Fort Worth: Work progressing on neighborhood improvements
Work continues in three neighborhoods to help make them cleaner and safer as part of a multi-million-dollar program funded by the City Council.
The program is part of an ongoing strategy to increase public safety, improve public infrastructure, expand community engagement, promote economic revitalization and provide supportive services to reduce poverty and increase self-sufficiency.
Funding for the neighborhood improvement program comes from a ½-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods.
In 2017, the city provided $2.56 million to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving the Stop Six neighborhood.
So far, 88 percent of the funds have been expended on projects such as street and sidewalk construction, tree trimming, substandard building abatement, improved lighting at the MLK Community Center and security cameras. Projects still in the works include additional sidewalk construction and Bunche Park improvements.
Since the work has begun, crime rates have decreased by 24 percent. Resident satisfaction is up in most categories. The neighborhood has seen a 45 percent increase in property values and a 38 percent increase in building permits issued from 2015-18.
The Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department, the Housing Finance Corp. and Fort Worth Housing Solutions will issue a joint request for proposals to develop 127 parcels covering 42 acres in Stop Six.
Learn more about Stop Six improvements.
In 2018, the Ash Crescent neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth received $2.77 million for improvements.
So far, 46 percent of the capital expenditures have been made for 54 surveillance cameras, substandard building abatement, litter and dumping enforcement, new sidewalks and streetlights, street repairs, and park improvements. The Neighborhood Services Department has completed improvements on more than two dozen homes in Ash Crescent.
The Fort Worth Public Library plans to install a self-service book vending machine in a neighborhood park. The kiosk holds 200 books, and patrons can use a touch screen to search for items.
This month, a free summer day camp will be held for children ages 5-13, and breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided to all attendees.
Learn more about Ash Crescent improvements.
In 2019, the Northside area became the city’s largest area targeted for revitalization by this program. The area received $3.05 million.
Work began last December to demolish hazardous structures, remove 14 tons of litter and abate more than 40 nuisance property cases. Park improvements include new security lighting at Maddox Park and ADA sidewalk improvements at Northside Park.
Fort Worth Police will install 50 surveillance cameras beginning this fall.
Almost $2 million in street improvements will include resurfacing, sidewalks, and curb and gutter construction. Every streetlight in the target area will be upgraded between October 2019 and early 2020.
Learn more about Northside area improvements.