Dallas County Schools could sell Bishop Arts properties

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Almost five acres of North Oak Cliff real estate could be available for redevelopment if Dallas County Schools receives a bid too good to turn down for its administrative offices and a service center on Davis at Zang.

Dallas County Schools, which is separate from Dallas ISD but runs its bus system (one of the largest public school transit systems in the United States), released a request for bids on two buildings. The buildings, at 612 N. Zang and 111 E. Davis, are in the Oak Cliff Gateway, a nearly 900-acre area that is being rezoned.

Under the Gateway proposal, the 4.8 acres that hold the Dallas County Schools buildings could be redeveloped with a mix of apartments, retail and office, with buildings as high as five stories.

The transit provider currently has no plans to move, but they would if they received a tempting enough offer, says operations and project management director Susan Falvo.

“We’ve been asked several times if we would think about it,” Falvo says. “If something came up and made a lot of sense then obviously we would have to look at it.”

Dallas County Schools has occupied that corner, adjacent to the Bishop Arts District and less than a block from a planned streetcar stop, for about 20 years.

The buildings are appraised for tax purposes by the Dallas Central Appraisal District for a total of $2,026,710.

Bids must be filed on the Zang property by Dec. 15. Dallas County Schools then can refuse all offers or accept one. The full bid request is below.

Dallas County Schools RFP

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  • Just FYI, Dallas County Schools is NOT a part of Dallas County Government, rather a
    special District established to provide bus transportation to all Dallas County contracting School Districts.

  • Redeveloping this site would be huge, especially if done correctly. The city made a huge gamble by extending the Oak Cliff streetcar here, so whatever is built needs to build on that momentum. Good to see the Bishop Arts District expand south as well as east.

  • Interesting…DCS bought Neely street from the city by persuading former city councilperson, Delia Jasso, among others, that it needed a bigger parking lot. It seems that was kind of a shady deal and that the true intent was just to acquire more land to make a sweeter deal to then sell to a developer later. But of course, it’s all about greed it seems, and the little people get squashed like usual. Susan Falvo, Chief of Staff of DCS, is a former licensed broker. She is looking out for DCS’ interest, of course.

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