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Sunlight Fight Continues Between Museum Tower, Nasher

Bud Gillett, CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Developers of the Museum Tower that neighbors the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas claims they have a fix to the ongoing bruhaha over reflected sunlight in the Dallas Arts District.  But the Nasher says it’s not an answer.

Museum Tower developers publicly pitched their proposed fix to the building’s owners Thursday: the pension fund for Dallas police and firefighters which needs solid investments for its retirees.

The proposal is to reshape hundreds of circular openings called oculi on the Nasher’s roof. Those are the solar-tube-type structures designed to indirectly illuminate the Nasher with natural light.

“Basically the cones have been reshaped,” said Greg Greene, of Turtle Creek Holdings, the Tower’s co-developer. He proposed longer, modified oculi are supposed to negate direct sunlight reflecting off the Tower onto the Nasher’s exhibits.

“We’ve carved down the shape of the oculi here to make sure we let in the same amount of light as was originally the case with these oculi ,” Greene said, adding, “so you get an elimination of the reflection and the view of the Museum Tower yet you get the same amount of illumination.”

Greene adds the developer says it has set aside millions of dollars for oculi repairs to the Nasher.

The pension fund has a lot at stake.

The Museum Tower is elegant, high-rise housing catering to Dallas’ elite.  The suites are opulent; to call this a “million dollar view” is really under-selling it.

“Our prices start at about a million, three hundred-fifty and the main range goes up to about 4-million dollars,” Turtle Creek Holdings VP of Marketing Steve Sanborg told CBS 11 News.

But the Nasher has a lot at stake, too.

Its building and exhibits are all a gift to the city from the late Raymond and Patsy Nasher.

Officials from the Nasher Sculpture Center wouldn’t go on camera, but their reaction in an e-mail is blunt.

The glare from Museum Tower is a problem for the entire Arts District, not just the Nasher Sculpture Center. Recycling the same grossly inadequate and deeply flawed idea in another publicity stunt is not a way to address the problems Museum Tower is causing for the people of Dallas. The bottom line is that the owners of Museum Tower need to fix their building.”

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