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John T Roberts

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#107223 Amazon in search of 2nd headquarters

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 November 2017 - 08:54 PM

Yes, this topic is drifting, so let's keep it back to Amazon searching for their second headquarters.




#107215 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 November 2017 - 05:02 PM

Youngalum, I am curious about the deal that fell through for TCU to purchase the Paschal Campus.  I went to Paschal (Class of 1976) and I never heard of that.  I also grew up and live not too far away and still have not heard this.  My next question is how and where would a replacement school be constructed?  Another concern that I have is with the explosive growth of TCU.  All of the preservationists in town have been told by the university that the expansion would not go beyond certain points.  Surrounding Paschal was beyond those boundaries and south of Berry is, as well. 

 

As for Paschal not being an architectural gem like AHHS, Poly, Tech and NS, the original school building actually is.  However, I will admit that the additions have covered up the original building so much that it could never be considered as such because it can't be seen from the street.  There is only one location on Lowden where part of the original building can be seen.  Also, the building could never be designated as historic due to the construction of all of the additions around it.  For the record, the original building was designed by Wiley G. Clarkson (Sinclair Bldg., First Methodist Church, NS High).  The Mid-Century Modern additions, which are now also covered up by more subsequent additions was done by Preston Geren.




#107206 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 November 2017 - 03:25 PM

This morning, Channel 8 had a view from the Fort Worth Tower Cam, and it appears that the vertical row of cove lighting on the north side has been repaired and the blade sign on 9th Street is now operating. I think all of the lighting and signs are now working.


#107183 Trinity Trails rehab

Posted by John T Roberts on 09 November 2017 - 08:29 AM

I ride the trails in that area mainly on the weekends.  I do not have confirmation, but it appears to me that they are dredging the river retention area behind the low water dam.  The outlet for the standard level of that retention pond was about two feet below the actual bed of the river at that point.  This is probably a flood control/maintenance issue that has nothing to do with any other projects.  It could be that it has some relation to Phase 2 of Waterside, but I'm not sure.  With the bottom being dredged out, that area should be able to handle more water than it does now.  Sediment does collect behind those dams, and from time to time, it has to be removed.




#107117 Sinclair Building Sold

Posted by John T Roberts on 05 November 2017 - 10:25 PM

I merged the new CVS/Pharmacy thread into the Sinclair Building thread, since they are connected.  I also deleted a couple of posts regarding the second thread.




#107110 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 05 November 2017 - 03:14 PM

Over the last week, or so, I had a cold.  I missed last weekend taking progress photos of the Frost Tower construction.  However, I did make it back downtown for a few minutes this afternoon.  Here is the current photo of the construction.  The picture was taken on November 5, 2017.

 

37486348764_cc9f2b294b_h.jpgfrostconst-29 by jtrobert, on Flickr




#107101 TCU's massive campus transformation continues

Posted by John T Roberts on 05 November 2017 - 08:31 AM

Volare, the answer to your question would be in the link that was provided for the Zoning Case Agenda.




#107076 AC Marriott hotel @ 5th and Main

Posted by John T Roberts on 03 November 2017 - 12:36 PM

There is signage above 10 floors and I'm betting they will have to return to the DDRB to get that approved.  If so, it will be handled like the WeWork sign at City Place.  They will be asking for a variance or a waiver in the design standards.  It is my understanding that the parking for this hotel, the Autograph Collection Hotel in the Sinclair Building across the street, and the apartments at 815 Commerce (Hilton Hotel Annex) will all be accommodated in the Hilton Hotel Annex (formerly the Biltmore Garage). 

 

Someone else on the forum had already pointed it out that the rendering had the Sundance Square Towers in them, when it should not.




#107065 AC Marriott hotel @ 5th and Main

Posted by John T Roberts on 03 November 2017 - 08:58 AM

If you think the design standards should be changed, then you should get more involved.  Join Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. and get involved in the committee that reviews the design standards.  Another option would be to put you hat into the ring to get on the Downtown Design Review Board.  I believe all of the vacant positions have been filled for right now, but just a short time ago, there were vacancies on that Board.  It also helps to know your City Councilperson.  To get the ball rolling, there is an application form for Boards, Commissions, and Committees that is available on the City of Fort Worth's website.




#107055 AC Marriott hotel @ 5th and Main

Posted by John T Roberts on 02 November 2017 - 09:59 PM

The Downtown Design Review Board Met and approved the new 16 story design for the AC Hotel.  I'm providing a link to the Fort Worth Business Press article on the entire DDRB hearing.  There were several other controversial cases and those topics should be discussed in their proper threads. 

 

http://www.fortworth...a927572039.html




#107044 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 02 November 2017 - 12:31 PM

I'm willing to bet that any signage that Sundance puts up with the Nissan name will be very discrete and subtle.  There also may be very few things that show the Nissan name.  The DDRB hears all cases regarding signage, so I'm sure that if there are signs that will be placed, it will go before the DDRB in a public hearing where anyone, including member of this forum may express their opinions.




#107024 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 01 November 2017 - 04:04 PM

The plaza celebrates its 4th anniversary today.  I went down to the plaza at lunch and walked around, then I went back that evening and on Saturday and on Sunday.  We also had a forum meeting on opening weekend.




#106996 The Worth Residences (24 floors)

Posted by John T Roberts on 31 October 2017 - 01:54 PM

The case goes before the Downtown Design Review Board on Thursday to vacate the alley through the middle of the proposed block.




#106992 Americado??

Posted by John T Roberts on 31 October 2017 - 09:14 AM

When I sae the new posting in this thread, I knew that you all were going to say that it was closing before I read it.  Even though I live pretty close, I actually never went there due to all of my friends in the area going there and then commenting that they didn't like it.  I never felt the need to check out a place that most people didn't like. 




#106972 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 30 October 2017 - 10:45 AM

Bank of America has relocated it's offices to Sundance Square.  The ground floor banking center is yet to be completed.  The Fort Worth Business Press has a story on the move.

 

http://www.fortworth...5a9d8bee25.html