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Developers asked to submit ideas for urban village in Historic Southside

Posted Dec. 7, 2018

The Evans & Rosedale Urban Village, located in Fort Worth’s Historic Southside, is looking for a master developer.

A Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) by a Master Developer was published Dec. 6, 2018, for the redevelopment of properties located in the Evans & Rosedale Urban Village that are owned by three related public entities – the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation and Fort Worth Local Development Corporation.

The RFEI calls for developers to submit ideas for how the area can be redeveloped into a mixed-use urban village that is inspired by the history of the area and prior plans, while embracing current market opportunities. Construction is expected to be underway within the next three years.

“This master developer contract is important to Historic Southside residents and to Fort Worth because it will revitalize not just the empty tracts of land at Evans and Rosedale but also this entire historically important section of Southeast Fort Worth,” says Robert Sturns, the city’s economic development director.

The area near the intersection of Evans Avenue and Rosedale Street was an economic and social center for Fort Worth’s African-American community in the early to mid-twentieth century, and its architectural landmarks are symbolic reminders of the community’s vitality before disinvestment transformed the Historic Southside and other central city neighborhoods, according to the 2004 Market Study commissioned by the city.

Process for the selection of a Master Developer

Developers’ responses to the RFEI will be scored by a committee of stakeholders, and the top three responses will be displayed at the Shamblee Library, 1062 Evans Ave., for public comment in late February and early March.

Following this public comment period, a final proposal will be recommended to the City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation and the Fort Worth Local Development Corporation. The developer who submitted the recommended proposal will then be contracted as Master Developer for the urban village, and will work with these public entities and nearby residents to create specific developments for the area.

Submit proposals

More information about the RFEI, the area’s historical information, and prior plans can be found on the city’s website.

Contact Carol Griffith at 817-392-6027 for questions about this opportunity.

Responses from developers are due at 5 p.m. CST Feb. 1, 2019.

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