3400 Garden Lane is home to the historic Pearl C. Anderson Middle School Learning Center. The school opened in 1963 and was named for Pearl C. Anderson as a tribute to her life of service to the citizens of Dallas. Pearl C. Anderson was an influential civic leader and philanthropist, known for many charitable endeavors, including her 1955 donation of a significant Downtown Dallas property to the Community Chest Trust Fund (now the Communities Foundation of Texas) which was the organization’s first major gift. DISD named the school for Pearl C. Anderson while she was still living – a rare honor.
The school closed in 2014 and remained abandoned until its purchase by Watermark South Dallas in 2019.
Watermark South Dallas is a local church as well as a collaborative ministry hub. Our vision is to thoughtfully and prayerfully join with existing churches, non-profits, and local leaders to meet the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of the community. Besides amplifying the services that are already available, we desire to work together to develop creative solutions and empower the residents of South Dallas to improve their community.
The strategy is to bring many of these services under one roof, making them more accessible to the South Dallas community, while also providing space for community gatherings, sports fields and gyms, and other services for community use. We currently provide a host of community services weekly:
We are requesting new zoning so that we can expand the range and scope of community services. We have been gathering input from the community on several new potential initiatives, including:
If you have other specific ideas for how Watermark South Dallas could serve the community, we want to hear from you! Please email us at email@example.com.
Overview: In order to adapt the building for additional uses, Watermark South Dallas is in the process of requesting rezoning. The request is to change the zoning from PD 595 R-5 and NC (E) to a Planned Development District for R-5(A) and other uses.
Project Updates: A zoning change request was filed on July 12, 2022. Notification signs were posted on July 13, 2022.
Local Pastors Meeting: May 16, 2022
Meeting with Homeowners Association: April 30, 2022
All Community Meeting/Open House: June 16, 2022
Second All Community Meeting/Open House: July 23, 2022
Third All Community Meeting/Open House: September 14, 2022
People to Know
Owner/Applicant: Watermark South Dallas
South Dallas Campus Pastor: Marvin Walker
Zoning Consultant: Karl Crawley, MasterPlan
District 7 City Plan Commissioner: Benjamin J. Vann
District 7 City Councilperson: Adam Bazaldua