| News |

Pssst, Want an Old Library?

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

View Larger Map

Plenty of interesting items on the city council's Economic Development Committee's agenda today -- including Merten's fave, the convention center hotel. But a smaller item on the agenda deals with how the city wants to repurpose the old Hampton/Illinois Library, which the city walked away from in the summer of 2006, 26years after it opened on W. Illinois Avenue. The city's trying to determine whether it's better to sell off the property -- and the owner would deal with considerable zoning restrictions, not to mention a significant lack of parking -- or just lease the property, which is on the books for $516,750. Because, problem is, the city figures it'd take about $700,000 to redo the joint, though it figures it could make nearly $300,000 from leasing the place -- only, under one plan, the tenant would be responsible for the rehab. --Robert Wilonsky

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.