Drone video above Deco 969, Fort Worth’s new apartment tower

As construction continues on downtown Fort Worth’s first new apartment skyscraper, drone video offers an aerial glimpse of Deco 969’s evolution.

The luxury tower complex at East 9th and Commerce streets now has 17 floors, with only 10 more until it reaches the top. A crane jump for the construction of Deco 969 was successfully completed this week at approximately 320 feet high.

The success of the crane jump is essential to the high-rise project. Cranes are among the most critical resources in a high-rise project alongside the construction crews themselves, according to construction experts.

Construction of Deco 969 is expected to be completed in 2023 and residents are expected to move in by next year. At 27 stories, the 300,000-square-foot complex will feature 302 rental units, eight floors of parking, and retail and dining space on the first floor. It will include one, two and three bedroom rental residences and penthouses.

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This rendering shows a 27-story Deco 969 apartment building planned for 969 Commerce St. Southern Lands Company.

Deco 969 will be the tallest building constructed downtown since 2009, when the Omni Hotel was built. The Omni Hotel recently announced a $217 million expansion over an entire block.

The new building will also be one of the few options available for people who wish to live well above street level. The only other high-rise units downtown are The Residences at the Omni Hotel, which has condos atop the hotel, and The Tower, which was redeveloped as condos after a tornado tore through the tower. offices in 2000.

Nashville-based developer Southern Land Co. bought the property at 969 Commerce St. next to the Hilton Hotel in 2017. The Deco 969 tower is his first project in Fort Worth and his sixth in the metroplex.

David Walters, senior vice president of CBRE, the commercial real estate services company, said he thinks Deco 969 will be a great test case for the future success of downtown residential development.

“The Deco project will be interesting. It will kind of be the harbinger of future projects,” Walters said. “I know there are other residential developers who would like to go vertical. I suspect that if Deco rents quickly, does well, and gets rents that match its performance, you’ll see other developers follow suit.

This story was originally published October 20, 2022 5:20 p.m.

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