FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Demolition at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards got underway before sunrise. The tearing down and building up is all part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment project.
Workers started early removing bricks and heavy equipment soon followed and began tearing down one building that was crumbling and in bad shape.
In all more than a dozen structures will come down. Time, weather, and vandalism have taken a toll on locations set for demolition.
A number of sites scheduled for the wrecking ball are on the former Swift & Co. meatpacking property. Only the Swift & Co. laboratory building will be preserved.
Fort Worth residents agreed it’s time for change but is concerned history is being torn down. “Some of the buildings are falling down and they need to do something with them, but I hate to see the old Stockyards go… it’ll never be the same.”
When it comes to renovation versus destruction, developers say it doesn’t make financial or historical sense to try and save the structures.
“We are sensitive to what is The Stockyards and what The Stockyards represents,” Majestic Realty senior vice president Kerby Smith said. “However, we also understand that we got to move forward and we’ve got to take the stuff necessary to evolve The Stockyards.”
Developers have allocated a portion of their budget for revitalization and preservation. Workers have been instructed try and save as many of the original materials as they can, including reusing bricks from the Scale House. They are also spending about $40 million to preserve the historic horse and mule barns along Exchange Avenue.
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