Dragon Sculpture Emerges on Dixieland Alley

It hasn’t been long since a run-down house was demolished along an alley in Dixieland. Developer Gregory Fancelli plans to place some two-story apartments there eventually. But for now, it’s home to a 30-foot long dragon, Dixieland’s newest resident.

The Dixieland Dragon was created and fabricated by artist Keith Maximillion Williams of 4th Dimension Art & Fab under the sponsorship of Fancelli, whose Lester Grossman LLC owns the property, and Brooke Babicz Agnini.

The location: Park Street and the alley just west of Florida Avenue. It’s directly behind Hungry Howie’s.

The dragon, measuring roughly 13 feet at its tallest point, started showing up on Facebook posts Sunday and was attracting the attention of passersby this morning.

Fancelli secured permission in February to demolish a house that was deemed not contributing to Dixieland’s historic nature.

The house at 116-118 W. Park Street was approved for demolition.

In its place, he envisions affordably priced apartments for urban professionals that will line the alley between Park Street and Belmar Street. Some companion apartments are contemplated for the parking lot behind Dixieland Village a couple blocks north.

Park Street looking south – after