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Mayor Weighs in on Nasher v. Museum Tower

This morning, we linked to a report about the state of the Nasher/Museum Tower negotiations. Today, KERA reporter BJ Austin caught up with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings for his take:

This Saturday, the Nasher Sculpture Center opens a new, prestigious exhibit: “Ken Price Sculptures: A Retrospective.” And temporary mesh panels will be installed on the exhibit hall ceiling to protect the brightly colored ceramic sculptures from the sun’s glare reflected off the Museum Tower next door.

Owner of Museum Tower, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board, and the Nasher remain at a standoff over a solution to the glare.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is disappointed things aren’t moving.

“We want to sell out all the units in Museum Tower and we want to make sure Nasher goes back to where they’ve been,” he said. “And to do those things we’ve got to have a spirit of cooperation. I’ve got a sense of urgency about this. I want to get this done before summer, and time’s a wastin’.”

Rawlings doesn’t expect any movement until the Pension Board makes a decision on ownership of the Tower. Dallas developer Jack Matthews has made a bid. That decision could come as early as the Pension Board meeting next week. The Nasher supports the Matthews bid.

  • Joleen Chambers

    Thank you, BJ Austin for pursuing this story. Dallas can do better than enduring years of glare and additional ambient summer heat generated by Museum Tower. The decision to invest in risky real estate, build an out-of-scale 42 story tower and clad it in high reflective glass cannot be blamed on the people that notice the negative effects to the Dallas Arts District (not just the Nasher Sculpture Center). Accountability is a hard pill for the pension board to swallow. City leaders: lead !!!!