City Council approves zoning change for TCU fine arts building

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Fort Worth city council approved the rezoning of four residential lots on West Cantey Street that TCU will use for a proposed fine arts building. The building will replace four houses that currently sit on those lots.
Michelle Clark, assistant vice chancellor of communications at TCU, said the architectural style of the new building will match the existing Moudy building at the corner of University Drive and West Cantey Street. She also said the new structure will not exceed three stories.
Overhead picture of the area for the proposed TCU fine arts building.
Overhead picture of the area for the proposed TCU fine arts building.

The plans for the fine arts building state that the building will not be 20 feet from the curb “but instead is back from the street to provide a treed buffer to Cantey in order to minimize the impact to the neighborhood.”
According to project details, there are plans for a courtyard between the new and existing buildings as well. The main entry for the building will be from the interior plaza side, away from the neighborhood.  There are also plans for fewer building entries for campus security.
The report also reads that “required parking shall be calculated as part of the TCU campus parking plan.”
Clark said this building will house the Costume Studio and Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising departments currently located in four stand-alone buildings off Berry Street.
The proposed re-zoning would change the lot from “Medium Density Multifamily” to “Low Intensity Mixed Use.”  This change adds requirements about how far the sidewalks can extend into the street and what the building can be used for.
Hudson said TCU affiliates previously hosted a neighborhood meeting that was attended by around 50 people from the neighborhood. Clark said all plans are contingent upon the approval of TCU’s Board of Trustees. The board is scheduled to meet in April of 2016.
Architecture drawings are in progress, according to the zoning map changes staff report.