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Grand Prairie – In the wake of social distancing and other guidelines, the city of Grand Prairie held its first entirely virtual city council meeting as if business were normal.

Savannah Ware, Grand Prairie chief city planner, presented the council with two zoning applications. One is for a warehouse development along Interstate 30 and N Bagdad Road, Gifford Street and Garden Way. Ware explained the area will be zoned, so trucks pulling into the loading docks will face away from the adjacent residential areas. She also said the applicant will be planting two rows of trees and will build a masonry screening wall on the property line. The application was approved unanimously.

The other zoning application is close to the intersection of highways 360 and 287. The nearly 77 acres was unanimously approved for single and multi-family residential construction.

“As soon as we get things approved, we plan on being able to start doing the streets and utilities on the residential side in June or July,” Rodney Debaun said. “We hope to be able to start building [single family] houses in about October.”

In the April 13 planning and zoning meeting, Debaun described the development as “a nice neighborhood with an old fashion neighborhood look, with front porches and rear-yard entry garages.”

The application was approved 8-0 with Councilman Cole Humphreys abstaining.