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Recommended funding targets Northside neighborhood for improvements

Posted Dec. 13, 2018

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The City Council will be asked to provide $2.87 million in funding to the Northside neighborhood as the 2019 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.

In 2017, the city provided $2.56 million to implement capital projects aimed specifically at improving the Stop Six neighborhood. The next year, the Ash Crescent neighborhood in southeast Fort Worth received $2.77 million for improvements.

The targeted Northside area is bounded on the south by Jacksboro Highway, on the west by Roosevelt Avenue, on the east by Ellis Avenue and on the north by Northeast 25th Street.

These criteria led to the Northside’s selection:

  • A convergence of multiple negative neighborhood indicators, including significant blight, inadequate public infrastructure, persistent public safety issues and low educational attainment.
  • Underserved community with 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 $5.4 million in 2018 Capital Improvement Program and Community Development Block Grant funds for extensive renovations at Northside Community Center and potential expansion of HUD’s EnVision Center concept to the Northside Community Center. Planned infrastructure improvements are 2014 Bond Program projects for street repairs, sidewalks, curbs and gutters. Fort Worth Finance Corp. is funding the construction of five single-family homes.

On Jan. 15, 2019, the City Council will vote on the selection of the Northside area as the 2019 recipient of the revitalization funding. Stakeholder group meetings will begin in early January.

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