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Masterplan selected to work on Inland Port Project

The firm has begun working on a 500-acre distribution and fulfillment center development in Wilmer.

The project is located at the front door of the Union Pacific Intermodal Facility along Interstate 45.

It will result in nine million square feet of development and will make significant impact on the local economy.

“In terms of scale and complexity,” Masterplan’s founder, William Cothrum said, “This may be our most ambitious project. In many ways, it reminds me of when we started to plan DFW Airport while I served on the Dallas City Council.”

Masterplan will direct efforts with regard to annexation, zoning, economic incentives, and permitting with both the City of Wilmer and Dallas County.

SOURCE:
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Business Journal
William Cothrum, Masterplan

Masterplan completes tollway project for Rosewood

Masterplan completed work at the Dallas North Tollway and Arapaho for a retail development for Rosewood.

The firm is currently concluding work in the Town of Flower Mound for a retail development anchored by Academy Sports and Outdoors. Masterplan assisted in a rezoning, tree removal, and negotiating economic incentives from the Town.

Masterplan CEO Dallas Cothrum noted, “The Town of Flower Mound clearly has an renewed emphasis on development and wants to work to be competitive in the market. We appreciated the efforts of the mayor and town manager to make this happen.”

SOURCE:
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan

Masterplan helps Rosewood and Wood Partners in Richardson

Masterplan worked with Rosewood and Wood Partners once again on a multi-family project in Richardson.

The project included site plan approvals, parking reductions, and permitting work.

“I believe the city appreciated the efforts to bring a residential feel to the area,” Mark Housewright, Masterplan Senior Consultant noted. “We worked hard to reduce the required parking and provide more green space.”

SOURCE:
The Dallas Morning News
Mark Housewright, Masterplan

Masterplan assists Rosewood with Oaklawn Special Purpose District

Masterplan assisted Rosewood Property Company in seeking modification of a Planned District (PD).

The firm successfully created a PD Subdistrict within PD 193, the Oak Lawn Special Purpose District, to allow for the new Rosewood Court as well as Glass House, a high end multi-family project developed by Wood Partners.

The zoning allowed for the creation of retail, including Ocean Prime.

The project included zoning, platting, abandonments and called for numerous modifications to Chapter 51 of the Development Code. Masterplan also directed the predevelopment, permitting, inspections, and LEED requirements for both buildings.

“We appreciated the opportunity to work with Rosewood,” said Masterplan CEO Dallas Cothrum. “It has been twenty years since a new high end office development had been attempted. The end result is an iconic building that compliments what Rosewood did years before at the Crescent.

“It’s altogether fitting and proper that Rosewood would develop a mixed use project in a later period that serves as a bookend to their earlier efforts.”

SOURCE:
The Dallas Morning News
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan

Longtime City Hall critic, Jim Schutze, recognizes efforts of lobbying by Masterplan at Dallas City Hall

Jim Schutze, columnist for the Dallas Observor, and an observer of Dallas City Hall since the 1970s recently praised the efforts of Willie and Dallas Cothrum for their efforts regarding gas drilling in the City of Dallas.

The gas drilling issues have been among the most contentious issues in recent years at Dallas City Hall. Schutze writes:

In the screwed-up, implacable, totally amoral haunted house that is City Hall, you’re nuts if you go in there on an important issue without a gladiator in front of you. The Cothrums aren’t the only gladiators.

But let me tell you. If my house ever catches on fire, I’m not calling 911. I’m calling the Cothrums so they can negotiate a truck for me. It’ll get there faster.

“Can I have two trucks?”

“Jim, we can definitely get you one truck, and then let’s step back, take a deep breath and check the lay of the land.”

As a postscript, Masterplan CEO Dallas Cothrum notes, “We remain the only consultants to obtain Specific Use Permits under the gas drilling ordinance.”

The firm also obtained approvals for Dale Energy in Mountain Creek and Chief Oil and Gas at North Lake, though both companies have not yet drilled on those entitled locations.
Masterplan has also previously represented XTO Energy and remains involved with Luminant on pending applications at North Lakeand Trinity East in Northwest Dallas.

SOURCE:
Jim Schutze, Dallas Observer
Dallas Cothrum, Masterplan