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Government Riverfront apartment zoning, alcohol sales rules up for City Council vote

Riverfront apartment zoning, alcohol sales rules up for City Council vote

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Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

A. Lee Graham Reporter

The Fort Worth City Council is expected to consider a rezoning request for a $65 million upscale apartment complex planned to overlook the Trinity River at Northside Drive. The issue is up for vote at this week’s regular council meeting. Pre-council begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday June 4, with the regular meeting starting at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St. At issue is a 500-unit apartment complex that also would feature a marina. Results of a traffic study, not to mention split neighborhood opinion, led the council to delay action until this week. Meanwhile, alcoholic beverages could be sold at any distance from schools or public hospitals if the council amends rules prohibiting such commerce within 300 feet of those facilities. The change would apply to the Central Business District, as well as Near Southside, Trinity Uptown and West Seventh Urban Village mixed-use zoning districts. Because the city’s comprehensive plan encourages pedestrian-focused, mixed-use neighborhoods, such a distance requirement “would create an insufficient use of land under the comprehensive plan” and “would create an undue hardship on businesses in these districts,” according to the meeting agenda.  

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