Accusations Swirl as Fate of Braniff Building at Love Field Could Be Decided Tuesday - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Accusations Swirl as Fate of Braniff Building at Love Field Could Be Decided Tuesday



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    Instead of being torn down the old Braniff building at Dallas Love Field Airport could get a facelift.

    The Dallas City Council will consider the multimillion-dollar renovation project Tuesday, according to our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Reed Enterprises, backed by car dealer Randall Reed, wants to makeover the building and is looking to spend around $55 million over the next five years on the project.

    But now another group that was fighting earlier to save the former Braniff Building as a historic landmark accuses Reed of stealing their plans.

    In recent years the city has backed plans to demolish the building in favor of new development, but the historic designation has kept the building standing.

    Opened in 1958, the building on Lemmon Avenue with a butterfly design was intended to symbolize the opening of the jet age as airlines transitioned from propeller-driven planes.

    It housed Braniff maintenance and operations until Braniff finally shut down in the early '90s.
    The building was then occupied by Dalfort Aerospace, but it's been mostly vacant for the past 10 years.

    Reed said he intends to restore the Braniff building and make the complex a combination museum, retail and office complex that will be a legacy project for his family.

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