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Work progressing on neighborhood improvements

Posted June 6, 2019

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Litter cleanup in all three neighborhoods has been tackled by city crews.

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.

Stop Six

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.

Ash Crescent

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.

Northside

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.

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City Council Budget Work Session: 9 a.m. Aug. 22, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th St.
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Fort Worth Affordability, Inc. Board of Directors Annual Meeting: 5 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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North Riverside Drive Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; Villages of Woodland Springs Amenities Center, 12209 Timberland Road.

Animal Shelter Advisory Committee Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 2019; Animal Care and Control Center, 500 MLK Freeway.
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The Essentials of Your Business Plan: 8:30 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.
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Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee: 9 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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City Council Budget Work Session: 10 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
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Workforce Solutions For Tarrant County Investment Committee Meeting: 10 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Workforce Solutions Board Offices, Large Conference Room, Ste. 600, 1320 S. University Drive.
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Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County Leadership Committee Meeting: 10:45 a.m. Aug. 23, 2019; Workforce Solutions, Board Offices, Large Conference Room, Ste. 600, 1320 S. University Drive.
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Community Engagement Summer Workshop: 9:30 a.m. Aug. 24, 2019; Harvest Assembly of God, 7501 Crowley Road.
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Canceled Community Engagement Summer Workshop (SPANISH): 10:30 a.m. Aug. 24, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Aug. 26, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Aug. 26, 2019; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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Diamond Hill Community Center Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Aug. 26, 2019; Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St.

Meet and Confer Negotiations Between the City of Fort Worth ("City") and the Fort Worth Police Association ("POA"): 9 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019; Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, Camilia Room, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
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Ad Hoc Municipal Court Advisory Committee: 11 a.m. Aug. 27, 2019; City Managers Conference Room 380, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.
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City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Aug. 27, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting: 3 p.m. Aug. 27, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas St.

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