Trinity Terrace, a high-rise continuing-care retirement community on the western edge of downtown, is reviving its plans to add a third tower to its campus, which at 23 stories would be its tallest.
Trinity Terrace last looked at adding the tower, to be called the River Tower, in 2008, but the economic downturn stalled those plans, said Lee Patterson, Trinity Terrace’s executive director. Now that the economy has improved, Trinity Terrace is conducting market studies on demand. The plans five years ago called for adding a 16-story tower.
“We held back,” Patterson said. “Now we’re revisiting it. It’s going to be a beautiful building.”
The tower will be developed on an area currently used for parking at the northwest corner of West 10th Street and Fournier Street, and extend to Penn Street. The structure will total about 290,000 square feet.
The project was disclosed to the Downtown Design Review Board on Thursday by the owner’s Oregon-based architects.
Patterson said pre-sales could begin in January, but that 50 percent of the planned 123 units will need to be sold before construction can begin. Only one apartment is available at Trinity Terrace, he said.
According to plans filed with the city, the new tower is expected to connect to the original Trinity Terrace Tower at several lower levels and again at the 17th level by a skywalk and will serve as the dining room for two towers.
The ground level of the proposed building will be Brownstone-style independent living units, with walk-up private entrances off 10th Street. The remaining floors will be a mix of independent and assisted living units, and some memory-care units. The top six floors will be penthouses.
Trinity Terrace opened in 1983 with a 15-story tower containing 197 apartments and a 60-bed skilled nursing floor. A 16-story second tower with 80 units, called the City Tower, was completed in 2008.
Trinity Terrace is owned by the nonprofit Cumberland Rest Inc. of Fort Worth, which became an affiliate of Pacific Retirement Services in 1995.
Cumberland Rest’s roots date to the 1890s, when the former Taylor Street Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth started a facility to care for widows in its congregation. The facility is no longer religiously affiliated. Pacific Retirement has 10 communities, primarily on the West Coast.