Irving City Council to Vote on Music Factory Development

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IRVING -- When you think of the music scene in DFW, you might not think about seeing headliners in the City of Irving.

“On one poll, Irving is rated the fourth boring city in America,” Irving resident Anthony Bond said.

Well, some folks are hope the city council can change that.

Thursday night, the Council is expected to vote-- one way or the other -- on whether the long anticipated Music Factory Complex will be built in Irving. The plan was originally approved two years ago, but the process hit a snag after the contractor proposed some revisions triggered in part by the fact that the development is near the quake zone.

“To close the loan, his due diligence brought up some things that he said industry standard required that they modify,” said former Irving City Council Member Sharon Barbosa- Crain.

Mayor Beth Van Duyne voiced her reservations about the $165 million project back in 2013.

“I want to make sure the project that we get is the best project for that space," Mayor Van Duyne said. "And the city is realizing a return on all the investment it's put in.”

But plenty of folks in Irving believe that investment is well worth it.

“We’ve got tons of lawyers that have massaged, washed, cleaned, scrubbed this deal for eight years,” Bond said.

Real estate agent and Irving resident Lisette Caraballo agreed, “This is a long time coming, and I believe that now most of the politicians, so to speak realize that this is something that is needed.”

Thursday night's vote will decide if the beat goes on in Irving.