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Historic Fort Worth building back on the market

One of the most interesting and iconic building in Fort Worth is back on the market.

Wilks Development has put the iconic Fort Worth Public Market up for sale after acquiring the building from former XTO Chairman and champion of building renovation Bob Simpson in 2014.

“The Public Market is a landmark in Ft. Worth and when we purchased the property we fully intended to turn it into something worthy of its incredible history that would bring value to the area,” said Julieta Wilks, vice president of Sales & Leasing for J&Co Realty, in-house brokerage for Wilks Development. “Unfortunately, our resources, energy and focus have been and will continue to be more on industrial and multi-family properties for the foreseeable future. We believe this project deserves to be in the hands of someone who will give it the attention this iconic building deserves and restore it to its former grandeur. This will be an important factor as we seek to find a new owner. It’s a great opportunity! We look forward to all inquiries.”

Simpson’s MorningStar Capital,LLC sold the Public Market property at 1400 Henderson St. in mid-June to of 2014. The 40,000-square foot building sits on a 2.83 acres site. The building has its original façade and original stained glass and an historical site designation. The main level is 30,000 square feet with a 10,000 square foot basement.

According to the fortwortharchitecture.com website, the building was developed by John J. Harden of Oklahoma City and designed by B. Gaylord Noftsger and opened in 1930.

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Robert Francis
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.

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