Good moves on Lancaster

Fort Worth teenagers probably don’t remember when an ugly overhead freeway split downtown from the south side.

More than a decade after the old Interstate 30 overpass was demolished and traffic was moved two blocks south, the land left vacant along Lancaster Avenue remains mostly undeveloped.

As soon as next year, mixed-use apartment and office development will begin along Lancaster between Lamar and Macon streets.

Dallas-based Catalyst Urban Development laid out plans Thursday for members of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., describing five-story-tall mixed-use buildings on Lancaster and more apartments near Jones Street.

One of the arguments for moving the highway south was to open up more valuable downtown blocks for private development that would boost the tax rolls. Finally, that’s happening.