Feature Illustration (above): Aerial perspective of the concept for Byers Hotel, a 19-room boutique hotel/bar in Arlington Heights. Courtesy: Bennett Benner Partners.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Fort Worth (Tarrant County) — City Council last week approved zoning for a boutique hotel to be constructed in Arlington Heights near the soon to be completed Dickies Arena.
According to Bennett Benner Partners, the architect, this is a 19-room, three-story structure with a total area of 10,255 gross square feet. Amenities will include a 600-square-foot coffee bar adjacent to a 600-square-foot lobby.
The rooftop of the dry ice warehouse can be seen just beyond the grassy lot in the foreground. A parking lot will occupy the grassy lot and a new hotel will be built where the warehouse exists today. Cranes in the distance indicate construction at Dickies Arena. Image: Google Streets.
In addition, the Byers Hotel will have an outdoor deck with seating that can be accessed from the lobby and the coffee/bar.
Located in the 3600 block of Byers Avenue, the property is comprised of three lots (3619, 3621, 3625 Byers Ave.) on about .45 acre and was originally home to a dry ice warehouse. The warehouse will be demolished, but according to a Star-Telegram report, elements of the existing concrete building will be incorporated into the new structure.
The zoning switch from medium industrial to neighborhood commercial was approved by the planning commission in January and taken up by City Council March 5.
The front elevation of the proposed Byers Hotel. Courtesy: Bennett Benner Architects.
The owner developer is Memo Hospitality Group LLC, which is a partnership between Jonathan and Katherine Morris and Allen Mederos. The Morrises own The Lathery and Fort Worth Barber Shop and are Arlington Heights residents. Mederos is general partner for Sanders Hitch, a 117-acre event venue.
The west end of the property meets Margaret Street, where it abuts a residential neighborhood. Bennett Benner opted to locate the surface parking lot with 34 spaces next to the neighborhood in order to take advantage of the eastward down slope of the property. This reduced the effect of the building height, bringing the roof line closer to that of nearby homes.
“The outdoor seating is 8 feet lower than Margaret Street and had a 6-foot screen wall above that,” the architect noted in the project description.
The staff report advised council that there were revisions made to the project due to neighborhood concerns, particularly concerning the bar and its orientation. The bar was initially on the residential side (west) of the building.
Concept site plan of the Byers Hotel. Courtesy: Bennett Benner Architects.
“The case was continued from the February 5 City Council hearing to allow time to consider the new proposed layout. The new proposal included the bar and activity areas of the hotel oriented to the east and the wall of the hotel oriented toward the residential use with parking to the west of the hotel building. The neighborhood prefers the building wall to be on the western side of the property. The council office has indicated a meeting was held with the applicant’s architect but the site of the parking lot has not been agreed upon as of the date of this report.”
Constructed was estimated to begin this summer.