DART spent $20 million and over two years renovating the 97-year-old building near Corinth Street Station. Monroe Shops opens Tuesday as the new DART police headquarters.
Monroe Shops was a train maintenance facility for the Texas Interurban Railway, starting in 1914. The Interurban stopped running in 1948.
Since then, the Monroe Shops has housed Fleming & Son Papermill and a U-Haul place. The city of Dallas owned the abandoned building before DART acquired it in April 1991 as part of the land acquisition for the Blue Line.
The 69,000-square-foot building is on the National Register of Historic Places. And DART is applying for LEED certification on the renovated building.
Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Oak Cliff.