Fort Worth’s Crescent Real Estate eyes Cultural District hotel
Another hotel concept is taking shape on the vacant lots north of the Kimbell Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth in the city’s cultural district.
Fort Worth’s Crescent Real Estate submitted permits to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation in December for a 200-room Cultural District Hotel on the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Van Cliburn Way. Both sides of Van Cliburn between West 7th and Camp Bowie are grassy lots, but previous developers have focused hotel speculation on the western lot.
Crescent officials did not return a call for comment, but the filing shows that the 200,000-square-foot hotel will have a conference room, ballroom, restaurant and rooftop events space. The cost is estimated at just over $ 53 million.
Crescent is responsible for a number of high-end and large-scale projects across the country, including the American Airlines campus in Fort Worth and several properties in Dallas. The company’s chairman, John Goff, co-chairs an economic recovery task force that Mayor Betsy Price set up to respond to the coronavirus.
The concept fits the region better than previous attempts, said Dustin Van Orne, chair of the Cultural District Alliance. One concept was big enough to be seen from the Kimbell. Van Orne said both the scope and architecture of the Crescent plan are consistent with the cultural district.
“It’s very compatible with what’s in the neighborhood, so it’s not like you flop in a suburban hotel development in an urban museum district,” he said.
The Alliance and the museums have been informed of the plans involving construction on both sides of Van Cliburn. He anticipates that all letters of support for the project will be sent to the city as the current plan does not include any zoning changes.
In addition to the hotel, a mix of office, retail on the ground floor and residential is planned, he said.
Denver-based OZ Architecture is listed as an architect. According to the company’s website, OZ Architecture has worked on projects that range from fire stations to resorts. The portfolio includes the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Lake Tahoe, the Richardson Design Center on the Colorado State University campus and the interior of the Magnolia Houston Hotel.
OZ also created a design and master plan for McMurdo Station, a sub-zero research station for Antarctica in the US.
The location across from Fort Worth’s three major art museums and within walking distance of the Dickies Arena and West Seventh bar and restaurant district is prime for development, but previous concepts were never implemented.
This is the third time a developer has attempted to convert the property into a luxury hotel in recent years.
Illinois-based Heart of America Group tried two concepts on the website, the Hotel Renovo. The first would have cast a shadow over the Kimbell’s sculpture garden. In early 2018, after the design was scaled down to 10 floors, the city denied tax incentives for the project.
Hoping not to be overshadowed by hotel development and intrusions into the West 7 Corridor, museums in the district, including the Kimbell and Amon Carter Museums of American Art, worked with the city to provide shelter for views .
After the Hotel Renovo debacle, a height limit of 60 feet was imposed on any future construction.
21c Museum Hotels, a Louisville, Kentucky-based company that offers both art galleries and fine dining in its hotels, revived plans for an on-site hotel with Bennett Benner Partners of Fort Worth about a year later. The 171-room concept was not implemented.
Meanwhile, another boutique hotel on the corner of Dorothy Lane and Camp Bowie has been approved. The 120-room Bowie House is on the former site of the Ginger Man Bar and a church, both of which have been leveled. The concept includes a high-end restaurant and 11 townhouses.
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Luke Ranker covers the interface between people and government, centered around Fort Worth and Tarrant Counties. He came to Texas from the Kansas plains where he wrote about a great deal including government, crime, and the Topeka courts. He survived a single winter in Pennsylvania as a breaking news reporter. He can be reached at 817-390-7747 or [email protected]
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