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Fort Worth Council OKs distillery zoning request, sports facility

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The Fort Worth Council unanimously approved plans for a new arena and sports facility in the cultural district on Tuesday.

If approved by voters in November, the location of the 14,000-seat arena would be just south of Will Rogers Memorial Center.

Private and public funds would split the cost, and the council says the arena would be built by 2020.

It would replace the aging convention center in downtown Fort Worth.

The council also approved a special, but controversial, zoning request by a whiskey distillery that wants to set up shop near a golf course in the Rolling Hills neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth.

Some people who live there could not convince the council to prevent the Firestone and Robertson distilling company from the expansion. It already operates a business on Vickery Boulevard.

The distillery needed the council's approval to rezone the land.

Council members are also expected to decide during a late night Tuesday vote on a proposed $175 million development project for the historic Stockyards.

The plan would rezone the area around Exchange Avenue for mixed-use development. Some are concerned that the Stockyards would lose its true western style; however, developers say they would preserve the historic value.

The city's zoning commission rejected the plan last week saying it needed to be examined more.

Concho Minick, president and co-owner of Billy Bob’s Texas, will be at Tuesday’s meeting.

“I hope a lot of great things are built here,” said Minick. “I just want it done the right way."

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