Real Estate

Looks Like Dallas Independent School District Has Found Someone to Buy Davy Crockett

Drove by Davy Crockett two weeks ago and espied the still-up sign noting that the Dallas ISD was taking bids on the city-designated historic landmark, which turns 108 this year and was the oldest school in use when the district shuttered it in January 1989. We've written about the property plenty, beginning in February 2010, when we noticed its sad state of disrepair; at the time the district said it had no plans for the building, most recently used as admin offices. Anyway.

That sign reminded me: Bids were due to close June 3. I'd meant to see how that turned out, but I didn't have to look far: Thursday the board of trustees will vote to sell nine "surplus properties" to the highest bidders, and Crockett's among the properties on the sale list. Says the spreadsheet, Good Signature Management was the sole bidder, submitting an offer of $239,000 (which is quite a deal). Last year, the district had been showing the building to nonprofits, most of which didn't think it viable as a redo on their budgets.

Not sure what developer Ken Good plans to do with the property, which is protected due to its designation; several messages have been left. DISD spokesman Jon Dahlander, who's got his hands full at present, says he'll ask building officials what they know about the would-be new owner's intentions and get back to us. I've also left a message with Preservation Dallas exec director Katherine Seale, who, coincidentally, is among the panelists taking part in the Historic Preservation in Dallas chitchat at the Dallas Center for Architecture tonight at 6.

Update at 2:46 p.m.: Seale says "we at Preservation Dallas think this very positive news, and probably one of the best decisions they could have made with the school" -- referring, of course, to DISD's decision to part with the property. "DISD has not indicated any interest in that building in many years, and it wasn't mothballed the way it should be, and DISD is not in the business of historic preservation. We applaud them for taking action on this and selling the property so somebody else can do something with it."

Says Seale, used to be she'd get calls about old Parkland; then, the Statler; then, 508 Park. All of them in recent years have come off the most-endangered list thanks to new owners. "In the last year and a half, Davy Crockett has become the No. 1 call of concern from our members," she says. "This is good news."