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Stop DISD Plea


White Rock Lake Weekly

Dear Nancy:

Eminent domain proceedings have been filed by DISD against numerous homeowners and the Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse due to a proposed demolition and new construction of O.M. Roberts Elementary school on East Grand Avenue.

In support of its eminent domain proceedings, DISD has simply stated that it needs to seize the land because they are thinking about tearing down O.M. Roberts in its entirety in order to build a new school, despite the fact that O.M. Roberts recently underwent a 2.6 million dollar renovation in 2008. The residents strongly disagree that DISD’s proposed construction plan is a sound investment or in the best interests of the community and we need your help in stopping it.

DISD’s eminent domain target area includes the Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse, Philip Avenue, Barry Avenue, and Gurley Avenue. The families and businesses sitting bull’s eye to DISD’s eminent domain lawsuit sacrificed, struggled and played by the rules to achieve ownership of their homes and success of their businesses. They give back to their community every day by paying their property taxes, shopping at their local neighborhood stores, and employing their community residents.

These families DO NOT want to sell their homes! Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse DOES NOT want to close its doors forever! DISD is using the guise of eminent domain to take from these families what they have worked so hard to achieve for nothing more than a “plan”!

We say, “No!” We will remind DISD every day until we win that we are a strong and proud community, and we need your help in getting our message across.

We need your calls, letters, and/or e-mails to DISD’s representatives telling them that you do NOT want to keep paying for unnecessary new schools and renovations when the state of DISD’s education system is still in dire need of its own repair. We need your help in saving the property of residents and business owners who have been in the area for generations from losing everything they worked so hard for.

If DISD succeeds in its eminent domain battle, some of these residents will become homeless, the Vickery Wholesale Greenhouse will be forced to close its doors after 58 years of doing business in East Dallas, and the Vickery’s employees will become yet another number added to the unemployed.

Please join us in our cause and help fight DISD’s eminent domain land grab.  It is because of these families and the strength and sacrifice of our neighbors and friends that we remain bound together to fight for our community and against eminent domain.

Please help us STOP DISD’s LAND GRAB by contacting Bernadette Nutall at 972-925-3721, or by visiting DISD’s website at Tell DISD NO! to wasting our taxpayer dollars! and NO! to Eminent Domain in East Dallas!

To learn more about our cause and to see how you can help, please visit us at: and

Thank you,
Mark Mathie

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