Retail, planned apartments in area along Trinity River near WestBend

By Bob Francis

A prominent location on the Trinity River that has lain vacant for years could soon see development.

The 9.5-acre site is located at 1500 Merrimac Circle, just north of and adjoining Trademark’s WestBend development. At the Fort Worth Zoning Commission meeting on January 12, Carriage House Development LLC requested and received approval for a change from Intensive Commercial/Light Industrial to MU-2 for High Intensity Mixed-Use Sites . The change was approved 9-0.

Speaking at the Carriage House group meeting, Christopher Nash, development partner of Houston-based Hanover Company, the property developers leading the project.

Nash told the commission that the first phase of the project was to include 35,000 square feet of retail space and about 400 apartments.

A page of Zoning Commission documents highlights the new mixed-use development which will be along the Trinity River just off University Drive. Source: City of Fort Worth

The second phase would include approximately 25,000 square feet of retail space and 400 additional units. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has been a leader in apartment demand for several years.

There might be a desktop component, but that hasn’t been decided, according to Nash.

Nash didn’t show any handouts at the meeting or provide a timeline for the project. No one spoke against the project at the meeting.

District 9 zoning commissioner Kimberly Miller asked the developer to maintain a view of the river when designing the project.

“As the developer moves into the next phase, I would ask that you continue to maintain visibility and open access in a more pedestrian friendly and community engaged manner with the waterfront instead of creating this large wall that prohibits those views from one of the city’s most exciting new developments,” she said. Miller then sought approval for the project.

The zoning change is expected to be presented to City Council at the February 8 meeting.

Hanover Company recently opened The George at Clearfork, an upscale luxury apartment property in Clearfork. WestBend is a 278,000 square foot mixed-use development by Trademark Property Co. just south of the Merrimac Circle location.

Bob Francis, former editor of Business Press, is economics editor of Fort Worth Report. His articles continue to appear in the Business Press.

This article was originally published by Fort Worth Report.

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