Dallas, Texas (September 27, 2007) - A Dallas County Court at Law has ruled that the Coppell Independent School District has the right to condemn land from a private developer for new schools and administration offices. Judge Mark Greenberg will conduct a separate hearing that is set on November 12th to determine the value of the land.
The School District filed condemnation proceedings for 125.831 acres of the property, which is currently called North Lake, for an educational campus that will eventually consist of a new high school, middle school, two elementary schools and administrative center. The condemnation proceedings followed the failure of efforts to purchase the land from its current owners, CB Parkway Business Center VI, Ltd. and Trammell Crow Company No. 43, Ltd. (CB).
CB, a private developer, purchased 342.60 acres of land, located to the east of Belt Line Road and to the north of Hackberry Road from TXU in 2004. CB has plans to develop the entire site for a mix of residential, retail and commercial uses under the name Cypress Waters.
The developers encouraged the Dallas City Council to change the zoning on the land, which had been zoned agricultural, to allow up to 10,488 dwelling units, despite the fact that a study by Dallas city staff showed the cost of providing Dallas sewer and wastewater to the area would result in a net loss to the City of Dallas general fund of more than $87 million dollars.
"CISD estimates that the development will bring thousands of new students to the district, " said Dr. Jeff Turner, Superintendent of Schools. "The land being condemned reflects the School District's best efforts to meet the needs of our students."