Doohickie, I saw the Bomber Spur on the map. That puts the trail on my office's property line. It's too bad they removed the bridge over Camp Bowie. If it was still in place, this conversion would be much easier. My office is in the old Levitz Warehouse at 6913 Camp Bowie Blvd. This puts the Bomber Spur forming our western property line.
Here is my latest construction photo taken on November 18, 2017. The curtain wall installation is up to the roof on the west side, now. If you look on the office portion of the building, you can see some horizontal metal bands that align vertically on each floor. On the last level, the curtain wall is different. That will eventually be a "square" where the Frost snowflake logo is supposed to go. I don't know if the signage for the top of the building has been approved or not, or whether they are still planning to put a logo up there. This same "square" is also being placed on the east side of the building.
Here are the two photographs that I will be using for the website, since most of you think it deserves a listing on the main website. The daytime photograph was taken on November 5th and the nighttime photo was taken on November 17th.
Two of the Fort Worth Forum Members have made the November/December issue of FW, Inc. Magazine. The two are yours truly, and Austin55. Our friend Tim Young (Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tours) took our photograph together at the Texas & Pacific Railway Terminal. Below is a link to the article by Samantha Calimbahin.
When I found the video online at work, I was going to watch it when I caught a break, but I didn't on Friday. When I left, I remembered that I had not watched it and I thought I would see it at home. I had the chance on Friday evening to go downtown to take a photo at night of the new Hampton Inn & Suites. I worked on the photo that night and then I saw it on Daybreak on Saturday Morning. However, I was getting ready to take my truck into the shop, and I wasn't watching as closely as I should have.
I have worked with the building owner through several avenues over the last 20 years. This has been individually, professionally, and via Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and Historic Fort Worth, Inc. Maybe someday, I can tell you all about my interaction with the owner and the building.
Rename, did you see the story? This was the first time the news media was allowed inside the building. I was thinking that maybe the owner invited Channel 8 to do the story. If they did, then I also thought that it might have been done to get some good PR for the owner and the work that they are doing. I could be very wrong and I also could have gotten the wrong impression.
PeopleAreStrange, I remember those days when paper, radio station, and television station were all owned by the Amon Carter Family. (At first I was going to actually say Amon Carter, but I then realized that he passed away before I was born.)
After watching the Channel 8 story, I feel that it was done to garner support for the owner and the efforts that they are doing. I'm glad to see that they are trying to secure the building and to bring it up to minimum building standards, but this was only done because they were forced to do so by the City. It was also nice to see that they brought in Jerre Tracy, Historic Fort Worth's Executive Director for comments.
It would not necessarily lead to demolition. Once the city condemned the building and took possession, they could choose to spend the funds to bring it up to the minimum code that they had asked the owner to do. They might even be able to sell the building as is, since they would have the say on whether the city would have to fix it up or not. If the City code officials told the department in charge of the building they had to demolish it, the Landmarks Commission would still have to approve the demolition and the City would a have to prove to them that demolition was the only option. Remember, the building is designated as a Highly Significant Endangered Landmark, and issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness for Demolition would be up to that commission. So far, the Landmarks Commission has determined that the building is still viable for rehabilitation and that's why they are trying to force the owner to bring it up to the minimum standards for a vacant building.
This week, the City of Fort Worth started work on marking the bicycle lanes on West Biddison Street between McCart and Hemphill. Right now the lanes are marked with guidelines for the final striping of the street. This also included the center stripe, since Biddison was repaved recently with new asphalt.