And Whatever Became of First Presby's Plans to Buy and Restore 508 Park Avenue, Anyway?
|The latest look at plans to redo the block that includes 508 Park Avenue, complete with amphitheater|
Last we looked, the Landmark Commission's downtown task force and city staff gave the plans and property the "courtesy review" once-over and concluded that First Presby needed to reconsider its demo plans for 1900 Young. But at its January 4 meeting, the Landmark Commission actually gave First Presby its blessings, with some caveats. From the minutes of that meeting:
Approve the courtesy review with the condition that retention of the 12 x 12 foot stone corner portion of the existing 1900 Young Street building be retained and integrated into the amphitheater design to make it more compatible with the historic overlay district, with the finding the existing structure is a contributing structure to the Dallas Downtown National Register District with the final plans, elevations, and details submitted for Landmark Commission approval.Which brings us to today. Or tomorrow, actually: 508 Park Avenue, 1900 Young Street and 1905 Canton Street (site of the church's proposed greenspace) are on downtown task force's agenda yet again. First Presby still wants to raze 1900 Young and replace it with that amphitheater, while giving 508 Park Avenue a "facade restoration." Landmark will make the final determination at its May 2 meeting (six days before Robert Johnson's 100th birthday), at which point, just maybe -- finally -- the buildings will have a future instead of a vaunted past.
"This is the final hurdle," Clifford tells Unfair Park this afternoon. He says should Landmark sign off, "our hope is we can close and move forward as quickly as possible."
Update at 3:10 p.m.: What odd timing -- OvationTV just posted to YouTube the clip of Eric Clapton performing Robert Johnson's "Me and the Devil" in 508 Park Avenue. It follows on the other side of the crossroads.