DALLAS (CBSDFW) – Among Swiss Avenue’s century-old million-dollar homes, the historic Aldredge House has recently earned comparisons to a frat house.READ MORE: 19-Year-Old Tello Hernandez Faces Intoxication Manslaughter Charge Following Fatal Crash
Neighbors say the popular venue for weddings and special events has allowed parties to get out of hand.
They’ve taken videos of the parties and snapped shots of a pair of underwear found lying in the street – evidence of the disruption they say it’s caused their otherwise quiet neighborhood.
“We have a party house, a frat house, a bar in our neighborhood,” said Jim Dunkerley.
Neighbors filed a complaint, asking the city to strip the Aldredge House of a special exemption and revert it to a single family residence.
“The Aldredge House has been a gem in the Swiss Avenue Historic District and a wonderful source for history here in Dallas,” said Angela Hunt, who represents the owner of house, The Dallas
County Medical Society Alliance and Foundation.
The DCMSA has helped preserve the home’s original and made it available as meeting space for local non-profits.READ MORE: Homeowner Terry Duane Turner Charged In Slaying Of Motorist Adil Dghoughi In His Driveway
It argues losing the exemption would force it to sell the nearly 100 year old historic landmark, endangering the home’s preservation and closing it off to the public.
At a Wednesday meeting of the Dallas Landmark Commission’s Designation Committee, the Foundation proposed its compromise – creating a new planned development district.
The district would limit how and when the house can be used, restricting the size of parties and their frequency.
It would also protect it from becoming rezoned as a single family residence.
“It’s a win-win for everyone,” said neighbor Harriet Aerhart.
But Dunkerley is among those still skeptical.
“It’s not a case of preserving the house, it’s a case of making permanent a commercial property,” he said.
The proposal now goes to the city’s Landmark Commission.MORE NEWS: Dallas Neighborhood Crime Spike Has Many Questioning, 'Is Uptown Going Downhill?'
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