Survey respondents ranked a trail as the third most important amenity on their Lakeside DFW “Wish List.” The trail (marked by a dashed yellow line on the concept plan) runs along the edge of the property as well as through the project, connecting the project with the neighborhoods to the north.
Between February 15 and April 8, an additional 57 Flower Mound residents responded to Lakeside DFW’s on-line survey, raising the total respondents to 448 since September (178 on-line, 270 by hand.)
“Lake-view dining” and “lake views” continue to rank at the top of the “Lakeside DFW Wish List” in February, March, and April. Thirty-five of the 57 respondents added comments that reflect a variety of hopes and concerns for Lakeside DFW.
According to the survey, residents want to enjoy the views at Lakeside DFW, whether it is from restaurants, 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 while Lakeside DFW will not offer housing tailored to families, those housing options are available in neighborhoods close to Lakeside DFW. Several of those neighborhoods will be connected to Lakeside DFW 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.
“We would like to live at Lakeside,” he added, “but not with Southlake, Frisco, Plano or Park Cities prices.”
“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.
“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 project’s connections to trails and other uses.
“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.”
To view the complete list of comments, click On-line amenity “Wish List” – Feb to April 2012.