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Moves by Jeb Bush add to talk of 2016 candidacy

WASHINGTON — Jeb Bush's decision to release a policy-laden e-book and all his emails from his time as governor of Florida has further stoked expectations among his allies that he will launch a presidential bid.

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Ebby Halliday acquires Fort Worth’s Williams Trew

Williams Trew Real Estate of Fort Worth has been acquired by Dallas-based residential real estate brokerage Ebby Halliday Real Estate Inc.

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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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Glen Garden sale closes, distillery on tap

Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. closed late Wednesday on its purchase of the historic Glen Garden Country Club in southeast Fort Worth, with plans to convert it into a whiskey distillery and bucolic visitor attraction.

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Makeover of historic Fairmount church gym can proceed

By Scott Nishimura
snishimura@bizpress.net

The makeover of Fairmount’s former College Avenue Baptist Church Sunday School & Athletic Building can now proceed, with a rezoning granted Tuesday by the Fort Worth City Council.

Council members voted 9-0 to approved the rezoning to planned development/mixed-use, excluding restaurants.

Kris Fagala, the Grapevine businessman who bought the building in January, plans light commercial such as professional offices and a small parking garage on the first floor and two floors of residential lofts on top of that.

The historic three-story brick building - a former church gym built in 1925 - has stood vacant and for sale on the north end of Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood for years.

The 28,000-square-foot building - the former College Avenue Baptist Church gym at 1329 College Ave., one block south of West Magnolia Avenue’s new restaurants and bars - has long been a curiosity in Fairmount, as the neighborhood gentrified around it.

Fagala plans to cut a garage door into the south side of the building to allow access to parking inside, where an old swimming pool now sits.

The rezoning from community facility allows the commercial and residential.

The mixed-use-1 zoning prohibits bars, said. Fagala agreed to have the restaurant exclusion written into the site plan that gies with planned development zoning.

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