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#1 RD Milhollin

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Posted 23 May 2009 - 09:17 AM

Good idea! It would be great for 7th Street to be restored to the level of vitality it had when the theaters and the Worth Hotel were in their prime (bring back the Hollywood!). Once this project is finished maybe the developers could come up with a plan for the ground floor of the ATT Building.

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Posted on Fri, May. 22, 2009

Oncor Building in Downtown Fort Worth Will Be Getting Face-Lift

By SANDRA BAKERsabaker@star-telegram.com

The owners of downtown Fort Worth’s Oncor Building are working through final designs to renovate the ground floor of the 16-story office tower for restaurants and shops, a project they want to start this fall.

In 2007, an affiliate of White Plains, N.Y.-based Benbrooke Realty Investment Co. bought the property at the southeast corner of Seventh and Main streets. At that time, Benbrooke said it wanted to make improvements to the structure, once called the Electric Services Building.

Those plans were announced Friday when the owners also said Oncor Electric Delivery, the main tenant, renewed a long-term lease for 200,000 square feet. The 300,000-square-foot building is about 88 percent occupied, said Michael Oestreich, a Benbrooke principal.

Oncor, he said, "made a substantial commitment to downtown Fort Worth."

Theron Bryant, a broker with Arlington-based SCM Realty, which is handling leasing of the building’s office space, said the renewal is a big gain for the downtown office market.

"In this situation, we were very fortunate," Bryant said.

The building, constructed in 1952, has an extensive presence on Seventh, Main and Houston streets.

The owners want to complete the project by summer 2010. For now, work to the building’s exterior, which involves putting in new floor-to-ceiling windows and canopies and new cladding, will be completed "to create a new dramatic streetscape," the company said.

The 22,000 square feet on the ground floor, now mostly lobby, will be finished as tenants are signed, Oestreich said.

Pretium Property Management, a Benbrooke affiliate, will oversee construction. Oestreich and Craig Gutow, a principal in Benbrooke’s Dallas office, will handle marketing and leasing of the retail space.

Benbrooke Realty has operated in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1992. It owns, develops and operates office buildings and shopping centers in Texas and 10 eastern states.

Oestreich, Bryant and George Ackerman, a Benbrooke principal, handled lease negotiations. Mark O’Donnell of Studley represented Oncor.

SANDRA BAKER, 817-390-7727



#2 John T Roberts

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 09:44 AM

It is a good idea to allow the building to have more retail and restaurant tenants, but I think it is a bad idea to remodel the exterior to the extent that the renderings show. This is already a potential historic designation status building candidate. We may be looking at this building in 20-30 years thinking the same thing we thought about the Baker/Simpson Building across the street before it was restored.

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 05:17 PM

John's exactly right. I don't like this building, but I am also now the same age as the folks who altered the bases of our favorite 1920s buildings -- FNB/Baker/Simpson, The Fair/Commerce, 714 Main, etc. This building needs to be protected from people like me who for whatever reason are the wrong age to understand it.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 06:42 AM

I get that - but a base with retail is better than the current base. I'll take slightly altered architecture for vastly better urbanism in this instance.

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 03:38 PM

I'm all for more ground floor retail. There are ways to add doors, lower the windows, and do other things to make the building more pedestrian friendly without radically altering the base itself. Maybe when the DDRB reviews the case, they will only allow a minimal amount of work to be done on the exterior of the building. I know a lot of people don't regard Mid-Century Modern as architecture worth saving, but we should try to preserve these buildings with as much interest as we have with the late 1800's and early 1900's structures.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:12 PM

Looks like Capital Grille is moving into the ground floor of the Oncor Building. The entrance will be on the Houston Street side, may be a convenience store like 7-11 next door to the restaurant, perhaps on the corner.

http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/

Looks like a fine restaurant, sit down service, tablecloths, etc. The menu page seems to really stress the aged beef, but there are a lot of high-end steakhouses within easy walking distance. Hopefully they will offer enough seafood and other culinary specialties to provide some diversity in the high-end downtown market.

More info from the developer:

http://www.oncorbuilding.com/retail/

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:25 PM

Am I wrong, or did this building used to also house the Fort Worth National Bank at one time?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:32 PM

Am I wrong, or did this building used to also house the Fort Worth National Bank at one time?


That is what it was originally built as.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 07:16 AM

I have a problem with this remodel. They are taking a perfectly good Mid-Century Modern building and altering the base. I can just see this 50 years from now when they are restoring the base of the building back to the way it looked originally. This is no different than the Bob R. Simpson Building or 714 Main.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:41 AM

Seems like this restaurant is taking longer than they thought. That sure seems to be the pattern lately.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:23 AM

I may be wrong, but someone had said the original restaurant that was going in there backed out, and so the delay was in getting a different one? I wonder what the goal is to completing it by.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 10:10 AM

If they don't have a new tenant lined up yet, the work may be on hold pending the new tenant. They may want to give the new guy some opportunity for design input.
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:34 AM

This construction process is coming along very nicely. I hope someone can take pictures of it and post it. So exciting..

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

This must be the new "Capital Grille"? From the finish work they are doing, tt 'looks' very pricey, but being next to Del Frisco's and across from Ruth's Chris, you'd expect that! It appears they'll have a pretty large outdoor seating area, and on the shady side of the street in the evenings - should be nice! Now if I can only find that shirt with a collar that I tossed aside years ago...
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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:35 PM

Another downtown Subway restaurant will be going into the Houston Street side of the building.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:29 PM

Another downtown Subway restaurant will be going into the Houston Street side of the building.

 

Do we really need another Subway? Why not throw in another Starbucks....? 

 

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 08:45 PM

I would love to have a DINO's SUB place in Fort Worth. I hope several fellow forumers have had the opportunity to sample Dino's subs  on Collins Street between 303 Pioneer and Arkansas Lane in Arlington.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 09:25 PM

I have sampled their subs.  It has been a while, though.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:35 AM

Downtown is trending toward a future where all its businesses will be either Subway, Starbucks, or a restaurant owned by either M Group or Del Frisco's.  There will be seventeen of each.

 

This particular Subway is going in so that you can fuel up with meat product to give you energy to walk two blocks to the next Subway.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 07:38 PM

I think we should take every Subway restaurant and make it into a real subway station.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:11 PM

I think we should take every Subway restaurant and make it into a real subway station.

There's a Patrick meme for that. 

 

Also coming to the Oncor Building...

 

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Never heard of this place before. 


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 08:34 PM

Little Red Wasp is from Adam Jones of Grace fame, and before that, Del Frisco's. 



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Posted 29 April 2013 - 07:38 AM

Little Red Wasp is from Adam Jones of Grace fame, and before that, Del Frisco's. 

 

My prophecy is coming true in a roundabout way, haha.


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Posted 17 November 2013 - 09:10 PM

So, this is happening... You were right, John. I guess I just didn't wanna believe it.  

 

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:11 PM

I have to admit... I love Subway. There's 4 in downtown already but I can't complain about more retail. 

 

Is it on the corner of 7th and Houston? 



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:58 PM

Austin, it's on the south end of the Houston Street façade of the building.



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 12:15 AM

I'd rather it be another bar, to be honest, but retail is retail. 

... there's another Subway just some steps away in the Sinclair Building. Is that gonna stay up or will it be moving to the Oncor location? 


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Posted 18 November 2013 - 04:28 AM

Interesting and rather off topic thought... maybe the Subway in the Sinclair building is moving to make room for lobby space of the rumored hotel makeover of Sinclair?

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:06 AM

I have a funny feeling that the Subway in the Sinclair Building is relocating here. 



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Posted 18 November 2013 - 10:15 AM

I have a funny feeling that the Subway in the Sinclair Building is relocating here.


If that's true, then GOOD.

That space in the Sinclair is too cramped for even a Subway.

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