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#149312 New 4-story building with 35 units (DDRB Case)

Posted by NThomas on 22 November 2023 - 12:17 PM

Guessing that is reference to excess right-of-way, not the entire street.

#148633 Hilton Hotel Annex Sold

Posted by NThomas on 13 October 2023 - 08:09 AM

Yeah, you kind of have to be careful with the agenda that might be behind anything reported there.  Odd that I can't find another source.

Established local news outlets aren't exactly covering business topics like this, and those that are fall more into the category of press release than investigation.

This is one of the reasons why Fort Worth Report starting up and the FWST having a business writer again are important.

#147981 Generations Park at Boys Ranch (Bedford)

Posted by NThomas on 06 September 2023 - 08:56 AM

This is sort of the defacto Bedford thread I guess, but I noticed they have a new performing arts center underway.  I love these kind of projects.

Makes more sense to start a new thread or rename this one as a catch-all instead.

Looks like Bedford is getting a great little multi-purpose facility:

#146565 TCU Medical School

Posted by NThomas on 17 June 2023 - 11:35 AM

One thing that surprised me is the first phase spans over Adams, so it's wider than the block that was there. From the South is makes a nice terminated vista. Pic a few months old but you get the idea.


I overlaid the most recently posted site plan on a June 2022 aerial. It looks like the two easternmost arches where the passageway (currently the edge of the initial building) line up almost perfectly with the centerline (red) and the eastern sidewalk (purple) of Adams St.


I'm speculating that the passageway wasn't designed for this to be a stand-alone building like the preliminary renderings, but probably now any expansion would span the entire block as a single facade along Rosedale built in two or more phases (hence the need for one, or more, passageways through the middle of the building).

#145083 Industrial parks

Posted by NThomas on 20 March 2023 - 10:01 AM

Zoning Change request filed for a 150' tall cold storage facility: https://newcold.com/
OMG, 150' tall...that's about 15-stories.  My guess is this is going either far north or far south of town, maybe north Burleson.  I didn't see an address yet.
I'm guessing it will look something like this:

It'll be in/adjacent to Carter Park here:

2100 Joel East Rd: https://maps.app.goo...WidnBYtmc52PTT6

That area of south Fort Worth is the largest concentration of food distribution/production facilities in North Texas (and continues to grow), even with the sprawling population growth moving more towards the north.

#144667 Alliance Town Center

Posted by NThomas on 23 February 2023 - 02:23 PM

Project Name: Nations Best Sports Phase II Expansion
Project Number: TABS2023012460
Facility Name: Nations Best Sports Phase II Expansion
Location Address: 4350 Fossil Creek Blvd
Fort Worth, TX 76137
Location County: Tarrant
Start Date: 3/3/2023
Completion Date: 9/15/2023
Estimated Cost: $4,226,661
Type of Work: Additions to Existing Building
Type of Funds: This project is privately funded, on private land for private use.
Scope of Work: Addition to existing warehouse
Square Footage: 40,000 ft 2

Fossil Creek is definitely in not Alliance Town Center, or Alliance in general, but I'm sure it's all the same to the "everything north of Loop 820 isn't really Fort Worth" crowd.

This is one of the few remaining greenfield sites left in Fossil Creek. Glad to see a Fort Worth-based company expanding instead of relocating to a larger/newer space.

#144133 Trinity Railway Express

Posted by NThomas on 28 January 2023 - 08:21 AM

So funny you mentioned that, I just took this photo yesterday afternoon thinking, hmm, only two cars.

(For bonus points, can anyone name the road I am on?)


E Rock Island Rd in Irving: https://maps.app.goo...KZCEyUGzLYbpDk6

I followed Google Maps eastward from Central Station to find this, and never realized how few stretches along the TRE line there isn't a parallel road until you get to this photo.

#142953 The Jones - 12 Story Apartment @ 9th & Jones

Posted by NThomas on 01 December 2022 - 01:23 PM

...And now they're planning interior retail to activate the paseo? Awesome! Now all we need is:
1) a pedestrian crosswalk across Jones connecting the paseo to the ITC,
2) a second paseo (or an actual rebuilt one-block 10th Street) between Calhoun and Commerce after the latter is straightened out,
And we'll have a fully restored walkable grid in the area.

I'm guessing the placement of the paseo is due to utilities/right of way from when 10th St was there originally?

The Throckmorton St & W 2nd St intersection to connect through City Place could benefit from a mid-block crossing too (is it still considered a mid-block crossing if it's a t-intersection?).

#141732 Corporate relocations

Posted by NThomas on 15 September 2022 - 05:47 PM

Not surprising the Dallas Morning News describes a relocation to FORT WORTH by starting the sentence "Dallas-Fort Worth's central location."  Whatever that means.

Anytime central location is mentioned when talking about the advantages of relocating to D-FW, it's a combination of being in the Central Time Zone, direct flights from DFW Airport, and an almost split distance to either coast.

#139835 Texas A&M to build urban satellite campus in Fort Worth

Posted by NThomas on 25 May 2022 - 07:20 AM

Not to rain on everyones parade, but the location is extremely short sighted. Im super happy the TAMU is coming to downtown, but we could have asked for more! TAMU panther island!! I dont understand why the city/A&M decided to build the campus at its current location. Can someone share a few reasons as to why the city wouldnt push for panther island for the new tamu campus?

TAMU does not own any land on Panther Island but they do own 4 contiguous blocks at their current location in downtown. It's as simple as that.

#139703 Splitting the TRE / TEXRail western half and expansion

Posted by NThomas on 17 May 2022 - 10:06 PM

Not playing devil's advocate, but I think the complete opposite of this idea is needed. The Phoenix metro has multiple independent public transit agencies operating different services under the same unified brand: Valley Metro. Having 4 separate brands (A-train, TEXRail, Silver Line, TRE) creates more confusion than it's worth.

DART, DCTA, and Trinity Metro should operate the 4 interconnected commuter rail lines in North Texas under the single brand: TRE. Bus, light-rail, streetcar/trolley, etc. services could still operate under each individual agency's name, but unifying the commuter rail lines under a single brand creates a familiarity needed to grow ridership instead of separating service across county lines.

#137666 The Jones - 12 Story Apartment @ 9th & Jones

Posted by NThomas on 08 February 2022 - 01:47 PM

Your comment reminded me of this image I happened to catch on Reddit the other day showing 1970's Houston.

There's probably more parking there today in garages attached to nearly all of those new buildings.

Hopefully Panther Island will have a similar before/after picture like this that will circulate like this one years from now.

#137591 Neighborhood Name Suggestions

Posted by NThomas on 03 February 2022 - 04:58 PM

I like the name "Near Westside" better not only for the Upper Westside, but everything in downtown west of Henderson Street, north of I-30, and southeast of the Clear Fork Trinity River.

#137318 Trinity River Vision

Posted by NThomas on 19 January 2022 - 06:20 PM

The news articles state that the additional funding is for the "final design."  Does that mean the flood control project is still on the drawing board...after all these years?



There are differing levels of design depending on funding. The gist of the system is obviously long ago design but the detailed 100% drawings will need to be finalized with the full funding that will take the project into construction.


My concern at this point is that the funding estimates are still valid in light of the material cost increases and ongoing inflation. Probably will need additional funding at the end to finish it out.


Here's the exact phrasing from USACE's list of projects (https://usace.conten...21coll6/id/2236) from page 5 for the "CENTRAL CITY, UPPER TRINITY RIVER, TX" project:


"Complete design and award first construction contract"

#134830 Texas/DFW in perspective

Posted by NThomas on 08 September 2021 - 12:14 PM

Interesting charts, Austin55. Well done!
A question came up early in the thread about why Denton is considered part of the Dallas-Plano-Irving Division. I didn't see where anyone answered that, but OMB defines these based on commuting patterns - so presumably more people in Denton (and its surrounding cities) commute to Dallas-Plano-Irving than to Fort Worth-Arlington.
And it's hard to see any near future in DFW that doesn't include a lot of auto traffic. There are a lot of cultural, political and economic reasons that drive the development patterns we have today and little appetite on a large enough scale to change that.

Nearly half of Frisco is in Denton County, and when you add the SE quad of the county (Carrollton, Lewisville, etc.), there's a much higher flow of people between Denton County and Dallas/Collin than with Tarrant County.