Written by Amanda Casanova
In a lengthy and sometimes divisive discussion on the future of an entertainment center in Irving, the City Council voted to approve a partnership with ARK Group and revive a plan to build the $165 million center.
The City Council voted 5-4 in a series of votes at the July 25 meeting after spending hours discussing the partnership and listening to public input. The marathon meeting wrapped up at about 12:30 a.m., more than five hours after it had started.
Councilmembers John C. Danish, Allan Meagher, Dennis Webb, Rose Cannaday and Joe Putnam voted to approve the partnership. Mayor Beth Van Duyne and council members Brad LaMorgese, Gerald Farris and Thomas Spink voted against.
“I think there is a good bit of evidence that this is something that’s needed,” Spink said, citing hoteliers who had decried the City’s lack of entertainment. “There is clearly a significant market here for this project.”