On Friday, at the bottom of his item about Roscoe Betz's latest legal victory over Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Jim mentioned another ongoing "saga" -- former DART board member John C. Tatum's breach-of-contract suit filed against the transit agency, which Tatum claims balked on its deal to sell him a property known as Monroe Shop near the Illinois Station on Corinth Road. DART claimed sovereign immunity; the courts said, Unh-unh. In January, the Supreme Court of Texas kicked the case back to a lower court; a trial's forthcoming before year's end.
I see here that DART's board of directors is touring the Monroe Shops site today -- at noon, Jim, if you're not busy. And it's on the DART board's Administrative Committee Meeting agenda today as well: "Use of Outside Counsel in Monroe Shop Partners, Ltd. v. Dallas Area Rapid Transit." Looks like, as of October 2008, DART has committed $235,000 to fighting Tatum over land he wanted to buy from DART in the first place -- land, as a matter of fact, mentioned way back in 1992 in the city of Dallas's Illinois Station Site Plan Approval: "An existing two-story brick structure (Monroe Shops) will be rehabilitated and adaptively reused as an integral part of the development."
Oh, and if you didn't know: DART's in the process of converting the Monroe Shops site into its police headquarters. And it was built in 1914. And it was the original home of the Texas Interurban Railway.
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And, speaking of transit-oriented developments, I was looking at the rather fascinating minutes from last month's DART meeting -- and noticed there was a long discussion between Jack Wierzenski, DART's transit-oriented development guru, and Revenue Committee vice chair Randall Chrisman about leasing versus selling DART's property adjacent to several light-rail sites, among them the Mockingbird, Park Lane and -- to bring it all back home -- Illinois stations. I've made some calls.