Northside Area Neighborhood Improvement Project
The Northside Area has been selected as the third Neighborhood Improvement Program target area. As part of this program, funds set aside by City Council will be used to improve neighborhood vitality and give residents paths to self-sufficiency. The $3.052 million funding comes from a half-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods.
Why was the Northside Area selected?
The city’s investment in the Northside Area is aimed at helping neighbors clean-up their neighborhood, make streets safer and improve their quality of life. 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.
Resources that can be leveraged in this partnership include:
- $5.4 million in 2018 Capital Improvement Program and Community Development Block Grant funds for extensive renovations at Northside Community Center.
- 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.
- The Fort Worth Finance Corp. is funding the construction of five single-family homes.
Street and sidewalk work will begin in September and finish in Spring 2020:
- Street repaving and sidewalk repairs and replacements on:
- Lee Avenue and Prospect Avenue from 20th Street to 25th Street.
- Loving Avenue from 20th Street to 24th Street.
- Street rehabilitation of Denver Avenue and Lagonda Avenue from Grand Avenue to Northside Drive.
- Sidewalk improvements around Rufino Mendoza Elementary School including:
- Central Avenue, 14th Street, Harrington Avenue and Lagonda Avenue.
- Miscellaneous sidewalk repairs throughout the neighborhood to address uneven sidewalks due to trees, settlement, etc.
Improvements to neighborhood parks:
- Installation of new security lighting in Maddox Park will begin in September.
- ADA improvements in the Northside Community Center Park expected to begin in November.
Update on what’s been happening in the Northside Area
- 11 hazardous and substandard structures demolished.
- 1,493 lane miles cleaned.
- 269 city-owned vacant lots cleaned and 3,504 bags of litter removed.
- 89 trees planted.
- 189 animal welfare service calls.
- 70 animal microchips implanted and 70 spay/neuter/rabies vouchers issued.
- 30 yards of limbs/trees trimmed and removed.
- 52 residential, 13 decorative and 12 arterial street lights installed and upgraded to LED
- 8 community meetings and educational workshops completed.
- 77 LED street lights added.
A Special Message from District 2 City Councilmember Carlos Flores
WORKSHOP: Lead-Safe Program (Presented in Spanish): 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18 St.
WORKSHOP:Lead-Safe Program (Presented in English): 9:30 a.m. Sept. 21, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.