For those still filling their daily planners -- and, more to the point, for those still concerned with the fate of the former Hard Rock Cafe on McKinney Avenue -- the Landmark Commission is scheduled to make its decision today concerning landmark designation. By now, you know the story, but the long story short is this: The Hard Rock want to sell to Dallas developer, who says he'll pull the plug should the city bow to will of preservationists and neighborhood residents who insist it's a historic site that merits protection. Opponents of the deal -- which is to say, the folks who own the building and are trying to sell it, which is to say, people with a financial interest in the deal -- say, well, it's nothing but a stuccoed shell of its former self and not worth the restrictions that come with landmark designation.
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But, hey, if you wanna live the dream that is designation debate, here's yer big chance: The Landmark Committee will make its decision today, but not before a briefing scheduled to begin at 10 this morning in room 5ES at City Hall. Following that -- and this is when it oughta get good, since the parties involved already made their cases for and against designation last month -- there will be a public hearing at 1 p.m. in the council chambers. Then the Landmark Committee will hand down its decision, which the council will have to vote on. A public hearing over old church built by a preacher who was a good friend to the Ku Klux Klan -- nah, that won't be interesting at all. --Robert Wilonsky