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T&P Warehouse: Historic building remains in limbo as area redevelops

For years, the historic T&P Warehouse on West Lancaster Avenue downtown, built in 1931 to house freight for the Texas Pacific Railway, has sat vacant and deteriorating.

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Susan Halsey, Fort Worth attorney, business leader, dies

Susan Halsey, a Fort Worth attorney who was also a community and business leader, died on Friday, Dec. 19. Halsey, 55, was chairman for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in 2013-2014, leading the chamber during a year

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Heating up: West Lancaster corridor projects moving forward

West Lancaster Avenue through downtown Fort Worth is heating up, with planners envisioning a lively mixed-use corridor that extends the central business district further south.

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Meridian Bank Texas parent acquired by UMB Financial for $182.5M

Kansas City, Mo.-based UMB Financial Corp., the parent company of UMB Bank, said Dec. 15 it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Marquette Financial Companies in an all-stock transaction.

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Cousins Properties to sell 777 Main tower in downtown Fort Worth

Cousins Properties Inc. has confirmed plans to sell the 777 Main office tower in downtown Fort Worth, according to a news release from the Atlanta-based real estate investment firm.

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Downtown Fort Worth - take a bow, you're No. 1

Hey downtown Fort Worth, take a bow....

A low unemployment rate, a high occupancy rate of both residential and retail and a bounty of museums, parks and entertainment venues – including a twice-daily parade of longhorn steers – add up to Fort Worth being America’s top downtown for 2014.


“Having a great downtown is about more than just having a great main street,” said Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com, which released its ranking of 2014’s top 10 Best Downtowns on March 17.
“A downtown should have a cultural and retail focal point, like a main street, but it has to expand beyond that, providing a solid core for the entire community,” Carmichael said.
Livability ranked Cowtown with the best downtown, among other reasons, for remaining close to its agricultural roots. It cites the 118-year-old Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and the historic Fort Worth Stockyards as crowd pleasers, alongside new developments – including Sundance Square and the Trinity River Vision Project – that add residential, office and retail options.


The downtown area’s central business occupancy rate of 92 percent leads all Texas cities, according to Livability, and its retail vacancy rate fell by 2.6 percent between 2012 and 2013.
“Few downtowns have achieved the cohesion between cowboy culture and urban sophistication that Fort Worth has,” Livability writes.
Livability also ranked Bass Performance Hall at the top of the list of downtown performance venues.
Rounding out the list are: Providence, R.I.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Provo, Utah; Alexandria, Va.; Frederick, Md.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Bellingham, Wash.; Eugene, Ore.; and Birmingham, Ala.

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