Construction begins on Mission Motel site


The old bank at Fort Worth Avenue and Yorktown was demolished over the holidays, and a developer is preparing to clear assembled West Dallas acreage, including the Mission Motel, for apartments and shops.

juansbodyandframeTrammel Crow Residential announced plans this past July to build 300 new apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail space on the site of the neglected motel, the bank and two other properties.

The other properties to be demolished include Juan’s Body & Frame and Nino’s Body Shop.

The mission motel was built sometime before 1944, before Interstate 30, when Fort Worth Avenue was a main thoroughfare with several motels. The motel made the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League’s list of at-risk architecture in 2012.

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  • I agree it would have made a great artist market place. I had that same thought. It really hurts to see these kind of places go. I fear that the old Polar Bear across from Lake Cliff will suffer the same fate. What a shame!

  • I dreamed for years of winning a huge lottery and buying one of those old motels to make an artist ‘colony’ from it. The rooms would have made wonderful studios. The lobby area could have become a general shop/hang out for the artists. Then take a nearby bldg and make it a craft gallery.

    I am glad to see Oak Cliff redeveloping, but it is changing and while most of that is for the good, it hurts us natives.

    Seeing he Wynnewood apts being torn down is upsetting. However, they were of a design that was out of date and I have had several friends remark that they looked like the ‘housing projects’ Not a good way to attract renters. Wynnewood needs those folks to keep it from falling into the disuse and worse. I remember when the LancasterKiest shopping center was alive and vibrant. I don’t want to see Wynnewood fall to that same fate.

  • That’s right, developer, monetize everything in sight and manage it right into the mud like you always doOClucky. You wouldn’t know how to do anything else, and you don’t have the presence of mind to leave things to people who would.

  • Did anyone check the plans to make sure this isn’t a Walmart on top of a Sams on top of a Hypermart with a Walmart Market underneath?

  • The very least that Trammell Crow could do now to make it right is build something in a mission revival style and name the project Alexan Mission… but of course they won’t do anything close to that.

  • Sadness engulfs me. This could have been such a great pop up weekend market place for local goods. Progress is not progress when all history and character of a neighborhood is wiped out.

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