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Fort Worth’s Central Library hits the market as the city looks to consolidate property

February 17,2022

See full Fort Worth Star-Telegram article by Harrison Mantas here.

Fort Worth is downsizing its central library as the building at 500 W. Third Street hits the market.

The 234,000 square foot building is too much space for what the downtown branch needs, according to library spokesperson Theresa Davis.

The lower levels of the library have been closed off since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis said, and the upper levels including the 20,000 square foot children’s library have more than met the demand for the downtown space.

The library is also reorganizing as part of the city’s larger push to consolidate property downtown. The city plans to move several departments into the new city hall at the current Pier 1 building, and plans to sell off those properties as well.

The central library location will not be moving to the Pier 1 building, but to a yet to be determined site that’s closer to 80,000 square feet, Davis said.

The city estimated in 2018 that the downtown location is worth $14 million. There’s no price listed on an online listing advertising the building’s sale.




Location Mentioned: Central Library