Fort Worth’s West Seventh Urban Village Earns CLIDE Award
By Amalia Otet, Associate Editor
In a milestone for sustainability and smart growth, the City of Fort Worth and the Cultural District Alliance have received a 2013 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence Award for the redevelopment of West Seventh Urban Village in Fort Worth.
Created in 2003, the CLIDE Awards program recognizes innovative projects in the Metroplex in an effort to encourage further development and create a sustainable North Texas.
The 200-acre West Seventh project was cited for integrating and promoting such principles as efficient growth, development diversity, pedestrian design, housing choice, efficient mobility options, healthy communities and implementation of prior plans.
Infill development played a crucial part in the district’s revitalization. An area once characterized by vacant lots, rundown auto-repair facilities and underutilized buildings is now buzzing with new housing, thriving businesses, recreation and shopping destinations.
Located just west of Downtown and east of the Cultural District, West Seventh Urban Village includes four major mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented developments that have been completed since 2005 as well as several other components currently under construction.
With the addition of the third phase, West Seventh comprises approximately 254,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, 441 residential units and 106,000 square feet of office space overlooking the Trinity River corridor, according to Cypress Equities, one of the developers and property marketers. Tenants include Movie Tavern, LA Fitness, Bar Louie and Lucky Strike, plus an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants including Waters – Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine, Kona Grill, Flirt Boutique, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Fireside Pies, Teskey’s Uptown, Terra Mediterranean Grill, Reads Jewelers, Hacienda San Miguel and Lane-Knight.
Photo credits: Web site of the City of Fort Worth, Texas