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Dallas Plan Commission approves Sam's Club despite controversy

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The Dallas Plan Commission, as expected, signed off on plans for a controversial Sam's Club located near Cityplace on Thursday.

The commission voted 11-4 to move forward with the big box store, which developer Trammell Crow has said will be the centerpiece of the 17-acre development at Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue.

But, neighbors said they were told the project would only include small stores to keep the neighborhood pedestrian friendly.

The East Village Association, a neighborhood association located near the site, has filed a lawsuit to try and stop the Sam’s Club from being built.

The suit names the City of Dallas, plan commissioners and a division of Trammell Crow Co.

In the lawsuit, the neighbors said it's an "illegal development" and that the city's notice was “defective.” They claim the city didn't give them a chance to voice their opinions during initial discussions about the project last year.

Attorneys for the neighborhood association said they have also asked for a temporary restraining order that would prevent the developers from beginning any construction. The goal is to eventually make that restraining order permanent.

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition opposing the development.

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