DALLAS - Owners of a historic downtown Dallas building have begun demolition to prepare for renovation of the property.
The 104-year-old Butler Brothers Building at 500 S. Ervay is one of the last large vacant commercial buildings downtown.
Owner Alterra International has announced plans to spend more than $85 million turning the eight-story former warehouse building into a mixed-use project with retail, apartments and hotel rooms.
Work crews are now gutting the interior of the 510,000-sf building to prepare for the redevelopment.
The building was one of the largest structures in Dallas when it was built to house warehouse operations for Butler Brothers of Chicago — a wholesaler and an operator of variety stores.
The big warehouse had more than 11 acres of storage space. In the 1950s it was converted into the Dallas Merchandise Mart — a wholesale showroom center. The property — located across the street from Dallas City Hall — has been vacant for more than a decade.
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