First Financial readies Forest Park building

Scott Nishimura and A. Lee Graham

First Financial Bank has unveiled plans for its new Fort Worth office building and beachhead at Forest Park Boulevard and West Rosedale Street. The four-story Class A building will have 9,200 square feet per floor, said Colt Power, the NAI Robert Lynn broker for the building. Construction is set to begin no later than April. First Financial would take the first floor for its retail bank and drive-through operation and potentially half the second for its wealth management group, Power said. The remainder of the building would be available to other tenants. “If someone wanted three full floors, [the bank] could potentially put their wealth division elsewhere,” Power said. The Weatherford region for the Abilene-based bank has its only Fort Worth branch at 550 Bailey Ave. on the near west side. An executive at the bank could not be reached to comment for this article. Opening of the building is tentatively envisioned for January 2015 or “June 2015 at the latest,” Power said. The bank prefers to have at least one full floor pre-leased, he said. The building would have a stone first-floor exterior and window panels on the second, third and fourth floors. The building will be just south of the intersection of Forest Park at Interstate 30 and the new Chisholm Trail Parkway, which is slated to open in June. The bank hopes to open the facility by January 2015, according to Tom Malone, president of TMA-CHA Architects in Fort Worth, serving as project architect. Employees currently occupying the company’s only other Fort Worth branch on Bailey Street will move into the new building and occupy its second floor.