New retail and development projects started in Fort Worth
The area has grown rapidly in recent years. New developments could reshape its main corridor by 2023
FORT WORTH, Texas – After decades of change, the growth of the Fort Worth Cultural District is accelerating and the next few years will determine whether change equals progress.
Dustin Van Orne has worked in Fort Worth for 20 years at the Modern Art Museum and as a past president of the Cultural District Alliance.
“Everything under the sun has moved here,” Van Orne said. “We like to call it the Fort Worth living room.”
Now, several major new projects are reshaping the stretch from the West Seventh or Trinity River Bridge to Camp Bowie to the UNT Health Science Center.
“We want to see the growth and we want it to happen,” Van Orne said. “We just want it to be the right way.”
On Van Cliburn Way, opposite the museums, Crescent Real Estate by billionaire John Goff has already started work on a mixed-use development. It is expected to include a 5-story, 200-room luxury hotel with a rooftop bar, 175 luxury residential apartments and a 160,000-square-foot 8-story office building.
Closer to the bridge over West Seventh Street to Foch Street, a 10-story project has been recommended for approval by the city’s zoning commission, and will now require more city council approvals before it can move forward.
Goldenrod, based in Omaha, is developing the project which would include approximately 300 luxury apartments with over 33,000 square feet of office space and more retail space.
The Crescent and Goldenrod projects hope to be completed in the summer of 2023.
“The more we see this better mix of uses, the more successful the neighborhood businesses are and it benefits everyone,” Van Orne said.
The city is also working to transform the street itself from the bridge to University Drive, adding bike lanes separate from traffic and greenery along the median with a target end date of April 2022. The design of the area is walking and density.
“Density is a better use of land than large, sprawling suburban neighborhoods. It’s just more efficient for taxpayers’ money, ”Van Orne said. “We now have an imbalance between the residential tax base and the commercial tax base and we need to reverse that. “
Change has been underway for decades in the Cultural District, and there remains a lot of potential with developers perhaps considering purchasing Farrington Field from Fort Worth ISD. But the goal now is to make sure that the culture and atmosphere of the region never goes away.
“The hope is that everyone who comes here understands what he is building and coming, so that it doesn’t change him too much and it doesn’t change the identity too much,” Van Orne said. .