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Funding targets Ash Crescent neighborhood for improvements

Posted Jan. 31, 2018

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The City Council voted on Tuesday to provide $2.77 million in funding to the Ash Crescent neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth as the 2018 target area for neighborhood improvements.

The funding 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.

“We have allocated $2.77 million for the Ash Crescent neighborhood for improvements to be identified by the community,” said Councilmember Kelly Allen Gray. “It’s taken several years for us to shine a light on this area, but the neglect goes back more than 30 years. It’s not acceptable by any means, but I’m excited to work with the community, city staff, churches and business partners to be a part of the transformation.”

As part of the project, residents will be asked to participate in community meetings and a survey in order to determine what the residents want to see happen in their neighborhood. City staff will participate in this community outreach so that we can make sure the improvements address the needs of the residents.

In 2017, the city provided $2.56 million to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving the Stop Six neighborhood. Projects included new street and sidewalk construction, substandard building abatement, vacant lot cleanup, improved lighting and monitored security cameras.

The Ash Crescent neighborhood is relatively small — just .56 square miles and contains less than one percent of the city’s overall population. The area is roughly bounded by Sycamore Park and Cobb Park on the east, Riverside Drive on the west, Rosedale Street on the north and Glen Garden Drive on the south.

Three mixed-use urban villages are nearby: Evans and Rosedale, Polytechnic/Wesleyan and Berry/Riverside.

These criteria led to Ash Crescent’s selection:

  • Indicators of distress, such as significant blight, inadequate public infrastructure, persistent public safety issues and low educational attainment.
  • A high concentration of low- and moderate-income residents.
  • Opportunity to leverage other economic and social investments.

Among the resources that can be leveraged in this partnership are the Morningside Children’s Partnership, Boys and Girls Club, a plan for streetlight replacements and a single-family housing infill project in the 1700 block of East Arlington Street providing three homes with anticipated sales prices in the range of $160,000-$170,000.

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