Hillwood Properties is planning a hotel for its Alliance Town Center project in north Fort Worth.Steve Aldrich, a vice president for the developer, has confirmed that Hillwood, developer of the 18,000-acre AllianceTexas, is negotiating with Marriott for a hotel along the service road of Interstate 35W and Heritage Trace Parkway, near where Hillwood has an office building under construction.Aldrich said the master plan for Alliance Town Center has always included a hotel, along with shops and restaurants. Hillwood will develop the property, he said.The hotel, with about 128 rooms, conference space and a ballroom, will “meet the needs of the rapidly growing region,” Aldrich said. “The timing for completion will line up well with the continued development of retail, medical, entertainment and office product in 2015.”According to a permit filing, construction on the four-story hotel could begin in August and be completed by next June. Construction costs were estimated at $8 million.American’s ‘fat bottomed girls’American got a little cheeky on its Facebook page Thursday with its Boeing 777-300ER.The Fort Worth-based carrier posted a picture of the wide-body aircraft with the caption: “Our fat bottomed girls make your world go round.”Some Facebook users called the post offensive, which American responded was not its intention. But several others liked the good nature of the post and the reference to the lyrics of the rock song Fat Bottomed Girls by Queen.“You guys have made a slight error; that’s not a fat bottomed girl, that’s a sleek, curvaceous, beauty that races through the skies at 600 miles an hour!! (you also left out that they’re fun to ride!),” posted Facebook user Paul Simpson on American’s page.The 777-300 has 32 cargo positions and on average carries about 59,000 pounds of cargo, American said. There have been some flights where more than 100,000 pounds of cargo has been loaded on the 777-300 between Los Angeles and London Heathrow.The post also prompted one Facebook user to ask, “What would Sir-Mix-A-Lot say?” referencing the Baby Got Back rapper.Lockheed working with China on nuclear powerAs China ramps up its program to expand nuclear power stations to meet growing demand and reduce carbon emissions, an operation in far east Fort Worth will be part of the effort.Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, which employs about 2,800 people in Grand Prairie, on Friday cut the ribbon for an office on Trinity Boulevard just south of Dallas/Fort Worth Airport that will house China’s State Nuclear Power Automation Systems Engineering Co. About 50 workers from SNPAS and Lockheed Martin are expected to work there designing, manufacturing and certifying nuclear reactor safety and control systems.Lockheed’s people are part of the Nuclear Systems and Solutions unit within the company’s Missiles and Fire Control division, said spokesman John Kent. Lockheed, which is primarily a defense contractor, said it is now seeking civilian customers in the nuclear power industry to provide safety control systems.According to the World Nuclear Association, China has 20 nuclear power reactors in operation and 28 under construction, with more to come. Its goal is to triple capacity to at least 58 gigawatts by 2020 and 150 gigawatts by 2030. A gigwatt is 1,000 megawatts, and a megawatt is about enough to serve 200 average Texas residences during a hot summer day.In comparison, the United States operates 100 nuclear reactors with total capacity of 99 gigawatts. The Comanche Peak nuclear plant near Glen Rose has 2.3 gigawatts of capacity and two reactors.
Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727 Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552 Twitter: @jimfuquay Barry Shlachter, 817-390-7718 Twitter: @bshlachter