Sam’s Club stirs controversy in upscale neighborhood

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The residents of Dallas’ trendy Uptown were hoping for something swanky to replace an office building. Yet, they what they may get isn’t exactly what’s on their wish list. They may get a Sam`s Club instead. Oy` there goes the neighborhood!

“What they presented to the citizens in the zoning variance last year is not what they are planning on putting in there,” Mike Levolo said.

On Thursday, these folks won a small victory over developer Trammel Crow when the Dallas Planning Commission delayed their decision on the plan until July.

“The council members have heard the outcry from the people that live in the area and have taken that into consideration,” Steve Sikes said.

Opponents say Trammel Crow promised a cool neighborhood shopping center with restaurants and upscale apartments.

“We believed this development was an opportunity for the East Side to have its own west village,” Alex More noted. “But with the installation of a 100,000 square foot Sam`s, that possibility ends.”

In a statement, Sam’s said: ” We`re excited to be a part of Trammel Crow`s East Village complex… and we look forward to expanding the Dallas market`s access to savings and member benefits.”

An online petition is less than welcoming, with more than 1400 signatures in just two days. Looks like neither side is backing down, in this big box battle.