Town Hall with Cary Moon & Danny Scarth: Concrete Plant

Town Hall with Cary Moon and Danny Scarth: Concrete Plant
Over 100 concerned citizens, representing every neighborhood associaton on the eastside, attended the meeting hosted by Cary Moon and former District 4 councilman Danny Scarth, who is a paid representative for Wallace Hall.
Simple summary of this meeting: there is no final answer now, because everything is still a moving part.
Moon stated several times he “would vote with his constituency” on the matter when it comes before City Hall.
Moon talked about his business and development experience and the good projects that have come to the eastside. He reminded us as thousands move to Fort Worth, Randol Mill/First Street is a highly developable stretch of land that we need to capture development dollars.
Moon explained that the city is creating a new Conditional Use Zoning product, a limited-time use contract that allows a non-conforming business use of a property, based on what the business is, and the contract/zoning is not tied to the land itself, or is it a permanent zoning change.
Most Conditional Use permits would be 2 year contracts, which ‘could’ be extended year by year.
Several neighborhood associations, as well as Nolan Catholic High School and congressman Marc Veasey, adamantly OPPOSE the concrete plant being allowed to operate on the property owned by Wallace Hall.
People were asked to stand if they opposed the plant, and the anwer was clear: NO.
The main reason people object to the plant is the big truck traffic. They feel unsafe walking or biking anywhere these trucks travel the roads.
The second reason was the air pollution and noise pollution. Many are concerned of how it will pollute the Trinity River downstream from the plant.
Moon stated that both these issues could be detailed in the final Conditional Use zoning contract.
In the meantime, Moon spelled out our options, and most in attendance grumbled about the choices, and the potential outcomes of this decision.
First Option: do nothing. Keep rejecting the Wallace Hall zoning request changes, and expect him to reapply every year, as is his right. The mess stays as it is, and the property is not developed into something nice.
Second Option: let the plant come into operation for a limited time to allow clean up of the property and prepare it for development.
Questions to both Moon and Scarth were asked by the residents:
Why isn’t Wallace Hall here himself?
Scarth answered with a laugh: “Hall does not have the personality to deal with meetings like this, and that’s why he is paying me to be here.”
Why is it imperative to crush it on site? If he trucked it in, why cant he truck it back out?
Scarth answered: Hall will not truck it out. It would be cost prohibitive, and would mean more truck traffic for the area.
Was anything he did in collecting the concrete illegal?
Moon and Scarth both asked Code Enforcement if there were any outstanding complaints/violations on that property and the city said no, there is not. Nothing he did was ‘illegal.’ The City cannot FORCE him to remove the debris by truck.
Will Hall get MORE money from the city, in the form of incentives, tax reductions or other considerations for this project?
Cary said no, he will not.
How much additional product will be trucked in to this site to mix with the concrete to make it a sellable product?
Scarth said that depends on what the final zoning contract states and what Hall is allowed to do on his property.
How was the city going to ENFORCE this zoning contract? Who is going to ensure that Hall abides by the zoning permit.
Moon stated he could write a contract ‘with teeth’ and in the contract, detail all the specifics, like hours of operation, truck traffic pattern, number of trucks allowed, additional air and water monitoring stations and whatever else the neighbors feel will mitigate the disruption to the area for the next few years.
Scarth reminded th eaudience that the 820 expansion project will start construction ‘soon’. The plans are to make the stretch of road from I-30 up to North East Mall 3 “free” lanes in each direction. From I-30, going south to I-20, the road will be widened to 5 lanes in each direction. (With the possibility that one or more lane will be a toll lane).
This information left people asking if Hall was waiting for that 820 project to begin so he would have a steady supply of demolition concrete to crush on his property, being so conviently close to where the construction will be happening. Will he be allowed to crush all that concrete, too?
Neither Moon or Scarth could answer that question, as it was an “I dont know right now” answer.
Both stated that nothing will be determined until after the City votes to approve the Conditional Use Permit and until Wallace Hall submits his next zoning change request.
Moon reiterated that he wanted the best and highest use for the land.
The meeting ended with a round of applause and a special thanks to Alicia Ortiz for all the work she has done for the residents of District 4. We will miss her and wish her well on her adventures in Japan.
After the meeting, many of the residents drove down the hill to attend the Garden Bistro Open House.