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Council approves new construction projects and expansions

Wendy Le
Coppell Mayor Pro Tem John Jun and council member Kevin Nevels listen to a zoning request made by resident Kristina Lowe to remove the five cypress trees in her backyard. Coppell City Council held its regular session on Tuesday in the council chamber at Town Center.

At Tuesday’s Coppell City Council meeting, the expansion of an AstraZeneca production site was approved by the council. The site in Coppell is the only producer in the world for the pharmaceutical drug Lokelma, a treatment for hyperkalemia. The council approved the plan to add a pharmaceutical tank farm and an additional 3,000 square foot building. This will allow more resources to be stored at the facility, allowing for greater production of Lokelma. 

Public hearings made by residents Kristina Lowe, Allen Hager, Jose Fernando Teruya were held about various zoning change requests and new development plans in the city. 

Coppell resident describes his experience with a water leak that occurred on Labor Day. Coppell City Council held its regular session on Tuesday in the council chambers at Town Center. (Wendy Le)

Additionally, Architect and Urban Designer Teruya requested approval for the development of a commercial office and residential lots on S. Denton Tap Road, near Bailey Orthodontics. As a long-time resident of Coppell, he explained his desire to move his small business to within the city. 

He described his bold plan for an office building that is lifted off the ground, supported by beams, with a parking lot underneath the building. This style of architecture is completely new to Coppell and could add a lot of visual interest to the area.

“I think this is the best use for that property,” council member Mark Hill said. “We could have something that could be much more of an eyesore constructed there and I think that Mr. Teruya has done an outstanding job.”

There was some opposition to the proposed plan. An environmental attorney brought up her concerns that the construction of the project would increase the stormwater flow to the creek and result in the erosion of the area. She cited a study by the EPA that found that the building of parking lots increases the velocity of the stormwater runoff by 500%. She believes the creation of the project will lead to flooding and degradation of the property and surrounding properties.

Regardless, the council unanimously approved the development plan and approved the zoning change from commercial to single-family residential and commercial.

Also, the council unanimously proclaimed the month of September as Senior Citizen Month. Council members, Mayor Pro-Tem John Jun, Kevin Nevels, and Jim Walker, expressed admiration for the senior citizens of Coppell and their contributions. 

“As a Korean-American, our tradition is always being respectful of our seniors for their knowledge,” Jun said. “I do appreciate [the senior citizens] setting a good example for all of us to follow.”

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Manasa Borra, Staff Designer
Manasa Borra is a junior and staff designer at The Sidekick. She loves playing badminton and reading mystery novels in her spare time. You can contact her at [email protected].
Wendy Le, Podcast Producer
Wendy Le is a junior at Coppell High School. Through The Sidekick, she found her passion in photography and podcasting. Le is now a second year member and Podcast Producer of the program. In her free time, she enjoys scrolling through Pinterest, capturing mundane moments on camera and spending time with her friends and family.  Born in Hanoi, Vietnam, she moved to the United States as an 8-year-old. Le’s childhood consisted of traveling around the world, more specifically, different parts of Asia. Constantly on the move, she finally settled down in Coppell, TX in the seventh grade, where she met some of her closest friends. This summer, Le spent three weeks traveling Europe. She visited France, Monaco, Spain, Italy and Germany. With its charming architecture and its ability to expand Le’s taste palate, Nice, France was Le’s favorite location during the visit. By getting to explore new cultures and learn history about new places, Le learned to appreciate diversity and created lasting memories and experiences.  Unlike the typical teenager, Le finds importance in limiting screen time, especially when hanging out with her friends. She makes it a point to stay off phones unless necessary, something that's not so common within our generation.  When feeling burnt out, Le recharges her social battery by sitting in her bed and relaxing throughout the day. Listening to Lana Del Ray, specifically her Lust for Life album, helps bring a sense of peacefulness to her day. You can reach her through email at [email protected] for any questions or concerns you may have.

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