TCCD is supported by the tax dollars of Tarrant County residents and supposedly operates for their interest and benefit.
|TXU Windows At Sunrise.. Courtesy Brian Luenser|
|1929 North Main Power Plant <click image to enlarge>|
|1924 TXU & Paddock Viaduct <click image to enlarge>|
Since all of this construction involved the Trinity River basin and floodway, both the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (COE) had to be dealt with. This involvement added a lot of regulations and guidelines that would not have been a factor in building off of the waterway. This led to extra expense and redesign. And ultimately, because of problems crossing the levee on the north side, destroyed the idea of the little bridge.
It also led to the designation of the entire Trinity Bluffs, for the 1st time, as historically significant in the view of the federal government.
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Time passed. Along with the remaining smoke stacks many of the outbuildings which were deemed unusable,, unsafe, etc., just disappeared. And the main old generator building just sat, the basement filled with water, the roof leaking, masonry falling and with many of the windows knocked out.
Unlike a private business, TCCD is public institution. It is accountable to, has a responsibility to Tarrant County and its citizens. And if nothing more than being just the owner of the power plant buildings, it has the responsibility to maintain them so that the district can sell them and so that they do not become a public nuisance. even if they have no interest in history.
In the period when the Trinity Bluff was being desecrated, public meetings were going on, chaired by the COE & TRWD in the main construction offices which had been located just to the north of what remained of the TXU buildings. These meetings were comprised of what are termed "stakeholders", and were to receive progress reports and to answer questions about any possible irregularities. Eventually a number of serious violations were found by the COE and TRWD. The College District was required to "mitigate" these by performing offsetting tasks or functions since most of the violations could not be reversed in place. Negotiations began..
Since 2008 there has been no public mention from the USCOE of what "mitigation" the College District was to perform or if any ever was imposed on the District. There certainly is no public record of the College District ever performing any mitigation of any kind.
So again, it looks like the TCCD got away free.
|1927 <click image to enlarge>|
Over five years has passed.... Its 100th birthday passed unnoticed...
In that time, the TCCD has not done one thing to protect the buildings...
It's very obvious that the TCCD is using a policy of not-so-benign neglect to allow the buildings to crumble and then declare them beyond repair. Which is a common practice in Fort Worth. This would conveniently allow the eventual demolition of this historic place and make way for an easier sale of the raw land during the TRV expansion to come.
This shows a great deal of condescension toward and contempt for Fort Worth, Tarrant County and its historical places..
What's the next piece of our history that will get in the way of the TCCD and be tossed aside without a thought?
-Thanks to Brian Luenser for his great picture of the windows in the power plant. All other images from my personal collection..