There’s been a lot of buzz about all the new developments changing and shaping the future of Fort Worth. In case you’re not familiar, we thought it would be helpful to provide a list of 7 developments changing Fort Worth that we find interesting! These all provide potential for a lot of fun things to do in Fort Worth!
The city of Fort Worth is growing and changing. According to the 2015 census estimates, Fort Worth’s population is 833,319 and projected to grow to 1.5 million by 2040. That’s pretty rapid growth considering Fort Worth had only 447,619 residents in 1990!
Whether you believe these projects are good or bad for the growth of Fort Worth, they all seem to focus on improving our beloved city and our neighborhoods to promote active, healthy lifestyles.
Here are our Top 7:
Walsh, named “Fort Worth’s Next Great Neighborhood,” is located just 12 miles from Downtown Fort Worth. A quick visit to their website proves the amenities and shear scale and size will not disappoint! One day Walsh will be large enough to be a small town, but it is actually a neighborhood of Fort Worth. At over 7200 acres, Walsh is the largest contiguous piece of property that is being designed as a residential neighborhood within 15 minutes of a downtown business district anywhere in the country! The outstanding amenities include a market, fitness center, olympic-size pool, family pools, snack bar and food trucks, co-working space, sport courts of all kinds, makerspace, a lagoon (stand up paddling, kayaking, or fishing), hike and bike trails, neighborhood parks, dog park, imagination playground, demonstration garden, and acres of open space!
The River District is described as an entertainment and housing district in West Fort Worth. This beautiful riverside setting, just 3 miles from downtown, will offer outdoor and indoor entertainment options, housing at multiple price points, unique restaurants, and a community center. Both the Rivercrest Bluffs and River Heights neighborhoods are part of this development. Mixed use development along White Settlement Road will have retail as well as more housing options. Some older West Fort Worth neighborhoods, like River Oaks, Westworth Village and Burton Hill Trinity Trails, could also benefit from this development. Nearby residents will be able to bike or walk to retail and restaurants like Salsa Limon, The Lettuce Cook, or The River House (the planned restaurant/music venue coming to Crystal Springs development)….even the much anticipated new location of Heim BBQ!
If you’ve ever sat through a presentation by the Trinity River Vision Authority (which we encourage), then you know this project is a BIG DEAL. Panther Island aims to revitalize an 800-acre area north of downtown with a combination of public improvements and private development. Its goal is to create an environment in which individuals and families can live, work, shop, play, and learn. The estimated private development of 10,000 new homes and about 3 million square feet of commercial space will virtually double the size of downtown.
What’s particularly interesting about their vision is the way they’ve been able to slowly change the mindset in Fort Worth over the years about the Trinity River. Once looked upon as a trashy, dirty river that no one wanted to live near, eat, or play by has now shifted and is recognized as Fort Worth’s greatest resource and asset! Those at TRVA regularly test the water and can assure the water is safe. Restaurants and homes are being built along the river, and the trails are continually active with individuals out for a walk, run, or bike ride. Kudos to the Trinity River Vision Authority for educating and changing the mindset over the years! We all love the Trinity Trails! Panther Island Central City has goals much like Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake) in Austin. They hope to grow new activities, such as paddle boarding and kayaking, and utilize the water and outdoor lifestyle for the benefit of our city.
Crystal Springs consists of 276 acres on the north and south sides of White Settlement Road
near the River District. It’s named as “a world class living, dining, and entertainment destination on the banks of the Trinity River.” So far, dining options slated for this development include The River House restaurant and live music venue, Nourish – a progressive, community-centric wellness company that focuses on individualized whole-person health and optimal living, and The Truck Yard with over 15,000 square feet of heavily shaded outdoor space, trailer-park decor, signature cocktails, and even a treehouse bar (for the child in all of us)! Crystal Springs will also offer patio dining, food trucks, an organic cafe, farmers markets, outdoor events, and riverfront trail access.
Edwards Ranch currently consists of 8 different development projects: Clearfork, The Shops at Clearfork, The Kelton, Riverhills, 5600 Clearfork Main, The Trailhead, The Clearfork Farmers Market, and Heart of the Ranch. These are huge developments consisting of 270 acres of diverse residential options, miles of riverfront access, and a blend of retail, dining, entertainment, office, and green space in the heart of Fort Worth. Edwards Ranch is a multi-phase project. Clearfork will ultimately incorporate 2 million square feet of office space, 1.2 million square feet of retail space, and 2,500 multi-family residences.
Shameless plug: Our listing at 5204 Wintergrass is located in Riverhills development. You can watch our lifestyle video here!
WestBend is one of Fort Worth’s newest retail, dining and office developments, located across from University Park Village on the Trinity River. Several up-and-coming and now very popular restaurants, including HG Sply. Co., offer indoor and outdoor dining, with patios that face the Trinity Trails. Bikers can stop and enjoy a healthy meal or light bite before returning to their ride, while other diners come to simply enjoy the food and the atmosphere. WestBend provides the public with trailside access to promote that outdoor lifestyle Fort Worth is trending towards.
Waterside is a 63-acre lifestyle and mixed-use development. It’s anchored by Whole Foods Market and REI and uses the unique physical attributes and location of the former LMRA (Lockheed Martin Recreation Association). Their website states Waterside as “a vibrant shopping, leisure, and residential district that is environmentally sustainable and strives to become Fort Worth’s second living room with free amenities such as wi-fi, lounge seating, bocce ball courts, bean bag toss, wobble boards, shade trees, public art, public restrooms, and grassy areas that inspire and activate the community.”
As with all growth, there are sure to be growing pains. But we are excited about the potential these new developments hold! Each of the 7 developments mentioned above encourage positive change, such as promoting healthy living, making better use of the outdoors and building stronger community, all while maintaining the unique qualities we all love about our great city! If you’d like to hear more about these developments or others, we’d love to hear from you!