- Associated Press - Saturday, August 29, 2015

DALLAS (AP) - Leaders of a law enforcement pension group say they are no longer responsible for a glass skyscraper’s glare on a neighboring museum and patrons.

The owner of the Museum Tower condominium complex decided two years of negotiations trying to resolve the dispute was enough, The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1iakrHQ) reported Saturday.

The board of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System approved the resolution Thursday in the brightness battle with the Nasher Sculpture Center.

Nasher officials first complained that sunlight bouncing off the $200 million luxury condo tower, touted for its floor-to-ceiling glass, was damaging exhibits.

Kelly Gottschalk, the pension fund’s executive director, was unavailable for comment Friday, but a statement credited to the board said its first priority was to protect “the financial futures of the city’s police officers and firefighters.”

Nasher officials declined immediate comment.

“DPFP has spent more than two years in a good-faith effort to find a solution acceptable to all parties,” the board said, “but ultimately determined that all options under consideration were too costly to implement or would devalue the system’s investment.”

Dallas City Council member Lee Kleinman, the only board member to vote against the resolution, said he didn’t agree with the decision but credited both sides for trying to find common ground.

“While this outcome is personally disappointing, I must applaud the efforts and sincere dialogue of all stakeholders in this process,” he said.

Mayor Mike Rawlings was also disappointed in the decision to leave the negotiating table.

“We knew this was a challenge, and I believe we have made progress,” Rawlings said in a written statement. “I’ll be advocating for continued dialogue to reach a solution.”






Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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