DeSoto teams up on the future of the Hampton Road Corridor

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Written by Matt Smith Matt Smith
Published: 17 December 2019 17 December 2019

DeSoto, TX - On Thursday evening, December 9th, the DeSoto City Council, the DeSoto Planning & Zoning Board of Directors, and DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors held a joint meeting at the City of DeSoto’s Civic Center

for a briefing by the development consulting firm “Pegasus Planning and Development” to discuss their research concerning the future redevelopment of the Hampton Road Corridor.

 Council Joins DeSoto EDC Board and Planning & Zoning Commission for Combined Meeting

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DeSoto City Management joined with the DeSoto City Council, the DeSoto Planning & Zoning Board of Directors,  and the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors to discuss the future of the Hampton Road Corridor.

 

Pegasus founder Sean Garretson presented participants with examples of the types of improvements that should ideally take place in the future to stimulate ideal development along the Hampton Road Corridor and outlying area.  There were many ideas discussed including improving walkability to boost retail opportunities in the Town Center area, establishing a more impressive central focal point (than the current City Hall) for the city to gather for festivals and events, and considering new retail or dining developments along Ten Mile Creek to take advantage of this natural waterway.

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Mayor Curtistene McCowan discusses the importance of the team effort to develop the Hampton Road Corridor.

 

“The presentation by Pegasus was intriguing, but the creative visioning team exercises that were conducted on a combined basis by the three government entities clearly demonstrated that we have the ability to work well together, and that is exactly what it will take to move future development forward,” noted City of DeSoto Mayor Curtistene S. McCowan. “For this reason, we would like to have all three groups continue to meet regularly to keep our dialogue moving and build on this positive momentum.”

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DeSoto Mayor Pro Tem Kenzie Moore lays out some strategy for spurring development along the Hampton Road Corridor.

 

Mayor McCowan said she will work with the City Council, the Planning & Zoning Committee and the EDC Board through the City Secretary and City Manager’s Office to try to schedule these meetings on a quarterly basis.

 

Pegasus Planning and Development is an Austin based economic development and consulting firm that specializes in identifying the most appropriate, actionable, and sustainable solutions to cities' most pressing development challenges. For additional information about Pegasus visit: https://www.pegasusatx.com/about. To learn more about the DeSoto City Council, the DeSoto Planning & Zoning Board of Directors or the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors visit the following links: DeSoto Planning and Zoning Commission:  https://www.ci.desoto.tx.us/99/Planning-Zoning, DeSoto Economic Development Board of Directors:  https://dedc.org/about-dedc/board-of-directors/ and DeSoto Mayor and City Council: https://www.desototexas.gov/28/City-Council.

Source:  Matt Smith, DeSoto Communications Manager,