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Went to the Stoneview presentation this morning at the Palace Theatre

12 February 2008 at 12:40:11 PM

Very interesting. Basically, Larry Smith and Jim Gosdin have a corporation called Stoneview LLC, with plans to develop the northwest section of 144 and Hwy 67 in Glen Rose. I was curious to know what exactly the plans entailed. It appears from the presentation and the map that there would be a water park (I'm assuming something like the H20 park in the midcities), a mini-golf range, a resort hotel, some retail storefronts with possibly some apartments on top, an area set aside for a school, greenbelts (at least in one case because there will be power lines running through the area)  and walkways throughout and a gated community with access through the gate on Hwy 144.

They are taking input from citizens right now and will be presenting the final proposed site design on Tuesday, Feb 26th at 9:00 am, again at the Palace Theatre.

A few related sidenotes to think about. Apparently the presenters thought there might be a deal of opposition to what they plan to do, as I judge by their comments. Since the audience was largely made up of local government officials, real estate, builders, and chamber personnel who are eager for growth, they didn't get any angry mob uprising. Ricky Villa said that when the city hits 5000, Glen Rose will be able to annex property, but that at that point they would like to put in some controls to limit growth; and, along the way,a master planning process could help design future growth in the city according to standards with citizen input. (I also heard that this is not the first master planning document the City of Glen Rose has done).  At any rate, the goal seems to be the richest city in America, and perhaps these new developments going in are intended to capitalize on the reputation and personna Glen Rose yearns to have.

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1 - LanceHall   5 Dec 2010 @ 10:47:40 AM 

That early drawing (made before the tracks discovery?) shows the court driveway next to the dinosaur tracks.  I wonder if they intend to commercially (non-dino related) develop the area EAST of the dinosaur tracks leaving only the area to the WEST for the excavation of the dinosaur tracks.  It's 200 feet  from the tracks to the wall to the east, a big area.   I haven't seen any of the land to the WEST of the tracks I just know it's a 30+ foot hill or so that would have to be removed.  The area to the EAST is already leveled and only maybe 3-4 feet above the level of the dinosaur tracks.  

I was thinking that's the area you'd want to have the interpretive building with maybe one of the tracks running through the middle of the building (3 foot deep trench with walkable glass over).  You go in, pay the due, and get access to the whole track site behind the building.  The area could be excavated down to track level and there could be a simple concrete pathway running right next to the tracks so you could literally walk along side where the dinosaurs walked.  You'd have to have a weather tight tarp system over the whole area of course and good drainage installed.  I know similar things have been done at important archeaological sites in Europe.  There could be areas of ongoing excavations by university students.   Then as time progressed you could build more weather tight permanent enclosures to protect the tracks. 

The only excavation I've heard about so far regarding the dinosaur tracks has been some pilot holes or something to the WEST, not east.

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2 - LanceHall   5 Dec 2010 @ 11:10:39 AM 

It's of course up to the City of Glen Rose if they want to front some money for at least the Dinosaur Tracks Park part of the land.  Whether it ultimately pays off and is profitable on it's own who knows.  

Can daily tourist dollars pay the light bills for the interpretive building, staff (you need at least two people to run the place), insurance, maintenance?  Who knows.  I would personally just deed that portion to the City and not deal with the hassle and let the City develop it and run it.  

I would say the ability to draw tourists is gonna be how good your interpretive building is.  I think that building needs to be at least as visit-worthy as the tracks themselves.  This is where Jerry Jacene and others can provide excellent dinosaur materials.  You would want a correct size Acrocanthosaurus model or similar dinosaur to go along with the tracks.  Of course you'd need to have merchandising and all that.  

I'm 200% supportive of something being done with the dinosaur tracks because that's part of the reason I informed the Visitor's Bureau of the tracks way back in January 2010. 

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3 - LanceHall   5 Dec 2010 @ 11:25:46 AM 

DOH!  I just noticed this post was started in Feb 2008, not 2010.  My comments are not directly related to the original post but at least to part of the area described.

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