Plans for Cultural District hotel change after city, Renovo group part ways

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A hotel in the Cultural District that was planned to open in Dec. 2019 has been delayed after the city and the hotel development group could not reach an agreement.

District 7 City Councilman Dennis Shingleton said other hotels are being sought for the spot, located at 3300 Camp Bowie, across from The Modern and Kimbell art museums.

“The updated plans, and design standards set by the city, they never came forward with any of that,” he said. “We lost confidence that they could build what they said they would build.”

Several residents in the Cultural District and other groups in the city had originally been concerned by the height of the building and how it impacted the view of downtown.

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“We would like to see one there, just not the one before you tonight,” Jerri Tracy, executive director of Historic Fort Worth, Inc. told the council in March. “A 12-story hotel does not fit the definition of boutique, and like the condos built next to Dallas’ Sculpture Gardens, it would run the risk of scorching landscapes.”

As a result of the concerns, the council requested several changes that would have, among other things, protected the view from the Cultural District. The hotel would have been a Hotel Renovo, from the Heart of America (HOA) Group LLC.

Shingleton said the hotel delay should not impact the need for hotels when the new Dickies Arena opens in Dec. 2019.

“I don’t think we’ll have any problem with the timeline. We’ve got other hotels to handle those big events coming up,” he said.

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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