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John T Roberts

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#142864 Deco 969 - 27 Floors, 314 ft. - 969 Commerce St.

Posted by John T Roberts on 27 November 2022 - 08:31 PM

The building has the 20th floor partially formed up with some column rebar in place for the 21st floor.  One important development in the construction is that stone is now starting to be installed around the building's entrance.


52527680682_bb87f9789b_k.jpgdeco969-11-27-22-1 by jtrobert, on Flickr


52528622495_f8e320ea62_k.jpgdeco969-11-27-22-2 by jtrobert, on Flickr


52527680652_6e12ec71d9_k.jpgdeco969-11-27-22-3 by jtrobert, on Flickr

#142856 Monarch Butterfly

Posted by John T Roberts on 26 November 2022 - 09:16 PM

I learned something today.  Thanks for the information.

#142851 Monarch Butterfly

Posted by John T Roberts on 26 November 2022 - 06:12 PM

On the first weekend of November, I noticed a straggler Monarch feeding on my abelia bush next to my front porch.  I thought I would capture a some close-up photographs of it.  These were taken with my cell phone.


52525926345_542e70f28a_k.jpgbutterfly1 by jtrobert, on Flickr


52525926330_350993e709_k.jpgbutterfly2 by jtrobert, on Flickr



#142850 Fort Worth Daily Digital

Posted by John T Roberts on 26 November 2022 - 06:08 PM

My uncompressed RAW files from my cell phone come in right around 24MB uncompressed.  That matches the RAW files from my DSLR.

#142832 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month: 11:45

Posted by John T Roberts on 25 November 2022 - 03:40 PM

It was a very nice forum lunch today.  I enjoyed meeting and visiting with two first time attendees.  I want to thank everyone for coming.

#142822 Happy Thanksgiving 2022

Posted by John T Roberts on 24 November 2022 - 10:29 AM

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

#142800 Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel

Posted by John T Roberts on 22 November 2022 - 11:47 PM

I file these applications for every project that I prepare the construction documents.  The estimate is based on the total cost of the project that the contractor is providing.  It always includes the labor and the materials, and usually does include OFCI items.  Another factor in the cost is that the hotel is remaining open.  Phasing these projects and keeping the buildings operational increases the cost. 

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#142770 New Movie Theater at 6905 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2022 - 08:17 PM

The Star-Telegram posted an article on the project in their digital media.  It is behind the paywall, and there really isn't anything in the article that we haven't discussed here.  However, for those of you who do have access, here's the link:  https://www.star-tel...e268941487.html

#142769 TCU to the Big 12!

Posted by John T Roberts on 19 November 2022 - 06:42 PM

I can't believe that finish.  I really thought they had lost the game.

#142761 The Comings and Goings of FW Restaurants

Posted by John T Roberts on 18 November 2022 - 08:27 PM

Tricky Fish is in Waterside somewhat between REI and Whole Foods Market.  I have been there for lunch several times, and it is good.

#142693 New Movie Theater at 6905 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 November 2022 - 09:32 PM

Right now, there is not a plan to serve food at this theater.  However, a smaller retail/restaurant building is planned across the proposed landscaped area to the east of the theater.  If you are wondering why the east side of the building is staggered, there is an angled utility easement that run through the parking lot for a storm drain line.  The parking lot has a valley where the storm drain is located below, and you can barely make it out on the aerial included in the report.  If you go to Google Maps, you can see the two manholes on the site.  The one next to Camp Bowie is where the line makes a bend to go in a true north/south direction after crossing under the street perpendicular to it.  The other manhole is on top of a drain inlet on the south side of the parking lot.

#142690 New Movie Theater at 6905 Camp Bowie Blvd.

Posted by John T Roberts on 15 November 2022 - 06:36 PM

I mentioned this at one of our Forum Meetings in the Spring.  Our landlord is planning to build a movie theater in the parking lot of our building.  The old Levitz Warehouse has a small parking lot in front of the building along Camp Bowie and a very large parking lot on the east side of the building where the entrance to the former furniture store was located.  He hired us (Halbach-Dietz Architects) to design a small 2 screen movie theater to go in the lot between our building and Ties To The Past Antiques on the corner of the block.  The Camp Bowie District Design Standards and Guidelines require 30% of the front facade to have windows, and due to the requirement of a theater to have few windows, we have to present before the Urban Design Commission.  We were hoping that the Planning Staff would permit the 30% of windows to be spandrel glass to meet the requirement, but they finally determined that spandrel glass was not a window.  Therefore, a UDC hearing was required. 


The UDC Cases can be found here: https://cfw.maps.arc...6f6ab1542fca765


The Staff Report can be found here which includes a floor plan of the building:  https://www.fortwort...blvd_waiver.pdf


This is a view of the front facade of the theater:


#142599 Southside developments

Posted by John T Roberts on 10 November 2022 - 09:13 AM

The Near Southside TIF has been extended for 10 years.  Below is a link to the City's website on this action:



#142511 Project Sundance

Posted by John T Roberts on 07 November 2022 - 12:10 PM

Unfortunately, not only are there limited places to eat in Downtown, now there are limited places to get a snack or a drink.

#142409 "The Laundry" - 428 Hemphill

Posted by John T Roberts on 03 November 2022 - 08:34 AM

The church is labeled "Lobby/Amenity".  Several of us at the meeting suggested that would be a good use for the church building.