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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Fort Worth

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Fort Worth, TX. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Fort Worth's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Fort Worth. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Fort Worth, TX. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
Mediterranean Grocery Fort Worth, TX

So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Fort Worth,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Fort Worth, TX, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Fort Worth, TX.

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Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips


Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.


Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.


Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.


They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.


Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.


Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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TCU OC Kendal Briles meets with the media following Thursday practice

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TCU completed their second practice of fall camp on Thursday and following practice offensive coordinator Kendal Briles met with the media.

Briles is in his first season as offensive coordinator, taking over from Garrett Riley, who departed for Clemson after the Frogs’ 13-2 season. Briles brings one of the top offensive minds in college football and his stats speak for themselves.

Briles’ most recent stop was a three-year stint at Arkansas, where the Razorbacks had one of the top offenses in the nation. In 2022, Briles led Arkansas to the 7th best rushing offense in the nation as they averaged 236.7 yards per game in arguably the toughest division in college football; the SEC West.

As an offense, Arkansas ranked No. 15 in the nation in total offense, averaging 471.4 yards per game.

Briles will have his work cut out for him in his first season with the Frogs as they lost a bulk of production including quarterback Max Duggan, running back Kendre Miller and receiver Quentin Johnston, who all received All-Big 12 honors. The Frogs must replace three interior offensive linemen from a year ago including 2nd round NFL pick Steve Avila.

Luckily, the Frogs return talent at every position and could be even deeper in some spots than they were a year ago. Briles discussed his offense and how the players have adapted, players that have stood out and what he hopes to accomplish this season.

Picking up where they left off in spring – 0:00 – 0:45

On quarterback Chandler Morris – 0:46 – 1:32

On Oregon State transfer quarterback Chance Nolan – 1:40 – 2:28

The receiver position battle – 2:30 – 2:58

On Arkansas transfer receiver Warren Thompson – 3:00 – 3:45

Installing the rest of the offense – 3:47 – 4:45

On tight end Jared Wiley – 4:55 – 5:40

Early impressions of Cordel Russell – 4:57 – 6:20

Why he thinks TCU can be successful running the football – 6:35 – 7:45

What Jaylon Robinson brings to the offense – 7:47 – 8:15

TCU 2023 fall camp position preview: Offensive tackle

Live updates of TCU fall camp: Practice No. 3TCU will hold their third practice of fall camp on Friday morning and HornedFrogBlitz is there to give you all the action!VIDEO: Best fit for 4-star WR Gatlin Bair | College Football Recruiting ShowTCU football has their third practice of fall camp on Friday morning and once again HornedFrogBlitz will be there to take it all in for the loyal Frog fans. It is the third straight day for the Frogs to practice.The Frogs are coming off one of the most memorable seasons i...

Live updates of TCU fall camp: Practice No. 3

TCU will hold their third practice of fall camp on Friday morning and HornedFrogBlitz is there to give you all the action!

VIDEO: Best fit for 4-star WR Gatlin Bair | College Football Recruiting Show

TCU football has their third practice of fall camp on Friday morning and once again HornedFrogBlitz will be there to take it all in for the loyal Frog fans. It is the third straight day for the Frogs to practice.

The Frogs are coming off one of the most memorable seasons in program history in 2022, making it all the way to the CFB National Championship. The Frogs finished the season 13-2 and a final No. 2 ranking in the AP and Coaches Polls. They also became the first team in the Big 12 to win a playoff game and make it to the national championship.

The 2023 season will look different with many names off last year’s roster gone, especially on offense. The Frogs return 5 starts on offense and 7 starters on defense. There will be plenty of position battles on offense and defense and key newcomers to keep an eye on.

If you haven’t joined HFB, now is the time to do so! There have been plenty of highlights in the first two practices with analysis on where some players are standing out. There are position battles brewing and HFB has the latest.

Practice starts at 7:45 a.m. and HFB will give "real-time" information on how practice is going (during media availability). Make sure to follow along!

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Local investors pay millions for another retail power center, north OKC's Memorial Square

More power to OKC's Mazaheri Properties — another multimillion-dollar retail power center, anyway.Memorial Square at N Pennsylvania and Memorial Road − Marshalls, P.F. Chang’s, Red Robin, Carters, OshKosh, DSW, Charles Schwab, Party City, Petland, Qdoba, other prominent national stores and restaurants − is the third investment in the past year by Fred Mazaheri, Champ Patel, and business partners.They paid...

More power to OKC's Mazaheri Properties — another multimillion-dollar retail power center, anyway.

Memorial Square at N Pennsylvania and Memorial Road − Marshalls, P.F. Chang’s, Red Robin, Carters, OshKosh, DSW, Charles Schwab, Party City, Petland, Qdoba, other prominent national stores and restaurants − is the third investment in the past year by Fred Mazaheri, Champ Patel, and business partners.

They paid $24.6 million, or $199.10 per square foot, for the 123,557-square-foot center on 14.5 acres in a deal handled by Philip Mazaheri, the group's acquisition and disposition adviser, who also is a retail investment specialist with Oklahoma City brokerage Price Edwards & Co.

The seller was Inland Real Estate Group, which had owned it since 2007. Inland, based in suburban Chicago, acquired Memorial Square in one of the last major retail investments here before the Great Recession and commercial credit freeze.

Inland acquired 240 Penn Park the same year. A year ago, Mazaheri Properties paid $38 million for the first phase of 240 Penn Park, 241,831 square feet of national name brands on 22.2 acres at S Pennsylvania Avenue and Interstate 240.

Last November, the investors added a Texas retail center, Chisholm Trail Ranch, in Fort Worth, to their portfolio.

In all, the purchases totaled $120 million, Philip Mazaheri said.

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Memorial Square, at 13700, 13710, 13800, and 13810 N Pennsylvania Ave., shadow anchored by the state's highest-volume Super Target — "shadow," meaning it has a separate owner — is a great addition to the portfolio, he said, even though it needed a little leasing up.

"At the time of the purchase the property had 89.04% occupancy. The buyers are working on finalizing a lease with a national tenant for the former Bravo’s restaurant space, which will bring the occupancy to 96.05%," he said.

North Oklahoma City and Edmond's appetite for national stores and eateries remains strong, Mazaheri said, which bodes well for the new owners.

The area "benefits from densifying neighborhoods and high local spending power with an estimated annual consumer spending of over $2 billion" he said. "The submarket boasts a strong average household income of $110,000, and the strong consumer spending has supported a retail market marked with consistently high occupancy and exponential rent growth."

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KWA Construction Celebrates Topping Out of 362-Unit The Settler Apartment Community Located in Booming Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH, TX - KWA Construction, a leading general contractor specializing in multifamily developments throughout Texas, has topped out on The Settler Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas. The 397,435-square-foot, 362-unit luxury community is being developed by Toll Brothers Apartment Living®, a rental subsidiary of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. Completion is expected in September 2024.“Fort Worth is a booming city, particularly the River District where The Settler is located,” s...

FORT WORTH, TX - KWA Construction, a leading general contractor specializing in multifamily developments throughout Texas, has topped out on The Settler Apartments in Fort Worth, Texas. The 397,435-square-foot, 362-unit luxury community is being developed by Toll Brothers Apartment Living®, a rental subsidiary of Toll Brothers, Inc., the nation’s leading builder of luxury homes. Completion is expected in September 2024.

“Fort Worth is a booming city, particularly the River District where The Settler is located,” said Brian Webster, President of KWA Construction. "Hitting these milestones and the progression of The Settler is a testament to the thoughtful and well-planned development by Toll Brothers Apartment Living. We look forward to adding another successful completion to our portfolio of their communities next summer."

Designed by Hensley Lamkin Rachel, Inc. (HLR), a three-time ‘Top 100 Architects’ honoree by Multi-Housing News, The Settler Apartments consists of one four-story structure that wraps around a five-story precast parking garage. It will offer residents more than 13,000 square feet of amenity space, including a grand lobby, leasing office, clubroom featuring a bar and gaming lounge, resident lounge, co-working lounge, social mailroom and package storage, fitness center and yoga studio, and pet wash. Outdoor amenities will feature a resort-style swimming pool with a pool deck and private cabanas, rooftop lounge, outdoor fire pit, courtyard with lounge seating, hammocks, and gas grilling stations.

Located south of White Settlement Road along Athenia Drive and Deavers Lane, The Settler Apartments are ideally situated in the heart of Fort Worth’s River District, offering residents easy access to the Central Business District, Cultural and Medical districts, and the historic Fort Worth Stock Yards. The community is also steps away from the scenic Trinity River’s hike and bike trails and near the city’s top museums, Colonial Country Club, the Fort Worth Zoo and Botanical Garden. The Settler Apartments is one of five Toll Brothers Apartment Living communities that KWA Construction has been selected to build in North Texas, including Mirra, Kilby and Remy in Frisco Square and Lyle in North Dallas.

About KWA Construction: KWA Construction is a Dallas-based construction firm specializing in multifamily developments throughout Texas. As general contractors, our team of experts remains dedicated to passionately developing our people, building great places and creating better futures. Founded in 2004, KWA has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing mid-sized companies in North Texas by the Dallas Business Journal and recognized by the Better Business Bureau for our exemplary ethical conduct. For more information about KWA Construction, visit

About Toll Brothers Apartment Living: Toll Brothers Apartment Living is the apartment development division of Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL), an award-winning Fortune 500 company, and the nation's leading builder of luxury homes. Toll Brothers Apartment Living brings the same quality, luxury, and service for which Toll Brothers is known to its exceptional rental and mixed-use communities in select markets, including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, DC. Toll Brothers Apartment Living communities combine the energy of vibrant locations with unparalleled amenities, resident services, design, and the expertise of America’s Luxury Home Builder®. In 2023, NMHC ranked Toll Brothers Apartment Living the 6th largest apartment developer in the United States. The firm has developed nearly 8,900 units, has more than 5,000 units under management, and controls a national pipeline of more than 17,500 units. For more information visit

Where is development on Panther Island headed? New report offers a look

Following years of speculation about the future of real estate development on Panther Island, residents are getting their first peek at what’s to come for 500 acres between downtown Fort Worth and ...

Following years of speculation about the future of real estate development on Panther Island, residents are getting their first peek at what’s to come for 500 acres between downtown Fort Worth and the Northside community.

Panther Island’s original development strategy, which focused heavily on downtown housing, came into focus in 2003. Twenty years later, consulting firm HR&A Advisors was tapped to create an updated, long-term blueprint — what government officials call “Vision 2.0” — for partners like the city of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Regional Water District to follow.

Based on interviews with 20 Fort Worth organizations affected by Panther Island, HR&A’s initial findings were published Aug. 3. The firm identified four core themes for the project moving forward: vision and identity, urban design, strategic implementation and connections to community.

“We’re pleased with the quality of the report and how HR&A has integrated all of the various issues and viewpoints,” assistant city manager Dana Burghdoff said via email. “The four core themes that they identified through their initial work will provide a strong foundation for the next phases of the project.”

The report makes the distinction between the $1.16 billion Central City flood control project, which will create a 1.5-mile bypass channel and reroute part of the Trinity River, and the riverfront development that the channel will generate on Panther Island. Armed with $423 million in federal funding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will construct the channel and remain uninvolved with development plans.


Project partners have expressed a desire to transition away from residential-heavy development to a mix of retail, housing, restaurant and office space, according to the report. This approach will likely require the city of Fort Worth and other groups to revise policies regulating building height, density and land uses across the district, HR&A wrote.

Creating a positive pedestrian experience is also a key priority for Fort Worth leaders, according to the report. In addition to expanded trail systems and the possibility of a Trinity Metro streetcar running through the island, HR&A highlighted the opportunity to build “high-capacity transit,” or a light rail system, to connect the island with the Historic Southside and Northside neighborhoods.

Architect Michael Bennett said he was pleased to see HR&A introduce the idea of bringing more transit options to Panther Island, which would reduce the number of parking garages necessary to accommodate visitors. Bennett serves as chairman of Downtown Fort Worth Inc. and is a member of the founders council of the Greater Real Estate Council of Fort Worth, both of which helped to fund the HR&A study.

“They highlighted the need for connectivity to other parts of Fort Worth from Panther Island,” Bennett said. “I think the connectivity issue was, sort of, not the point of focus of the original plan. We’re recognizing that we need to have it be more integrated into the rest of the city.”

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How can Panther Island develop responsibly?

Most of the land on Panther Island is owned by public entities, with the Tarrant Regional Water District laying claim to about 125 acres of developable land on the island. Tarrant County College owns about 21 acres.

HR&A’s strategy will focus on developing the interior of the island first and then move on to the waterfront parcels that will be ready for development after the channel is built by 2032.

“The strategy will need to balance the need for near-term revenue generation with the opportunity for patience to leverage the value that will be created through the final completion of the flood control project,” the report reads.

Making development economically feasible for developers will be a challenge, since early commercial development is likely to be the most costly and risky for investors, according to the report.

Another challenge is meeting the expectation of project partners who want Panther Island to be a welcoming destination for people of all backgrounds and income levels — especially the majority Hispanic community that has called the Northside home for generations.

“We spent a good amount of time in our meeting (with HR&A) talking about how to make sure this is a place for everybody and that people who do live nearby can stay if they choose,” Bennett said.

Residents of the Northside are primarily concerned about displacement created by property tax increases and the risk of safety and noise issues from a busier Panther Island, according to HR&A’s findings. Dennis Chiessa, a Northside native and UT-Arlington architecture professor, echoed these anxieties at a Fort Worth Report event on Panther Island in June.

“I think the city will have some challenges and maybe some responsibility in providing mechanisms to allow some of these residents to be able to stay in their neighborhood,” Chiessa said. “That means not just development, but policies that encourage and incentivize people to stay in their neighborhood.”

HR&A found that Northside residents want Panther Island to facilitate opportunities for public art, small business incubation for local entrepreneurs and programming representative of their community. Fort Worth leaders must recognize these dynamics now and take action to prevent displacement of current residents, HR&A wrote.

“To make Panther Island a development that adds to the existing rich cultural fabric of Fort Worth, rather than erasing it, public and nonprofit partners should develop anti-displacement tools and prioritize housing affordability to prevent disruptive impacts on existing communities,” the report reads.

Questions of funding, governance still unanswered

Beyond the development possibilities on Panther Island, HR&A’s report also digs into key questions dogging the project’s future. How can the city’s infrastructure be prepared for an influx of development? Who will govern the project and find new ways to pay for upfront costs?

HR&A acknowledges the need for major infrastructure upgrades, especially to the city’s water and wastewater systems on Panther Island. While initial layouts for those improvements have been determined, funding sources have not, according to the report. Agencies also haven’t figured out how to split the bill for construction of the island’s canal system, public spaces or removal of the existing flood levees once the channel is constructed.

Cities often turn to tax increment financing districts to use property taxes within a defined area to pay for structural improvements and enhanced infrastructure. In this case, however, funds from the Panther Island taxing district are already set to pay off Central City flood control project debt.

HR&A’s team will explore alternative means to fund infrastructure improvements. The sale or lease of public land could go back into Panther Island, such as the water district paying for construction of a canal system, according to the report.

Determining a structure for how the project will be governed remains an open question as well. HR&A presented a number of potential options that groups involved with Panther Island’s development will consider, ranging from a fully private organization running daily operations to an entirely new public agency dedicated to the island.

“We agree on the need to address long-term governance and funding necessary to support implementation of the renewed Panther Island Vision, particularly for infrastructure,” Burghdoff said. “This project has a history of multi-agency collaboration and we expect to build on that, but haven’t discussed options yet.”

Over the next several months, HR&A plans to bring its initial findings to the public through a series of meetings and an online survey. All information will be shared on the project website, which was redesigned in coordination with HR&A’s phase one report, Burghdoff said.

“We want to engage the districts and neighborhoods surrounding Panther Island in addition to the property owners, businesses, and residents on the island,” Burghdoff said. “We will host a series of meetings catered to those communities and the broader public to learn about stakeholders’ priorities to inform the updated vision.”

The firm has also committed to looking at case studies in other cities and finding the best path forward for implementing a real estate development strategy in Fort Worth, Bennett said. The third and final phase of HR&A’s study should be completed this fall with a public announcement of the project’s vision.

“I find it totally fair to say after this first phase, where you’re doing the investigation and findings piece, to say: We understand this is something we still have to figure out,” Bennett said.

Haley Samsel is the environmental reporter for the Fort Worth Report. You can reach them at [email protected].

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