South Dallas Car Wash May Close After Recent Shooting, Other Problems

Kristin Weisell
June 19, 2019 - 10:29 am
Jim's Car Wash

Credit: Steven Pickering, 1080 KRLD

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DALLAS (KRLD) - A vote in Dallas may close Jim's Car Wash today, several weeks after a woman was killed in a shooting.

56 year old Sheila Sanders died after several people fired shots on the property on MLK Boulevard on June 2. Three others were hit by bullets, and one was trampled underfoot by the crowd.

The city's board of adjustments meets today to decide if or when to close down Jim's.​ Aside from the recent shooting, the city says the car wash has been in noncompliance for months due to changes in zoning laws. 

"We never received paperwork that the car wash was being zoned out," says owner Dale Davenport. "We didn't know until last October they changed the zoning and that we had become a 'non-conforming property'."

Jim's Car Wash has long dealt with crime on or near its property, and Davenport claims the city isn't being fair to them.

"When we called and reported crime, the city of Dallas turned around and used our own calls against us to deem us a public nuisance."

Davenport claims the city is trying to use the zoning laws to push its own agenda.

"It's a way of using eminent domain to close your business, but they don't pay you for it," says Davenport.

At today's meeting, the city may choose a date to close Jim's Car Wash. It could be today, or at some point in the future.  Davenport says if he's told to close, he will. But he plans to take the fight to court. 

"We're law abiding citizens," he says. "However, the city of Dallas, thank goodness, is not the only law in the land. We'll be going to another court, whether it's local, state or federal."