Preservation of old Dallas places paces this edition of city news
The preservation of legendary places in Dallas has been preserved not just once but twice this week. The Nasher Sculpture Center has been verbally abused by the city and the prosecutor is taking time out. Here are the highlights of this week’s Dallas City News:
Hawk is watching
After three weeks of no-show at her office, troubled Dallas District Attorney Susan Hawk announced that she would be taking four weeks off to seek treatment for depression. Friends of Hawk say her circle of influencers, including handler Mari Woodlief, empowers her. The observer says her lying pattern is an indicator that someone has a drug problem and that Hawk should step down. The Dallas County Democratic Party says it should quit or quit her job.
Rescue operation for the museum tower
The Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund convened a rather lazy last-minute meeting on Aug. 27 and voted to resolve the glare problem the neighboring Museum Tower, which the fund owns, has added to the Nasher Sculpture Center. The DPFP board had previously agreed to look for ways to fix the reflection of the museum tower on Nasher’s artwork and gardens, such as a reflective skin on the building.
City council member Scott Griggs said the vote was an inexplicable turnaround as the board voted on Aug. 13 to continue negotiations with Nasher to find a solution.
Four city council members are on the board. Two – Griggs and Philip Kingston – did not attend the meeting. Lee Kleinman voted to continue negotiations; he called the result “disappointing”. The new councilor Erik Wilson voted for bail. What about it.
Play Lakewood Theater
The controversy over what to do with the Lakewood Theater continues with the revelation that a claim made by current owners Craig Kinney and Bill Willingham was not entirely true. The building’s fortune is of great interest to Lakewood, who values the iconic old theater in the heart of the neighborhood.
Owners previously said they would need an additional 150 parking spaces to rent the theater to preferred candidate Alamo Drafthouse. But Alamo says it would rent the property without that requirement, but for a lower rent – 25 percent lower rent than what restaurant owners could get. You want more money.
The removal of the theater seats alarmed people last week, but the owners promise that the murals and sculptures inside the building as well as the neon tower will not be destroyed.
The old Braniff building in Dallas Love Field has been mostly empty for many years, and it will remain so for the time being. City council voted against signing a lease with car dealer Randall Reed to refurbish the old Braniff building in Dallas Love Field. Reed had worked on the plan for four years, expecting its development, which included a car dealership, office building, restaurant, and jet hangar, to pass.
The Council criticized the fact that Aviation Director Mark Duebner had never opened the procedure to alternative bidders. The building has nostalgic value to many former Braniff employees and is branded by William Pereira and Charles Luckman, who also executed CBS Television City in Hollywood, Los Angeles International Airport, and Madison Square Garden. The area is currently used for parking by employees.