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26-story mixed-use tower planned at Taylor & Fifth in downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating Co., a 24-year-old privately held oil and gas company in Fort Worth, and a related entity plan a 26-story mixed-use tower downtown at Taylor and Fifth streets on a site once owned by the Star-Telegram.

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UPDATE: Six candidates file for two Water Board seats

Six candidates have filed for the two open seats on the Tarrant Regional Water Board, setting up a battle that could potentially shift the balance of power on the board and the priorities of one of the largest water districts in Texas.

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First restaurant tenant named for Waterside development

Zoes Kitchen will be the first restaurant tenant in Trademark Property's Whole Foods Market-anchored Waterside development in southwest Fort Worth,

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Fort Worth breaks ground on $8.6 million South Main renovation

Fort Worth Near Southsiders and city officials broke ground Monday on the 18-month rebuild of South Main Street between Vickery Boulevard and West Magnolia Avenue.

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Fort Worth Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners

A trampoline recreation business; an oilfield services company; a longtime aviation maintenance firm; a maker of electrical wiring harnesses. Those were the wide variety of businesses that received the 2015 Small Business of the Year Award from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.

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Hillwood: Walmart plans Alliance expansion

A. Lee Graham

lgraham@bizpress.net

Walmart.com’s e-distribution center at Alliance is expanding. According to Mike Berry, president of Hillwood Properties, Walmart wants more space for its 800,000-square-foot facility that opened late last year.
“They’re getting ready to expand. They’re trying to keep up with Amazon with e-commerce,” said Berry, while not revealing specifics. “Walmart is the one that’s trying to catch up. They’re on a very aggressive path to try to grow their e-commerce platform.”
Speaking at a May 28 Society of Commercial Realtors Breakfast at Colonial Country Club, Berry expressed uncertainty about the local impact of the $5 billion effort to expand the Central American canal. Since 1914, the canal has allowed shippers much quicker passage between Pacific and Atlantic oceans than navigating south around the South American continent.
The expansion project is expected to reach fruition in 2015.


For the first time since its opening a century ago, the 48-mile channel will double its capacity with two new sets of locks, or equipment allowing ships to be raised or lowered between stretches of water of varying levels.
Currently, the existing ship lane is not deep or wide enough to accommodate the larger vessels. A new lane will allow ships three times larger than vessels currently moving through the canal.
So what’s Hillwood’s stake in a multibillion-project so far south of the United States? That rests with imports and exports passing through North Texas and whether volumes will rise or fall when the expanded canal opens.
Los Angeles and Long Beach ports in California, which regularly ship goods to AllianceTexas, are among ports nationwide in retrofit mode, with some requiring millions of dollars to fulfill dredging and other strategies to accommodate the larger vessels and make their ports competitive with the expanded canal.
While some fear the canal will steer traffic away from those ports, others aren’t so sure.
“Is it a threat or an enhancement?” said Berry, skeptical that the expansion will boost the volume of imported goods while hopeful that it could boost U.S. natural gas exports to Europe and Japan.
 

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