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John T Roberts

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#107390 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2017 - 05:43 PM

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.

 

26754636849_25f16d0565_h.jpgfrostconst-30 by jtrobert, on Flickr




#107389 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2017 - 04:43 PM

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.

 

hampton-completed.jpg

 

hampton-night.jpg




#107387 Two Fort Worth Forum Members In FW Inc. Magazine

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2017 - 01:42 PM

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.

 

http://trendmag.tren...3119,"page":18}

 

 




#107384 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2017 - 08:53 AM

All I have to say is that you would be surprised who reads the forum.




#107383 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2017 - 08:48 AM

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.




#107376 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 18 November 2017 - 05:16 PM

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.




#107370 "Fort Worth": Going, going...gone?

Posted by John T Roberts on 18 November 2017 - 08:11 AM

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.)




#107369 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 18 November 2017 - 08:08 AM

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.




#107363 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 17 November 2017 - 01:40 PM

Here's a link to the WFAA Channel 8 story:

 

http://www.wfaa.com/...house/492540084




#107320 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 November 2017 - 10:19 AM

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.




#107298 T&P Warehouse Redevelopment

Posted by John T Roberts on 14 November 2017 - 11:49 AM

My guess is that the city is working toward forcing a sale of the property.




#107273 Fort Worth Law School to get major upgrade

Posted by John T Roberts on 11 November 2017 - 06:18 PM

I wonder if they even know they have a building that could be expanded upward?




#107256 Envision Hemphill

Posted by John T Roberts on 11 November 2017 - 12:28 PM

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.




#107254 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by John T Roberts on 11 November 2017 - 12:08 PM

PeopleAreStrange, Tommy Simmons (a forum lurker and meeting attendee), and I went into the Hampton Inn & Suites today after the Downtown Fort Worth Walking Tour.  The hotel is open, and has been for three weeks.




#107248 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 November 2017 - 09:39 PM

I think I have expressed my concerns earlier in this topic, but there really isn't much space available on the South/Southwest side of town large enough to build a new high school campus.  That's why I don't see TCU purchasing the Paschal Campus. 

 

I also have a problem with TCU expanding south of Berry Street.  There are some undesignated "historic" neighborhoods in the immediate area south of Berry Street that should be preserved.  The school has already demolished some really nice homes between Lubbock and McCart in the area north of Berry.  Plus, there is a block of Mid-Century Modern homes in the 2700 Block of Sandage that should be preserved. 

 

As for Farrington Field, I believe there are some deed restrictions on that site that will not allow the FWISD to sell the property.  Also, as a preservationist, I would hate to see Farrington Field demolished.  After all, it is our only Art Deco Stadium left.  If you remember, TCU demolished almost all of Amon Carter Stadium.