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Fort Worth City Council to Tackle Big Topics in First Meeting of the Year

January 10,2023

See full NBC DFW article by Alanna Quillen here.

On Tuesday night, the Fort Worth city council will meet for the first time in the new year.

They will be looking at a packed agenda, with many items that have been a hot topic in the community for months.

Council will also discuss the growth of Texas A&M's location downtown.

The university system is planning to expand with a new law school and research center, which is expected to redefine downtown Fort Worth and spur innovation and business development.

The Fort Worth city council will discuss whether to hire HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm to help the city figure out what they want the Panther Island residential and entertainment district to look like.

The plan is to put waterfront restaurants, bars, apartments and more in an area along the Trinity River between downtown and the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Certain phases of the project will be tricky. Bypass channels have to be cut out in the river to mitigate flood risks, which the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already allocated more than $400 million for.

That's why the city put out a request for proposals a few months ago looking for a firm with good experience in waterfront or specialized district development.

If approved, more than half a million dollars would be budgeted to bring in the services of HR&A Advisors, which has worked on similar projects in New York City, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. More than $400,000 is coming from the city's many partners on the project.

Location Mentioned: Texas A&M University School of Law