DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Troubled. An eyesore, a magnet for crime – those are just some of the ways one apartment complex in South Dallas had long been described. Now the only correct adjective is… gone.
The sound of crashing bricks and sheet rock was music to the ears of community leaders and residents.
Speaking of the now demolished apartment complex area business owner Carl Lewis said, “This is the best thing that ever happened to it.”
Dallas City Council member Carolyn Davis agreed wholeheartedly.
“I’m excited. It’s a wonderful day,” she said.
The 3015 Grand Avenue Apartments, near Fair Park, had been around since the 1970’s. It only took a few minutes to turn that history into rubble.
According to Dallas police, the complex had been abandoned for the last few years and had become a haven for drug activity and criminals.
“When we first got over here, it was tough,” Lewis remembered. “A whole lot of shooting and violence and stuff was [sic] going on all the time. Every time you look around, police were over there.”
Now area residents like Lewis, along with Councilwoman Davis are all hoping the destruction of something negative will lead to the building of something positive.
Davis said she’s been working with city leaders for the past two years to not only get rid of the complex, but also develop the property into something that improves the community.
“I’m just glad we’re to the point of bringing new development into this neighborhood, bring in wholesome development into this neighborhood,” she said expectantly.
The drive and expectation of residents and leaders is something Dallas Police Deputy Chief Tammy Ellzey says can breathe life into the city.
“Without a doubt, there are many, many, many people I hear from who don’t give up on the community and have the heart and soul of the community at hand,” she said. “It’s very evident when you look at them crashing down a building. They tore it down and went through it and got it done.”
There’s no word yet on what type of businesses or development will go up in the area, or when it will be built.
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