City to pay $375,368 for transmission shop at Zang/Davis

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Google street view of Zang and Davis

Roy’s Transmission & Autocare at 138 W. Davis is at the center of the city’s plans to create a plaza and streetcar stop at Zang and Seventh.

City Council is expected to approve buying the shop at Zang and Davis from owner Roy Smith for $375,368. The Bishop Arts District shop is exactly where the city wants to bring a streetcar stop as early as 2015. Before the streetcar extension was funded, the city had planned to improve the wonky intersection at Zang and Seventh by turning it into a plaza.

The shop has been appraised at $485,000, but demolition and clean-up of the site were deducted from the sale price.

Smith originally wanted more like $750,000 for the property, which is appraised for tax purposes at $205,000, as reported by Candy’s Dirt last year. That report implied Smith was being greedy for wanting his price.

But outgoing City Council member Delia Jasso told the Dallas Morning News in January, “I understand Mr. Smith is a kind and generous person. I’m just glad we could work with him.”

Smith has owned the shop since 1994.

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  1. […] city paid more than $375,000 for the property earlier this year with plans to create a plaza park and a Bishop Arts stop for the Oak Cliff […]

  2. michaelspain May 23, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Maybe…but there’s much more to consider than just the value of the property. This wasn’t his home; this was his business! I’m thinking of his customer base, the daunting task of stating over as a small business owner, and the feasibility of buying a comparable business-zoned location in the same general area. That is a LOT of trouble…more than the property value alone. I’m just a resident and don’t know any of the interested parties. Just makes me feel sorry for Mr. Smith.

  3. downtownworker May 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Has the plaza been designed yet? Any renderings available?

  4. Candace Evans May 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Thanks Rachel! I still think Roy was being greedy— with our tax dollars!

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