After months of pressure, Texas has approved the demolition of two buildings in Dallas and two more in Houston that were deemed unsafe and dangerous to the public.
The state’s Department of Transportation announced on Monday that it had granted a permit to demolish the Chipperfield Office Building, a three-story, 924,000-square-foot office building on the southwest corner of the intersection of Southwest Highway and the Alamo.
It will be demolished in three phases, one of which will take place over the summer.
The first phase will begin in July.
“The demolition of the Chiperfields office building will result in significant public safety impacts to residents and visitors in the area,” the Department of Public Safety said in a news release.
“In the first phase, demolition of Chipperfields will be conducted as a complete and total demolition with no partial or incidental removal of buildings or other structures.”
The first two phases are expected to cost between $3.5 million and $5.9 million.
The demolition of one of the buildings, the Dallas-Fort Worth District Office Building at 1315 N. Commerce St., was approved in September.
The D.W. Ford Building on the northwest corner of Southwest and South Commerce was approved for a phase two demolition in November.
The Department of Water Management’s Water Tower, located at 1450 N. Westheimer, was also approved for phase two in December.
The construction of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFWIA) is slated to start in 2019.
The city of Dallas has not yet awarded a permit for the DFWIA.