By working together, we transformed a community. And saved a tree.

What We Do

The Fort Worth Avenue Development Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of volunteers dedicated to driving well-designed growth along the 3-1/2 mile section of West Commerce Street and Fort Worth Avenue between Beckley Avenue and Westmoreland Road.

Who We Are

Every day, we help transform the corridor into a vibrant, mixed-use commercial and residential development by making it more bike– and pedestrian–friendly, enhancing public spaces with art and honoring the area’s unique history and character. Most importantly, we ensure it all adheres to PD 714, an ordinance written by our founding board members and passed by the Dallas City Council in 2005.

The Tree

This is just one of many successes for our board and our community. In 2023, FWADG secured official historic recognition for the Gateway Pecan Tree, located at the foot of the Commerce Street Bridge. Declared “a living legend” by the Texas Historic Tree Coalition, it has survived the Great Flood of 1908, construction of the Trinity River levees and the addition of the Beckley/Commerce interchange.

The PD 714 Documents

If you’d like to read the entire PD 714 as passed by the Dallas City Council in 2005, including information on the different sub-districts, click here. Want more? Here’s the amendment passed in 2017.


Commercial and residential developments sometime require lengthy negotiations in order to reach acceptable compliance with PD 714. Below are a few of the projects completed or coming soon.

    • Sprouts Farmers Market
    • Beckley/Commerce Interchange
    • Sylvan Thirty
    • And more


The history of our community is the soul of our community. Our preservation efforts focus on keeping that history alive for future generations. Below are a few of the projects completed or in progress.

    • Western Heights Cemetery – Participate in our Buy-a-Brick Campaign
    • West Dallas Gateway Pecan Tree
    • Belmont Hotel
    • And more


Creating a pleasant place to live and work means more than buildings and road improvements. Part of our transformation efforts now include public art installations and additional landscaping. Below are some of the projects completed or in progress.

    • Mobius Bench
    • Steam Punk Bird
    • Carlton Radial Drill
    • And more