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DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 01:26
by dallasite1
Not sure if our readers are aware of this. The building is undergoing some demolition. I am being told that The main section(front section) will be saved and incorporated with new apartment construction. Native Dallasite and Historian Bob Johnson posted these photos to Facebook. Members I'd keep an eye on the site. The address is 3700 Ross.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 01:30
by dallasite1
The structure was built in 1948 with a 2007 addition according to DCAD.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 11:04
by muncien
Someone put a posting on another thread (Ross ave?) showing the proposed building. Apartments and garage filling the lot, while saving the existing central building. Looks pretty solid.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 12:27
by Tivo_Kenevil
Is there any plans for retail in this project? I would love for the neighborhood to have some walkable storefronts along Ross.

Hopefully they widen out the sidewalks too!

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 13:22
by tamtagon
Ross, is it the next McKinney Ave? Lower Greenville to Arts District, ridiculous with potential.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 31 Dec 2017 14:22
by Tivo_Kenevil
Tivo_Kenevil wrote:Is there any plans for retail in this project? I would love for the neighborhood to have some walkable storefronts along Ross.

Hopefully they widen out the sidewalks too!



It also connects to the potentially re-vamped Henderson cooridor!

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 00:25
by dallasite1
here is the link where the the ross ave corridor topic is.viewtopic.php?f=2&t=193&p=9944&hilit=Ross+ave#p9944

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 09:04
by cowboyeagle05
I believe while Ross was a priority for the city in re-starting housing development like this one the city hasn't been aggressive about sidewalks or any real plan on improving the exploding district. The city seems to just be pulling a McKinney Ave where they are waiting on developers or a neighborhood board/community group to push for changes. City Hall is happy letting developers build what ever they want and call it walk-able on marketing brochures.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 11:32
by lakewoodhobo
Plans for former DISD Ross campus show new apartment community
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -community

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The development is called The Academic.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 12:40
by Tivo_Kenevil
Its aight. Not feeling the Small Sidewalks tho:/... Some retail would've been nice.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 12:54
by muncien
I really don't understand the point of that little sliver of grass that everyone puts between the sidewalk and the street. I get that people want greenery, and I get that having a separation between pedestrians and vehicles is good, but the notoriously narrow strip of grass does nothing to really accomplish this.
The sidewalk should extend all the way to the street, and trees with grates should be placed along the street in all urban settings... particularly where the speed limit does not exceed 35mph. The vertical greenery provided by trees, as well as the physical protections they can provide are far more effective than a poorly watered, heavily trampled strip of grass.
It seems like such an easy thing to correct, yet there appears to be no effort to do so.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 14:52
by Tivo_Kenevil
I always wondered what the point of that small piece of grass was for...I don't know what it serves.. shade for Ants?

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 17:24
by The_Overdog
It looks nice and contrasting in the renderings.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 02 Jan 2018 20:51
by Tnexster
Ross needs a streetcar line running into downtown.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 00:00
by dallasbeatsaustin
Tnexster wrote:Ross needs a streetcar line running into downtown.

Yes, yes, and yes. Also, the Ross at Peak Thrift store was pack with millennials buying furniture last week.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 00:20
by Hwulivn
muncien wrote:I really don't understand the point of that little sliver of grass that everyone puts between the sidewalk and the street. I get that people want greenery, and I get that having a separation between pedestrians and vehicles is good, but the notoriously narrow strip of grass does nothing to really accomplish this.
The sidewalk should extend all the way to the street, and trees with grates should be placed along the street in all urban settings... particularly where the speed limit does not exceed 35mph. The vertical greenery provided by trees, as well as the physical protections they can provide are far more effective than a poorly watered, heavily trampled strip of grass.
It seems like such an easy thing to correct, yet there appears to be no effort to do so.


I agree the narrow strip of grass is ALMOST pointless. I believe the strip should be wider and INCLUDE the grated street trees.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 03 Jan 2018 00:24
by Hwulivn
The_Overdog wrote:It looks nice and contrasting in the renderings.


Looks decently Urban. However, I am so sick of almost everything is Dallas being gray or various shades of brown and tan. Ugh. It’s so dull. I think it was Mark Lamster that noted that this Dallas phenomenon smacks of Russian prisons or something to that effect.

Also, I don’t quite understand the space at the intersection. I understand there is an attempt to engage the pedestrian and the street, but it would’ve been so much better if the building actually engaged this feature as well. We should get so much better site/urban design in this town.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 08 Jun 2018 13:04
by ArtVandelay
I’m starting to have my doubts about this project. Looks like work has stopped and the site looks abandoned. The historic structure that remains had huge graffiti tags and lots of broken windows.

I wonder if the can scrap their plans and tear down the building, which would be sad.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 08 Jun 2018 13:49
by dallaz
ArtVandelay wrote:I’m starting to have my doubts about this project. Looks like work has stopped and the site looks abandoned. The historic structure that remains had huge graffiti tags and lots of broken windows.

I wonder if the can scrap their plans and tear down the building, which would be sad.

I’ve noticed that too...but this isn’t the only building that’s been tagged near/on Ross Ave. It seems like someone in the area is going on a tagging spree. I’ve seen multiple buildings with graffiti.

It would be a shame if the plan fell through...

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 09 Jun 2018 18:39
by Jbarn
I certainly hope that we are not about to see a repeat of what has happened in Dallas for decades now; developers come in with grand plans, clear cut huge swaths of urban land, the economy falters, and we are left with vast areas of dead space for years until the next wave of development. Creates real dead zones when we are striving to create density. We have several of these potential dead zones right now.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 18:47
by DPatel304
Personally, I'd only consider The Spire and also Smart City to be the only 'huge swaths of urban land' that may or may not be developed this cycle. Everything else would either be an area that is not all that important at the moment, or the land isn't really large enough to negatively effect the surrounding area too much. We all knew this had to happen at some point, and if things are coming to a halt soon, I think we had an amazing run.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 19:24
by Jbarn
DPatel304 wrote:Personally, I'd only consider The Spire and also Smart City to be the only 'huge swaths of urban land' that may or may not be developed this cycle. Everything else would either be an area that is not all that important at the moment, or the land isn't really large enough to negatively effect the surrounding area too much. We all knew this had to happen at some point, and if things are coming to a halt soon, I think we had an amazing run.



I was also thinking about the old Xerox space on Central;
the old Watel’s restaurant and adjacent spaces; the taco cabana/shoe repair places on Lemmon that were supposed to be a Central Market; the old Albertsons space on Lemmon that was supposed to be a Central Market; the Drever; Valley View Mall; the “Dream” hotel.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 10 Jun 2018 19:44
by DPatel304
Oh yes, there are definitely more than what I listed, I guess I just consider them less vital to the re-urbanization of Dallas. Of that list, I'd say the Drever is another project that could end up being a disappointment. The old Albertsons in Uptown is also some prime real estate, but Uptown will be just fine even if that building remains dormant.

Either way, it's still way too premature to be talking about any of this right now. This year has still been very strong, so we'll just have to see how things play out.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 20 Jul 2018 11:36
by Matt777
I noticed workers back onsite today doing something on the west side of the property. There was a truck and some sort of equipment being moved on to the site.

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 30 Sep 2019 13:00
by lakewoodhobo
Finally back on.

Construction finally kicks off on old Dallas ISD campus east of downtown
https://www.dallasnews.com/business/rea ... -downtown/

Re: DISD Administration Building

Posted: 30 Sep 2019 13:42
by eburress
Awesome, thank goodness! This lot has been one of the bigger eyesores along Ross, so it's good it's back on.