News & Events in Fort Worth, TX


Here’s an update on the latest news and events taking place in Fort Worth, Texas:

Expansions/relocations

Coaire Corp., an international manufacturer and distributor of high tech and energy efficient heating, air conditioning, hot water and energy‐producing units, leased 64,000 square feet at Northern Crossing Business Park in Fort Worth. The move will bring 75 new jobs to Fort Worth.

VLK Architects will move its Arlington office to the West 7th development on Fort Worth’s near west side. The firm will be joined by Fidelity Investments as the latest tenants in the residential, retail and office project.

The nation’s largest integrated used car sales and finance company, DriveTime Auto Sales, has selected CentrePort Business Park in Fort Worth as the site of its newest call center. The company will lease 31,000 square feet at 15001 FAA Blvd. and anticipates employing more than 250 people in the region.

Developments

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas, BRIT, broke ground on its new headquarters at 3220 Botanic Garden Boulevard just off University Drive in Fort Worth on Dec. 14. The headquarters building will cost $47 million and feature 69,000 square feet of office space atop 5.2 acres.

Texas Health Resources plans to build a new full‐service hospital off Golden Triangle Boulevard, east of I‐35W in north Fort Worth.

Tarrant County’s first Kroger Marketplace is planned to open in 2012 at Alliance Town Center in north Fort Worth. The 90,000 square foot store combines groceries and general merchandise; Kroger’s answer to competition from Wal‐Mart Supercenters and Target’s expansion into groceries.

Other News

Fort Worth continues to lead the region’s growth, adding 15,950 people in 2009 for a total population of 736,200. Despite the slowdown in the U.S. economy, Fort Worth added 3,891 new single‐family units and 3,452 multifamily completions.

Dallas/Fort Worth was recently named by Southern Business & Development Magazine as the South’s #1 Major Market of the Decade. Notable projects announced for Fort Worth include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, CUNA Mutual Group, ATC Logistics and Q‐Edge.

JPS Health Network announced it has been verified as a Level 1 Trauma Center, the only such center in Tarrant County and the highest designation for a trauma center. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, JPS is recognized as having services that can meet every emergency and trauma need.

For the third consecutive year, Fort Worth’s Alliance Foreign Trade Zone (No. 196) has been identified as the top general purpose foreign trade zone in the United States based on the value of $5.36 billion in foreign goods admitted.