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Cityplace Sam's Club clears hurdle at commission meeting

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A controversial proposed Sam’s Club at Cityplace in Dallas cleared a big hurdle on Thursday.

The city’s plan commissioners opted not to open a new zoning process for the proposed 17-acre site at Central Expressway and Haskell near the Uptown area.

Developer Trammell Crow Co. wants the big box store as the anchor for the development.

Neighbors said they were told the so-called East Village would be smaller scale "mom and pop" stores and restaurants.

More than 1,300 signed a petition against the development once it was announced the Sam's Club would be built there instead.

“All of us thought it was a great idea, it was something that we were looking forward to as new residents of East Dallas,” said resident Anthony Dodson. “We basically are hoping that you guys will re-open the zoning, let Dallas do the right thing and basically get the East Village that we thought we were going to get.”

The developer's plans to build the Sam's Club could get the go ahead on July 10, when the city plan commission could formally approve the development.

Opponents said they plan to attend that meeting and are mulling the possibility of legal action to stop the development.

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