Dallas officials will be putting some taxpayer money into converting a church southeast of Fair Park into a community center, according to a report by Candy’s Dirt:

“Members of the Real Estate Council’s professional development program plan to renovate the former St. Luke Community United Methodist Church building into a permanent home for the Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Community Outreach Center.

“The TREC Associate Leadership Council’s project is just one piece of a three-year, $1 million Dallas Catalyst Project, a place-based economic development initiative. Last year TREC wrapped up nearly six years of work and 22 projects in the Forest District as part of the inaugural Dallas Catalyst Project.

“In addition to the community outreach center, the catalyst project calls for renovating up to 18 vacant lots, upgrading infrastructure, creating a boxing gym, an urban farm, and up to eight affordable single-family homes, the Dallas Morning News reported in December.

“The project is funded by TREC Community Investors. Collaborators include Mill City Community Association, Builders of Hope Community Development Corporation, and Urban Specialists.

“The former St. Luke Community United Methodist Church building, vacant for more than a decade, was built in 1941 and rebuilt in 1956 after it was destroyed by a fire.

“The church was led by Dr. Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. for over 30 years, and in 2020, the building was donated to the nonprofit organization.”

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