Crow Holdings hopes to gain city approval for a skybridge that could lure a large Tom Thumb supermarket to Preston Center. (Photo: Dodd Communications)
Everyone seems to agree that something needs to be done about Preston Center. But what that something entails is a matter of contention among property owners, residential neighbors, and frequent visitors.
When developers proposed a pair of luxury apartment complexes last year — a high-rise in the heart of Preston Center and a high-density project just to the north — both met with significant opposition from residential neighbors and were scuttled before even reaching a Dallas City Council agenda.
Those same opponents prompted the city to fund a land-use study to help plan a revitalization of the aging retail center. That study, being overseen by council member Jennifer Gates, likely is still several months away from completion.
So where does that leave property owners in the meantime? That’s the dilemma facing Crow Holdings, which in November purchased Preston Center Pavilion, which was previously home to Sanger-Harris and Foley’s, but now is subdivided among multiple tenants.