Mixed Use News
City of Dallas gives U.S. Navy a legal nudge to clean up Hensley Field
The city of Dallas is ready to develop Hensley Field, a former naval air station, into a mixed-use community, but needs the Navy to finish cleaning it up.
According to a release, on August 2, 2023, the city initiated legal proceedings to ensure it can move forward with a plan to develop the former U.S. Naval Air Station at Hensley Field, including residential, retail, and parks.
But before it can do that, an environmental remediation of the property must be completed.
The U.S. Navy leased Hensley Field, which sits on more than 700 acres of largely undeveloped land on the border of Dallas and Grand Prairie, from the city of Dallas in 1949 to operate the Naval Air Station Dallas. Fifty years later, the Navy closed Naval Air Station Dallas in 1999 and returned the property to the city - unfortunately with the kind of environmental contamination common to U.S. military installations.
The City filed a lawsuit in 2001 over the environmental concerns and reached a settlement agreement in 2002, whereby the Navy was supposed to complete remediation of the environmental concerns at Hensley Field by late 2017.
That deadline was not met.
The release says that the Navy has made progress. The city just needs the Navy to complete the remediation.
The city's goal is to keep working with the Navy to come to an amicable resolution ensuring that the Navy fulfills its obligations and meets the remediation standards necessary for the redevelopment plan to be implemented.
"We appreciate all of the U.S. Navy’s efforts to remediate the site for the past 20 years," says Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax in a statement. "We are confident that we can reach an agreement on the final phase of the project that ensures Hensley Field can be safely developed into a premier community offering mixed income housing, recreation, commercial space, and more. We will continue these productive discussions with the U.S. Navy and remain focused on reaching a consensual agreement."