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Fort Worth: City, Housing Authority to Apply for HUD Grant to Aid Stop Six Revival

Featured Illustration (above): The transformation plan for Cavile Place and Stop Six neighborhood envisions mixed-use at the Amanda Avenue/Rosedale Street intersection. The intersection is presently underdeveloped except for a Family Dollar store. Image: Urban Design Associates

Posted: 10-24-19

By Edmond Ortiz

Fort Worth (Tarrant County)–The city of Fort Worth and Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) are applying for a $35 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation (CNI) Grant that could help with an envisioned makeover of Cavile Place and the surrounding Stop Six community.

City Council voted recently to approve a resolution in support of the city and the housing authority being co-applicants on the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

The city and the city’s housing finance corporation propose investing $41.8 million of an estimated $339 million initiative that will¬† involve the development of several high-quality, mixed-income, mixed-use phased units and spaces, including 1,000 new multifamily and senior apartments and townhouses.

The redevelopment project will necessitate demolition of Cavile Place, a 65-year-old, 300-apartment complex that will be replaced by some of the new multi-family housing. Residents who had been living at Cavile Place have been given vouchers to relocate to public housing elsewhere in the area, but will be given an opportunity later to return to the new housing there.

If approved, the six-year HUD grant would provide money to leverage public-private investments in housing, infrastructure improvements and supportive services in a low-income neighborhood with set boundaries. Nov. 4 is the next CNI grant application deadline. HUD will announce grant recipients in April 2020.

Located in East Fort Worth, Stop Six has long been a city priority for revitalization. The origins of the mostly African-American neighborhood date back to the 1890s. It’s name came from the location of the sixth stop on the Northern Texas Traction Co. interurban streetcar system that once ran from Fort Worth to Dallas in the early half of the 20th century.

A conceptual drawing of some of new housing that is proposed for the Stop Six neighborhood and the site of the Cavile Place public housing complex . Image: Urban Design Associates

For years, Stop Six has had a high concentration of unemployment, moderate-to-low-income residents, crime, and vacant lots and structures.

Earlier this summer and fall, city and FWHS staff repeatedly met with Cavile Place residents as well as elected representatives and other key community members about the potential of revitalizing the neighborhood with federal financial assistance.

Those discussions revolved around the neighborhood’s strengths, weaknesses, culture and history, and how redevelopment can best fit into the Stop Six Transformation Plan that the city adopted in 2013.

The transformation plan has three components. One is a neighborhood plan, which will link new development to existing community assets, and improve public safety and transit in the community.

This would include the establishment of a neighborhood “hub” near Rosedale Park where neighborhood residents of all ages could engage recreational, educational, medical and mental healthcare opportunities and services.

The hub will also be a base for a community garden, shared office/meeting space, space for target resident case management, and city uses such as library, code enforcement and public safety. The transformation plan recommends moving the HUD-sponsored EnVision Center from its current location at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center to this hub site.

Additionally, the neighborhood plan lays out improvements in mass transit, public safety, pedestrian and bicyclists’ mobility, streets, drainage and sidewalks, reuse of vacant lots, and enhancement of parks and open spaces.

A housing plan covers the razing and replacement of Cavile Place and construction of new multi-family and senior rental units.  Proposed new housing locations are the intersections of Rosedale Street and Miller Avenue, Stalcup Road and Rosedale, and Ramey Avenue and South Edgewood Terrace.

The neighborhood “hub,” proposed for location near Rosedale Park, would host various community services for the Stop Six neighborhood. Image: Urban Design Associates

The city, FWHS and community stakeholders have agreed that new development in Stop Six should complement the neighborhood’s history, and include various building styles, such as townhomes, walk-up garden structures and mixed-use buildings.

According to the housing plan, redevelopment in Stop Six should have a blend of rental options, including those supported with Project Based Vouchers (PBV), market rate, workforce, and permanent supportive housing units supported with PBVs.

It also prescribes market-quality in-unit and site amenities, and recommends the development of new ground-floor commercial spaces at key neighborhood nodes.

The people plan will address residents’ various needs around the neighborhood, including education, physical and mental healthcare, finances and community engagement.

This is where the “hub” comes into play. Click this link to view a presentation that project partners made to community members on Oct. 8.

St. Louis-based developer McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) and Pittsburgh architecture firm Urban Design Associates (UDA) have been part of the Cavile Place/Stop Six initiative planning process, providing consultation and conceptual drawings for the different kinds of housing and mixed-use development that would best suit the neighborhood.

MBS is a specialist in developing mixed-income housing in urban neighborhoods. UDA is experienced in facilitating collaborative urban design efforts in projects worldwide.

Proposed locations for new multifamily and senior housing in the Stop Six neighborhood. Image: City of Fort Worth/Fort Worth Housing Solutions


edmond@virtualbx.com

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About the Author:

Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.

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