1927 Bishop Arts building demolished for parking lot

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Demolition is underway this morning on the 88-year-old warehouse connected to Calvario Funeral Home on West Davis at Madison.

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IMG_0011Funeral director Lupe Garcia, who owns the Calvario building, the warehouse and an adjacent parking lot, decided to tear down the warehouse, but the funeral home will stay. The two buildings, Calvario and the warehouse, look like they are one building, but they’ve always housed two separate businesses, Garcia says.

Garcia has leased the parking lot and the site of the 9,800-square-foot warehouse to the owners of nearby restaurants 303 Bar and Grill and Pier 247. Garcia says they are planning to build a new restaurant on the existing parking lot and use the warehouse site as a parking lot.

The Calvario building was built in 1927 for Rene Cox Funeral Home. It later was home to Campbell Funeral Home after that business, famous for burying outlaw Bonnie Parker, had to move for the construction of Interstate 45. Garcia and his wife, Yolanda, bought it in 1981 and lived in the second-floor apartment for 21 years following.

calvario funeral homePecan Deluxe, a candy manufacturer, operated in the warehouse from about 1960 until 1994 when, having outgrown the space, moved to their own building in the Lone Star industrial park off of Interstate 30. After that, Yolanda Garcia ran a flower shop there for a few years, but the space has been empty for about eight years, Garcia says.

The warehouse building is in bad shape, Garcia says. And a shortage of parking is the No. 1 problem for Bishop Arts restaurants and retailers, he says.

“Oak Cliff has got to change. We need parking,” he says. “Sometimes you have to do what’s necessary.”

Garcia pulled a demolition permit on Oct. 23, before an ordinance that would’ve required a waiting period and review took effect.

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  • I just hope they keep it as a parking lot because we need more parking like some have said

  • Did Garcia check this Frankie guy out? Lord have Mercy, what a trail if deceit! Google is a lot easier then trying to un-ring a bell!

  • So as this story unfolds the account changes as the plot reveals itself and greed becomes apparent. It’s a ground lease, so Carbetta makes a proposal to Garcia. You slip in and grab a permit while you can and rip it down. I purpose a new restaurant with parking all the while unaware of how impossible it will be to satisfy the city on the plans for the ‘new building’, especially in light of the way this was done and being in an overlay district. But the city allowed this to become a parking lot to serve the new adjacent restaurant. Then alas the task becomes too difficult to achieve and Carbetta who talked Garcia into this backs out. Oh well at least Garcia can profit from pay to park, as he has been for years….Now the city reviews the application and the proper engineering study was not included, or false statements were made on the application. The demo is halted, the original parking lot is shut down. Garcia has shot himself in the foot and Carbetta walks because it is apparent he can not use the property as intended. Damn little greed monster is at it again! Now we have a BAD curse, do we not?

  • The whole time I just assumed the building was a part of the funeral home, had no clue it was abandoned out of laziness. So it’s in bad shape, I’m sorry but did you not pay attention to the transformation that took place behind you Mr Garcia with Bishop Arts? I’d call all of that “pretty bad shape” that somehow turned it around. So what exactly has “got to change” about Oak Cliff? Sounds like your solution would be to bulldoze and pave from Davis to downtown?

  • I just read the account of this in the Dallas News. It appears that Garcia couldn’t get his story straight. Either you stand in the light with the truth or forever in the shadow of deceit.

  • To Mr. Garcia, I have been to your business to pay my respects to the loved ones i’ve lost, the parking is ridiculous!! I mean the least thing the mourning family wants is to worry about the Calvario Funeral Home parking. Most of the Oak Cliff community loves that your funeral home is so close to the area, but i feel so aggravated to see how disrespectful it has become i know i dont want to give you my business.

  • “Oak Cliff has to change. We need more parking” and then…… “Garcia says Carbetta is planning to build a new restaurant on the existing parking lot”….. what kind of crazy math is that!!! Sounds like the clink of 30 pieces of silver.

  • For what…maybe 10 parking spaces tops? That will all be valet… exclusively for a third generically blah restaurant? You are not a good custodian of what’s left of Bishop Arts Mr Garcia.

  • “Sometimes you have to do what is necessary”. Tearing down an existing building for parking, and building a new building on existing parking is not “what is necessary”.

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