Partner in architecture partnership to start his own firm

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David Pettit, a partner in Fort Worth’s Bennett Benner Pettit, is leaving the architecture and planning firm to start David Pettit Economic Development Llc.

The move comes almost two years after Pettit, Michael Bennett and Bruce Benner, the leadership team at the then-named Gideon Toal, changed the firm’s name.

Pettit said he will transition out of BBP and into his new firm in the coming months. He said he will continue to collaborate with BBP on current and future projects.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to start my own firm and build upon the successes we have had here at BBP,” Pettit said in a statement. “It has been a really exciting ride for the past 10 years, and we have been fortunate to be a part of several dynamic and exciting projects. This move gives me the opportunity to expand the economic development aspects of the business into other areas and industries.”

Bennett Benner Pettit will also change its name to Bennett Benner Partners. The move is the result of an internal study at the firm, Pettit said.

Pettit has worked as consultant for public and private clients addressing economic development and real estate matters, including the creation and modification of tax increment reinvestment zones and public improvement districts.

He previously worked for the cities of Dallas and San Antonio and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. His new office will be in the Fort Worth Club Building, 306 W. Seventh St.

Frank Kent deal

On Friday morning, Frank Kent Motor Co. bought an 8,000-square-foot property at Magnolia Avenue and Adams Street on the city’s near south side, but the owners aren’t saying what for.

All Will Churchill and Corrie Watson, Frank Kent Motor owners, would say is they are developing “an innovative concept” for the space, and it’s based on their worldwide travels.

It’s something the U.S. has never seen before, and it “blends their love of automobiles, fine wine and customer service,” they said. “It is being designed with the goal of creating a flexible space, an open-air environment, as well as usefulness for our current and future customers,” Churchill said in a statement.

Jones Baker Architects is designing the space, which is set to be done in April 2014.

Oil & Gas Awards

Oil & Gas Awards, a London-based group that plans a series of award events around the United States and Canada, named 67 finalists for its Southwest region. The firm says its programs “promote and celebrate the positive contributions made by organizations in the upstream and midstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.”

Its Southwest region awards presentation is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in downtown Fort Worth. It plans similar programs in six other North American regions.

Nominees either based in the Tarrant County area or with a strong local presence include Atlas Resources, Bosque Systems, Clear Fork Royalty, Crosstex Energy, Energy Transfer Partners, FTS International, Hearn Trucking, Legacy Reserves, Pioneer Natural Resources, Quicksilver Resources and Tokyo Gas America.

Award-winning app

A handy Trinity Trail app has won the Tarrant Regional Water District a bronze “Stevie” award this week at the 11th Annual American Business Awards.

The app, which can be downloaded on both iPhones and Android devices, allows people enjoying to determine their location, how best to access and navigate the the Trinity Trails. It also notes parks, activities, restrooms, drinking fountains along the trails.

A map feature can send alerts on current water levels at Lake Arlington, Benbrook, Bridgeport, Cedar Creek, Eagle Mountain and Lake Worth.

Users can also stay up to date on all river- and trail-related news and events. For more information, go to:

Honored for their work on the app were TRWD employees J.L. Cabrera, Rachel Navejar, Chad Lorance and Jeni Bell.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718

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