This is one example of how FWHS is boosting the local economy with the integral help of top-notch developers and innovative financing. Hunter Plaza provides mixed-income residences in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. The structure, originally constructed in 1954 as the Fortune Arms Hotel, has received a new lease on life. The 11-story, 1950s tower was originally acquired by Fort Worth Housing Solutions in the early 70’s and was most recently was home to disabled and elderly residents. It has now been redeveloped through public and private partnerships into a new mixed-income apartment building with 164 units featuring 19 unique one and two bedroom floor plans. The property has media, community activity and fitness rooms as well as a business center, new parking garage and features ground-floor retail space.
In the Hillside neighborhood, FWHS transformed a run-down but historic Fort Worth building, the Knights of Pythias structure, into contemporary urban residences, just a walk away from the downtown core. The hall was built in 1925. Over the decades, the property became vacant and suffered from neglect. In 2007, a Fort Worth real estate firm purchased the property with the intent of redevelopment into market rate townhomes. However, the plans did not come to fruition. In 2011, Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) acquired it and rehabilitated the historic structure into an upscale property of eight affordable housing units and constructed an additional ten units.