Wanna Own Davy Crockett? The School, That Is.

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On and off last year we took a look at the sad state of the 108-year-old Davy Crockett School on Carroll Avenue, a designated city historic landmark since 1993 and almost all but empty since the Dallas Independent School District moved its students to close-by Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary in '89. District spokesman Jon Dahlander told us back in November that, yeah, some nonprofits had been curious about repurposing the building, but no one had come forward with a concrete offer. At which point Central Dallas CDC's John Greenan chimed in and wrote that while the cost of a redo is "extremely high" and more than likely impractical for a nonprofit, "I think that senior housing might be the best use for the building and the only economically viable way to preserve its history."

Turns out, though, the district has stepped up its effort to part with the property: Katherine Seale, executive director of Preservation Dallas, reports that the district has planted a sign in front of the property saying that DISD's taking bids on Crockett through June 3. She's delighted and also a little surprised, telling Unfair Park that "over the years they'd contemplated selling it, but I've been told that DISD really does not like to sell schools, especially when they're adjacent to existing schools."

Dahlander's looking into how the bidding process is being handled why the district has decided now's the right time to sell -- though one can guess. We'll update accordingly. And, yes, he acknowledges that there are myriad challenges with the property -- like its historic designation, which limits what can be done to the property (especially its exterior), and its wide halls and small classrooms. "But given the right person with the right vision," he says, "it could work."

Update at 11:10 a.m.: Instructions on how to place bids can be found here. "And there has been some interest in Crockett, so well see what happens," adds Dahlander, who says the board signed off on the sale of the school and 11 other properties a few weeks ago. "Hopefully we find a good buyer."
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Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

 Well, at least the city isn't pulling the same screw job they pulled on the guy who bought the old Dallas High School, waiting until after he bought it to, over his objections, designate it a historic landmark.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Looks like DISD has come up with a pretty clever way to tip this deal to a well-connected insider.  As they well know (heck, anyone in the real estate busness would know this)... 11 days to submit a bid on a complicated property such as this is highly unconventional.

It's particularly strange given the fact they sat on this property for years without doing anything.  Yet the general public is now expected to believe that they not only had a change of heart, but that hey needed a binding bid within 11 days.  This simply doesn't make any sense, yet if anyone tries to call them out on it, they will say "hey, we used a competitive bid process."

Yeah, right.  Drill down into the ultimate ownership of the winning bidder--- I have no doubt you will find strong, indirect ties to some pretty important folk here in twon.

cp
cp

Wait...

"...DISD really does not like to sell schools..."

Yeah I guess that's right, they just like to tear them down to build parking lots and ball fields.

StopDISD.org
StopDISD.org

CP... You got that right.... DISD seized or should I say stole homes behind O.M. Roberts Elementary.  They claimed they needed the properties for a new school but, once the taxpayers went up in an uproar (as Superintendent Hinojosa said) for wasting millions in renovating the old school only to turn around and destroy it... the twisted plan changed to what is happening NOW.....they are demolishing the homes they stole only to pave in parking lots in-between the remaining homes...does that make sense?  Is that good use of our tax dollars?  For these answers these questions....please visit www.StopDISD.org or StopDISD on Facebook. Danger, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal.Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... Danger, Danger Dallas ISD lies, cheats, steals and conceals all their dirty deals no newsreels to reveal so surreal.Click on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... on the link below to view Satire Video on DISD's Land Grab http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... 

The Derelict
The Derelict

The City needs to do a traffic study and think of LT planning, possibly expanding N. Carroll Ave from i30 to Central Expwy.  Also, they need to look into rezoning North Carroll Ave altogether.  The street possesses great potential for revitalization if somebody with vision would look at it.      

Montemalone
Montemalone

Please let us know which insider get's the sweet deal after the "competitive bidding" process.

Guest
Guest

You think it's going to be a sweet deal?  Then bid on it.  I'm no fan of the way government works around here, but sweetheart deals are rarely made through public auction.  

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