Arch Image?... Do you mean the Lone Star Court in North Austin? If so, then I am not in favor of something like that being built along the river. At least not that type of architecture. The concept is interesting but I think it would compete and take away from the Planned Panther Island Pavilion on the TRVA drawing board
So any news on when the other retail tenants are going to be opening?... I thought we would have seen or heard something by now. It just seems like Hopdoddy will be alone for quite some time.
I think they are still in negotiations in regards to the retail facing 7th. All the other retail that has been announced will be opening underneath the apartments. It is my understanding all the current retail is ready to open pending construction (which is behind). Midici is opening on one end, and I was told a Mexican restaurant may be on the opposite end (one currently not in Fort Worth, but well known in Dallas).
I think they are holding out and hoping for bigger name retail for the space facing 7th .... so we shall see.
I'm really glad Tom Thumb settled here. It's a good fit for the area, despite any design issues.
It's a nice store, don't get me wrong, and I'm thankful to have it, but it's nothing like Central Market or Whole Foods. The prepared food section is very limited. With the amount of apartments in this whole area, they could have done better and certainly have the clientele to support it.
I noticed there is a Left Bank for sale sign on the tract of land where the hotel was suppose to be. I believe it said 3.x acres zoned MU-2 .... so I'm not for sure if the sign is just there referencing another tract of land, or if something happened to the hotel deal?
I did in fact learn that Valencia did pull their contract, so Left Bank is either looking for another hotel or to build apartments on the lot. Seems like a waste given the direct access to the river and unobstructed views that parcel of land has .....
FW81 ... Any idea if they are still even wanting a hotel? I've left numerous messages with their development office and the Rea Estate company and can't get a return call. Have companies interested if someone would return a call!
I have learned that apparently the Valencia hotel deal is back on. I really hope this gets done. I think it would greatly benefit the whole development and the area in general desperately needs the hotel space.
I do at times feel for the Left Bank development, I know originally Whole Foods was looking, Neimans, West Elm was originally under contract at LB and I think a few other stores that switched to Clearfork. I just wonder if a few things like that would have came to fruition how much different it would have been.
What a huge disappointment. I wonder how anyone is going to feel renting out those town homes in the current construction, which I know one is going for $8k a month and will be facing out towards the new proposed apartment complex with no downtown views? What a huge oversight and missed opportunity to build the townhomes next to the river with guaranteed unobstructed views of downtown.
GFF also designed Parkside next door, which I really like the look of, but I can't understand why they opted for such a suburban design and layout when it came to Left Bank. Not impressed.
I could be wrong, but it appears they may be burying the power lines along the entire length of Montgomery Street from the new arena to where it intersects at Camp Bowie. I hope that is the case, it would make the whole street and area look so much cleaner. The lines along the street really are quite obtrusive.
They have started framing up the Tom Thumb. They made the pre-made concrete walls on site, it's nice to see the bones of this building being done right. The apartments in the back are really starting to come along as well.
I agree. This site isn't the best place for a super tall hotel. I would much rather see that downtown.
Are the shorter buildings tied into the levee in the rendering part of the hotel or are they residential buildings?
They are part of the hotel. They referred to them as "barns" in the plans. If I remember correctly, they have been approved to build the taller complex at 60 feet, but are requesting a 70 feet variance from the city.
The front exterior of what I call the main component of the development, that will have retail on bottom and residential above and where the current parking garage is being built, will top out at 75 feet, with the wraparound apartments being slightly lower.
We got to hear from West Miller last night and the hotel developer for Left Bank. The hotel is being developed by Valencia, and appears to be very upscale and luxurious with a "Fort Worth" feel and vibe. It is my understanding it will be 4/5 stories tall with a 60 to 70 feet height variance. The design was very different, but think the overall concept and what they are doing will be great for the area and Fort Worth. It is my understanding it will also have a restaurant overlooking the river. Similar to the Woodshed but with river and downtown views.
We also got to see the plans for the grocery and the renderings look great. It will be a Safeway/Market Street/Tom Thumb store but with a very urban footprint. I believe with the quality of items we are used to getting at Central Market. I am very excited to be finally getting this in our area, it will be very well served.