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Tom Thumb secures approval for new store

The Dallas City Council unanimously approved Tom Thumb’s zoning request to construct a new store at Inwood Road and University Boulevard. Associates with Masterplan contacted each property owner within the zoning notification area.

Masterplan also coordinated neighborhood outreach efforts to explain the need for the new store. Overall, 85 of the 164 zoning ballots were returned in favor of the new store (only 28 in opposition).

Over 900 letters of support were received from property owners within one mile of the new store location. Masterplan coordinated efforts to arrange over 20 neighbors to testify in support of the zoning request. Several members of the Dallas City Council acknowledged this overwhelming neighborhood support as a critical aspect in approving this request.

Tom Thumb will construct a new one story store at this location. This will allow them to provide an additional 2,000 items for its customers. The new store will offer a Brick Hearth Oven, Natural/Organic Product Offerings, Expanded Beer and Wine Selections, Cheese World, Olive Bar, Sushi, and a Starbucks with Wi Fi.

The store’s design and architectural features will be unlike other Tom Thumb grocery stores.

Dallas City Council
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan

Tom Thumb proposed redevelopment at Inwood and University

The proposed new Tom Thumb grocery store has been designed specifically for this location to replace the current Simon David store at Inwood Rd. and University Blvd. It will be a single story structure with four-sided architecture using brick and stone.

The proposed new Tom Thumb store will be slightly larger than the existing Simon David, allowing the proposed new store to offer a greater selection to customers with the addition of 1500 to 2000 new products on the shelves. Tom Thumb is proposing to invest millions on this new store to better serve this neighborhood as it has since 1963.

During the past year, Tom Thumb representatives have worked closely with the surrounding residents and have listened to their concerns. As a result of this collaborative dialogue, Tom Thumb has volunteered to limit delivery times for the new store to 6 AM to 9 PM daily. Currently there are no restrictions on delivery hours for the existing store.

Likewise, the loading dock area for the proposed new Tom Thumb has been reduced from two to one dock and will be fully screened from view.

Tom Thumb
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan

Masterplan embarks on the redevelopment of North Oak Cliff

Masterplan is assisting INCAP FUND with the renewal of North Oak Cliff.

The real estate investment group targets urban core areas, like Oak Cliff, for smart-growth projects.

The firm has provided real estate entitlements, including zoning, abandonments, platting, permitting, and tax abatements, for mixed use developments. These projects seek to blend public and private stakeholders in an urban infill project that is committed to being sustainable and pedestrian-friendly.

The Dallas Morning News

Masterplan assists on urban pipeline route

Masterplan has assisted DFW Midstream in a high-pressure natural gas pipeline. The pipeline will help to alleviate capacity problems in the Barnett Shale.

DFW Midstream had the ingenious idea of using already encumbered rights of way and locating the pipeline adjacent to transmission corridors.

The pipeline allowed the University of Texas at Arlington to flow gas and the company will carry most of the gas in Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, Arlington, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie.

The project often requires working with 100 or more property owners at one time and three or more municipal governments.

Finally, the firm just received approval for a large gathering and compression facility that will enhance capacity and operational aspects of the pipeline.

Energy Capital Partners

Masterplan works to enhance power grid

Masterplan has recently completed work as the land use manager for the world’s largest Static Var Compensator located at Oncor’s Parkdale facility in the Pleasant Grove portion of Dallas. The firm is also working on another facility in Plano.

These are the first of their kind in North America. The addition of the SVC will compensate for the loss of electrical generation in the urban area.

Masterplan obtained various land use approvals and building code waivers from the cities to ensure a timely start to the projects.

Likewise, the firm coordinated the efforts of a variety of professional consultants located across the country and abroad. These projects constituted more than $100 million of improvements to the electrical grid.

Mark Housewright, Masterplan

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