The Tandy Center
This mixed use facility designed by Growald Associates, Architects of Fort Worth, featured twin 20 story towers, an indoor shopping mall, and an indoor ice skating rink. The office buildings were constructed as the corporate headquarters of the Radio Shack Corporation, formerly The Tandy Corporation. It was built on the site of the old Leonard's Department Store; however, Leonard's private subway leading from acres of parking on the Trinity River was integrated into the project. Leonard's was bought by Dillard's Department Stores, and they were an anchor tenant in the mall. The mall, however was never a success, and by 1995, Dillard's had moved out and the mall was virtually vacant. The mall was reborn in 1996 as an outlet mall, catering to a different market, but was still not successful. The mall was closed and converted into office space for RadioShack. With the construction of the new RadioShack Corporate Headquarters across Belknap Street to the north, the company sold the complex. RadioShack completed moving out of the complex in 2005. Redevelopment of the center began in 2006 under the name of City Place and several different schemes were proposed for the two towers and the mall. The first phase of the redevelopment consisted of the removal of the block long bridge over Throckmorton Street and the renovation of the north tower, now called City Place Two. The tower reopened in late 2007. The second phase of the redevelopment began in the summer of 2011 when all of the mall between the two towers was demolished. That area was rebuilt with ground floor retail and seven levels of parking. Although West 2nd Street was not open to vehicular traffic, the buildings are separated with an outdoor pedestrian walkway along the old street right-of-way. This phase was completed in 2013. The third phase of redeveloping the south tower began construction in 2013, shortly after completion of the central section. City Place One (South Tower) looks like Tower Two and houses an Aloft Hotel that opened in September of 2018. The retail tenants include: Subway, Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, Hooters, Chop House Burgers, and Wild Salsa.
Martin Growald, Fort Worth