Clear Fork Development Slowly Rising

When we talk about growth in Fort Worth, it's usually on the city's northside.

But a major project is catching eyes along the Chisholm Trail Parkway, not far from downtown.

It might be the only place in the city where you can spot a half-dozen cranes on any given day building the future.

"It's going to get pretty busy around here," said Billy Youngblood, a cyclist on the Trinity Trails.

Youngblood does worry about increased traffic both on the roads and on the trails but he knows the development is a positive sign of growth for the city.

"It's growing, it's getting bigger and that's the way it's gonna be up here for the next 100 years probably," Youngblood said.

The project is by no means a surprise. It was well known that Cassco Development was going to build luxury apartments, restaurant and retail space and office space. Two and a half years after the Clear Fork Main Street bridge opened to traffic, that plan is now a reality.

So far, the only open business, besides Forest Park Medical Center, is Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop.

"First one's in, we kind of knew what we were getting into," said Will Black, a general manager of the company.

Black now lives in Austin, but years ago, he lived just a mile or two from the location along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River back when it was all grazing land for cattle.

"It doesn't look anything like I remembered," Black said. "Now to see it, I never could have imagined its transformation. It's truly beautiful."

The bike shop hopes business will be just as beautiful with its convenient location right on the trail and being near the Shops at Clear Fork. The shops, anchored by Neiman Marcus, are set to open February 2017.

The luxury apartments known as The Kelton at Clear Fork are already leasing, while the entire facility is getting closer to completion.

"Pretty soon, it's going to be bigger than Dallas if it keeps growing," Youngblood joked.

One thing's for sure, the development is certainly spurring growth in the heart of the city.

"It's just a cultural designation," Black said.

An office building is also currently under construction and will be open next fall.

In all, 270 acres of the old Edwards Ranch will be developed.

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