By David Wilfong

Herald-Banner Staff

The Rockwall City Council decided to remove part of a residential area in the City’s proposed Downtown District as a compromise to get the ball rolling with improvements to the historic Rockwall square.

Led by resident Carol Crow, numerous individuals spoke against including current residential lots on Kaufman and South Fannin Streets. Additionally Crow stated that she was disturbed at the prospect of using Lofland Park to lure commercial development after years of investment by the surrounding residents.

Likewise, many residents stood to urge the Council to accept the downtown district “as written.”

Mike Lucas compared the commercial development of Rockwall to a chess game, saying that after the opening of The Harbor, “It’s now the downtown’s turn.”

Ross Ramsay showed photos taken of the back of the northside retail frontage on the square showing no change between 1984 to 2006.

Councilmember Stephen Straughan stated that he had continued the public hearing because he had been confused by “definitions” that had been thrown around at the previous public hearing, indicating that there would be no “multi-family” or apartments being built in the area. Straughan moved to accept the district zoning with an amendment that would allow residents to rebuild an existing home in the case of fire.

The motion was defeated with a vote of 5-2.

Councilmember Glen Farris put another motion on the floor that accepted the district zoning, but removed three residential lots on Kaufman Street and three lots on South Fannin from the district altogether.

That motion passed unanimously.

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