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#1 BlueMound

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:26 AM

2 apartment developments planned for Downtown South
Link to article

Phoenix Apartments (behind the Stage West/W. Vickery)

High Point on South Main (south main and pennsylvania)
an ambitious mixed-use project

Also the Berkley Apartments - already mentioned on another thread



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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:25 AM

Yes! sounds awesome. I wonder what the layout will look like at the Pheonix apts?

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 07:29 AM

The slums of tomorrow? I always worry about the longevity of dense, relatively low cost rental construction. :unsure:

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:54 AM

The slums of tomorrow? I always worry about the longevity of dense, relatively low cost rental construction. :unsure:



The mixed use, centrally located, and less car dependent nature of these neighborhoods should mitigate this risk much more than neighborhoods that were built between WWII and 1990, then abandoned. The difference is that pedestrian & transit oriented neighborhoods are much more coheisive because the average travel radius is much smaller. Moreover, these developments actually create a sense of place and community.

The general idea is that people are much less inclined to leave a place that they feel a connection to and a place that doesn't encourage them to get in the automobile for every single chore.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

The general idea is that people are much less inclined to leave a place that they feel a connection to and a place that doesn't encourage them to get in the automobile for every single chore.


I'm familiar with the concept. I think it's a neat idea. It's just that cheap tends to stay cheap. Most (but not all) of the construction I see that was built for rental purposes more than 30 years ago hasn't aged all that well. Some properties have a long, useful life and others don't.

When I think of the benefits of diversification in "mixed use" part of what I want to see is some level of owner occupancy. I guess I'm not seeing it in these developments. The original goal in West 7th was a renter / owner mix, but the economy pushed the mix almost exclusively to rental. It worked out for the developers, but there has to be a "give" down the road. I suspect it will come in the form of neighborhood longevity.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:21 AM


The general idea is that people are much less inclined to leave a place that they feel a connection to and a place that doesn't encourage them to get in the automobile for every single chore.


I'm familiar with the concept. I think it's a neat idea. It's just that cheap tends to stay cheap. Most (but not all) of the construction I see that was built for rental purposes more than 30 years ago hasn't aged all that well. Some properties have a long, useful life and others don't.

When I think of the benefits of diversification in "mixed use" part of what I want to see is some level of owner occupancy. I guess I'm not seeing it in these developments. The original goal in West 7th was a renter / owner mix, but the economy pushed the mix almost exclusively to rental. It worked out for the developers, but there has to be a "give" down the road. I suspect it will come in the form of neighborhood longevity.



Definitely a valid concern, however I still maintain my stance. To use your W7th example: Yes there may be some significant shift from the rent market to the sale market, but because W7th is becoming not only becoming a great place to live but great place to be , i have a feeling the market will be able to adapt though renovations & re-furbishings when the time comes. People won't just say "ahh F it" then pack up and abandon their community.

That being said, it would obviously be advantagous to have a better renter/owner mix today, but I think we just have to work with the cards the economy has dealt to us and continue to make progress while being mindful of the degradation risk.

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

Definitely good points on both sides. One one hand it's true that too many apartments is generally going to be bad in the long run, but on the other hand West 7th is much different than the average location when it comes to development...ie smack between a vibrant downtown and a vibrant cultural district.

But there is also an issue with some of the new construction in terms of quality. Take a look at the new "Lancaster North" apartments going up (which are basic wood frame just like you'd see in the suburbs) and compare that to the reasonably high quality level of Museum Place, and it's clear that in 20 years you are going to have very different price points even if the spread is pretty tight initially.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 06:49 AM

Curious if anybody knows exactly where Phoenix apts are going?

Also, speaking of "slums of tomorrow", a new apartment complex is going to be built where St Donovan street is now, off of Boland (near the former Elk's Lodge on Bailey). The developer (Alliance Residential) is trying to capitalize off the popularity of West 7th & Museum Place, without anywhere near the design quality or respect for the neighborhood, or mixed use, that those developments provided. Unlike the Lancaster apartments, this will be completely outside walking distance to the West 7th mixed use area.

The West 7th area is being loaded up with MU-1 and MU-2 so-called "Transit Oriented Development" - without any actual additional transit being provided. The traffic you see now on the west side is going to get a lot worse once Lancaster North, Museum Place Phase 2 (...3, ....4... ), West 7th Phase 3, and now the St Donovan St apartments are all occupied in the next year or so. Right about the time the 7th street bridge is closed down.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 07:20 AM

The West 7th area is being loaded up with MU-1 and MU-2 so-called "Transit Oriented Development" - without any actual additional transit being provided. The traffic you see now on the west side is going to get a lot worse once Lancaster North, Museum Place Phase 2 (...3, ....4... ), West 7th Phase 3, and now the St Donovan St apartments are all occupied in the next year or so. Right about the time the 7th street bridge is closed down.


This is the wrong thread for this, but I think the Upper Westside will benefit directly from everything going on down on West 7th. Lancaster between University and Summit and maybe all the way to Henderson will likely get a significant boost in traffic. I think the Lancaster/Summit intersection is going to be very stressed, but it might spur development from Lancaster over to the freeway on top of the hill.

Exciting times folks. Exciting times.

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Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:16 AM

Curious if anybody knows exactly where Phoenix apts are going?


It is located in the half-block bounded by College Ave on the west, W Peter Smith on the south, and Lipscomb Ave on the east. The city (apparently) abandoned a small portion of Alston Ave for this project. I was by there a few weeks ago and utility work was already underway.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:35 PM

Spotted this posted online from Crimson Building Company, LLC , Bedford, Texas under their current projects.  Does any one have additional information about the progress for these two projects in Fort Worth South: Vickery Lofts and Magnolia on West Fifth Street?

 

BTW, where is the Shooter's Gallery Building?

 

http://crimsonbuilde...id=9&Itemid=122

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

Fantastic! ....809 Vickery

 

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Spotted this posted online from Crimson Building Company, LLC , Bedford, Texas under their current projects.  Does any one have additional information about the progress for these two projects in Fort Worth South: Vickery Lofts and Magnolia on West Fifth Street?

 

BTW, where is the Shooter's Gallery Building? Never mind, I think that I found it!

 

http://crimsonbuilde...id=9&Itemid=122

 



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Posted 15 February 2014 - 07:19 PM

This is the first I've heard of the Magnolia on West 5th. I assume it'd be somewhere between Carroll and Bailey. Sounds like Linwood is turning into an upscale urban area. If anymore info comes up you should start a thread just for it. 


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Posted 15 February 2014 - 11:28 PM

This is the first I've heard of the Magnolia on West 5th.......

 

I have always considered Fifth Street or Sixth Street as the ideal corridor for a streetcar line instead of Seventh Street believing that either of those streets would tie in to Downtown more smoothly and the fact that 5th and 6th are virtually undeveloped at this time.



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Posted 16 February 2014 - 01:45 AM

http://www.fortworth... 6th Street.pdf
There has been an approved zoning change for the Fort Worth Midtown RV Park at 6th Street and Currie.

This might be the Magnolia on West Fifth Street project.

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:37 AM

I have always considered Fifth Street or Sixth Street as the ideal corridor for a streetcar line instead of Seventh Street believing that either of those streets would tie in to Downtown more smoothly and the fact that 5th and 6th are virtually undeveloped at this time.

 

I'm intrigued.  Terminus at Montgomery (NTHSC).  Head East up 5th or 6th.  I could see it bisecting the Montgomery Plaza property just fine (either on 5th or could you run it through the middle of the warehouse on 6th?).  How would you get across the river? New bridge or jog over to 7th?  I can see it going into downtown on 5th either all the way in or heading up 3rd (East) at Henderson taking you to SS.

 

Wow.  You could really connect everything that's being built that way.



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Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:21 PM

Nearly 575 new apartments proposed for Fort Worth's near south side.
http://m.star-telegr...988427/32712458

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 12:16 AM

Wow this is just great news all around. South Main could be quite hoppin within a few years. 

 


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:32 AM

Yes!  Revitalization of the south downtown!  No artist renderings of any of the projects on their website yet.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 03:35 PM

Good stuff for the Near Southside.


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Posted 03 July 2014 - 12:07 PM

What are these funky looking things going up? Of Magnolia/May.

 

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 08:14 AM

I'd thought they were offices.  Almost looks like it could be live/work units, though.  It's part of the redevelopment of the historic strip there on Magnolia, I believe.


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Posted 07 July 2014 - 03:49 PM

These are going to be condos for sale.







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