The authentic historic character of the Near Southside is a great asset and an important competitive advantage in attracting new residents and businesses to the area.
Although many landmark structures have been lost over the years, today the district still contains the largest concentration of historic buildings in Fort Worth’s central city. We’re also fortunate that many of those buildings have been authentically restored and renovated to once again become the district’s signature works of architecture.
Federal and local incentives have played a big role in making historic restoration and adaptive reuse projects profitable. Buildings not eligible for those incentives are also good candidates for reuse. While the architecturally significant buildings draw the most attention, non-historic existing buildings are also receiving facelifts, as firms relocating to the Near Southside find flexible and affordable spaces that can be tailored to meet specific needs.
Most of the Near Southside’s historic apartments and mixed-use buildings have been restored and are now among the most popular housing options. Units in historic buildings come in all types: from authentically restored units complete with original hardware and cabinets, to open lofts with modern fixtures in former industrial or warehouse buildings.Continue Reading