bridge residents believe it is part of the solution to Dallas’ long-term homeless problem.
The Cadillac Apartments development by downtown developer Larry Hamilton and Central Dallas Community Development Corp. chief executive John Greenan would be built at 901 S. Ervay St., four blocks west of the market and within steps of the Bridge.
Debbie Bozeman, president of the friends group, said that after much thought, her board decided it had to oppose the development, along with other low-income housing proposals near the market.
“We had to look deeply at it …We feel that it is not in keeping with the great vision of the market, the vision of downtown renewal. It just kind of goes against the grain there,” she said.
In recent weeks, the friends group has been circulating an online petition calling for opposition to the Cadillac Apartments.
Meanwhile, the stakeholders group — made up in part of business and property owners who operate outside the market — has taken a somewhat different stance.
During a public hearing Thursday night, more than 50 people stood up in opposition of the Cadillac Apartments project.
“I’ve been involved with trying to do permanent supportive housing projects a lot of places in this city. No matter what location you propose, neighbors will tell you they are in favor of this in concept, but it’s the wrong location. I’ve come to a place that no matter how good the location, you will get opposition,” he said.
Larry Hamilton, Greenan’s partner in the development and in the soon-to-open Atmos Gas Lofts downtown, said Farmers Market backers’ perceptions about the Cadillac project are simply incorrect.
“They’re fearful it’s the Bridge enlarged. What it is is getting people so they are not reliant on the Bridge,” he said.