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Shops at Clearfork shaping up to be the NorthPark of Fort Worth

The Neiman Marcus under construction at the Shops at Clearfork is expected to open on Feb. 10, 2017. The Ridgmar store is expected to close in late January.
The Neiman Marcus under construction at the Shops at Clearfork is expected to open on Feb. 10, 2017. The Ridgmar store is expected to close in late January. Star-Telegram

The Shops at Clearfork, under construction in southwest Fort Worth off the new Chisholm Trail Parkway, are shaping up to become Fort Worth’s most upscale retail destination.

Anchored by Neiman Marcus, the open-air shopping center being developed by Simon Property Group is aiming to attract well-heeled tenants that currently have Metroplex storefronts only at NorthPark Center or the Galleria in Dallas, plus a wealth of new restaurants.

A lease plan obtained by the Star-Telegram shows tentative commitments from stores such as Burberry, Tiffany, Tory Burch and Louis Vuitton. Among the restaurants on the menu are B&B Butchers & Restaurant, a Houston steakhouse that is one of only nine restaurants in the country that serves certified Kobe beef, and Doc B’s Fresh Kitchen, a fast-expanding Chicago-based eatery that focuses on locally sourced, healthful dishes.

Rise No. 1, a popular Dallas souffle spot, is also planning to open in Clearfork.

In addition, a premium movie theater is expected, and Pinstripes is bringing its upscale bowling and bocce concept to Fort Worth.

Neiman Marcus, which is relocating from the Ridgmar Mall, appears well on its way to its planned Feb. 10 opening, with the store’s signage already visible. The rest of the stores and restaurants are aiming for a September 2017 opening, according to the Simon website.

Clearfork is a 270-acre development on the Edwards Ranch property between Hulen Street and Bryant Irvin Road that also includes residential and office space. The Kelton at Clearfork, which opened in November, has 392 units and is 50 percent occupied, according to property manager Ginger Schmidt.

Several of the apartments and townhomes ($1,100 to $4,625 per month) face the construction, but she says many residents were drawn to the area because of its proximity to the Trinity River and because they want to be part of the growth of Clearfork “from beginning to end.”

Schmidt says the level of luxury retailers expected to open at Clearfork means Fort Worth residents “won’t have to drive to NorthPark or Southlake Town Square” to shop. Rick Press

It all depends on whom you ask

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams doesn’t believe several things in the recent Star-Telegram poll regarding the Nov. 8 ballot initiative on the Texas Rangers ballpark.

One is that the public is split — 42 percent to 42 percent — on supporting a public-private partnership to build the proposed $1 billion enclosed stadium. He thinks that’s wrong and accepts the findings of the Vote Yes! Keep the Rangers campaign, which has the measure at 56 percent.

He also discounts a poll finding that says 39 percent disapprove of how he has handled the ballpark negotiations with the Rangers, with 32 percent approving his work and 29 percent saying they were not sure.

That, he says, doesn’t reflect what he sees and hears on the campaign trail. But it doesn’t matter.

“All the leaders in our community, along with our major organizations, have all endorsed the Rangers referendum. And we have had literally thousands of volunteers working in this canmpaign from all parts of Arlington,” Williams told reporter Robert Cadwallader. “This isn’t about the mayor. This is about Arlington.”

Some other factoids in the poll: Sixty-three percent don’t believe that the city should allow the Rangers to keep most of the money from naming rights; 21 percent say the team should get the money.

If a $3 parking tax and a ticket tax of up to 10 percent were imposed, 44 percent of respondents said they would attend fewer games, 40 percent said they would attend the same number of games and 10 percent said they would attend more games.

The poll, taken Oct. 11-13, had a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Near South Side hotel planned

Arlington-based Q Hotels is buying a tract in the Evans and Rosedale Urban Village in the near South Side for a four-story, 108-room Holiday Inn Express.

In November, the Fort Worth Housing Finance Corp., a housing development arm of the city, approved the sale of 16 lots along the Interstate 35 frontage road at Terrell and Missouri avenues to Q Hotels.

The hotelier planned a Hampton Inn and Suites. But that deal has since fallen through because of title issues. And the Hampton Inn flag was given to a hotel under construction near the Fort Worth Convention Center downtown.

Instead, the city agency proposes to sell Q Hotels for $450,000, 14 lots one block over from the initial site, to the east of Missouri Avenue and Terrell Avenue to the north down to Evans Plaza for the project. The hotel is expected to feature banquet and meeting space and an indoor pool.

The deal should close in about six months.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

Max B. Baker: 817-390-7714, @MaxbakerBB

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

Fort Worth was established on an area overlooking the Trinity River. Through the years, the river provided a means to prevent flooding, but in 1972, one woman decided it was her mission to beautify the river. Her efforts led to what we see today

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