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26-story office building planned for downtown Fort Worth

Jetta Operating plans a 26-story office building in downtown Fort Worth at the site of a former annex building of the Star-Telegram, which was demolished in 2009.
Jetta Operating plans a 26-story office building in downtown Fort Worth at the site of a former annex building of the Star-Telegram, which was demolished in 2009. Star-Telegram/David Kent

The owner of Fort Worth-based Jetta Operating, an oil and gas company, is moving forward with plans to build a 26-story office building downtown.

Eight months after buying the site of a Fort Worth Club parking lot, a development firm called Anthracite Realty Partners is proposing the city’s newest mid-rise office building since The Carnegie was completed about eight years ago.

The building and a parking garage will be constructed on the lot which covers three-quarters of a block bounded by Taylor and Lamar streets on the east and west, and Fifth and Sixth streets on the north and south. The property previously was the site of a building operated by the Star-Telegram, which was razed in 2009. MorningStar Capital, the company owned by oilman and Texas Rangers co-owner Bob Simpson, owns the building on the southeast corner of the block.

Anthracite and Jetta are both headed by Greg Bird. He founded Jetta in 1991, which is currently located in the nearby Fort Worth Club building at 777 Taylor St.

Catherine Severin, Jetta’s vice president of administration and corporate communications, declined to offer many details about the project, saying “several things are still up in the air.”

Jetta Operating would have offices in the building, but some floors would be leased to other tenants, she said.

“We still have a lot of steps to be taken,” Severin said.

Severin said the project would include retail space at the street level and that the Fort Worth Club would use the parking garage for overflow parking.

The project is scheduled to be discussed by the Downtown Design Review Board on Thursday, which will consider approving its construction. The building, at 640 Taylor St., is being named the Anthracite Building, according to the agenda. It was designed by Bennett Benner Partners architects in Fort Worth.

Anthracite bought the property at the end of July, deed records show. At that time, Bird said he planned an office building for Jetta Operating, but the building’s size was unknown.

Sundance Square built the last office buildings downtown, including The Cassidy, The Commerce and The Westbrook, but those are no taller than eight stories. Sundance’s Carnegie building at Third and Taylor streets is 16 stories. The 20-story Pier 1 Imports Building, now owned by Houston-based real estate firm Hines, was completed in 2004.

The Fort Worth Club bought the property from the Star-Telegram in 2008.

Sandra Baker, 817-390-7727

Twitter: @SandraBakerFWST

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