Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Fort Worth Stockyards needs your help

Dear friends,

Two critical meetings on the future of the Fort Worth Stockyards are coming up.

At both, the historic district for the Fort Worth Stockyards is at stake.  Please take time and act to express your concern for a larger historic district.  See below.

Our Fort Worth Stockyards need your help.  This is the only remaining stockyards in the country and it is Fort Worth’s “Cowtown”. Now, the ‘Yards are under pressure from a California developer, Majestic Realty, which is proposing more than 1 million square feet of new development in the Stockyards.  Last fall, concerned citizens made their feelings known to the Fort Worth City Council which recommended that a local historic district be put in place to help protect the Stockyards with design review from the Historic Landmarks Commission and City Council.

However, the boundaries of the Council recommended historic district are far smaller than what our citizens think of as the Stockyards and almost entirely exclude property which will be developed by Majestic.  The Landmarks Commission recommended a larger boundary and stressed the importance of having a more global view of the context of the area that was the Stockyards and the importance of design review for new construction and renovation within the larger historic district boundary.

The Landmarks Commission:
  • Unanimously voted to recommend denial of the City Council nominated historic district, which is the blue boundary in attached Map 1.
  • Unanimously voted to recommend approval of the larger Landmarks Commission nominated historic district, which is the red boundary in attached Map 1. 
  • Unanimously voted to recommend approval of a list of individual structure designations that are outside the City Council recommended district. 
STAND UP, SPEAK UP, SHOW UP to support the Landmarks Commission recommendations

Wednesday, March 9, 1:00 p.m. - Zoning Commission holds public hearing and votes on both Stockyards historic district zoning cases and the individual designation case, Fort Worth City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton, City Council Chambers

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m. - City Council holds public hearing and votes on all Stockyards zoning cases,  City Hall

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