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Old June 10th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #101
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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:02 AM   #102
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Renderings of the square on Main Street.

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FORT WORTH -- The new Sundance Plaza will feature an interactive fountain, multi-purpose stage, a pavilion and four giant umbrellas to provide shade when it is completed in the fall of 2013.

Sundance Square executives revealed the long-awaited plans for the 1-acre plaza, to be located on former parking lots between Third and Fourth streets and Houston and Commerce in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, during a meeting of the Downtown Design Review Board today.

"The plaza has been an active item on the master plan for more than two decades," Ed Bass, project developer, said in a statement. "We always envisioned a beautiful plaza that would be the fabric of our wonderful city and is now set to become a vibrant social centerpiece reflecting the best of a lively downtown."

The plaza will be flanked by two new office buildings that are currently under construction, The Westbrook on the west and The Commerce to the east, which will have ground-level shops and restaurants. A third new building, The Cassidy, will have six penthouse condos.

A two-tiered stage will anchor the plaza on the west. The top tier measures 18 feet by 20 feet with a lower tier allowing larger musical ensembles to perform, Sundance said. The stage can be expanded for large concerts with movable platforms or adapted for a large movie screen. Permanent stage lighting and audiovisual equipment will be positioned within the plaza.

In front of the stage, and at the base of the Chisholm Trail mural, will be an interactive fountain. The fountain will operate when the stage is not in use. During the day, it will be a playground and in the evening, the water feature will become a glowing, illuminated water sculpture, Sundance said.

On the east side of the plaza, the four large umbrellas will cover more than 6,400 square feet to provide shade, weather protection and create an outdoor "room" with a lofty canopy during the day. At night, the umbrellas will be lit with LED lighting.

The 2,000-square-foot pavilion will be at Main and Third streets, next to the historic Jett Building, and enclose the plaza to the north. The pavilion will house public restrooms, and possibly retail and small special events, Sundance said. Movable glass doors will open to tables and chairs outside that will overlook the cascading water feature.

The plaza will be defined on the south by two rows of trees.

"Sundance Square's plaza is intended to be an anchor to underpin the pedestrian friendly environment that has been a key design element of Sundance Square from the beginning," said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of Sundance Square. "The plaza has been designed to be activated by cafes, furnishings, and programming to make it the place to be in downtown Fort Worth."

A plaza has been a part of Sundance's 25-year-old master plan. Sundance Square is a 35-block office, residential, entertainment and shopping district.

The buildings will have 221,000 square feet of office space and 41,500 square feet for shops and restaurants.

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Old July 24th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #103
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Old September 10th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #104
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So this building is gone....


Medical Tower Building Implosion - Fort Worth, Texas September 9, 2012 - YouTube
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Old October 8th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #105
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I drove down 7th Street a few days ago and could not believe how much the area has changed. I even saw some of the arch spans that will be lining the new bridge, which is pretty cool. My brothers live in the area and they say that 7th street is the new strip, replacing the action that was found on Main Street a few years back.
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Old October 17th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #106
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Old October 17th, 2012, 10:25 PM   #107
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Good to finally see some progress on it.

The entire TRV is starting to come along.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 08:38 PM   #108
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West 7th Bridge pieces



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Old November 3rd, 2012, 04:36 PM   #109
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Originally posted by JJG, reduced in size. Pretty cool 3-D depiction
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Old November 6th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #110
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Preparing Sundance Square

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Transformation: Sundance Square prepares for Downtown's Overhaul
Thursday, October 25, 2012

Martha Deller
Special to the Fort Worth Business Press

Words cannot describe – and neither can architectural drawings - the ongoing transformation of “two ugly parking lots” into a Main Street plaza that Fort Worth leaders have been dreaming about for decades.

But Sundance Square President and CEO Johnny Campbell brought the dream to life Wednesday for nearly Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce members and guests who will get a chance to see it themselves in less than a year.

Aided by a mixture of straightforward and fanciful drawings and photos, Campbell recalled how ESPN crews scurried around North Texas in 2010 looking for the ideal spot to broadcast crowds in town for the 2011 Super Bowl.

ESPN eventually set up in front of the city’s famed Chisholm Trail mural, capturing photos of people outside even in the midst of the “apocalyptic snowstorm,” he said, drawing chuckles.

“People want a central gathering place that is vibrant and genuine,” Campbell said. “Sophisticated tourists want to go where the locals go, not a place put together for tourists.”

That’s what Sundance owners, their architects and contractors are trying feverishly to complete by next Oct. 1.

The 57,000-square-foot plaza will straddle Main Street, including the two “ugly asphalt parking lots” that housed the ESPN booth, Campbell said.

The project includes three 6-story commercial buildings that are intended for retail, restaurants and office space, he said.

The prospect of new business aside, the Chamber crowd was clearly entranced by proposed water walls and gigantic “magical umbrellas” borrowed from European and Middle Eastern cities.

The 32 by 44-foot umbrellas have been withstood 90 mph winds, rain and heat but maybe not for Texas hail, Campbell said. But they can also be used for entertainment, he said.

“If I don’t get oohs and aahs by showing them opening and closing, imagine changing the mood with LED color lights,” he said.
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Old November 6th, 2012, 05:53 PM   #111
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Old November 9th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #112
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TRV design contract awarded

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by Jeni Bell | Nov 01, 2012

The Trinity River Vision Authority is pleased to announce that two extraordinary firms have been
[AERIAL_LOOKING_NORTH] selected to work together to design the Trinity Uptown Bypass Channel. Hargreaves Associates and Randall Stout Architects were awarded the contract to collaborate on the 100% design of the bypass channel. They will provide urban planning, landscape design and architecture for the 100 acre, 1.5 mile long urban waterfront with numerous social and recreational amenities.

Hargreaves Associates responsible for the design and execution of the extraordinary 2012 London Olympic Park. They have a portfolio full of amazing waterfront projects including Abu Dhabi Beaches and the Downtown Oklahoma City Airpark Waterfront.

[Hargreaves London 1]

Randall Stout Architects was recently honored with a 2012 American Architecture Award for the Art Gallery of Alberta. Their urban design projects have a global reach, spanning from China, to Europe to America. They emphasize environmental stewardship and stakeholder involvement, and advocate urban design as a contemporary social and cultural expression.

[Randall Stout Alberta]

Hargreaves and Stout bring broad international experience as well as past collaboration. Their 21st century Waterfront in Chattanooga is an exemplary project that promotes intensive community use, diverse public programming and synergy between urban waterfront and private development. They will be collaborating with the USACE Architecture team led by CDMSmith and Komatsu Architecture.
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JFK Memorial in General Worth Square

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"There are no faint hearts in Fort Worth."

That is how President John F. Kennedy greeted a crowd of supporters who had gathered on a rainy Fort Worth fall day, the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.

The people who were there had no way of knowing ahead of time the president would address them - it happened without warning. The same could be said for what happened later that day in Dallas as well.

"It's unfortunate that so much of the memory, the memory of President John F. Kennedy, relates to his death. But really the life of John F. Kennedy is what inspires people today. And this tribute is a marvelous example of how you can pay tribute to a President," said Gary Mack, curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, in reference to the unveiling of the JFK Tribute Thursday.

The JFK Tribute is a public memorial in Fort Worth's General Worth Square, at 8th and Main Streets, just north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and located in the shadow of the Fort Worth Hilton Hotel, formerly the Hotel Texas, where President Kennedy spent his last night.

It has taken a long time for the tribute to become a reality. It was opened nearly 49 years to the day of the event it commemorates, and more than a decade after the effort to create such a place started to gain momentum.

The tribute features a marble wall, with large photographs taken of the president that day, famous quotes from his speeches etched into the stone and a larger than life bronze statue of Kennedy, his right arm extended as if to shake hands with visitors to the site.

On the tribute's accompanying website, jfktribute.com, it is written that the site is "structured to offer a place for both contemplation and education, for today and the future."

Among the many to address the crowd that gathered for the tribute's opening was Fort Worth native and Star-Telegram columnist Bob Ray Sanders. Sanders said that he was not in attendance at JFK's impromptu rally the morning of Nov. 22, 1963. Instead, Sanders said he was sitting in his segregated elementary school just a mile away, having seen the president arrive the night before.

"You see, for me, John F. Kennedy was not just a president. John F. Kennedy was hope. The personification of hope," Sanders said. "When Air Force One landed out at Carswell Air Force Base we in Fort Worth, people like me saw hope set down in my hometown."

At long last that hope has returned to Fort Worth. And the plan is for it to stay here for years to come.

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Old November 9th, 2012, 07:10 PM   #114
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The JFK memorial is awesome, I can't wait to see it in person!
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DFW is the top metro for where "people are moving"

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Migration data for the most recent one-year period available, July 2010 t0 July 2011, show the Great Recession has shaken the rankings up quite a bit within the circle of fast-growth regions. The biggest winner has been Texas. The Lone Star state boasts four of the 10 metro areas with the largest net migration gains for the past two years. Dallas ranks first, followed by Austin in third place, Houston in fifth and San Antonio in eighth. In contrast, some of the growth leaders over the 2000-09 period, notably Las Vegas, and to a lesser extent Phoenix, have tumbled considerably in the rankings. The lesson here: a strong economy has to be based on something more than gaming, tourism and home construction. Energy, technology, manufacturing and trade are far preferable as an economic base.

Also posting strong net migration gains for 2010-11 were Miami (second place), Washington, D.C. (sixth), and Seattle (ninth). In each of these areas, economic conditions appear to have improved. The once disastrous condo glut in the Miami area, which includes Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, has begun to clear up as foreign buyers pour into the region. Taxpayer-funded Washington is surging with new jobs and the highest incomes in the land. Seattle continues a long-term evolution toward the healthiest of the blue-state private economies. San Francisco, a consistent big loser for the last decade, jumped to 19th, presumably as a result of the current dot.com bubble.
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Not surprise, and I read where, by 2015, DFW is forecast to have a population of over 7.5 million.
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I read the same. Fort Worth alone is soon expected to reach 1 million. Now, if only the city had a skyline that reflected such feat...
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I read the same. Fort Worth alone is soon expected to reach 1 million. Now, if only the city had a skyline that reflected such feat...
I hear you on the skyline. I'd be happy if they just did something with Burnett Plaza.

Now, on street-level, downtown Fort Worth is the envy of many Sunbelt cities.
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I hear you on the skyline. I'd be happy if they just did something with Burnett Plaza.

Now, on street-level, downtown Fort Worth is the envy of many Sunbelt cities.
I don't know about that. I mean we do have a good downtown area, but we still have some work to do. Mainly around Lancaster and the West Side...
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Old December 1st, 2012, 05:20 PM   #120
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I wish I can let the Austin building boom rub off on Fort Worth.
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