Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 | As a “neighbor” of the Gaylord Hotels project in Grapevine, Texas, I feel obligated to warn you against inviting this corporation into your area. Granted, Gaylord is a friend to our City Council and the economic impact is positive. The original project was fine. But they are now expanding in a way that negatively impacts my neighborhood in terms of light, noise, and view. Voices of their opponents are summarily disregarded. They are doubling their convention space, adding a 12-story tower of rooms, expanding their pool area, and now they want to put up a permanent building for the ICE! show. They’ve gotten special permits to extend buildings over the lakeshore and they are building within a few feet of our lake park.

As a neighbor, I view and hear their power plant and air conditioner, I hear their nightclub, and I see their loading dock and lights. Painful. Don’t trust Gaylord to honor their word or to share their true intent at the outset. They add “features” to their plans routinely and strategically with little communication or discussion. They even pull things over on the City Council — it seems they now control our small town economically. Don’t do it!

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