Modern Drug Village


he Modern Drug Village is a two-story brick commercial building prominently sited at the important intersection of Hemphill Street and West Magnolia Avenue in the Fairmount/ Southside National Historic District. Built in the early 1920`s, the west building housed the W. B. LaCava Clothes Cleaning business. In 1927 Mr. LaCava built the rest of the complex, replacing a Modern Drug business housed in a frame structure on the same site. In 1939, Frank Hamra bought the Modern Drug business located in the east building. Mr. Hamara bought the complex in the 1970`s after the LaCava laundry ceased to operate. Modern Drug was located in the east building.

The District, now known as Fort Worth South, is situated immediately south of Fort Worth's Central Business District. It encompasses approximately 1,400 acres, is the second largest employment center in the county and contains a significant number of major hospitals, medical institutions and support services. The Strategic Plan for Fort Worth South incorporates a dynamic vision and contains projects for future development while enhancing existing redevelopment opportunities.

Modern Drug Village, in the center of the major development projects outlined in the District master plan on the prime corner also borders the Southside Commons project, which is projected as a main mixed use development for the area.

Another important component of the Modern Drug Village is the historic designation that both main buildings carry. Utilizing both the City tax freeze and the 20% Federal Tax Credit, the project financial package was completed. 

Completed today, the Village houses the new Fort Worth National Bank, five occupied loft apartments, a barbershop and space for a restaurant. The landscaped parking area transitions to the new south entries via a brick paved courtyard surrounded by a wrought iron fence. The finished project is the newest jewel in the continuing Fort Worth South Redevelopment, now the safest area in Fort Worth, second only to downtown.

Through the 1970's the Southside went through a steady decline, reaching its low point in the late 1970's, although West Magnolia Avenue and Hemphill Street commercial corridors remained marginally viable, with some businesses surviving since the 1930's. Since the early 1980's continuing redevelopment efforts have saved most of the significant commercial structures and adapted them into restaurants, coffee shops, retail, offices, police station, loft apartments and corporate headquarters.

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