I'm glad to see this proposal from a company that appears to be strong and capable of good design.
I'm happy about it because I (like many forum participants) believe the urban core will continue to improve as it gains stronger residential density.
The thing that has come to mind with this proposal is: with our small blocks (200x200), developers pretty much have to max out the site to make numbers work. When the build right up to the street, and over 250 feet tall, does that create a canyon effect?
Many cities have required step backs up higher to allow more natural light in. I dont think we're at serious risk of this becoming an epidemic soon, but this case has caused me to think about whether at some point in the next few years or so the City/Downtown FW Inc needs to take a look at whether those kinds of things are encouraged in some way, over a certain height.
If the building is really thin, it is likely impossible - and we all I think agree that we want Downtown to continue to grow in density and both office and residential population.
Came across these stats last night - thought I'd share:
Downtown Fort Worth (76102) Residential population. Rent Cafe says 76102 has 9,377 residents, averaging 1.82/household. (3467 households).
Didnt see density per acre but its not very high b/c of all the railroad/street/commercial/institutional uses. Point is there is a LONG way to go for 76102 to rival 76107 or 76110 in residential density. (using zip codes of course, not neighborhoods)
Think we have about 2,000 units in pipeline for downtown 2018-2020, right? (my very rough recollection)
If so would mean Downtown Fort Worth should have about 5,500 households, and about 11,500 residents by 2020/2021.
Note - not sure if that includes the houses over near I-35.