I gave you my thoughts on a new Renaissance Worthington Hotel on this forum sometime last year or two years ago... I can't find the thread. I figure since hotels were a hot button issue again, I'd bring it back up.
But the purpose was this:
- Build new R.W. hotel on ONE block as a tower with all amenities
- Build 7-9 level garage to hold all visitor vehicles one block over, with some ground level retail.
- Demolish current hotel to make that section of Houston Street and 1st Street open again.
- Build low and mid rise buildings in place of where the hotel stood, adding to Sundance.
- Not nearly as important, but move Texas de Brazil to another building, closer to Sundance.
- Rebuild on the open lot directly west of the Courthouse.
All of that is what I was going for, but since then, I looked at another building in that part of downtown...
After thinking about it, I thought of possibly making a newer building for the Administrative Building (I'm sure that eventually, we will hear talks of them wanting more room) so I decided to add it into my master plan.
Option 1: Open 1st and Houston
Originally, I had the hotel tower on the site of what is now a garage with a basketball and tennis court on top and the hotel's garage on the other side of Weatherford.. I may use that set up again later, but that was before I considered the T.C.A.B. and truth be told, I've always thought of something else to do with that building, but just didn't know what.
This set up:
- Hotel tower is located on 1st, Main, & Houston, connected to 100 Main Place & Joe Daiches, becoming part of the new hotel.
- Garage is rebuilt over where the current garage is. Made larger with underground parking and ground level retail.
- Low and mid rise buildings are built in place of the old R.W., Texas de Brazil and law offices are placed there.
- New Tarrant County Admin. Building is built over lot directly west of the courthouse, continuing a line of institutional buildings in between Weatherford and Belknap.
- The current T.C.A.B. would be demolished... but I don't know what to do with that site yet. As for the Sleeping Panther statue, I don't know if I'd want to keep it there or move it closer to Sundance Square
NOTE: I actually wouldn't want the tower to be that tall, but I don't know how tall I would need it to be for 600-700 rooms, so it's just an off-scale place holder.
OPTION 2 coming later this weekend.