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XTO considering office building, garage, downtown

XTO Energy has been using a full city block that it owns at Seventh and Calhoun streets downtown for an employee parking lot.

But the Fort Worth-based drilling company is now considering a 360,000-square-foot, nine-floor office and parking building for the site.

XTO hasn’t approved construction, but the design is 95 percent complete.

The $38 million building would occupy the block bounded by Seventh, Jones, Calhoun and Eighth streets. In 2007, XTO bought the site, once considered for a 60-story tower, as a parking lot for employees who work in the former Binyon-O’Keefe warehouse.

An XTO spokeswoman declined to confirm or discuss the office project Friday. But Leslie Brennan, director of business development for the Fort Worth architectural firm Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, confirmed Friday that it is designing the building.

At present, the city hasn’t received any paperwork on a proposed project, said Vida Hariri, who works for the Fort Worth Planning and Development office. She also is the city’s liaison for the Downtown Design Review Board.

“It takes up a square block” and would have about 137,000 square feet of office and utility space, Brennan said.

Plans call for a subterranean floor for IT personnel, ground-floor offices topped with six levels of parking, then another floor of offices at what Brennan called the penthouse level.

Bob Ayers, a Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford principal, said the building would duplicate some of the architectural details of the nearby warehouse, using brick and cast-stone detailing.

XTO has more than 800 employees in downtown Fort Worth, according to Star-Telegram reports. Downtown, it also owns:

  • The W.T. Waggoner Building, at Eighth and Houston streets, which serves as the company’s headquarters.
  • The Petroleum Building, at Sixth and Throckmorton streets, and its adjacent parking garage on Houston Street. XTO uses the building for more offices.
  • The site of the former Landmark Tower, at Seventh and Houston streets. XTO demolished that building in 2006 and is preparing the site for employee parking.
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