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#1 renamerusk

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:33 PM

...and the amount of cars in the area....I was starting to brainstorm on solutions and one literally popped into view as I was trying to turn onto Lancaster.

The solution. The Farrington Field Parking lot

....The city would just need to create better crosswalks for pedestrians to make it safe, but I think it may be a quick and immediate fix. maybe even build a parking garage with a pedestrian bridge across Lancaster from the garage and the garage could include some ground floor retail along Lancaster.

 

Yes, your brainstorming would actually make sense, except that one, Farrington Field is the property of FWISD; and two, more problematic is that Farrington Field may have in its hand over to FWISD, some restrictions that bar the property from being used beyond any school related purposes.



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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:52 PM

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:59 PM

Farrington is used for non-school related event parking during the Stock Show and Concerts in the Garden. I've also parked in the east end of the lot for a walk in Trinity Park.

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 05:25 PM

I parked there most of the day yesterday while in W7th. There was a couple of other cars. Never had a problem.

I do wish the site could be put to better use eventually.

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 10:21 PM

Actually, I have never read the terms that govern the use of the land donated for Farrington Field. I was making this assertion based upon some comments earlier made in the Forum when FF was being considered as a possible home for a minor league soccer team.  As I recall, the sell or use of alcohol beverages at FF are prohibited.  Probably prohibited too is any usage of the property for private or commercial purposes. A pay-for-use garage/surface parking on school property would likely be prohibited.

 

I suspect there is an exclusion for City of Fort Worth sanctioned activity such as events held at the city-owned WRMC, the Parks Department, city sanctioned parades, etc. The truth is, is that I don't actually know.

 

All that said, I do think FWISD could benefit from revenues generated at FF; however, there could also be some liabilities that  FWISD would just rather not have to deal with.



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Posted 07 February 2017 - 07:56 AM

......I do wish the site could be put to better use eventually.

 

Market forces and the gradual decline in prep football because of potential sport injuries will both eventually cause a rethink by FWISD as to what to be done with such a valuable piece of real estate.  DISD solved a similar situation when it decided to sell its football real estate that eventually was developed into the InfoMart along Stemmons Freeway.  The stadium was demolished.

 

An excellent opportunity to sell/lease the FF stadium to the local soccer team may have already passed for FWISD.  The soccer team is looking to partner with TWU to build a stadium in Poly. 

 

How long can the status quo be sustained by FWISD?  It would be my hope that FF be preserved and have new kinds of use in some manner.  It seems to me that the status quo has its own costs. 



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Posted 08 February 2017 - 09:04 PM

Is Billingsley Field House on the southeast corner of the property still in use? It looked abandoned the last time I was near it and it was pretty run down 20+ years ago. Even so, it had a lot of charm back then: permanent bleachers that ran floor to ceiling on both sides, dugout bench areas, a ceiling that looked a little like an airplane hangar.  It could be redeveloped as a nice rec center or an event venue.  

 

Edit: a Google search answered my question - a current schedule of basketball games and some photos of the interior where it looks like it's in nice condition.



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Posted 09 February 2017 - 09:44 AM

Farrington is used for non-school related event parking during the Stock Show and Concerts in the Garden. I've also parked in the east end of the lot for a walk in Trinity Park.


Seeing the lot used for Stock Show parking is what sparked the idea of using it for overflow parking for W. 7th. I understand what everybody is saying about school usage issues but isn't this something the city could do just to ease congestion in the area? They don't have to charge anything, just make it available.

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Posted 09 February 2017 - 10:05 AM

Oh I think you absolutely do charge for it.  On one hand to cover the costs of maintaining it.  And the other to get people used to the idea that free parking in popular, high traffic, urban areas is not the norm.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 12:39 PM

 Excellent decision.  Makes sense for both FWISD and TWU.

 

I have been perplexed by the way that FWISD has allowed this prominently located property to be used solely for public school events.

 

FWISD should take as its model, Frisco ISD,  where they have integrated both professional and preparatory events in the same venue. 

 

 Now, coordinate integrate the events at Farrington Field to include not only high school events and the collegiate sports, but negotiate with the pro soccer team to make FF their home.  All of the added activities will help and be welcomed by the businesses the West Seventh Street Corridor.



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:08 PM

Farrington Field, and FWISD need an 800 car parking garage. Such a facility would be great benefit to the eating/shopping business in the immediate area.  From the revenue alone, the FWISD could be able to a large chunk of its intramural sport budget.

 

FWISD, will soon, if not already, has a decision to make about this site.

 

Develop this site!



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Posted 01 April 2017 - 05:25 PM

The old VLK proposal for the STEM school (being built at Butler now) was perfect. I wish it could be reintroduced somehow.

http://www.vlkarchit...use-development

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:40 PM

Farrington Field, and FWISD need an 800 car parking garage. Such a facility would be great benefit to the eating/shopping business in the immediate area.  From the revenue alone, the FWISD could be able to a large chunk of its intramural sport budget.
 
FWISD, will soon, if not already, has a decision to make about this site.
 
Develop this site!

This is exactly the idea I mentioned a couple of months back as we were discussing the parking issues with W 7th.... I actually said then and believe now, that a parking garage, possibly with ground floor retail, is exactly what FF need to develop the land successfully... remove a lot of the surface parking and possibly create a green space some mutli-use businesses along Foch St




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