A little nook of west Fort Worth that used to be known for tiny homes, auto parts stores and other hardscrabble surroundings is taking another step toward becoming the city's next hot neighborhood.
The area straddles White Settlement Road, just southwest of Castleberry High School. It has been dubbed The River District by developers, who hope it can become a charming, mixed-use destination neighborhood with a combination of apartments, high-end homes, dining, offices and recreation.
The latest step toward creating The River District came this week, when officials with developer Fort Capital announced they had broken ground on a 46-unit boutique apartment building.
The apartment structure will be known as The Palmer, 117 Priddy Lane.
"Between the smart home technology and The River District offerings, these apartments are unlike anything else," Chris Powers, Fort Capital chief executive officer, said in an email. "I’m really looking forward to seeing how this development will impact the neighborhood."
The contemporary apartments will be integrated with technology that allows renters to control their lights and appliances from anywhere using a smart phone application.
Construction is scheduled to be complete by early next year.
The structure will offer studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments with hardwood-style tile floors, granite counter tops and 10-foot ceilings.
The Palmer will also include a rooftop lounge, laundry and dry cleaning service, coffee bar, bike storage, a package concierge, and gated covered parking.
But eventually, the most appealing thing about The Palmer may be its location within The River District, which spans 276 acres tucked into the southernmost bend of the West Fork Trinity River.
The Trinity River is just steps away from the apartments — along with restaurants such as Lettuce Cook, Heim BBQ (a second location for the famous Magnolia Avenue meatery) and Salsa Limon.
A new office development also is under construction. The area also features town homes and single-family homes in a wide variety of price ranges.