Conservationists win time for Oak Cliff Christian Church

Judge Martin Hoffman today granted an order temporarily halting demolition at the Oak Cliff Christian Church. DISD wants to demolish the building as part of its plan to build a new Adamson High School. But conservationists say the church, built in 1905, has historical value.

Attorney John McCall, who is a past president of the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League, argued that DISD is in violation of a federal statute that says federal money cannot be used to demolish a historic structure. So Judge Hoffman gave DISD until Jan. 29 to hand over financial documents.

DISD got a $23 million federal grant in July, one month before it bought the church for $450,000. McCall says he thinks the school district’s financial documents will not be clear enough to say that no federal grant money was used to buy the church.

Another hearing is set for Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.

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  • As a fellow Adamson alum I am glad they spared the building, but I begging to wonder when is enough, just enough? Oak Cliff IS an old town, but the building looks like it’s out of commission, not working and closed. The area needs to be redeveloped, what can possibly survive there old buildings and a high school? I can remember when I went to Adamson, there was a housing development trying to redevelop the neighborhood, unfortunately I don’t think it took. If we “save” this church, will it be the next Texas Theater?

  • It was actually Judge Martin Hoffman who heard the case today. We were transferred to his court at the last minute.

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