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#1 Austin55

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 12:25 PM

The second annual! Here's 2013's review

 

Compared to last year we didn't have the same number of headline making projects (Sundance, Kimball, and 7th street bridge) but we have completed dozens of other positive projects. Also notably, there were very few (I can't think of any) demolitions. 

 

Downtown continues to march forward with several small projects (Tabachin Ribbon, Ripley Arnold statue) and some good infill buildings (Cassidy, Civil Courts) as well as upkeep of historic buildings (ST/ MorningStar, Knights of Pythias) however, there has been nothing in the way of large, skyline impacting buildings to the disappointment of many. Near South side also continues to grow, with both hospital projects (Cooks expansion, Harris ER, Baylor Surgical center) and general public projects adding much to the urban landscape. It seemed to be heating up a bit with some large apartment proposals having come up in the recent months (424 Summit, 916 Bryan, Oleander). The Cultural district slowed down a bit this year, with Linwood taking the main torch (Linwood rowhomes, Elan W7, Magnolia on 5th) but there are two huge projects looming with the Will Rogers Arena and Left Bank being elephants in the room. The Stockyards show nervous promise for the future as well.  A few new areas show promise in the future to, Clearfork and RAD being the highlights. Here's the list.

 

 

Downtown

 

-Completed projects

Tabachin Ribbon

The Cassidy

Civil Courts Building

Ripley Arnold Statue

City Place 2 Renovation

Knights of Pythias lofts restoration

Star Telegram Building restoration

Ferre/B&N to Cheesecake Factory renovation

Tower 55 reconsturction

 

-Under Construction

Hunter Plaza redevelopment

Peach St. Lofts

St. Patrick's parklet

 

-Projects anticipated for 2015 and beyond

River Tower

Jetta Operating offices

Convention Center Arena and expansion

Omni Hotel Expansion proposal

Lancaster Place / Pinnacle Bank Place

Hilton annex restoration

Community Trust Bank

Sundance Boutique Hotel  Bank

Heritage Park restoration

 

 

-Failed proposals

Frank Kent Site Hotel

 

Near Southside

-Projects completed

Harris ER Expansion

Cooks garage & office tower

Baylor ER Expansion & Park Place retail

MELT Ice Cream Shop

Kent&Co. Wines

Magnolia/May restorations

Broken Bone Land Co. development

 

-Under Construction

First Financial Bank office

Victory Medical Center

Cooks expansion tower

College Ave. Sunday School building restoration

Magnolia On Vickery lofts (Shooters Gallery building) restoration

IK8 / Jimmy Johns

 

-Projects anticipated for 2015

Hemphill-Lamar connector

Quarles Lumber Yard apartments

424 Summit/Weschester Plaza

Branch Smith Building Renovation

Coca Cola building Renovation/ Highpointe on S. Main apartments

916 Bryan

Oleander apt (Lang)Ave

S. Main complete streets project

Mixed Use At Vickery & S. Main

 

Cultural District

-Projects completed

So7 Phase 2

Linwood Park rowhomes

Verizon Building

 

-Under Construction

Magnolia on W5th

Elan West 7th

WRM Horse Pavillion

 

-Projects anticipated for 2015

Eyeworks Building

Left Bank

Museum Place Phase 4

New WRMC Arena

Will Rogers pedestrian improvments

FWISD arts school

 

 

Near Northside/Panther Island

-Projects completed

Trinity Bluff Apartments

 

-Under Construction

Panther Island Bridges

 

-Renovation, additions, and restorations

Garvey House

1812 Samuels Ave.

 

-Projects anticipated for 2015

Marriot Stockyards

Stockyards projects

Mule Barn renovations

 

 

TCU

-Under Construction

Daniel Meyer Coliseum renovation

 

-Projects anticipated for 2015

School of Music

 

Riverside Arts District

-Projects anticipated for 2015 and beyond

Race St. makeover

The Scenic

Parkside

 

Westside

-Projects completed

Chisolm Trail Parkway

Forest Park Hospital Clearfork

4000 Hulen

-Under Construction

Clearfork Apartments

Waterside

Riverbend

-Projects anticipated for 2015

Crystal Springs on the River

Overton Tower III

 

Same as last year, I'm sure I've missed plenty of things. If you think of anything missing, drop a comment and I'll add it.

I'd also like to hear everyone else's thoughts on this year's addition to Fort Worth. Satisfied with growth? Disappointing with anything overall? Looking forward to anything in 2015?



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Posted 24 November 2014 - 02:44 PM

The Phoenix Apartments were completed for the Near Southside


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Posted 26 November 2014 - 07:58 AM

If even half the downtown projects proposed for 2015 are under construction, downtown traffic will be adversely affected, but I'm looking forward to them.  I didn't know a third Overton Tower was being proposed.  About the same dimensions as the other two?



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 09:26 AM

If even half the downtown projects proposed for 2015 are under construction, downtown traffic will be adversely affected, but I'm looking forward to them.  I didn't know a third Overton Tower was being proposed.  About the same dimensions as the other two?

 

Here's more about the third Overton Centre tower. The article is from February, and since ground hasn't broken yet, I'm thinking the 2Q 2015 opening might no longer be realistic.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 12:17 PM

The Phoenix Apartments were completed for the Near Southside

 

 

If even half the downtown projects proposed for 2015 are under construction, downtown traffic will be adversely affected, but I'm looking forward to them.  I didn't know a third Overton Tower was being proposed.  About the same dimensions as the other two?

 

Here's more about the third Overton Centre tower. The article is from February, and since ground hasn't broken yet, I'm thinking the 2Q 2015 opening might no longer be realistic.

 

 

Thanks!

 

If even half the downtown projects proposed for 2015 are under construction, downtown traffic will be adversely affected, but I'm looking forward to them.  I didn't know a third Overton Tower was being proposed.  About the same dimensions as the other two?

 

Couldn't be to much worse than 3 blocks down in Sundance last year.

 

The Phoenix Apartments were completed for the Near Southside

 

I had them as being completed on 2013's list.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

Thanks, also, re Overton Tower.  Another thought for Austin55...you may have to take the Jetta building project out of the downtown anticipateds; my gut feeling is the project is either dead or put on the back burner because of the downtown in energy prices (of course the Jetta project is discussed in more detail in another thread).



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 12:57 PM

I'm not so sure. We've not heard any news since May, but the design process takes a long time. We've seen soil samples being taken and the utilities are all marked like something is up. We'll see, I guess.



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Posted 26 November 2014 - 04:48 PM

I heard from a good source a few weeks ago that design work was still being done on the building.



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Posted 28 November 2014 - 02:04 PM

Update: As for the 1890's Victorian Queen Anne style Garvey House at 769 Samuels Avenue, progress has been slow in recent weeks. The buyer's contractors have gutted the two garage apartments in preparation for renovations but have yet to go beyond that. As far as I know, the kitchen, a couple of back rooms/bathroom, and the former butler's pantry have also been gutted in the main house. I would never argue against taking a slow, methodical approach to bringing this unique property back but I think it will be well into 2015 before we'll see some some major progress on this project. As for the long-awaited apartment project by Carleton Properties in the 500 block of Samuels, the three properties encircled by a fence remain so but no evidence of any other activity is visible. If no sign of activity appears soon, I will again wonder if this project has been mothballed or is merely taking longer than expected. I know some negotiations were supposed to transpire between the developers and the Corps of Engineers regarding the impact of constructing a tower on the bluff but have heard nothing about where that stands currently. I expect 2015 will be as busy a year for projects in Fort Worth as 2014 has been. Slow and steady have long been the tempo of development in Fort Worth which helps our community to largely avoid boom and bust cycles.






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