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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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UPDATE: 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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Former Ewell Fuel spot fueling new West Berry development

Berry Street redevelopment continues as land just east of Paschal High School awaits planned new office and retail space.

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Oil plunge sparks concern of real estate slowdown in U.S. energy centers including Texas

SEATTLE — The drop in oil prices to five-year lows, while helping consumers, is sparking concern that leasing and construction demand will be hurt in some of North America's best-performing markets for commercial real estate.

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From the desk of...

From the desk of ...


David Berzina:
Executive Vice President
of Economic Development
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
 

Celestina Blok
Special to the Business Press

When the entire Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce staff received new desks 10 years ago, President and CEO Bill Thornton wanted to keep his old one. It was the only desk with a glass top. Now David Berzina, the Chamber’s executive vice president of economic development, is the owner of Thornton’s old desk, which is only slightly scuffed from years of important economic deal making.
“I’m able to put the map of the entire Metroplex under the glass top,” said Berzina. “I’m able to see where the rail lines are in relation to a site. My other map under the glass is of the city council position districts.”
When Berzina arrives at the office, the Wall Street Journal is positioned at the top center of the desk so he can peruse the editorial page every morning. Between his inbox and a few active files (Berzina is involved in about seven to eight projects a day involving workforce, retention and recruiting) sits his all-important black leather day planner.
“When I’m on the phone, which I’m on a lot, I’ll write down phone numbers and notes that I don’t write on my iPad,” he said. “This is important to me – the old standard written notebook. I take it home each night.”
Inside the planner is Berzina’s nearly 20-year-old, slightly dented gold Cross ballpoint pen engraved with his name, given to him as a goodbye gift when he left his first job as a marketing coordinator in 1994. Berzina doesn’t use the pen much but admits it would be “slightly painful” if he lost it.
On the credenza behind his desk sit his phone, photos of his wife, daughter and son, a mountain of business cards, four Rolodexes, more files and a statue of an eagle given to him by a former boss during his time with the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce. An iPad plays classic rock such as Neil Young via Pandora and a small, muted TV broadcasts CNBC market tickers along with the occasional daytime Texas Rangers game.
After daily meetings at his desk with city and county staff, Berzina sorts paperwork back into respective manila folder homes. These days his desk stays busy year round, he says, whereas prior to six or seven years ago the weeks between Thanksgiving and the New Year tended to be quieter.
“Together with other chambers and the city and county, we are putting proposals together every week,” he said. “At the end of day, around 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., or sometimes later, I’ll put everything back so it looks like this when I get back in.”
 

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