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Is developer tied to Fort Worth police officers project done?

Artist renderings of the proposed Fort Worth Police Officers Association building that was to be built at 10th and Collier streets in downtown Fort Worth.
Artist renderings of the proposed Fort Worth Police Officers Association building that was to be built at 10th and Collier streets in downtown Fort Worth. Croxton Collaborative Architects

It looks like 4D Circle may be circling the drain.

4D Circle is the company that convinced the Fort Worth Police Officers Association to build a $4.4 million, 5-story office building and headquarters in the central business district — only to leave them with not much more than an empty lot.

The police officers’ association is suing 4D Circle for breach of contract, among other things. The group feels duped by its founder, Mantford Hawkins, especially after learning that 4D Circle not only miscalculated the building’s size by 10,000 square feet but took more than $1 million the association had already paid and used it on other projects.

Now when you go to 4D Circle’s website you get a warning that says access to the domain is blocked. Previously, there were fancy graphics and youtube videos and text explaining the wonders of the company and its vision to build better communities through better buildings.

“I don’t know what to say about the website. I don’t think they have anybody working for them anymore,” said Chris Lyster, the attorney representing the FWPOA.

Adding to 4D Circle’s woes is a request by their attorney Frank Hill to be released from the case. The pleading says “good cause exists for withdrawal” since there is a “breakdown in communications between the clients and counsel, and differences of opinion on how to best defend this lawsuit.”

The document says 4D Circle’s owners consented to Hill backing out, and Lyster says he doesn’t have a problem with it, either. State District Judge R.H. Wallace has yet to rule on the request. Hill did not return a phone call seeking comment and a hearing on the request is set for March 16.

Stay tuned.

Another Decker law firm

Kelly Decker, who has worked at the Decker Jones law firm that her grandfather helped build, is leaving to start a new firm with her husband.

While there will no longer be a Decker among the 27 attorneys working at Decker Jones, the county’s second oldest law firm will not change its name. Kelly Decker’s new firm with her husband, Olyn Poole, will be named Decker Poole.

Both Decker Jones and Kelly Decker, who joined the firm 10 years ago, parted ways as friends.

“We will certainly miss having Kelly at our firm, but we are excited for her and wish her nothing but the very best,” senior partner Chuck Milliken said in a statement. “We will always consider her to be part of our family.”

Decker called her time at Decker Jones “rewarding and exciting.” After considering the idea of having her own law firm for several years, Kelly decided the time was right to pursue her entrepreneurial desire to be her own boss.

“I appreciate the mentorship I’ve received and know that being part of the Decker Jones family helped make me a better attorney,” Kelly said in a statement.

Decker Jones was formed in 1896 and has grown its practice in a variety of areas, including business and corporate law, merger and acquisitions and real estate litigation. Headquartered in Fort Worth, it has clients across Texas, the United States and internationally.

Huff to be honored

In May, Jack Huff, a longtime Fort Worth commercial real estate broker and investor, will be inducted into the North Texas Commercial Association of Realtors and Real Estate Professional Hall of Fame.

Huff, currently principal at Transwestern in Fort Worth, will be joined by John Scovell, founder and chairman of Woodbine Development Corp. in Dallas. The ceremony is May 4 at the Dallas Country Club.

“Jack Huff is a legendary real estate leader whose hustle and business savvy have left a remarkable footprint on North Texas,” said Chris Teesdale, chairman of the 2017 Hall of Fame event.

Huff, who specializes in finding tenants for office space and the sale of office buildings, has brokered more than 1,150 transactions with a total consideration in excess of $1 billion in his career so far, the organization said.

Some of his more notable deals include the 1995 sale of Continental Plaza in downtown Fort Worth to Crescent Real Estate Equities and the 2014 sale of 66 acres at the Lockheed Martin Recreational Facilities to Fort Worth-based Trademark Property for the Waterside development.

Huff began his career in 1979 with Swearingen Management and two years later moved to The Swearingen Co. as part of the leasing team of the then-named City Center office towers in downtown Fort Worth.

In 1986, he was part of a group that founded the brokerage Huff Brous McDowell & Montesi and became affiliated with the NAI Global Services network. In 1999, the firm merged with Dallas-based The Stoneleigh Group and became NAI Stoneleigh Huff Brous McDowell in Fort Worth.

NAI Huff Partners was formed in 2005 when the Fort Worth and Dallas split. Huff Partners merged with Transwestern in 2011.

The NTCAR Hall of Fame was launched in 1988. Last year, John Goff of Crescent Real Estate in Fort Worth was inducted.

Sandra Baker

Topgolf to begin hiring

When Topgolf opens its first Fort Worth location in May, you can expect big crowds. But there will also be an army of Topgolf employees ready to handle the onslaught.

The Dallas-based entertainment company said it plans to hire 500 people for its new location near downtown, and will host “auditions” beginning March 13.

Topgolf is looking for servers, bartenders, kitchen, maintenance, and guest services staff, among other positions, and it encourages applicants to register for a recruitment event online at topgolf.com/careers. Some of the top management positions have already been filled, according to a company representative.

The recruitment events or auditions will include team-building challenges, idea factories, and X-Factor style panel interviews. In other words, don’t expect to just fill out an application and leave.

The auditions won’t take place at the Topgolf Fort Worth location, 2201 E. 4th Street, according to a news release. Job applicants will get details on the location after they fill out a form online.

Topgolf, which also has area locations in Dallas and The Colony, is an interactive driving range with a lounge atmosphere that includes an extensive menu of food and drinks and hundreds of flatscreen TVs. Its new 65,000-square-foot venue near downtown Fort Worth is slated to open in early May.

Rick Press and Jay Betsill

New VR attack at Six Flags

It’s a real-world roller coaster mixed with a digital alien adventure.

Six Flags Over Texas debuted a new virtual reality adventure for its Shockwave roller coaster, called “Galactic Attack,” that season pass holders will be able to ride this weekend. The ride will open to the general public during Spring Break.

Unlike the two previous virtual reality experiences that Six Flags had on the Shockwave coaster last year, “Galactic Attack” allows riders to see the real world through the Samsung Virtual Reality headgear while some of the digital elements appear during the ride.

“This is the first of its kind in the world where you have the opportunity to enjoy mixed reality,” said Six Flags spokeswoman Sharon Parker. “You enjoy the real world as well as the virtual world while also enjoying the Shockwave roller coaster.”

Riders are also able to choose which way their alien fighter jet can move through the adventure while on the coaster. And they can shoot at alien fighters during the ride.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk

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

Steve Kaskovich: 817-390-7773, @stevekasko

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