The site plan states that the outparcel is owned by others. Therefore, it is under a separate development. I thought I could look at the site plan to see if the whole building had been leased by DXL.
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Thank you, Austin. I have relatives who live there and I get down to see them every so often on weekends. My mother actually graduated high school from the building that has now been converted into a Justice Center. I normally don't down there on weekdays when everything is open.
Cleburne has a relatively large downtown for a city of its size. Even though it may be underutilized, I noticed that there weren't a lot of vacancies, which is good.
They are doing the finish out now. From Channel 5's tower cam on the Stayton, you could see the Frost floors with lights on inside the tower. Jetta and Anthracite's floors will be finished out about two months after Frost's, so it won't be long before we will see lights on inside the upper three floors of the building.
On Friday, I had a chance to venture down to Cleburne. I took a few photographs. My two favorites are of the Johnson County Courthouse. The first is an elevation view, taken from an alley on axis with the Courthouse.
I also had a chance to go inside and take a shot of the center of the building. Unfortunately, they have placed the Christmas Tree in the exact center and they have the area barricaded. I could not take a direct photo looking up. However, I will say one thing, the center of the building is absolutely fantastic.
A couple of blocks south of the Courthouse is the restored Liberty Hotel. They have a nice neon sign on the corner of the building.
Finally, the old Cleburne High School was converted into a courthouse annex. The building was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and it opened in 1918. Does this sound familiar? It was the same architect and year as Trimble Technical High School was built in Fort Worth.
IMO, it's having about the same impact on the skyline as did the old Landmark Tower, even though it is in a slightly different location. The Frost Tower is 12 feet shorter than the roof of the old Landmark Tower/Continental National Bank. I feel the Landmark Tower lost a lot of its apparent height when the clock was removed in 2000. Because of its size, the clock read as a part of the building.
As for the lighting, we will have to wait to see how that appears. If approved, the Frost logo will affect the building's appearance on the skyline at night. It will also be interesting to see if the logo will be allowed on the east and west sides of the top of the building. It is against the Downtown Design Standards and Guidelines to install a corporate logo above the 10th floor (120 feet) on a building.
Yes, there are several skyline photos that I need to retake, soon. I took yesterday off, and I chose to sneak out of town for an afternoon in Cleburne, instead of taking pictures here in Fort Worth. It was nice to get away. I'm going to be off between Christmas and New Years, so I probably will be out taking pictures in town. However, the weather is supposed to turn cold. This is always my luck. Every time I take a week of vacation and I stay here, the weather is bad.
I have seen the building from a distance at the intersection of Lancaster and Throckmorton since they installed the lexan. However, I was a little far off to really tell what work was done. From the photograph, it looks as if the lexan sheets were installed behind the windows from the inside. Therefore, the frames would be in front of the lexan, and would read as the actual windows.
I agree with you, RD. However, there are two hotels within one block from each other that are planned for sites that have small existing buildings on them. Other than the parking beneath General Worth Square or working out a deal with a garage, those drawings to not indicate where the parking will be located for those two hotel projects.
By orders of the City of Fort Worth, the building is being brought up to minimum standards for a vacant structure. There are a lot of things being done, but what is visible from the street is the requirement to protect the interior from the elements and from vandalism. A sheet of plywood over the windows is acceptable. However, the owner is putting lexan panels over the windows which appears to be glass from a casual observer.
The thread has been split.
I think it would be considered part of the Rosemont neighborhood. Maybe John Roberts can weigh in; that's not too far from his 'hood.
JDP, now Parque Unidad, is located in an area served by the Rosemont Neighborhood Association, and is considered part of "The Rosemont Neighborhood". Like Fairmount, Rosemont consists of several additions and/or subdivisions of the city. The addition or subdivision in which the park actually sits is the Blanton's Addition.
Austin, I want to say thank you for posting the link. Unfortunately, I will not have a chance to read the report until I finish my architect's continuing education for the year. I'm trying to do an online course every night until I finish my required hours. This is the price I pay for procrastination.
Johnfwd, I'm sure you meant Henderson and West Peach Streets. They do intersect, and that is where the new apartment building is scheduled to be constructed.
Jeriat, the Pier 1 property initially had space planned for three office buildings. Obviously, the market has changed, but two of the three sites now have a building on them. The remainder of the property sits in the Trinity River flood plain.