For two decades it has been a “to do” item on the master plan for Sundance Square. Now, a central plaza for the 35-block project in downtown Fort Worth is finally taking shape.
“We always envisioned a beautiful plaza that would be the fabric of our wonderful city,” said Ed Bass, project developer, in a statement. “It’s now set to become a vibrant social centerpiece reflecting the best of a lively downtown. … It is exciting to see it coming to life.”
The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2013.
Players involved in the project include Michael Vergason Landscape Architects, Fluidity Design Consultants (water features), David M Schwarz Architects, Inc. (project designer), The Projects Group (project manager), Bennett Benner Pettit, Planners + Architects (architect of record), and The Beck Group (construction).
The plaza will be flanked by two buildings under construction, The Westbrook on the west and The Commerce on the east. The historic Jett Building anchors the north side of the plaza, as will a new pavilion. Trees will border the south side. The plaza’s design and features support Sundance Square’s pedestrian-friendly environment, said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO.
A stage is being installed on the west end in front of The Westbrook, allowing for musical and other performances. An interactive fountain will front the stage at the base of the Chisholm Trail mural. Four large umbrellas will cover about 6,500 square feet of space. The pavilion will overlook another water feature.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said she expects the plaza to draw new people to downtown Fort Worth.