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AllianceTexas, located north of Fort Worth, will the home of a new Federal Aviation Administration regional office center. It is expected to open in 2015.
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FAA to build new regional center in north Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — A new Federal Aviation Administration regional office center will be built in north Fort Worth.

The new 357,214-square-foot office and support project is expected to bring 1,600 FAA workers to the North Texas area when it opens in 2015, according to a news release.

The six-story complex will be part of the AllianceTexas community, and it will have an office near Alliance Airport.

“This is the first of what we anticipate will be many office buildings,” said Bill Burton, senior vice president for Alliance developer Hillwood Properties, which runs the 17,000-acre AllianceTexas master-planned community located 20 minutes from Denton.

Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co. in partnership with USAA Real Estate Co. will develop the $60 million FAA project slated to begin in September. Manhattan Construction Co. will serve as the project’s general contractor, according to a news release.

The FAA signed a 20-year lease for the deal.

Elizabeth Isham Cory, an FAA spokeswoman, told The Dallas Morning News the new project is expected to house an FAA central service area that will oversee air traffic operations in three regions of the FAA and 18 states in the central U.S.

Burton said the new FAA project will help create more office components at Alliance Town Center. The goal, he said, is to create an office plan with amenities in Fort Worth, north of the downtown area.

“If you look at [Interstate 35W] from downtown Fort Worth to Alliance, you really do not have a fully amenitized office park with office space, trails,” he said. “That is what we are doing with Alliance Town Center; it will all be connected.”

In 1989, the AllianceTexas community began with the construction of Alliance Airport as a general aviation reliever airport to help support airport capacity in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“That was the sole reason for the AllianceTexas development,” Burton said about the airport that now provides an array of flight services including air cargo, corporate and military aviation.

Since then, officials with AllianceTexas have concentrated on bringing companies, retail and housing development to the area around the airport.

“When we started we were fortunate to attract employers early on,” he said.

Major companies including Mercedes-Benz Financial, AT&T, Bell Helicopter and Fidelity Investments have made the AllianceTexas community their home.

Around 30,000 people work inside the AllianceTexas corporate environment.

“We continue to attract major companies and provide affordable residential development,” he said.

In order to create a fully integrated, master-planned community, AllianceTexas is continuing to bring more business, residential, shopping, schools, dining and entertainment to Alliance Town Center, which includes a 500-acre retail center, apartment communities like Montera Village and three hospitals.

Burton said that within 15 miles of AllianceTexas, there are about 1.6 million people who work and live there.

“We feel the need and the demand are there,” he said.

Responding to demand for more industrial space, Hillwood Properties announced in March the future construction of a 1.2 million-square-foot industrial building.

The new facility — Alliance Center North 1 — will be on the northeast side of I-35W and Eagle Parkway.

In addition to the new FAA office building, Motorola Mobility will have a new plant at Alliance by late summer. The plant will be the only one manufacturing the brand’s new smartphone, the Moto X. The company is expected to bring 2,000 new workers to its plant.

Dallas Morning News staff writer Steve Brown contributed to this report.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878 and via Twitter at @KarinaFRamirez.

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