But, don't worry, there won't be too many of these left: Michael Amonett, president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, sends word (and pictures) today that Ponce Construction Co. is yanking out the windows and hustling up with the teardown. "Won't be long now, I guess," writes Amonett, who's also on the Mayor's Southern Dallas Task Force's North Oak Cliff Team. Ponce, as we noted last week, is in the process of removing asbestos from the 104-year-old church the Dallas Independent School District's weeks away from razing to make room for, most likely, tennis courts. Meanwhile, over on The News's Oak Cliff blog, Roy Appleton wrote this morning of the district's refusal to make public plans for future Adamson High School development in Oak Cliff.
After the jump, you'll also find an 11-page document the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League sent yesterday to Greg Smith, a National Register coordinator at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin. Says Michael, "If the district is using federal money to demolish, acquire property or build the new school, they must assess all historic properties affected. The criteria is much looser than city or state or even federal designation. The structure only need qualify. A quick turn around letter from Austin will probably deem it worthy but too late for DISD to stop what they are doing."
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