City ponders future of Carnegie Building

DALLAS -- The Carnegie Building, one of downtown Dallas' most distinctive landmarks, has seen better days.

DALLAS -- The Carnegie Building, one of downtown Dallas' most distinctive landmarks, has seen better days.

The city is hoping the historic building, located on Southwest Court Street, will again.

The process will take time, though.

Last November, the building's ancient steam boiler heating system suffered a complete failure, forcing youth sports organization Kids, Inc. of Dallas, which used the building as its offices, to move out.

After Kids, Inc. found a new home, city maintenance crews got to work with cleaning, repairs and evaluating the condition of the structure.

"There was a lot of deferred maintenance and basic cleaning to be done," said Dallas Community Development Director Jason Locke said. "We are evaluating what we've really got in the building."

The city plans to install a new modern heating and cooling system later this year, which will help maintain the integrity of the structure. After that, a decision must be made on whether to lease it or put it up for sale.

Locke said the building's split-level layout could dictate the kinds of uses it could accommodate.

"There are a lot of possibilities for the building and a lot of limitations in the way it's constructed," he said. "Ultimately, the city council will have to decide what it wants to do."

Locke said the city has no plans to demolish the building, but a decision to sell or lease it may not happen anytime soon.

"Getting the building clean and into shipshape is our main focus now," Locke said.

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