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Four-Building Multifamily Community Coming to W. Fork Trinity River

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The downtown skyline as seen from East Northside Drive and the West Fork Trinity River, future site of the Riverfront Lofts and Dolce Vita Riverside Community multifamily developments.

Posted: 7-13-2017, 2:58 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Fort Worth (Tarrant County) - The Fort Worth Zoning Commission approved an amendment to a multifamily development with frontage on the West Fork Trinity River that reduces the number of buildings but increases heights.

Schaumburg Architects, the agent for property owner Legend Bank of Bowie, Texas, originally obtained approval on a site plan that would have five multi-story buildings. These are to be two separate communities to be built in two phases, with the two-building Riverfront Lofts being the first phase.

"We've got permits almost ready for Buildings 1 and 2, when zoning takes a look at our final plat," said Erik France, lead project manager at Schaumburg.

The project site is a short drive north of downtown and northeast of the Panther Island development.

Erik France of Schaumburg Architects

France spoke to the commission Wednesday, July 12, about a change request for Phase 2, Dolce Vita Riverside Community. The original plan called for three buildings, but a decision was made to eliminate one of the buildings in favor of more green space and better views of the river and downtown skyline.

"We would like to lose one of the buildings which is right in that middle area (Building 3 was in the red triangle on the site plan) ...  and increase the heights on Buildings 4 and 5 from three stories of wood construction on concrete podium to four stories of wood construction, which is the same as Buildings 1 and 2. They'll be the same heights," France said.

According to the revised site plan the buildings "shall be stucco, metal panel and stone exterior finish. All buildings will have parking on the ground floors. Phase 1 buildings will have four stories of apartments above, and the Phase 2 buildings will have four stories of apartments above."

Building 1 of Riverfront Lofts will have a living area of 126,219 square feet with 30,320 square feet of covered parking. Building 2 will have a living area of 213,105 square feet with 50,466 square feet of covered parking. According to Schaumburg's filing with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, the estimated construction cost of Building 2 alone is more than $14.7 million. No estimate was given for the total project, but considering the percent area of Building 2 to the total project, total costs would be in the range of $45 million.




In addition to covered parking below the apartment buildings, there is surface parking, a pool and recreational courtyard. The total project building area for the four buildings is 707,908 square feet on 4.3 acres.

The two communities are separated by a drainage easement that sends stormwater into the West Fork Trinity River. The property address is 1801 E. Northside Drive and its eastern boundary abuts Interstate 35 West. It is also across the river from the Trinity Trails System.

Although Legend Bank has removed one building from the project, the increased heights in Phase 2 negate most of the living area loss. The site plan approved in 2013 had 500 total units at 36 units per acre density, and the revision has 492 units at 33 units per acre.

The site plan open space was increased from 39 percent to 47 percent, and parking was increased from 723 total spaces to 761 total spaces. Parking was increased because the number of bedrooms were increased from 714 to 748.

No estimate was given on when Phase 2 will go to construction, but Phase 1 will be ready later this year and take about 18 months to complete.






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The view from East Northside Drive shows the downtown skyline view residents in the multifamily project will enjoy.
Erik France, project manager for Schaumburg Architects.
Dolce Vita Riverside Community, the two purple buildings on the right, was revised to convert a third building (in the red triangle) to open space. Buildings 4 and 5 were redesigned to be 5 stories instead of 3.

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Adolfo Pesquera

Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.