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The future of downtown: Southwest quadrant

This section of downtown is home to several long-term tenants, but changes are on the horizon.

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The Omni’s expansion plans, shown here in renderings, involves 400 additional rooms + meeting space extending closer to West Lancaster Avenue.

Courtesy of Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The southwest quadrant of downtown has many established tenants — i.e. the Eldon Mahon federal courthouse, which has resided downtown since 1934, or St. Patrick Cathedral on Throckmorton St., which was completed in 1888.

As part of our ongoing series about the future of downtown, we’re taking a look at a few of the changes on the horizon in this quadrant that runs from Seventh Street to Lancaster Avenue north to south +Houston Street to Burnett Plaza east to west.

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Fort Worth City Hall will relocate to the the former Pier 1 Imports Building, and the location at 200 Texas St. will be the interim home of the downtown library branch.

Photo by FTWtoday

Dogtopia

Nathan Frankel Electric Supply is being converted into the second Dogtopia location in Fort Worth, offering daycare, boarding, and spa treatments. Dogtopia should be open by November, if not sooner.

Future City Hall

City offices are relocating from the previous City Hall at 200 Texas St. to the former 20-story Pier 1 Imports headquarters along the Trinity River. Offices are expected to be fully transitioned by this fall. The former City Hall now houses an interim location of the downtown Fort Worth Library branch, which is slated for a $30 million renovation.

The Omni Fort Worth Hotel

While construction has yet to begin, The Omni Fort Worth Hotel is on track for a $217 million expansion, adding asecond tower with400 new hotel rooms + meeting space. The expansion will take over a current Tarrant Community College administration building.

Sandman Hotel

The restoration of the Sandman Hotel continues, following the January on-site explosion. A full reopening timeline has not been set, but the hotel owners said they’d be “receiving detailed drawings” of areas that still need to be repaired soon.

“There’s definitely energy on this side of downtown,” Bobby Ahdieh, the dean of the Texas A&M Law School, said. “I love all of downtown Fort Worth, but a lot is happening on this side of downtown, and there are early conversations now about a bigger master plan. I’m excited to see what happens in the next decade.”

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