As Central Expressway Widens Downtown, One of Dallas's Oldest Buildings Likely to Fall
|The new and improved intersections of Elm and Main Streets and Central Expressway|
The property in question is at 2226 Elm Street, which is currently occupied by TePheJez and was once known as the Preston Loan Building. It's among the oldest buildings in downtown, dating back to 1898; and it's housed myriad businesses during its existence -- everything from a saloon to a bank to a pawn shop to, now, a jazz club. But as the picture above shows, it's smack in the middle of the expanded Central and will be razed should council approve the plans.
|At the moment, this is the home of TePheJez jazz club.|
The real problem, says at least one area landlord, is that the street-expansion plans were drawn up by traffic engineers and not urban planners. In other words, he asks: Just when the city's looking to make downtown more walkable, why is it planning on adding more cars and more traffic at difficult-to-navigate intersections? That's a question we'll attempt to answer on Monday.