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The Place is Argyle: Town of Argyle to hold public meeting on new development

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Lynn Sheffield Simmons

The town of Argyle will hold a public meeting with PACE Management at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St., about a new high-density development on the north side of FM407 and Interstate 35W.

Lochlan of Argyle is the developer of the proposed 695-plus home development plan and they also are the Terra Manna Land Developers developing Waterbrook at U.S. Highway 377 and FM407. The master plan of Waterbook is a mixed-use development that is expected to bring 287 single-family homes and 200,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. The commercial development will include a full-sized grocery store.  The Argyle Church of Christ and Oak Hills Community Church both signed relocation agreements with Terra Manna to move outside the zone at the time the developer purchased the property and agreed to help the churches with moving costs.

On the plat from the town of Argyle website there are a proposed 695-plus residential lots for Lochlan of Argyle on the north side of FM407 and I-35W. The developers will present their concept to the citizens at the meeting. Lochlan of Argyle has a request for rezoning the 333 acres of land from agricultural to residential uses that will go before the town of Argyle Planning and Zoning Commission meeting in August.

Argyle citizens' comments over the internet and in public and private conversations are expressing concern over Argyle losing its rural atmosphere, and the overcrowding of the schools. One main problem some citizens foresee is that since Hillwood's Harvest and Pecan Square Developments are west of I-35W off FM407, it will impact the FM407 corridor with lots of traffic when traveling to U.S. 377 to take children to school or going to Interstate 35E. Residents are also concerned that since Argyle is a railroad town and the tracks lay parallel to U.S 377, the stopping of traffic when a train goes by could cause problems. Even now, residents say the traffic is often stacked up whenever a long train crosses FM407.

Since the public meeting offers citizens an opportunity to express these and other concerns, Argyle citizens are urged to attend the meeting with PACE.

Jones to become Argyle town manager

Matthew Jones will become Argyle's interim town manager when Paul Frederiksen leaves at the end of July to be the assistant city manager of Duncanville. Currently, Jones is the Argyle director of community development.

At a recent Argyle Town Council executive meeting, the council named Jones as the interim town manager when Frederiksen leaves. Jones has been with Argyle since February 2015 and has been in municipal government with Argyle, Abilene, Southlake and Trophy Club for the past 10 years.

Organizations

The Argyle Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday following a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. For more information, contact Deborah Cottle at dcottle@temporah.com.

The Argyle Chamber of Commerce will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday for breakfast at Lantana Golf Club, 800 Golf Club Drive, in Lantana. The chamber's office is located inside Point Bank, 302 U.S. Highway 377. For more information visit www.argylechamber.org or call 940-464-9990.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Community Room at Argyle Town Hall, 308 Denton St. with exercise beginning at 10 a.m. followed by card games at 11 a.m. The ASC has a monthly luncheon on the third Friday of every month at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Anyone age 55 and older is welcome to attend. For more information, call Stella at 940-464-7438 or Karen at 940-464-0506.

Keep Argyle Beautiful meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at the Argyle Town Hall. Keep Argyle Beautiful preserves and enhances the town's natural environment through educational and motivational programs and special events. For more information, visit www.keepargylebeautiful.com or email Deborah Cottle at dcottle@temporah.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is the founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children's books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.argylebooks.com. She can be reached at lynn@argylebooks.com.