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Learn about plans for the future of Butler Place

Posted Sept. 17, 2019

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Butler Place opened in 1940 and was expanded in the early 1960s. It is one of 52 Public Works Administration projects for low-income housing under Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal.

Public workshops to discuss the future of Butler Place, a 42-acre public housing property adjacent to downtown Fort Worth, are planned:

  • Sept. 23, 3:30-5 p.m. The focus will be on historic preservation.
  • Sept. 24, 9-10:30 a.m. The focus will be on development.

Both meetings will be in the Auditorium at Fort Worth Housing Solutions, 1201 E. 13th St. Use the side entrance from the main courtyard.

The City of Fort Worth will lead the workshops on behalf of Fort Worth Housing Solutions. Briefings will be given about Butler Place’s history, the relocation plan for its residents and proposed transportation improvements to the site. City staff will facilitate small-group discussions.

A cross-section of groups will be represented, including the NAACP, I.M. Terrell High School Alumni Association, Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Fort Worth Inc., Southeast Fort Worth Inc., Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, Historic Fort Worth, Tarrant Transit Alliance and Fort Worth ISD.

The community’s input is important to Fort Worth Housing Solutions as it moves forward with decisions about Butler Place, the city’s oldest public housing property. For nearly two years Butler’s residents have been relocating to apartment communities of their choice in neighborhoods across the city with better access to jobs, grocery stores, schools, parks and other amenities. Once all residents are relocated, Fort Worth Housing Solutions will no longer receive HUD funds to manage the property. The disposition of all or part of the property would be used to support the agency’s efforts to develop new housing options for individuals and families in need.

To learn more, contact Margaret Ritsch at 817-333-3405.

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