On February 14, the Fort Worth City Council approved a resolution appointing a task force on future uses of the City-owned building located in the Cultural District at 1300 Gendy Street. This building, currently leased by Arts Fort Worth for use as the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and the W.E. Scott Theater, consists of architecturally significant facilities constructed in three phases:
1954 - The Main Art Gallery designed by Herbert Bayer.
1966 - The W.E. Scott Theater and Solarium designed by Joseph R. Pelich.
1976 - The Art Museum and Porte Cochere designed by O’Neil Ford Associates.
Relying upon a building condition assessment conducted in 2022 by the architectural firm of Bennett Partners, the City’s Property Management Department has determined that 1300 Gendy requires repairs with an aggregate cost of approximately $26 million. In view of these repair needs and the scarcity of resources with which to address them, Mayor Mattie Parker proposed that the City Council appoint a task force on future uses of 1300 Gendy. This task force is charged with responsibility to perform the following tasks:
- Review the 2022 building condition assessment,
- Assess existing and potential uses of the building,
- Assess potential funding sources for necessary repairs, renovations, and ongoing maintenance,
- Conduct one or more public hearings and otherwise receive public comments,
- Recommend future uses of the building,
- Recommend funding sources for necessary repairs, renovations, and ongoing maintenance, and
- Present a final report to the City Council no later than the work session to be held on May 2, 2023.
The 1300 Gendy Task Force members:
- Councilmember Leonard Firestone (chair)
- Dr. John Barnett, Fort Worth African American Museum and Cultural Center
- Lillie Biggins, retired healthcare executive
- Johnny Campbell, City Center Management Group
- William Giron, Artes de la Rosa
- Matt Homan, Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth
- Wally Jones, Casa Manana
- Glenn Lewis, Linebarger Goggan Blair
- Estela Martinez-Stuart, Visit Fort Worth
- Patrick Newman, Fort Worth Botanic Garden
- Pat Riley, National Cowgirl Museum
- Dawn Taft, artist
- Scott Wilcox, Amon Carter Museum of American Art and Cultural District Alliance
- Ann Zadeh, Community Design Fort Worth
- Michael Hyatt, Fort Worth Zoological Association
- Matt Carter of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
The 1300 Gendy Task Force receives staff support from the following departments:
- City Manager’s Office
- Communications and Public Engagement Department
- Development Services Department
- Economic Development
- Law Department
- Planning and Data Analytics Department
- Property Management Department
- Public Events Department
Join us for Public Meeting to discuss the future of
1300 Gendy St.
March 30, 2023
Fort Worth Community Arts Center at 1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth, TX 76107
6 - 8 p.m.
The meeting will be recorded and a link will be posted to the website.
Information shared at each Task Force meetings:
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