Grab your hard hat: Development is booming in Fort Worth

Here’s an overview of the latest development talks around town.

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The most recent design rendering of The Jones at 1000 Jones St.

Rendering courtesy of the City of Fort Worth

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Every time we look around, it seems like something new is popping up in Cowtown. The downtown skyline is changing, historic buildings are getting new life, and new retailers are moving in. Lace-up your sneakers and take a stroll through some of Fort Worth’s upcoming developments.

The Jones

Miami-based Resia will oversee the construction of a 12-story downtown building at 1000 Jones St. — across from Central Station. The developer went before city leaders last week to make some changes.

  • By the numbers: 408 total units, a 10-story parking garage with 510 parking spaces, a public corridor, and 7,000 sqft of retail space.
  • What’s next: The Downtown Design Review Board approved the latest plans on Thursday, Dec. 1, which include new renderings for the exterior. The changes will enhance the focus on retail space. The project will go through several more rounds of approval.

Evans and Rosedale Business and Cultural District

The 7.5-acre urban project was awarded to Dallas’ Hoque Global in 2019, but progress was stalled because of the pandemic. The $70 million redevelopment will focus on economic growth, along with historical and cultural preservation.

  • By the numbers: 292 multifamily units, 28 live-work units, 20 townhomes, parks, and other public spaces.
  • What’s next: Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2023.

R. Vickery Elementary School

The 12-room school at 1905 E. Vickery Blvd. was built in 1910 for the Glenwood neighborhood. It closed in 1985 and was later used as a nightclub and most recently, a shelter for people experiencing homelessness.

  • By the numbers: The property is valued at $1.5 million by the Tarrant Appraisal District. The city has owned the property since 2007.
  • What’s next: Beta Tau Lambda — the local chapter of the historically Black fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Inc. — is looking to revitalize the site. The city council is expected to consider the project proposal in January. Once the sale is finalized, community input meetings will be planned.
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The school closed in the 1980s and was seized by the city in 2007.

Photo by Fort Worth Architecture

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