DALLAS-The Dallas Morning News reports that on Sept. 16, theDallas City Council's Economic Development Committee approvedspending $750,000 in grant funds on pre-construction expensesrelated to a proposed project on 3.8 acres in the Vickery Meadowarea of Dallas. The article indicates that the city owned site,which is close to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light rail line,could one day hold a library branch and up to 300 apartmentunits.

The acreage is on Park Lane near Greenville Avenue – and thearticle points out that, more than a decade ago, the city said itwould build a library branch for the area. At the time, DMADevelopment Co. and Carleton Residential Properties steppedforward, but that wasn't enough for the city, which had paid closeto $6 million to acquire and scrape the land.

The economic development committee's approval forpre-construction expenses will move to a full council vote on Sept.25, with the proposed project including a possible health clinicand retail, along with the library and multifamily units. Theproject will likely cost approximately $41 million, and the citywould like to see a ribbon-cutting within the next two years.

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