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John T Roberts

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#106775 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 October 2017 - 09:00 PM

They are not quite finished, but here is my cell phone photograph taken of the building tonight.


23951274448_6a97f2f2cb_h.jpgIMG_0888 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#106711 Residence Inn at "Houston and 8th"

Posted by John T Roberts on 18 October 2017 - 03:57 PM

Here is how I came up with a 275' height for a 25 story hotel.  Yes, hotels have shorter floor to floor heights than office buildings.  I was assuming 10 feet from floor to floor.  It could be as little as 9 feet.  Anything less than that would probably not be practical.  Anywas at 10 feet with a building at 25 stories, that would yield an absolute minimum height of 250 feet.  However, one would not expect the ground floor with a lobby to have the same height as a floor with just rooms.  So, I decided to double the height.  That would make it 260 feet.  On the roof, the elevator overrun, stair connection to the roof and any mechanical would put another floor up there.  That would make the height 270 feet.  I added five feet for extra mechanical equipment on the roof or other amenity floors that might require more height than a standard room floor.  That's how I came up with 275 feet.   If the building had 9 feet floor to floor heights on the same premise, the building would be about 245 feet high. 

#106653 Proposed Hilton Garden Inn next to Mt. Gilead Church downtown

Posted by John T Roberts on 17 October 2017 - 07:49 AM

Didn't you know that this forum telepathically communicates with everyone!

#106638 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 October 2017 - 06:06 PM

One more floor of curtain wall has been installed and the rooftop mechanical unit has been put in place.  I took a poor photograph with my cell phone yesterday from the east that caught the rooftop equipment, but I decided to go back this afternoon to take one from the northwest.  I am not far enough back to catch the rooftop equipment.


37722294441_0fc440b27e_h.jpgfrostconst-27 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#106598 Adding More Hotels Downtown

Posted by John T Roberts on 13 October 2017 - 12:34 PM

I'm not an expert in hotels, but I do think there is some induced demand when it comes to them.  I also know that the Convention and Visitors Bureau will market the Convention Center to some of the conventions that turned us away because they claimed we didn't have enough hotel rooms.  If they attract those conventions, then the rooms will fill, and they will fill more often.  You also have to remember that we are building that big new arena in the Cultural District, and once that opens, there will probably be more of a need for hotel rooms.

#106572 Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tour

Posted by John T Roberts on 12 October 2017 - 07:50 PM

The walking tour is coming up on Saturday at 9 AM, if any of you are interested in attending.  It is an educational experience.

#106555 The Image of Fort Worth

Posted by John T Roberts on 12 October 2017 - 08:24 AM

This is a tough one, and I may be going off on a tangent.  First of all Amazon did ask for a proposal from one Metro area each.  I think in this situation, to comply with the request, Fort Worth and Dallas had to submit one proposal.  It would have been a shame if all of DFW was eliminated because we didn't comply with their requests.


As for the image of Fort Worth, I really think the general public has to follow Joel Burns' campaign a few years ago.  We should put pressure on our companies, TV stations, radio stations, and the media to call Fort Worth what it is -- Fort Worth!  Even though architecture is the focus of my website, one of the reasons that I started it was to promote Fort Worth.  We have two of the four "big" local network TV affiliates based in Fort Worth.  We should put pressure on Channel 5 and Channel 11 to single out and identify Fort Worth.  I do realize that they are licensed to serve both cities, but the physical locations of both stations is within our City Limits.  I also think that when Channel 5 moved from Broadcast Hill to Centreport (and stayed in the city), they were asked to put Fort Worth ahead of Dallas.  I think they have done better since they relocated, but they could do more.  There is more that I could say about this, but we should do everything we can to promote our city.

#106525 Fort Worth Stockyards

Posted by John T Roberts on 11 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

RD, wouldn't building a replica of something that was demolished long ago, contribute to the "Disneyland" effect that most of the people involved in saving the Stockyards (including the Murrins) have tried to keep from happening?

#106520 Fort Worth Stockyards

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 October 2017 - 07:39 PM

I'm OK with it.  The hotel should fit in.

#106507 Reit plans to demolish Westchester Tower and redevelop as mixed use

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

I'm at home this week having some plumbing issues repaired at the house.  The work is going slow, but it will be nice to get the leak fixed.  This is what happens when you have an 88 year old house. 


Since I am spending time at home keeping tabs on the plumber, I happened to see the Facebook feed from the Food Park at Thistle Hill.  The Dog House was there at lunch and the staff at Thistle Hill photographed the truck looking north.  I happened to notice that the top floor of windows have been removed at Westchester Plaza.  It appears that demolition is progressing.

#106500 FW's Next Area to Revitalize?

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 October 2017 - 05:59 AM

I agree with you, RD.  I have been really disappointed that over the years, the choice of places to swim in the southern part of Fort Worth has dwindled. 

#106486 City Nominating Will Rogers for the National Register of Historic Places

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 October 2017 - 03:19 PM

Brian, I think that it is great that you are doing that.  Will Rogers needs a lot of TLC.  I wish you could get it designated as a City of Fort Worth Landmark while you are at it.  I certainly have tried, with no luck, even functioning as an official City of Fort Worth Designation Committee.


It's also nice that you have posted on the forum again.  I'm glad to see that you are still reading threads and posts.

#106466 New Will Rogers Arena

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 October 2017 - 08:39 AM

Here's my construction photograph.  It was taken on September 30, 2017.



#106464 FW's Next Area to Revitalize?

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 October 2017 - 08:15 AM

Over the weekend, I received a notice about the Victory Forest Community Center.  It is billed as a multi-purpose center that includes:


  • 2,000 square foot fitness room complete with cardio, strength equipment, and free weights
  • Full-size gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and other sports
  • State of the art teaching kitchen for cooking and nutrition classes
  • Outdoor stage for community performances
  • Multi-purpose spaces and outdoor patios, perfect for special events
  • Kids play area
  • After School Program, camps, and youth athletics
  • Recreational programming for all ages - from Art to Zumba, and everything in between
  • Senior programs and fitness classes

#106460 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by John T Roberts on 08 October 2017 - 10:37 PM

I believe the Bass Family owns several contiguous blocks on the northeast side of downtown.  I can count at least 10 blocks, but I'm not sure how many they own.