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City council halts historic district demolition and other Dallas news

City council halts historic district demolition and other Dallas news

Tenth Street District
Home in Dallas' Tenth Street District. Photo courtesy of Preservation Dallas

Dallas City Council is back from summer break and ready to get to down to business.

The new council, elected in May, met on August 14 at Lake Highlands North Recreation Center, where it voted on a number of hot issues, including incentives for Uber, demolition of a historic neighborhood, and a boutique hotel in Bishop Arts.

Here's what happened in Dallas this week:

Historic preservation
The city council voted unanimously to stop demolition to the Tenth Street Historic District in South Dallas.

The neighborhood along I-35 has seen nearly a third of its homes bulldozed by the city. Since the historic district was created in 1993, 80 of the 257 structures have been demolished after years of neglect.

Tenth Street Historic District is listed on the National Trust for Historic Places' most endangered list. The demolition protection came from District 4 councilwoman Carolyn King Arnold, in a May memo co-signed by Tennell Atkins, Adam Medrano, Casey Thomas, and former council representative Sandy Greyson.

Now, city officials cannot pursue any new demolitions in the neighborhood unless the fire marshal rules a structure breaks fire or development codes.

Uber incentives
The City of Dallas unveiled an incentive package to lure Uber Technologies to the new Epic office tower in Deep Ellum. City council unanimously approved more than $9.3 million in tax incentives, including a five-year tax abatement.

Uber is expected to announce its choice for a second headquarters this fall. The company is also considering a site in Arizona.

Earlier this year, Dallas lost in its bid to bring Amazon's second headquarters to downtown.

Bishop Arts hotel
Bishop Arts is getting a 12-room, boutique hotel at the corner of 7th Street and Beckley Avenue. The council approved a motion to reduce parking requirements, clearing the way for the 12-room hotel with a swimming pool and restaurant.

The hotel will occupy 5,160 square feet in a 1923 red brick building and include a rooftop deck overlooking the downtown skyline. The development is just south of the Novel Bishop Arts apartment community and a CVS. It is a block from the Dallas Streetcar and three blocks from Bishop Arts.

That's all that’s known about the property so far, with developers and local officials not responding to requests for comment.

The council's discussion on the project signaled a sea-change in auto-oriented parking requirements, with an openness to walkability and new transportation options. Chad West, who represents District 1, where the hotel will go, called the project a poster child for why council should reconsider its parking codes.

"Without this parking reduction, we wouldn't have this project coming forward," West said. "You would have two vacant buildings on this lot."

Homeless facility
Many residents turned out to speak against an affordable supportive housing development being proposed for 12000 Greenville Ave. The item was not on the agenda, but with the meeting in Lake Highlands where the development would go, council member Adam McGough rallied locals to speak out against it.

Prep school expansion
A prep school in Pleasant Grove is getting a major expansion on its campus.

More than $16 million in grants is bringing an Innovation Lab to Cristo Rey College Prep, located off Lake June Road. The Innovation Lab will house performing and creative arts spaces, athletic facilities, and a new student dining room and kitchen.