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April 12, 2013

Willow Park council OKs medical complex plans

Approval follows discussions questioning Board of Adjustments’ action

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“We approved everything and everything looks good,” Sauble told the council.

Addressing the concerns about having a three-story building in Willow Park, Sauble said no ladder can reach the top of major hospitals in Fort Worth such as JPS or Harris. 

Suchocki said he wondered if the board of adjustments had enough information to make the right decision, and he was still concerned about not having a ladder truck for a third story.

Suchocki said he doubted the board of adjustments was sitting legally and had jurisdiction.

“The problem I have with this is the way it was done,” Suchocki said. “I don’t know. It bothers me. It was going to be two stories and all at once it was three stories and goes through the board of adjustments. And I have questions as to whether or not what they did was jurisdictional.”

However, an account in the Democrat last November indicates council members were told in a public meeting discussing the preliminary site plan that the company intended to build a two- to three-story office building.

The city’s attorney advised the only way to appeal the board of adjustments’ decision was to sue the board in district court, City Administrator Matt Shaffstall said. 

After approximately 20 minutes of discussion in executive session, the council returned to open session and voted unanimously to follow the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation to approve the site plan.

Despite an open records request made to the city Friday, documents provided to the council regarding the site plan were not provided to the Democrat by deadline Wednesday.

Asked when construction was expected to begin, Wendell Watson, THR public relations director, said THR had not decided what is going to go in there exactly or when and plans have not been approved by the THR board.

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