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John T Roberts

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#106008 Frost Tower - Jetta Operating to Build Downtown Office Building

Posted by John T Roberts on 20 September 2017 - 05:34 PM

This is my latest photograph of the Frost Tower construction.  It was taken on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  The form work will contain the pour of the main roof slab.  The building is near full height with only the 26th Mechanical floor to go.


36958777190_12647bf2ca_h.jpgfrostconst-23 by jtrobert, on Flickr


Here is a shot of the skyline taken today showing the columns going up on the 26th level and you can see its height in relationship to 500 W. 7th (Bank of America).  That building is the light colored one just to the right of the Frost Tower in the photo.  You can see that it is clearly taller than the 273' tall building.


36958962090_ef267e1614_h.jpgpenn-skyline by jtrobert, on Flickr

#105981 Residence Inn at "Houston and 8th"

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 September 2017 - 01:02 PM

The building will be 50 feet wide, 95 feet long, and approximately 275 feet tall.

#105930 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by John T Roberts on 17 September 2017 - 03:37 PM

September 16, 2017 Skyline Photo from the Amon Carter Museum


37099427536_a40e6b5054_h.jpgskyline-09-16-17 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#105915 Forum Photography Meet - Sat., Sept. 16: 9:00 AM

Posted by John T Roberts on 16 September 2017 - 06:07 PM

It's not the best design in the world, but is looks so much better than the old Park Central Inn.  I also don't know if it is worth adding as an architecturally significant building to the website.

#105913 New Hotel at 9th and Commerce

Posted by John T Roberts on 16 September 2017 - 05:31 PM

Signage has now been installed.  There are currently three signs on the building.  There's one on the ground floor at the motor court entrance and there are two blade signs.  One is on Commerce and the other is on 9th Street.  Also planned, are two top of building signs, one on the east side and the other on the south side.  Those have not been installed.


37079034356_9c64704114_h.jpghampton-09-16-17 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#105910 Downtown Design Guidelines

Posted by John T Roberts on 16 September 2017 - 05:08 PM

They could build this hotel without the top of building signage.  I still think that maybe the signs should be granted or denied on a case by case basis.  In this proposal, I see two top of building signs.  Another big question is, "Are there two more?"  I could easily see that the Residence Inn would want one on the east side that matched the west, so that it could be seen from I-35W.  I could also see they would want one on the north side, so that when you go southbound on Houston Street, you can see it, as well.  If you remember, I pointed out that Century Life had rooftop signs on all four sides of their soon to be demolished building, and it is only five stories.

#105908 Forum Photography Meet - Sat., Sept. 16: 9:00 AM

Posted by John T Roberts on 16 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

Rename, you asked for a photo of the Park Central Inn conversion and the two unit condominium built between the Flatiron and hotel.  I took several shots, but this one is probably the best overall I could get.  I did take one looking north, but the street trees block the view of the new building.  Due to the antique auto show with the streets barricaded, I couldn't get a good photo from 9th and Houston looking southwest.


37269409055_552be1328d_h.jpgparkcentral2 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#105888 Forum Photography Meet - Sat., Sept. 16: 9:00 AM

Posted by John T Roberts on 16 September 2017 - 01:42 PM

Only PeopleAreStrange showed up. We had a good time and I'm sorry that other forum members couldn't attend.  From time to time, I will do this again. 

#105859 City Place Complex

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 September 2017 - 02:58 PM

The Aloft Hotel opens on October 30, so that should help to add life around the building.  I have no doubt that the remainder of the office space will lease up, with or without a top of building sign.

#105853 City Place Complex

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 September 2017 - 02:22 PM

There is one other thing to note about that actual case that was before the DDRB. The issue of the signs on the top of the building was actually continued until next month. The decision has not been made regarding allowing the new signs. There will also be a chance to express your opinion to the Board.

#105852 Forum Photography Meet - Sat., Sept. 16: 9:00 AM

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 September 2017 - 02:18 PM

We could go down there to take some. I actually took some pictures of those buildings last Sunday afternoon. I have already posted a picture of the sculpture, but I did not post any photos of the buildings.

#105823 Edwards Ranch - Clearfork Development

Posted by John T Roberts on 14 September 2017 - 09:25 PM

Neiman Marcus finally has neighbors.



#105822 City Place Complex

Posted by John T Roberts on 14 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

Rename, you say that each case should be judged on its merit, and I tend to agree.  Your two examples also show two cases where the situations are different.  First of all, let's look at the City Place case.  The current Design Standards and Guidelines do not allow a sign at the top of City Place.  Therefore, they were seeking permission to get a waiver.  I'm afraid that if I was a "by the book" DDRB Board Member, I would have to vote against putting the sign on the building, mainly because the Standards and Guidelines outlaw the sign. 


Now, if you, the DDRB, Downtown Business Owners, or the general public feels that the regulations are too strict, then there are steps in the process to change the guidelines. 


You also cite the AT&T logo on top of their building.  Are you aware that the sign that is now on the building is brand new?  The latest Design Standards and Guidelines were adopted in 2016.  The DDRB case to change the sign was heard in December of 2016, after the latest guidelines had been approved.  Residents in the Omni Hotel requested that the sign be smaller and dimmer.  What AT&T proposed actually accomplished their requests by the mere change in their logo and new graphics.  On buildings the letters "at&t" would no longer be a part of the logo.  Also, the globe was tweaked in its graphic design.  The redesigned logo now was reversed from the old and the interior circles had been deleted.  On building signs, what was white, is now blue and illuminated and what was blue now is not part of the sign.  Only the stripes light up and now they are blue, vs. old where the whole blue and white globe was illuminated.  The new sign in area was smaller and now only in one color.  I don't have the minutes of the DDRB hearing, but I'm pretty sure the reason that the sign change was approved was due to the fact the lettering was gone, the overall area was smaller, and that this was a replacement of an existing sign that was permitted before signs above 120 feet were outlawed.  The Board could have denied the new sign, but I guess then AT&T would have had the option of keeping the old one in place.  I also think that if I was the same "by the book" board member, I would have a hard time denying this application because of the precedent of the building having a sign in place before the guidelines were approved.

#105819 804 S. Main

Posted by John T Roberts on 14 September 2017 - 08:46 PM

According to the Near Southside Development Standards and Guidelines, any parking lot that fronts a street shall be separated from the sidewalk by a decorative and durable screen at least 4 feet in height.

#105817 City Place Complex

Posted by John T Roberts on 14 September 2017 - 08:30 PM

I now want to get back into this discussion.  I did find that signs on buildings above 120 feet are not allowed by the Downtown Urgan Design Standards and Guidelines.  What WeWork was proposing was against those guidelines and they were seeking a waiver to go against them.  The Board Members and SSQ had every right to speak against this case and express their opinions.