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Fort Worth Community Arts Center needs $26 million in repairs

Learn more about the city’s task force for 1600 Gendy St.

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Fort Worth Community Arts Center is located between The Carter and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.

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The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is in need of some major TLC. The city-owned complex at 1300 Gendy St. is currently leased by Arts Fort Worth.

The center was built in three phases: The Main Art Gallery (1954), W.E. Scott Theater and Solarium (1966), and the Art Museum and Porte Cochere (1976).

Last year, architecture firm Bennett Partners conducted a building condition assessment and determined that the facility needs approximately $26 million in repairs, including asbestos removal and flooding damage.

In February, City Council assembled a task force to:

  • Review the assessment
  • Assess existing and potential uses
  • Assess potential funding sources
  • Conduct public hearings
  • Make recommendations to the city

Over 300 people attended last week’s meeting and community suggestions included turning the space into a public library with smaller galleries and a performing and visual arts school.

Two more public meetings will be held on Thursday, April 13 and Thursday, April 27 before the task force makes its final report to City Council on Tuesday, May 2.

There’s still time to share your thoughts in the city’s survey.

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