Demolition hearing for Bishop Arts house

Photo courtesy of Scott Griggs
Photo courtesy of Scott Griggs

A developer wants to demolish an old house in the Bishop Arts District, but a new city ordinance requires a public hearing on the matter.

Alamo Manhattan, which is planning a massive Bishop Arts development, pulled a permit to demolish the house at 228 W. Seventh.

The house, which is at least 86 years old, is included in the Historic District Demolition Overlay that the city created for part of Oak Cliff last year. The overlay requires a waiting period and review before certain buildings 50 years or older can be demolished.

City Councilman Scott Griggs reports that a public hearing has been set for this house at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in room 5BN at City Hall.

A quick search of newspaper archives shows that the White family lived in the house during the 1940s. Three of the family’s sons served in Wold War II; one was captured by the Nazis after his plane was shot down over Budapest. Another was “lost in action” and a third was injured in the war.

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