Biografía Corta De Rick

Sobre Rick

Biografía Corta De Rick

Como planificador urbano y emprendedor en serie, a fin de promover la obra del Concilio de la Ciudad de Denton, Rick Baria utilizará su entendimiento y experiencia en múltiples sectores como la construcción, el negocio, el desarrollo de terrenos, el diseño del paisaje a escala grande, y su acoplamiento grácil con la infraestructura municipal.

En su trabajo Rick emplea medios originales para convertir parcelas difíciles a espacios económicamente próvidos que a la vez preservan el residuo máximo de la arboleda nativa, guardando un legado de naturaleza verde.  Ha logrado identificar y resolver con buen resultado los puntos de desacuerdo entre los vecinos, el promotor inmobiliario, y las normas de ordenación de territorio municipal.  Conoce bien como navegar los procedimientos para obtener permisos de uso para los proyectos que carecen de la clasificación adecuada.  Esa obra ha llevado acabo aquí en Denton, el metro cercano, y hasta fuera de la región.

Nuestro nuevo Código para Desarrollo de Inmobiliario, y sobre todo el Reglamento de Preservación de Árboles, refleja la contribución que ha hecho Rick en casi veinte años de voluntarismo. Rick realizó una temporada en La Mesa de Apelación de decisiones de “Zonificación” (Es decir; la clasificación territorial de usos permitidos), y sirvió en dos Comités de Preservación de Árboles.  A través de un empeño largo se hizo hispano parlante (es autor de esos párrafos) y ha viajado extensivamente a Latinoamérica por motivos del negocio.  Logró un bachiller de la Universidad de Norte de Texas, graduó de la escuela Segundaria aquí en Denton, y como adolescente obtuvo el rango de “Caballero” de la Asociación de los Jóvenes Scouts de ese gran país.    


Living in a Denton Treasure

In the early 1980s, Rick moved into the house we know today as the Bayless-Selby House Museum and launched a five-year, basic restoration. A decade prior, in 1970, Rick’s parents had bought the large, 2-story Victorian homestead on Myrtle Street from the heirs of R.L. Selby and his wife Mary, long-time owners of Selby nursery, located on land adjoining the house, and Selby Florist, located where the Greenhouse restaurant today.

A bit of history: The original Bayless-Selby house was built sometime after 1885 as a two-room home; Samuel Bayless expanded it into a two-story Victorian in 1898, the year after the Courthouse-On-The-Square was completed. A comprehensive history of the house is here.

With no eye to restoration, Rick’s parents converted the house into an antique shop, which his mother owned and managed. In doing so, they made many internal alterations to the building, but did not change its basic structure.

After his parents closed the antique shop, Rick assumed responsibility for the property and moved his family into it. The house was in desperate need of basic structural maintenance and support, which Rick undertook prior to tackling any cosmetic restoration. Although his father had tried to brace the leaky house with railroad ties and lally columns, much remained to be done.

An especially daunting task was installation of a new roof. Rick removed six layers of shingles – 10 dump-truck loads – before he could replace the roof. (Adding new roofs over old ones was common during much of the 20th century.) Rick also reinforced the attic floor and stabilized the frame of the house, which was heated by a furnace and four space heaters. The house was well-shaded, but the nursery was the only air-conditioned room; it had one window unit. Two of Rick’s four children were born while his family lived in the Selby house.

After five years, Rick could see that the full restoration he initially envisioned would take far more time, energy and dollars than were within his means, so he returned the house to his father and, with the help of his brother, set about building his own home on then-unincorporated land east of Denton.

In 1997, Rick’s parents sold the Selby house to the City, which wanted the site for expansion of an electric substation. The next year, the City sold the house at auction to Mildred Hawk, a member of the Denton County Historical Commission (DCHC), for $12,000. She donated the house to the DCHC, which mounted a huge fundraising effort to move the house to the Denton County Historical Park on Carroll Blvd. and undertake a full restoration. Today, we are fortunate to enjoy the Bayless-Selby House Museum, centerpiece of the Denton County Historical Park and a jewel in the crown of Denton preservation efforts.

When the general contractor for the Bayless-Selby House restoration began work on the house, he noted the house probably would not have survived the move from Myrtle St. to its current home without the creative solutions Rick devised to stabilize the structure.