Benbrook (TX) Economic Development Corporation – I-20 Corridors Plan
ChallengeTIP, in partnership with JD Wilson & Associates and James Richards Studios, Inc., conducted a study for the Benbrook Economic Development Corporation regarding the impact of proposed land uses in the I-20 corridor. Specifically, the team looked at potential industrial, commercial, and residential uses for 429 acres, in several tracts, located along both sides of IH–20, just south of Fort Worth, Texas. The initial scope of work was limited to making recommendations about the impact of specific land uses for the properties in question. It quickly became clear, however, that the build-out of these properties, which represented the last significant available site for development within the city limits, would be critical in determining the community’s future development pattern.
ApproachThe consulting team felt strongly that the vacant tracts represented an opportunity for Benbrook to create a sense of identity that was currently lacking. With this understanding, the team approached the project as a unified development, rather than separate tracts, as originally proposed. The project’s focus also changed from a simple calculation of the economic impact of various land uses to an analysis of the impact of the land’s development on the city as a whole. To develop the recommendations, the consulting team relied on: (1) an assessment of the opportunities and constraints for each vacant parcel, (2) meetings and interviews with community officials, landowners and developers, (3) an understanding of the city’s demographics and economic base, and (4) published information about regional and national industry trends.
OutcomeThe consulting team developed a series of major recommendations related to the development of the properties in question, including the development of a mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented town center; an expansion of the city’s existing industrial park with an emphasis on recruiting technology-related industries, and the development of high-end residential to support the technology park. Taken together, these recommendations provide an opportunity to chart a new course for the city’s future.