Mirrored siding on Museum Tower gets more complaints

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 10:20 PM

DALLAS — The mirrored siding on the new museum tower in downtown Dallas is racking up more complaints, this time from residents down the street at One Arts Plaza.

They said the city's newest skyscraper gives off a blinding glare.

If the sun's out, the problem is clear.

"You really cannot look outside," said Petey Parker, a resident at One Arts Plaza.

Parker has a stunning view from her home on the 19th floor. But every morning, she said she is confronted by the sun's blinding glare reflected off the Museum Tower.

"This will last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes," Parker said. "It just depends. That's too long."

No one disputes the new skyscraper is an attractive addition to Dallas' skyline. But the Nasher Sculpture Center was the first to express concern and request that the building's mirrored siding be muted.

The museum worries that the sharp glare from the 42-story Museum Tower is damaging its priceless art.

The city asked attorney Tom Luce to mediate between both sides, but so far, no fix has been found.

Parker says it's not just the Nasher facing this glaring problem. "We're worried about our property value," she said.

And she's not alone.

At least one other resident in One Arts Plaza has also expressed concern about the Museum Tower's mirrored siding.

"You cannot destroy somebody else's property," Parker said.

Residents here want in on Luce's negotiations. They're happy to have neighbors, but demand the Museum Tower finds a fix.

Luce has said he wants to find a solution in secret. It's uncertain if he's aware of this new concern from One Arts Plaza.

Luce did not immediately return a voicemail request for comment on Monday evening.

E-mail  jwhitely@wfaa.com

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