Architecture at Risk Revisited
It's a story everyone knows.
1. Owner demolishes aging motor court for future development and promises the preservation community to preserve the iconic sign on the property.
2. Owner begins floating ideas about moving the sign off the property and the preservation community, the public and the press reminds him he would not.
3. Owner says he will salvage the sign rather than preserve it and scatter it's parts across the development which in effect would destroy the sign.
All of Oak Cliff wants to support the Sylvan/Thirty development and wants it to succeed. Much of Oak Cliff wants the Alamo sign preserved, in itact and on the historic roadway.
There is still time to do the right thing and listen to the wishes of the community and have a happy ending.
The beautiful sign is imprisoned only a few blocks away.
The destroyed historic intersection.
A total of $9,318,000.00 is being invested in Jefferson Blvd. Of this amount, the City provided $1,845,000 in Public Private Partnership program funding support.
4. Cannon's Village /
From our 2012 List, this 1922 property is one of the first retail buildings in Oak Cliff and has been in disrepair for some time. So great to see work being done on this property!
From the Oak Cliff Advocate:
Kacy and Dana Jones of Kessler Park bought the building with Dana’s parents, Forrest and Molly Boyd, in December. They plan to create two apartments in the 6,500-square-foot second floor. The Joneses will live in one of them with their two daughters, 10-year-old Harper and 8-year-old Campbell. And the Boyds will live in about 2,000 square feet. They expect that project to take about two years.
Much thanks to Park Board member Barbara Barbee, Councilman Scott Griggs and Park Department's Willis Winters and Trent Williams for quickly replacing the cabin tarp with a much better tarp.
Barbara Barbee and Councilman Scott Griggs asked that the historic site be placed on the Park Board agenda. On Thursday June 7, 2014, the Park Board voted to spend $300,000.00 to secure and shelter the historic structures.
The past two years have been favorable for Tenth Street Historic District. Rebuilding Together of Greater Dallas has organized two workdays so far, one in September 2013 and the most recent in April 2014. Several area non-profit and volunteer groups participated to improve nine Tenth Street properties this past April, including the former commercial structure at 102 N. Cliff, once Cliff Grocery, now the Mendez family home. OOCCL awarded a grant to Rebuilding Together last fall, for sign toppers to mark the District.
American Care Academy hosts neighborhood and Crime Watch meetings and has been a strong voice within the community. 2000 Roses Foundation has been rehabilitating a home at 220 N. Cliff and a future Community Center at 1103 E. 9th Street, formerly Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.
CityDesign Studio has held workshops to gather community input and neighborhood needs as part of LINC: Leveraging & Improving Neighborhood Connections. Building Community Workshop received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Trinity Trust Foundation, and the Dorothea Leanhardt Foundation to embark on a project called Activating Vacancy, to explore how design and art can re-imagine the spaces and community of Tenth Street. The first art installation named Noah’s Ark was on view this past spring in the parking lot behind Greater El Bethel Church. Neighborhood Stories about Tenth Street can be viewed on the bcWORKSHOP website, as an effort to document and record history.
Years of efforts by many groups has helped Tenth Street Historic District, yet future development plans are still in the infancy stage. The Historic District has been linked to the City’s study of Eighth Street Corridor and The Bottom, which will include commercial development to support the neighborhood.
Originally purchased for a parking lot, Bishop/Davis zoning didn't allow you to provide extra parking inside the Conservation District until you satisfied your own parking to save buildings. The building had to stay for this to happen. This is one part of Bishop/Davis that worked in preservationist's favor.