DALLAS (CBS11) - A West Dallas concrete plant is headed to a new home—and the relocation of the Argos Southern Star plant is getting a boost from the Dallas City Council. In a narrow eight to six vote, council members voted to allocate $2.5 million in bond funds for infrastructure improvements.
City officials say the money would be used to pay for a railroad connection at the new location.
"I don't trust them" says Debbie Solis, a West Dallas homeowner. Solis was one of a couple of dozen homeowners who were hastily organized and encouraged to attend today's council meeting to express opposition to the project—saying the move to an industrial park roughly three miles west of the current location is too close to homes and the Thomas Edison learning center.
"They don't want to see the cement trucks when they go to those nice restaurants, so they're moving it over a few blocks down and giving it to people who don't have a voice," complained Solis.
Solis is referring to the popular Trinity Groves entertainment area now enjoying eye-popping success just across from the new Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The concrete plant now sits just across the street. But, developers have bigger plans for the prime real estate—and ultimately the majority of council members agreed that those plans will benefit the entire city.
"Well, what's going to pay the bills?" asked District 5 council member Rickey Callahan, who called opposition to the expenditure "knee jerk."
Council members already approved a zoning change in support of the move.
"A water park, folks, is not going to pay your bills… a park next door to your house is not going to pay your bills. A job is going to pay your bills!"
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