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Town Hall with Cary Moon and Danny Scarth: Concrete Plant
Over 100 concerned citizens, representing every neighborhood associaton on the eastside, attended the meeting hosted by Cary Moon and former District 4 councilman Danny Scarth, who is a paid representative for Wallace Hall.
Simple summary of this meeting: there is no final answer now, because everything is still a moving part.
Moon stated several times he "would vote with his constituency" on the matter when it comes before City Hall.
Moon talked about his business and development experience and the good projects that have come to the eastside. He reminded us as thousands move to Fort Worth, Randol Mill/First Street is a highly developable stretch of land that we need to capture development dollars.
Moon explained that the city is creating a new Conditional Use Zoning product, a limited-time use contract that allows a non-conforming business use of a property, based on what the business is, and the contract/zoning is not tied to the land itself, or is it a permanent zoning change.
Most Conditional Use permits would be 2 year contracts, which 'could' be extended year by year.
Several neighborhood associations, as well as Nolan Catholic High School and congressman Marc Veasey, adamantly OPPOSE the concrete plant being allowed to operate on the property owned by Wallace Hall.
People were asked to stand if they opposed the plant, and the anwer was clear: NO.
The main reason people object to the plant is the big truck traffic. They feel unsafe walking or biking anywhere these trucks travel the roads.
The second reason was the air pollution and noise pollution. Many are concerned of how it will pollute the Trinity River downstream from the plant.
Moon stated that both these issues could be detailed in the final Conditional Use zoning contract.
In the meantime, Moon spelled out our options, and most in attendance grumbled about the choices, and the potential outcomes of this decision.
First Option: do nothing. Keep rejecting the Wallace Hall zoning request changes, and expect him to reapply every year, as is his right. The mess stays as it is, and the property is not developed into something nice.
Second Option: let the plant come into operation for a limited time to allow clean up of the property and prepare it for development.
Questions to both Moon and Scarth were asked by the residents:
Why isn't Wallace Hall here himself?
Scarth answered with a laugh: "Hall does not have the personality to deal with meetings like this, and that's why he is paying me to be here."
Why is it imperative to crush it on site? If he trucked it in, why cant he truck it back out?
Scarth answered: Hall will not truck it out. It would be cost prohibitive, and would mean more truck traffic for the area.
Was anything he did in collecting the concrete illegal?
Moon and Scarth both asked Code Enforcement if there were any outstanding complaints/violations on that property and the city said no, there is not. Nothing he did was 'illegal.' The City cannot FORCE him to remove the debris by truck.
Will Hall get MORE money from the city, in the form of incentives, tax reductions or other considerations for this project?
Cary said no, he will not.
How much additional product will be trucked in to this site to mix with the concrete to make it a sellable product?
Scarth said that depends on what the final zoning contract states and what Hall is allowed to do on his property.
How was the city going to ENFORCE this zoning contract? Who is going to ensure that Hall abides by the zoning permit.
Moon stated he could write a contract 'with teeth' and in the contract, detail all the specifics, like hours of operation, truck traffic pattern, number of trucks allowed, additional air and water monitoring stations and whatever else the neighbors feel will mitigate the disruption to the area for the next few years.
Scarth reminded th eaudience that the 820 expansion project will start construction 'soon'. The plans are to make the stretch of road from I-30 up to North East Mall 3 "free" lanes in each direction. From I-30, going south to I-20, the road will be widened to 5 lanes in each direction. (With the possibility that one or more lane will be a toll lane).
This information left people asking if Hall was waiting for that 820 project to begin so he would have a steady supply of demolition concrete to crush on his property, being so conviently close to where the construction will be happening. Will he be allowed to crush all that concrete, too?
Neither Moon or Scarth could answer that question, as it was an "I dont know right now" answer.
Both stated that nothing will be determined until after the City votes to approve the Conditional Use Permit and until Wallace Hall submits his next zoning change request.
Moon reiterated that he wanted the best and highest use for the land.
The meeting ended with a round of applause and a special thanks to Alicia Ortiz for all the work she has done for the residents of District 4. We will miss her and wish her well on her adventures in Japan.
After the meeting, many of the residents drove down the hill to attend the Garden Bistro Open House.
The Garden Market Bistro & Potter's House host Open House
The owner of a new café and farmer's market in the Woodhaven neighborhood is aiming to make a big impact—as he works to make healthy options available in a neighborhood that qualifies as a food desert.
Robert Sonnen, founder of The Garden Market Bistro, 1280 Woodhaven Blvd., opened the small, concept restaurant in a the Potter's House church center earlier this year, with the premise that everyone deserves access to healthy options.
The Blue Zone approved restaurant serves scratch-made, organic lunches and dinners and offers a farmer's market with fresh locally grown produce.
Sonnen is also working with area schools to develop gardening efforts. He hopes to develop land around Woodhaven Plaza (where The Garden Market & Bistro is located) into a workable farm, and envisions additional wellness-related businesses moving to the shopping center.
Sonnen has partnered with the Montisorri School up the street to purchase all the vegetables they grow in their school garden. He plans to have the children sell their excess produce at the garden market, teaching the children business and entrepeneurial skills in the process.
Blue Zones Project, a community-led well-being improvement movement, partnered with Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration to support the venture, as part of a Healthy Corner Stores initiative that is working to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the city.
The Garden Market & Bistro, a Blue Zones Project Approved restaurant, is located alongside The Potter’s House of Fort Worth ministry, a Blue Zones Project Participating faith-based organization. Potter's House had games and activities for the youth, various organizations had tables with handouts, contests and small prizes with community related information. The Bistro held cooking demonstrations, and served dinner in the restaurant.
(This was a lot more fun than the town hall meeting!)
Student artwork fills downtown bus shelters
Brian, a student at Young Men's Leadership Academy, was a grand prize winner in the Middle School-High School category.
Downtown bus shelters have a new bright look.
As you visit, shop or work in downtown, stop by a Trinity Metro bus shelter on Ninth, Houston and Throckmorton streets to view the winners of the Expressions That Move You Art Contest. The contest is a long-running partnership between Trinity Metro and the Fort Worth Independent School District’s after-school program designed to educate children about public transportation and encourage them to turn what they have learned into art.
Artwork was received from 34 schools, and eight winners were chosen from 66 submissions.
With the support of Downtown Fort Worth Inc., all the winning art is now displayed in downtown bus shelters through Labor Day. Winning students also have their artwork displayed onboard Trinity Metro buses.
What does it take to construct a world-class arena?
The final roof truss was hoisted into position at the $540 million Dickies Arena. (Photo courtesy of Austin Industries)
Dickies Arena is more than halfway completed, and the 14,000-seat multipurpose facility is well on its way to opening in late 2019.
Here are some facts about the work completed so far:
The building materials
Dickies Arena is the result of a public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the state of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The partnership was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2014.
Public funding is capped at $225 million with no increase in property, sales or hotel occupancy tax rates, and no impact to the city’s operating funds and debt capacity. The arena will be financially self-sufficient, with no public money going toward operations or maintenance.
Dickies Arena was named as a host for the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball first and second rounds. Additionally, Fort Worth will be the host city for four years for NCAA women’s gymnastics championships, beginning in 2019. The event will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center for the first year and will move to Dickies Arena in 2020 for the remaining years.
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City proposes entry fees to make the Botanic Garden a more satisfying place to visit in the future
Updated June 28, 2018
Construction on the garden started in 1933.
City staff has proposed entry fees for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden that would help improve the visitor experience, develop excellent public programs and implement key components of the master plan for the 85-year-old garden.
The proposed fee schedule still must receive recommendations from the Botanic Garden Task Force and the Park & Recreation Advisory Board. Then residents will have several opportunities to speak out on the fees during public meetings. Finally, the City Council must vote to approve the fees.
A strategic plan completed in 2016 recommended a single point of entry for the garden, which would improve visitor services, orientation and information. The plan also called for replacing the current admission structure — which requires visitors to pay for some features but not others — with a single general admission fee.
City staff recommended charging $10 for adult admission, $5 for children 6-12 and $8 for senior citizens. Annual memberships would also be offered for families and individuals.
If approved, the fees would go into effect in the summer of 2019.
A single general admission would distribute fees more fairly across all users and provide a base for an annual membership program and a fundraising program. Similar admission fees at the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge and other major botanic gardens across the country have been shown to dramatically improve the physical spaces and the programs at these cultural assets.
The admission fee is intended to help defray more than $15 million in deferred maintenance at the garden and also position the city to work with fundraisers in the philanthropic community to improve programming and features at the garden. Officials expect the fee to help ensure the garden’s financial sustainability into the future without placing a great burden on Fort Worth taxpayers.
The task force is looking at numerous options to make the gardens accessible to low-income residents.
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