Fort Worth

Crowd gathers to cheer demolition of Dairy Queen in Stop Six

More than 100 people gathered at an abandoned Dairy Queen in Stop Six for the first time in years Tuesday to see the building torn down.

Fort Worth Councilwoman Gyna Bivens made demolishing the building a priority to pave the way for new development in Stop Six. The city has owned the building since 2003 because of unpaid taxes.

“The fact that we had this burnt-out building here for decades is an embarrassment to the community, and we all shoulder the blame for it, myself included,” Bivens said. “But I woke up one day and I realized this shouldn’t be here.”

The demolition, originally scheduled for September, was delayed because of a red-tape tangle in permitting.

In the crowd were Mayor Betsy Price and Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray; Fort Worth school board members; city staff; students from Dunbar High School and Dunbar Middle School; residents; and developers.

After the demolition, the community had a panel discussion with developer Happy Baggett and Paul Paine, president of Fort Worth South Inc.

— Caty Hirst