These are the last days of the apartments at Greenville and McCommas.

A company called Stillwater Capital bought the apartment complex at 5714 McCommas, located directly east of The Corner Market, a couple months ago. They plan to raze the building to make room for 36 new condominiums.

In January tenants received a notice from the management company, Indio Management, informing them that they needed to vacate the building by Feb. 15. This weekend heavy duty demolition machinery appeared on the front lawn.

Chuck Cole, the owner of The Corner Market, says neighbors who’ve filtered through his shop over the last couple weeks have expressed concern over the loss of the historic building and the upcoming construction.

According to Stillwater’s website, they plans to put in a subterranean parking garage with private parking spaces to accommodate the condos, which will be two- and three-bedroom flats.

Neighbor Doyle Rader, who lives down the block, told us a couple weeks ago that he’s concerned about extensive construction for an underground parking garage.

“That’s going to wreck everything,” he pointed out. “I’m worried about what it’s going to do to the street and the alleyway.”

Radar says he is also concerned about the loss of history in the area.

“The building was built in the 1930s and aside from a few maintenance issues, it’s still in good condition,” he says. “My concern here is that Dallas is about to lose another piece of its history and possibly adversely impacting one of the city’s historic neighborhoods.”

He’s not the only one who feels that way. There’s a Save McCommas Colonial Facebook page, which is headed up by former resident Jerod Costa. Neighbors have been posting memories and pictures to the page, as well as comments to Stillwater claiming, “… the entire neighborhood is watching. We’ll let you know when you screw up.”

Over the weekend an unknown neighbor left flowers along the fencing, and at least a couple people have posted signs on the front of the building that say things like, “Not a tear down,” “RIP McCommas,” and “Our cats miss McCommas.”


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