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UPDATE: Boutique hotel planned for Magnolia Avenue

Update: The Zoning Commission approved the zoning changes on Dec. 15.

A 138-room, six-story boutique hotel may be coming to burgeoning Magnolia Avenue area.

Set up for a vote by the Fort Worth Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Dec. 14 are some zoning changes required for the project, which would include a parking garage, residential units, along with commercial space on the ground floor facing Magnolia.

The zoning changes are required to allow for a hotel on the property and to allow a parking garage. The hotel will have the character of the Magnolia area, said Michael Bennett, CEO of Bennett Benner Partners, architects of the project. “We’ll find something in the area that inspires the hotel,” he said. The hotel developers will be Bond Partners of San Diego. They have done hotels such as the Foundre Phoenix, Eden Roc Miami Beach, the North Block Hotel in Napa Valley and the Hotel Santa Rita in Midland.

While the hotel – at six stories – is higher than other buildings in the area, the top floor is set back to fit in with the buildings near it, Bennett said. The zoning application also notes that the two properties to the east and west on Magnolia have historic designations and that “The architecture of the hotel is being designed to be complimentary to these buildings.”

The hotel will be 100 percent brick masonry along Magnolia, safe from some minor variations around windows. The garage will offer some public parking as well and a minimum of two courtyards open to the public will be provided along Henderson Street, according to the zoning request.

There is expected to be some neighborhood opposition at the zoning meeting which will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at city hall.

http://fortworthtexas.gov/files/20161214Zoning.pdf

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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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