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#107715 FTW Convention Center

Posted by arch-image on 08 December 2017 - 05:05 PM in Fort Worth Architecture

Hey Bonfire, I found on a site said it was 85' tall at its peak which seems about right. I used google earth and came up about 350 on the dome portion, and 450 with overhangs but that seems bigger than I would have thought. 




#107705 FTW Convention Center

Posted by arch-image on 08 December 2017 - 01:15 PM in Fort Worth Architecture

Does anyone know the diameter of the round portion of the convention center as well as how tall it is? Spent an hour or so searching around the net and cant find much on it. Appreciate any info!  




#107704 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by arch-image on 08 December 2017 - 11:43 AM in Announcements

I would Definitely be up for it!  




#107364 2017 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month 11:45

Posted by arch-image on 17 November 2017 - 02:12 PM in Announcements

Never Noticed this before! When the date gets decided I will def try and make it! 




#106885 Cadillac Lofts

Posted by arch-image on 26 October 2017 - 03:23 PM in Residential

Any word on this project? I had heard at one time they asked for another extension to close the loan for the 3rd or 4th time and the Kent family said no. Cool little spot to do something! 




#106884 House Speaker Straus not seeking re-election

Posted by arch-image on 26 October 2017 - 10:53 AM in Politics

I think he is gearing up for a run at Governors office. He has been one of the sane guys who has helped keep things in a little bit of check and balance I think in Austin. I have always been pretty impressed with him and think he would do very well. 




#106670 Residence Inn at "Houston and 8th"

Posted by arch-image on 17 October 2017 - 04:13 PM in Commercial

Thanks Rename as well as others, was here way in the past, but somewhere along the line kinda got busy and stopped following it but glad to be back not only in the forum but also back to living and working from the Ft Worth and Tarrant county side of town, no offense intended to my friends in the Dallas Side! :)




#106568 Adding More Hotels Downtown

Posted by arch-image on 12 October 2017 - 03:44 PM in Commercial

Your correct, 70% is not bad, like to see more in the 75-80 but usually 70 is ok, concern is with 30% more rooms added what is going to happen to rates




#106567 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by arch-image on 12 October 2017 - 03:43 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I wasnt able to make any of the meetings this week at the city, anything happen with T&P? Or if it was even discussed ......




#106502 Adding More Hotels Downtown

Posted by arch-image on 10 October 2017 - 07:47 AM in Commercial

Interesting article in the FWST this morning on the opening of the first of seven hotels being built downtown. I was a bit surprised to see that overall occupancy is only 70%. Center core has 2522 rooms and they are adding just over 1,000. Can't help but feel like that will drive it down in to the mid 60's unless something changes substantially with and increase in convention bookings or new large corporate moving in.




#106488 Adding More Hotels Downtown

Posted by arch-image on 09 October 2017 - 04:36 PM in Commercial

 

I hope you know it was a quote from the President of the Fort Worth chamber. Not my words. If anything from what I remember he was planning to "compete" with Dallas on business that needs office space. I have my doubts weather he can ? But I hope I am wrong. And he was not talking about tourism. lol But it seems I cannot find my post with the link ?

 

 

 Again, not a rebuttal to anything you said, IMO, the emphasis being placed on competing with Dallas for businesses needing office space is going to be daunting. Fort Worth doesn't have an available pipeline of speculative new, cutting edge office space that businesses will be demanding. 

 

It seems that 1 or 2 realty groups control the Downtown Market.  Until Downtown becomes less of a monopolistic district and more open to where speculators like Jetta can come in with the willingness to build 21st Century office spaces,  there will be a revolving door through which office space will be largely under the management of Sundance Realty and Simpson Restoration. If the Chamber wants some speculative office projects for new office business for Downtown, then I hope that it can persuade Hillwood to invest in Downtown. Hillwood should be the first developer on it list. And why not?; as Hillwood has certainly done well in Far North Fort Worth.

 

 

Leisure Tourism is a market that Fort Worth ought to compete in more vigorously.  The hospitality industry is showing that there is a growing interest in Fort Worth evidence by the new speculative hotels in the pipeline. Fort Worth immediate future when it comes to Downtown is to get the Convention Center and Convention Tourist business up an running in a major way

 

To a VERY large degree your correct in this statement, while I don't know I would say it is those two families/companies, but one of the biggest differences between Dallas and Ft Worth when it comes to land is in Dallas, everything has a price and at the end of the day, usually a reasonable one depending on what your buying. Ft Worth on the other hand is much the opposite, land in downtown and even surrounding areas in many cases have been in families for generations and many times quite frankly .... there is no price, or at least sensible price. I remember looking at a nice piece 5 years or so back about 2 acres vacant, hasn't been anything on it in decades and when we approached the owners, "not for sale" I mentioned, "everything has a price", the guy looked at me quizzically and said well, that's true, but I don't think your going to be willing to pay 10 mil for it and that's what it would take. D vs FW .... totally different worlds when it comes to buying land and doing developments.




#106405 400 block of S Main

Posted by arch-image on 06 October 2017 - 11:57 AM in Commercial

Very Cool use of existing Structures.




#106381 "Left Bank"

Posted by arch-image on 04 October 2017 - 03:41 PM in Commercial

Very Similar to what they are doing in Las Colinas




#106359 "Left Bank"

Posted by arch-image on 03 October 2017 - 07:12 AM in Commercial

renamerusk, I had not seen this before, definitely has an interesting feel to it. If I get the orientation right the green in front goes down to the river. The sorella is really nice but I think would be a bit upscale for the location.



#106347 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by arch-image on 02 October 2017 - 03:51 PM in City Issues

Lots being talked about on 6-800 acres needed, not sure where that came from, most of the proposals I have seen are way smaller and to get 8mil sq feet you don't need near that much space unless your doing low rise stuff and I dont see that happening myself. I could see this feasibly being done in 10 -12 buildings which would only take 20-30 acres, maybe less. Also, don't forget, the 8 mil SQF as well as the issue on people that has been mentioned is over a 20 year period, to 2027. So it isn't like it is all needed at once. I think there is a good many of areas around the core of downtown that could accommodate a project like this. I am a bit surprised no one mentioned the T&P, has the 500k of space available for phase 1, 6 vacant acres behind it, another I think 4 beside it, various lots across the street as well as mentioned lots by Calhoun. You could even while doing the road extension add a tunnel and do something on the other side of 30 along Vickery right behind it. Rail access, "T" access for what little we have to offer in transport rail. I think the part kills Fort Worth is the transportation issue. Lots of options though, Panther, Forest Park area along University or even 7th possibly, or possibly some of the new large ranches that have recently begun development although I think they want central core.




#106343 "Left Bank"

Posted by arch-image on 02 October 2017 - 01:48 PM in Commercial

 

 

I noticed there is a Left Bank for sale sign on the tract of land where the hotel was suppose to be.  I believe it said 3.x acres zoned MU-2 .... so I'm not for sure if the sign is just there referencing another tract of land, or if something happened to the hotel deal?

 

EDIT:

 

I did in fact learn that Valencia did pull their contract, so Left Bank is either looking for another hotel or to build apartments on the lot.  Seems like a waste given the direct access to the river and unobstructed views that parcel of land has .....

 

FW81 ... Any idea if they are still even wanting a hotel? I've left numerous messages with their development office and the Rea Estate company and can't get a return call. Have companies interested if someone would return a call! 

 

 

I have learned that apparently the Valencia hotel deal is back on.  I really hope this gets done.  I think it would greatly benefit the whole development and the area in general desperately needs the hotel space. 

 

I do at times feel for the Left Bank development, I know originally Whole Foods was looking, Neimans, West Elm was originally under contract at LB and I think a few other stores that switched to Clearfork.  I just wonder if a few things like that would have came to fruition how much different it would have been. 

 

 

I was hoping it wouldn't, but then that was soley for selfish reasons obviously ! lol. In all seriousness Valencia does some really cool and awesome stuff. I don't know if the site lays out well for it but one like the Lone Star Court would be really cool here looking out over the river as well as possibly a draw top bring people in to the development with the live bands and such. Guess I will go back to trying to figure out how I can buy the T&P building!




#106342 901 Commerce St. - High-rise Mixed Use

Posted by arch-image on 02 October 2017 - 10:56 AM in Commercial

I don't really see the massing as an issue, it is a little thin but not dramatically. I do like the idea of stepping back a few of the uppermost floors a bit to add some "shape" to the building vs a plain box. Mainly I hope they do something a bit different with the exterior skin in lieu of just another glass box.




#106330 What is it?

Posted by arch-image on 01 October 2017 - 12:01 PM in Local History

While I Know this is an ancient post I couldn't help but respond to it. I had someone I Know who did a photo set of this site back when they were looking at possibly selling it. HE told me about it and I like some one here mentioned was surprised it was so far from the base. I asked my Dad about it, retired from CAFB, and he sort of chuckled and said of course the main warheads were stored offsite, the base was known and if attacked the last thing you wanted was it to get bombed which in turn would set of our own bombs. I remember during the Vietnam era DFW was said t be listed as one of the top 10 hit sites for Russia due to CAFB, GD, LTV, NAS in Grand Prairie, and more minor sites. He told me a story of one time they were hauling a bomb down White Settlement road in to the base to be loaded on to a B-52 and one of the straps broke and it rolled off the truck in to the middle of the road. Obviously it was not armed nor did it have a ore in it, that was carried separate so no worry of exploding but one hell of an ass chewing ensued when they go to the base. One of the guys on the truck was a good friend of his who I got to know as I grew up and man could they tell stories! He worked with nuclear weapons his whole adult life and sadly died a few years back from multiple issues with cancer but always said he wouldn't have taken one day back even knowing it was going to one day kill. Definitely of that era of men who took pride in protecting our country. 




#106328 Well in Wedgwood

Posted by arch-image on 01 October 2017 - 10:46 AM in Local History

Take a look here www.tceq.texas.gov/gis/waterwellview.html 

 

TCEQ maintains a lot of info for all types of wells. 




#106326 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by arch-image on 01 October 2017 - 09:54 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

The connector construction would impact site access and material staging for the warehouse rehab. There is not much open area on the site.

 

I bet the biggest reason would be financial. If the developer were to about have it completed, the connector construction would probably impact leasing. Loan payback time would probably be extended and more interest would be incurred. That might be some of the issues in getting it funded. 

 

I don't see why you say there would be staging issues, this property has about 7 acres of land with it including the two tracts they own, there is at least 4 acres total behind the building and access while not great, is more or less typical of working in a downtown setting. When we redid the old Huey & Philp building in Dallas to the Homewood the building was literally sidewalk to sidewalk, it's a staging issue but not a monster hurdle, just adds some time and a little cost and coordination is a bit tougher. That is not the case here at all. As for the connector being a reason, that's just another excuse. The impacts would not have been that much and now that its back on schedule so there is some raodwork being done to the west of your building at the same time your under construction big deal. Right now it is slated for a completion in 2020. Quite honestly if I was starting this job it would be about a 24 month project and thats assuming plans were done and permit was quick so the two would coordinate for a close opening of both pretty much. The reality is finish plans, get it permitted and built is at minimum probably a 2 1/2 year project.. I just think they have zero access to funding as they keep going back out to "development Partners". Sometimes you just bite off more than you can chew and have to let go, take your profit on the sell and move on to the next one. 




#106110 Residence Inn at "Houston and 8th"

Posted by arch-image on 25 September 2017 - 03:55 PM in Commercial

The building will be 50 feet wide, 95 feet long, and approximately 275 feet tall.

I would have expected about 60-65 wide at least as the residence Inns I have helped with the rooms were about 25' deep. You might get squeezed a but usually not much. For a comparison look to 211 N Ervay in Dallas, the building if I remember right was actually about 45 as the lot was only 50.  




#106109 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by arch-image on 25 September 2017 - 02:56 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

Noticed going thru all the meeting minutes looks like it has just been push it off for 60-90 days again and again with the latest being Oct 9th. Now coming up for renewal. I dont think they will ever get this deal done as while I dont know much about them it doesnt look like they have the Financial strength to do it and it appears there isnt a developer willing to partner with them. I know a couple folks who would be willing to buy them out and could do this project, while making them whole plus a nice profit but from all I am told they don't seem open to that. Love to hear someone tell me different! 




#106105 "Left Bank"

Posted by arch-image on 25 September 2017 - 08:09 AM in Commercial

I noticed there is a Left Bank for sale sign on the tract of land where the hotel was suppose to be.  I believe it said 3.x acres zoned MU-2 .... so I'm not for sure if the sign is just there referencing another tract of land, or if something happened to the hotel deal?

 

EDIT:

 

I did in fact learn that Valencia did pull their contract, so Left Bank is either looking for another hotel or to build apartments on the lot.  Seems like a waste given the direct access to the river and unobstructed views that parcel of land has .....

 

FW81 ... Any idea if they are still even wanting a hotel? I've left numerous messages with their development office and the Rea Estate company and can't get a return call. Have companies interested if someone would return a call! 




#106094 Haltom City Revitalization

Posted by arch-image on 24 September 2017 - 04:15 PM in Surrounding Cities

Surprised nothing was on here about this. The old Haltom Theater has been bought and is undergoing a renovation and reopen soon! 

 

https://www.facebook.com/haltomtheater/ 




#105469 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by arch-image on 06 September 2017 - 11:10 AM in Commercial

Any word on what will go back in its place or they are now looking at selling? I'm not hearing anything on resurrecting the last concept so far, I would sure like to do a hotel there as part of a MU site.