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#106822 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:07 AM in Public & Institutional

Does anyone know or understand what the current requested zoning overlay is requested by TCU? 

 

I couldn't find any information on it other than there is a zoning request by TCU and neighbors felt it was too vague so it was continued.  Curious what area it covers and what it might mean they have planned.

 

 

 

The portion of the Zoning Commission public meeting pertaining to TCU's case can be viewed here (assuming this link works right): http://fortworthgov....&meta_id=327891

 

I do not have firsthand knowledge of the statements on this case as I recused myself due to also being employed by TCU, but hopefully the meeting video will help in some way.




#106824 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 23 October 2017 - 09:17 AM in Public & Institutional

Welcome back!

 

Thanks, JBB! I figure that since I'm involved in city goings-on again (in a different capacity this time) I could pop in to help when I can. :)




#107068 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 09:32 AM in City Issues

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Amazon built an entire campus around rail-based transit and funded improvements to that transit




#107071 Flip or Flop Fort Worth

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 10:02 AM in Arts and Entertainment

I haven't seen the show but I know a good friend of mine posted screenshots that she is in the first episode - so that's cool.




#107083 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 November 2017 - 03:05 PM in Public & Institutional

TCU's zoning case is again on this month's Zoning Commission agenda, having been continued from last month.

 

As is always the case, the agenda is publicly posted: http://fortworthtexa...148f1a348ea.pdf




#107124 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by Fort Worthology on 06 November 2017 - 10:11 AM in Public & Institutional

Volare, the answer to your question would be in the link that was provided for the Zoning Case Agenda.

 

:swg:




#107292 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 November 2017 - 10:55 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

I've long believed that as long as Cleopatra Inc. owns the building, nothing of any significance will happen with it anytime soon. None of the recent news dissuades me from that belief.

 

They've owned it for 20 years, and this is all that there is to show for it.




#107343 Talbott-Wall House 915 Samuels Avenue

Posted by Fort Worthology on 16 November 2017 - 01:53 PM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

As for the Talbott Wall house, I can't help but wonder if a sale is impending. I saw some things that make me think it is getting close. As the property was also rezoned to allow for residential or commericial use, I'd be very curious to see whether it gets restored for a business or a family.

 

I have heard that there is indeed a sale pending.




#107359 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:50 AM in Miscellaneous

I am, obviously, biased in this regard, but the ongoing corporate takeovers (and scrubbing of local identities) of so many big daily papers drives home the importance of alternative, locally-owned & locally-focused papers like the Weekly.

 

(And the Star-Telegram still does good work, but their editorial voice is decidedly disconnected from a Fort Worth perspective.)




#107360 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by Fort Worthology on 17 November 2017 - 09:57 AM in Historic Buildings and Preservation

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I genuinely hope I'm wrong, though.




#107495 Mixed-use project at Magnolia & May

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 09:56 AM in Residential

I really quite like this development for what it is, based on the renderings (wrote a bit about it in my most recent FW Weekly post). I appreciate something bringing us a blast of color that isn't the typical set of tones used in Fort Worth.




#107497 Trinity Railway Express

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 10:02 AM in Transportation

TRE's TOD has been terrible. Centerport has a lot of development, but not transit oriented. Irving station is pretty pathetic as well.

Grapevine and NRH seem to be ambitious, as does the Berry St station, but the remainder aren't showing much promise.

 

Commuter rail that comes so infrequently doesn't generate much in the way of TOD anywhere that I've seen.




#107507 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by Fort Worthology on 27 November 2017 - 02:24 PM in Fort Worth & Dallas Urban Photos

That is a real Alien vs. Predator situation there - whoever wins, we lose.

 

Seriously though, I prefer City Hall over the AT&T building. City Hall at least feels like it's trying to make some kind of coherent statement, even if it's not a particularly good one.




#107538 SBC/AT&T Building

Posted by Fort Worthology on 28 November 2017 - 10:11 AM in Fort Worth Architecture

That was a really lovely set of buildings back then.




#107553 Hotels?

Posted by Fort Worthology on 28 November 2017 - 03:44 PM in Commercial

Where would you propose to move the Water Department and the other offices that are in the building?  There is also a movement to restore the sign, which is landmarked along with the building.

 

If they moved anywhere, I'd hope they wouldn't leave downtown. I definitely don't support the blanket removal of city offices from downtown for private redevelopment opportunities. Maintaining civic function in the walkable heart of the city is important, IMHO.




#107759 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 11 December 2017 - 05:01 PM in Transportation

 

 

Some articles say the initial line was to be 6 miles and have connections to PI and NSS. 

 

 

The initial route recommended by HDR was a downtown-to-Near Southside route along South Main to Magnolia.

 

(The newly redone South Main is, in fact, prepped for streetcar tracks already, just in case.)




#107793 Modern Streetcar Dead

Posted by Fort Worthology on 12 December 2017 - 08:25 PM in Transportation

The initial route recommended by HDR was a downtown-to-Near Southside route along South Main to Magnolia.
 
(The newly redone South Main is, in fact, prepped for streetcar tracks already, just in case.)[/quote]

How so?

 

Buried utilities were moved, and the road bed was built to support streetcar tracks with minimal alteration needed in the future.




#107826 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 13 December 2017 - 08:13 PM in Commercial

This proposal was approved today at the Zoning Commission meeting, FYI.




#107841 Western Center Tower III

Posted by Fort Worthology on 14 December 2017 - 10:10 AM in Commercial

A few other things to note from the Zoning Commission meeting:

 

- The proposal was approved including all waivers (two: one for height, and one for setback from Pershing Street)

 

- A small attached building is planned at the corner of Pershing & Guildford that is planned as an "upscale restaurant" with daytime and evening service

 

- We were shown a conceptual rendering that the architect stressed is not the final design (a rep from BOKA Powell was the representative for the project), but if the final design is similar, I'd describe the appearance as "like the original towers if they were primarily glass instead of concrete facades." It's not entirely glass - there's still concrete - but the ratio is higher toward glass than concrete, if that makes sense. While of course the final design could change, the concept design looked obviously newer and different but still had a "family resemblance," if you will, with very similar proportions to the originals.




#108006 Economic Development Plan

Posted by Fort Worthology on 21 December 2017 - 10:25 AM in City Issues

Fort Worth is going to need to get over this "we don't want to do X because X is something (insert city: Dallas/NYC/Portland/etc.) did and WE AIN'T THEM!" attitude.

 

Incorporating good ideas from other places doesn't meant you're "becoming" a place.




#108131 2315 N. Main

Posted by Fort Worthology on 02 January 2018 - 08:46 AM in Commercial

It would honestly be improved a hundredfold if they'd just lop off the tacky fake Alamo wannabe things around the roof, because it's otherwise not bad at all and those look totally out-of-place and are just there to add some kind of "ye olde timey" thing to it that doesn't work at all.




#108148 McMansion Hell blog

Posted by Fort Worthology on 03 January 2018 - 02:51 PM in Residential

It's not that any large house is a McMansion, and I don't think Kate's blog really states anything like that. The focus is on the overwrought, cartoony, jumbled messes of mishmashed styles and poorly-executed design concepts applied to giant and often cheaply-built faux-"classy" faux-"luxurious" homes that you see reflected in the posts there.




#108202 Tarrant Transit Alliance

Posted by Fort Worthology on 05 January 2018 - 03:11 PM in Transportation

 

Commuting is a regional activity. Yes, transit inside of Loop 820 can be improved, but there's no convenient access to transit for much of the county's population.

 

 

Every day, more and more of Fort Worth's farther regions is built in a fashion that *can't* be really effectively serviced by transit. The central city neighborhoods tend to have a much more transit-friendly base design.




#108263 Halprin and AIA plans of downtown

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:46 PM in Fort Worth Architecture

 

Amazing the 1971 plan addresses the need for more residential housing in the city core, advises extensions to the M&O Subway, a better bus system, rail connection to what became DFW Airport, improved pedestrian accommodation downtown (including showing bulb-outs built at intersections), and a desire for an urban lake.

 

Nearly every item still debated as a need or as a project finally underway 45+years later. We've wasted so much time and sprawled so far.

 

But we can take solace that the proposed "ring road" around downtown was never built either.

 

 

 

That's what's so frustrating about these plans - people have been telling Fort Worth for *decades* about all these places where we're now wildly deficient, and little has been done until very recently.




#108264 The Foundry District

Posted by Fort Worthology on 10 January 2018 - 07:48 PM in Commercial

So with all those Likes, does that mean my experience with them is common?

 

I dunno, I really like the Magnolia location and prefer it to Avoca now. It can get crowded, but then so does Avoca.