So7 Is So in Demand


The stretch of West Seventh Street between downtown Fort Worth and the Museum District is coming to life.

The So7 development on West Seventh Street at Museum Way is celebrating its grand opening on Thursday.

"We have townhouses, condominiums, for-rent apartments above retail, a hotel and senior housing," said Zachary Porter, vice president of Hughes Development.

The developers aimed to create a place for residents to live, work and play.

"You can go to the grocery store across the street, walk down to the movie theater or health club and enjoy Trinity Park," Porter said.

So7 has already rented out a lot of the apartments and sold some of the townhouses and condos in the development.

And people who don't live in the area, such as Katie Smith of Lake Worth, are willing to make the trip just to check out all the buzz.

"Like the Movie Tavern and all the new restaurants, it's just a lot more variety now," she said.

Restaurant owners in the area said it's exciting to watch the neighborhood come to life.

"I've been in the restaurant business for a long time," said Jean Michel Sakouhi, owner of So7 Bistro. "I've known this place. There was nothing around here, and I saw it grow, and it is the most wonderful thing that could happen to Fort Worth."

He said it took a little vision and a lot of hope to make his part of West Seventh Street what it is today.

"(In) July of 2007, I signed the lease without seeing anything," Sakouhi said.

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