FORT WORTH, TX - With a commitment to honor the history of the Garvey-Viehl-Kelley Residence, San Antonio-based Embrey Partners has broken ground on the Kelley at Samuels Ave, a 10-acre, 353-unit, Class A multifamily community in Fort Worth, Texas. As part of the Kelley at Samuels Ave development, Embrey Partners is restoring the original 1884 Queen Anne home, a recorded Texas Historic Landmark, which will showcase its beauty as the property's on-site leasing office.
The Garvey Residence on Samuels Avenue is arguably one of the finest Victorian era homes still standing in Fort Worth, located on property that has witnessed the birth and growth of the city from its earliest days. Rumor is that a young Ginger Rogers practiced dance routines in its parlor.
"This beautiful home is too important in the history of Fort Worth to allow it to continue to deteriorate," said John Kirk, Embrey's executive vice president of development. "We are excited to bring back such a rare jewel from its current state of abandonment and to have it be an integral part of our overall project."
In addition to restoring the Garvey Residence, Embrey will be donating and assisting with the relocation of the historic Talbott-Wall house located on the property to a lot nearby on Samuels Avenue. Embrey has worked extensively with Historic Fort Worth, Texas Historic Commission and the US Army Corps of Engineers to help preserve this part of Fort Worth history.
"Embrey has exemplified how developers and preservationists can work together," said Jerre Tracy, executive director, Historic Fort Worth, Inc.
The Kelley will be adjacent to the original house and will feature spectacularly stunning views of the Fort Worth skyline, adjacent Trinity River and the future Trinity River Vision project, according to Kirk. "The view will be hard to replicate anywhere else in the city," he said. Located in what was once one of Fort Worth's wealthiest areas, the property is in a re-emerging core neighborhood along the path of growth.
Embrey's plans feature both luxury apartments and townhomes with attached garages with an urban farmhouse architectural theme designed to complement the original structures from the area. The community will incorporate a dedicated amenity building featuring a business lounge, game room and upscale fitness center with a spin room, on demand workout zone and yoga courtyard. Extensive outdoor amenities will include an infinity-edge pool with expansive views of downtown, a community biergarten, multiple dog parks and a pet washing station. The one- and two-bedroom, upscale apartments will average 914-square-feet and include attached garages, private backyards and surface parking. Occupancy is slated for Spring 2018.