The Panther Island Plan
(formerly Trinity Uptown Plan)


A Bold New Plan for
Waterfront Development

Panther Island (formerly Trinity Uptown) aims to revitalize an 800-acre area north of downtown Fort Worth with a combination of public improvements and private development. Its goal is to create a stimulating locale which individuals and families can live, work, shop, play, and learn. The Panther Island Plan embraces the concept of New Urbanism, striving to create a walkable community along the river that hosts a variety of businesses, recreation and residential opportunities. High-density, mixed-use zoning and a form-based code set for the area promote this mindset.

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Infrastructure Creating Opportunities
For Smart Growth

New infrastructure will offer 12 miles of active urban waterfront and a 33-acre lake just north of downtown, making the entire area attractive for private development and mixed-income living. Private development along the waterfront will be possible once flood protection is in place and levees are removed to open up the land. The area will enable up to 10,000 residential units to be constructed in the area, providing a solution to the demand for high-density urban housing. Fort Worth is the fastest-growing large city in the United States. Its population is expected to increase by more than 50% in the next 20 years, and Panther Island (formerly Trinity Uptown) will provide a cost-efficient and viable alternative to annexation and urban sprawl.

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An Urban Village for Everyone

Panther Island (formerly Trinity Uptown) offers a unique opportunity to integrate mixed-income housing into Fort Worth's central city. Focusing on residential development in the Panther Island area will complement and reinforce the already successful adjoining neighborhoods without diluting their respective strengths. Panther Island promises to become a richly diverse urban neighborhood linking downtown to the Stockyards and Cultural District. The area is bound on the north by Northside Drive and the Oakwood Cemetery property, to the west by the Fort Worth & Western Railroad and Henderson Street corridors, to the east by Samuels Avenue and to the south by Belknap Street.

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Central City Project
Infrastructure and Flood Protection

The publicly funded portion of the plan, the Central City Project is limited to infrastructure improvements, environmental cleanup and flood protection. A new bypass channel will replace an outdated levee system that is unable to accommodate the city's population growth. This project will provide necessary flood protection, ecosystem improvements, new bridges and new or improved roads and trails. These infrastructure improvements will create future private investment opportunities. (See Panther Island)

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Panther Island (formerly Trinity Uptown) 
Potential Private Development

Once flood concerns, outdated infrastructure and environmental issues are addressed, (see Central City Project) Panther Island will open up the development of 800 acres connecting downtown, the Cultural District and the Stockyards. Public improvements hope to boost an estimated private development of 10,000 new homes and about 3 million square feet of commercial space, virtually doubling the size of downtown. It is projected to generate more than $600 million in economic activity during the first decade alone.

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