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Fort Worth's new thoroughfare plan aims for more variety in street design

Fort Worth is launching a review of its master thoroughfare plan aimed at accommodating continued suburban growth and central city redevelopment with a greater variety of streets and more efficient traffic flow.

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Holt Hickman, businessman who helped preserve Stockyards, dies at 82

Longtime Fort Worth businessman, philanthropist and preservationist Holt Hickman died Nov. 15, 2014, at the age of 82.

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UPDATE: Could American Airlines move its headquarters?

A key linchpin in the Fort Worth economy, American Airlines Group Inc., is considering sites for a new headquarters, possibly outside the city, the airline’s CEO said this morning.

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Crestwood area hoping to block planned office building

Residents of West Fort Worth’s Crestwood Association are trying to block the rezoning of a small apartment complex at White Settlement Road and North Bailey Avenue to make way for a planned office building, saying it would represent the start of commercial encroachment into their neighborhood.

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Tiger Woods takes a swing at Fort Worth's Dan Jenkins - in print anyway

Rarely does Golf Digest make the news. Leave it to Dan Jenkins to change that.

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Historic Fort Worth building refurbished

Barbara Hulston, former director of the Fort Worth Housing Authority, officially opened an 18-unit apartment development in the former Knights of Pythias building. Photo by Scott Nishimura

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The Fort Worth Housing Authority on June 4 officially opened an 18-unit apartment development in the hull of the historic Knights of Pythias community hall in downtown’s Hillside.
The opening of the13,228-square-foot development, which includes 10 affordable-rate and eight market-rate apartments, helps fill in a hole in the downtown map and its residential inventory, according to representatives of the Fort Worth Housing Authority and other housing officials.
“This is just a small dent in the need,” said Barbara Hulston, the Housing Authority CEO who recently retired.
“But what’s significant about this is the affordability downtown. There’s not a lot of affordability downtown.”
Quadco Management Solutions began leasing the property Feb. 27, and it has one vacancy left: a two-bedroom, one-bath, 845-square-foot market rate unit for $1,900.
Four of the market-rate units in the complex are 745 square feet and rent for $999. The Housing Authority pays for water; tenants pay other utilities. The apartments come with complete appliance packages, including washers and driers.
The affordable rent apartments are targeted at people who make 80 percent of area median income.
The Fort Worth developer Phillip Poole held the property and envisioned four condominiums with parking, but he wasn’t able to get it financed, so he sold the property to the Housing Authority.
“The Housing Authority had the funds, could step in,” Poole said during Wednesday’s opening. “They’ve done an outstanding job.”
The Housing Authority borrowed $950,000 from the city through Community Development Block Grant money, and $1.5 million from CommunityBank of Texas, and it doubled the original building footprint in the redevelopment.
The 87-year-old building had been vacant and deteriorating for years.
 

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