Monday, March 23, 2015

Demo starts to rehab downtown Dallas historic building

Plans call for turning the building in to a combination of uses including apartments and hotel space. (DMN files)
Plans call for turning the building in to a combination of uses including apartments and hotel space. (DMN files)
Owners of a historic downtown Dallas building have begun demolition to prepare for renovation of the property.
The 104-year-old Butler Brothers Building at 500 S. Ervay is one of the last large vacant commercial buildings downtown.
Owner Alterra International has announced plans to spend more than $85 million turning the 8-story former warehouse building into a mixed-use project with retail, apartments and hotel rooms.
Work crews are now gutting the interior of the 510,000-square-foot building to prepare for the redevelopment.
The building was one of the largest structures in Dallas when it was built to house warehouse operations for Butler Brothers of Chicago – a wholesaler and an operator of variety stores.
The big warehouse had more than 11 acres of storage space. In the 1950s it was converted into the Dallas Merchandise Mart – a wholesale showroom center. The property – located across the street from Dallas City Hall – has been vacant for more than a decade.
The current owners acquired the building in 2011 after previous attempts to redevelop the landmark didn’t get off the ground.
Steve Brown, The Dallas Morning News