When I said goodbye to Spring Creek Farm and speculated on what might go there in its place, I focused on the potential impact on the nearby Spring Creek Nature Area. But I overlooked another nearby feature that might be even more important to this site's future, the Lookout Trash Transfer Station (LOTS). Face palm.
After the jump, the challenge of selling real estate along a garbage expressway.
Lookout Drive runs right down the middle of the land that the Spring Creek Farm is located on. Lookout Drive is the route that all those (small) garbage trucks that drive up and down Richardson's alleys use to drop off their loads at LOTS. Lookout Drive is also the route that the big trash trucks use on the start of the long haul from Richardson up to the landfill in Melissa.
I'm not a real estate expert, but I doubt that LOTS as a neighbor is going to be a selling point in marketing this land for development. LOTS itself is slated for reconstruction to better contain the trash, noise and smells, but that still leaves all those garbage trucks driving right through this site to get to and from LOTS. LOTS is also being enlarged, so there will be even more garbage trucks in the future.
The land is zoned industrial, so we're not talking about building homes along garbage expressway, but, still, would you want your business located on garbage expressway? This may not prevent development of this land, but it's going to take some creative site architecture, not to say marketing, to make this an attractive site. Expect the owner to draw prospective buyers' attention towards all those nearby parks.