Fret Not, as Plans to Renovate Old Dallas High School Downtown Remain on Track

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Sunday's supposed to be my last day 'round here, but I just may stick around till Monday. The reason: The just-posted agenda for Monday's meeting of the council's Economic Development Committee promises that Karl Zavitkovsky, head of the city's Office of Economic Development, will walk council through a PowerPoint titled "Dallas High School Redevelopment." And I was just saying the other day ... Anyway. I really don't want to miss that.

I just called Michael Jackson -- vice president at Wynne/Jackson and son of Plaza of the Americas developer Clyde Jackson -- to see if he could shed any light on the proposed redo before next week. Last we spoke was in August, when Jackson confirmed that they had the landmark 104-year-old building under contract.

No specifics, he said today, if only because the property's still under contract and the deal's not quite yet done. But, he said, "We're moving forward," meaning: By week's end Wynne/Jackson will send the appropriate documents to the Landmark Commission and Economic Development.

"We are submitting an application to Economic Development because we need some help on this project," Jackson said. "It's complicated and expensive, and we think there's great potential there." Again, for what he's not quite yet ready to say. "And we're submitting to the Landmark Commission since you have to them to them for approval for renovation. They want to know how you're cleaning up the brick, repairing the mortal, the facade, landscaping -- everything. So we're moving forward. That stuff just takes time to see what works and what doesn't and get it right."

Jackson also said he's been meeting with the Crozier Tech Alumni Association, making sure that very active and very vocal group's pleased with Wynne/Jackson's plans for the building. "There are so many groups involved," he said of the process. But, you know, nothing specific. Not yet. Except, he said: "I think you'll be pleased with what you see."
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TexasHeat
TexasHeat

Could this be the new HQ for HKS Architects?

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Old school buildings can make pretty cool apartments and lofts for the type of medium-to-high income hipster types that the city would probably prefer to a vacant shell. It's been done in other cities successfully, and it'd be nice if Dallas had more quirky, historical residential options like that could be.

Gabe
Gabe

The Spire development, across the street and around the corner, is suppose to get going pretty soon with their phase 1. Maybe these developments can feed off each other in a virtuous cycle. 

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

It looks like Sylvan Thirty will also be part of the presentation (or at least a second topic of discussion). Will they be competing for the same type of economic incentives besides the obvious historic tax credits available to Wynne/Jackson?

This site has so much potential for mixed-use office/housing with its future DART/MATA access and front-row view of the new (expanded) Carpenter Park.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Are you not blogging for DMN right away? Snooze indeed.

This would be an interesting opening story, assuming that they plan to keep the place, and not turn it into res & shops.

Daniel
Daniel

That's exactly what I've thought for years, and I didn't even know about those other places.  

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

 I believe the Sylvan Thirty discussion will be related to the TIF money that's been mentioned at other city meetings recently.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

Though last week, or so, I noticed that $3 million figure had jumped a bit -- to $3.5 mil, I do believe.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

My first day there is a week from Friday. And I gotta learn how to use the computers. Give me a day, sheesh.

LaceyB
LaceyB

Take 43 days for all I care. But, remember, the news never sleeps. It isn't me who'd be disappointing & depriving dear Friends of Unfair Park.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I'd be happy if the RSS feeds worked properly

Rooster
Rooster

Oh.....and how about a blog update of your own?  It was quite enjoyable.

LaceyB
LaceyB

The quote about Unfair and you were from D's blog, frontburner, acc to google. I assumed your admiration for their article all about you would only make them a possible prospect. I think my parents get "D".

LaceyB
LaceyB

Looking forward to it. Like more of Angelina's right leg.

LaceyB
LaceyB

...said "D" magazine, the employer Robert almost went to work for before THEM.

But, yeah. Don't stop (blogging). Not now. Keep going. Right here (or even there). If you must.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

The blog aren't behind the paywall, ya know. And expect changes, big changes, many changes, good changes. You'll see. At some point, you'll see.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

Like I'll be able to stop blogging. What was it Tim Rogers wrote upon the opening of Unfair Park? "They have given a crank addict a trailer in the country and an unlimited supply of Sudafed and Claritin-D." That.

http://frontburner.dmagazine.c...

LaceyB
LaceyB

Do those of us that move to DMN get a special blogging title like we do here (Friends of Unfair Park)? Now we have to pay, so, only fair...

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