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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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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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Fort Worth council adopts temporary zoning overlay for Stockyards

By Scott Nishimura
snishimura@bizpress.net

Fort Worth City Council members voted Tuesday for a temporary zoning overlay to regulate development in the Historic Stockyards, while the city begins work on a permanent set of codes meant to preserve the district’s flavor as a major proposed redevelopment proceeds.

The council voted 8-1 for the overlay, which covers the district east of North Main Street. The planned development overlay will require developers to submit a site plan for exterior changes and new construction.

Opponents asked the council to reject the overlay and instead aggressively work towards the development and implementation of form-based codes, a type of special-district zoning regulation that can address everything from buildings’ appearance and their relationship to each other, to height, parking, andscaping and lighting.

The temporary zoning overlay is “exactly what is needed,” Gary Brinkley, general manager of Stockyards Station, told the council, speaking for a partnership of Majestic Realty and Fort Worth’s Hickman family that is planning a $175 million redevelopment in the Stockyards.

“It just looks like the council has set itself up as the expert for what goes in the Stockyards,” former Councilman Steve Murrin, who has been publicly skeptical of the development plan and public process, said.

The city’s Zoning Commission voted 4-3 in June to recommend denial of the temporary overlay, sending the case to the councll.

The council approved the overlay on a motion by Sal Espino, who represents the North Side, and said it will afford a greater level of protection while the city works on form-based codes, which will replace the overlay.

Concho Minick, who runs Billy Bob’s Texas, told the council the Majestic-HIckman partnership won’t have any incentive to discuss form-based codes if the council approved the overlay.

“This issue has divided my family, my partners,” Minick, whose parents, the retired longtime Billy Bob’s operators Billy and Pam Minick, are in support of the Majestic-Hickman plan. The Minicks are in partnership in Billy Bob’s with several familiies, including the Hickmans.

“I just ask you to do something to help bring us together,” Minick told the council members.

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