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Leading Off (6/9/17)

Displaced West Dallas residents could get some relief, the Dawson State Jail is now on the market, and police and fire pension leaders are given severance payments.

The City Finds Funds That Could Help Displaced West Dallas Residents. The $1 million in federal funds would provide financial assistance for working class tenants facing eviction in the rapidly gentrifying area. Strict new housing codes have forced some landlords to stop renting properties, leaving some tenants to look for new homes.

Police and Fire Pension System Leaders Will Get Severance. But their jobs aren’t over yet. On Thursday, the board voted to pay Executive Director Kelly Gottschalk, General Counsel Josh Mond, and Chief Financial Officer Summer Loveland a year’s salary. All four Dallas City Council members who sit on the pension fund board were against this action. The board’s chairman said that the severance agreements, which are effective Aug. 31, would keep the executives in place through a “critical transition period.” The new board will be seated Sept. 1.

Dawson State Jail Hits The Real Estate Market. CBRE brokers are pitching the 10-story building as a potential fixer-upper that could be converted into an office space, an apartment high-rise, or a self-storage facility. Or the city could transform it into an art experiment, catalyzing a new chapter along the banks of the Trinity. Either way, the building could pique the interest of builders and investors as few old downtown-area buildings are left for redevelopment.

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