Flower Mound residents helped set the priorities for the amenity planning at Lakeside DFW
Originally posted April 10, 2012.
“Lake-view dining” and “lake views” continue to rank at the top of the “Lakeside DFW Wish List” in February, March, and April; meanwhile, new comments reflect a variety of interests, hopes, and concerns.
Since February 15, an additional 56 Flower Mound residents responded to the on-line survey. Since October, a total of 447 residents have completed the survey. (Note: 177 were completed on-line and 270 surveys were completed by hand.)
According to the survey, residents want to enjoy the views at Lakeside DFW, whether it is from restaurants, pedestrian trails, or parks.
Other amenities that ranked in to the top half of the “Wish List” also reflect a desire to connect with the outdoors: bicycle trails and access to the Northshore Trail.
The lowest-ranking amenities — playgrounds, public gardens, public art, civic theater, dog parks, and athletic fields – are characterized by more passive activities.
In the comments section of the survey, residents echoed their desires for all types of “lake views.”
But residents also emphasized their desire for residential, retail, and entertainment options, though respondents did not necessarily agree with one another.
“Residential that is ‘family friendly’ would be great,” wrote Tammie Riemer, who lives in north Flower Mound. “It seems, at the moment that these residential plans are geared more toward singles/retirees.”
Riemer appreciated learning that “family friendly” housing options are available in neighborhoods close to Lakeside DFW, a number of which will be connected to the project by trails and streets.
Several respondents called for gated upscale homes.
“My wife would prefer a single story townhouse,” wrote one resident who is looking to downsize (and asked not be identified). “I would prefer a third or fourth floor condo with a balcony and lake view.”
“Being able to walk to a fresh market as they do in Europe,” wrote Leesa Black. “Would love to see homes that are not huge, but cater to the pre-retirement/retirement age of the ‘sandwich generation.’”
“Residential space such as town homes with lake views or even above retail in close proximity to restaurants/coffee shops, etc.,” commented Laura Rauhauser.
Apart from dining, respondents mentioned housing and shopping most often in the comments section.
“More restaurants and retail,” wrote a resident who asked not be identified. “Right now this looks to be very residential.”
“Activities geared to seniors,” recommended Wanda Miller. “Outdoor seating with heaters around shops. I recently visited Arizona’s West Gate Plaza in Glendale. It was lovely! It had everything but the lake.”
Differences arose on issues such as price ranges and local v. chains
“I would love to make sure that the shops are local, not chain stores,” wrote Michelle Robinson.
“Average priced restaurants with lakeside views from the windows or deck,” said Scott Jansen. “Please do not bring in expensive restaurants. Bring in popular franchise restaurants.”
Some comments reflected the mixed-use tenor of the project.
“Classy British/Irish pub with imported beers and authentic pub food,” suggested Alicia Jackson. “A great restaurant that encourages bikers, joggers & walkers to walk-in and eat and enjoy live music.”
“Live music venues with a playground would be nice (like Central Market in Southlake. Fri/Sat night live music there really draws a crowd,” wrote Stacey Baganz.
“A pool with a swim up bar!” exclaimed one unidentified respondent. “Adventure play care to drop your kids off so you can have a nice meal.”
Others hope the kids will stay at home.
“A place where adults can go without kids to get away : ),” wrote one unidentified respondent. “A pub-type place with lots of outdoor seating. Like Nutty Brown Cafe (or Shady Grove) in Austin.”