Opening near TCC-South Campus: Affordable housing for the workforce

Fort Worth Housing Solutions will open Campus Apartments, its newest affordable housing community, near Tarrant County College-South Campus in late March.

The 224-unit community features 10 market-rate units and 214 units for households earning less than 60 percent of the area’s median income. Fifteen of the affordable units will be new homes for families relocating from Butler Place Apartments under HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.

The property has already leased all of the one- and three-bedroom units due to the high demand for affordable housing as well as the convenient location at 4366 Campus Drive.

“Campus Apartments will help meet our city’s pressing need for housing that is reasonably priced for the workforce,” said Mary-Margaret Lemons, FWHS president. “We’re especially proud of the property’s modern finishes, amenities and proximity to public transportation, schools and TCC.”

Campus Apartments sits across the street from a Trinity Metro bus stop and within walking distance to the Tarrant County Resource Connection and O.D. Wyatt High School. The community features an elegant clubhouse with business and fitness centers and an activity room; swimming pool, playground and dog park.

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New Speed Limit on North White Chapel near Kirkwood Branch Crossing

At the Feb. 5, 2019, City Council meeting, Council had the first reading of a new speed limit ordinance to reduce the speed limit on N. White Chapel Boulevard, from Drum Lane down to Wingate Lane, from 40 miles per hour to 30 mph.

The design consultant for the N. White Chapel bridge repair project analyzed the terrain and the layout of the roadway and recommended to reduce speeds to 30 mph based on engineering standards for roadway design.

Appropriate signs will be placed following this new adoption and prior to reopening the road once construction is complete. This change will be in place for the life of the current bridge.

To date, both headwalls are complete and large rocks known as riprap have been placed up and downstream of the crossing to prevent erosion as a result of inclement weather.

The road will not be reopened until construction is complete.

City Council is set for a second reading of the Ordinance No. 1206 for the reduction, at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 19, 2019.

For updates, follow Southlake Mobility on Facebook and visit www.ConnectSouthlake.com

 

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Lane closures near TCU scheduled for construction activities

If you have plans in the TCU area, stay alert for lane closures.

Beginning Dec. 1, various lanes are being shut down on both Stadium Drive and Bellaire Drive North, as utility work continues for the new TCU Administration Building, set to break ground in February. This utility work is expected to be complete by the middle of December.

Detours will be indicated by signage.

Dec. 1-2: Eastbound lanes on Stadium Drive will close; westbound lanes temporarily serve as two-way traffic lanes.
Dec. 8-9: Westbound lanes of Stadium Drive will close; eastbound lanes temporarily serve as two-way traffic lanes.
Dec. 10-14: The bicycle lane on the north side of Bellaire Drive North, west of Stadium Drive, will close.

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Road Construction Alert: Byron Nelson near Nettleton & Inwood

Pavement repairs on the northbound lanes of Byron Nelson Parkway between Nettleton and Inwood Drives are scheduled to begin August 6.

As the Southlake Public Works Street Division makes the necessary repairs, Byron Nelson Parkway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction within the southbound lanes for the duration of the project.

Drivers who are in the area are asked to keep an eye out for workers as well as message boards and traffic control measures.

The project is expected to wrap up by August 17. Questions? Call (817) 748-8082.

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FM 1938 Construction Near Myers Meadow Gets Underway

Starting August 6, TxDOT is planning to close the northbound outside (right) lane on FM 1938 from just north of FM 1709 (Southlake Blvd) to near Camden Circle.

The closure is to allow crews to start construction of the screen wall adjacent to the Myers Meadow subdivision located on the east side of FM 1938. Drivers should be aware that the lane will remain closed and will result in a single northbound thru lane around the work zone until the screen wall work is completed at the end of October.

As a reminder, while construction work is being completed, the entire FM 1938 corridor is considered a construction zone and the current speed limit of 30 mph will remain in place until the project is complete.

Stay up-to-date with construction updates by following the Southlake Mobility page on Facebook.

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Overnight closures set for I-35W near downtown Fort Worth

All southbound lanes of I-35W will be closed at Pharr Street from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. May 30. Traffic will be redirected to the southbound I-35 TEXpress lanes at no cost to drivers.

On May 31 and June 1, all southbound lanes of I-35W will be closed just south of the Trinity River from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. Traffic will be redirected to the southbound I-35 TEXpress lanes at no cost.

Visit the North Tarrant Express website for current and upcoming lane closures on I-35W.

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Bike lanes being added to streets near TCU

Upcoming projects will restripe streets around the TCU campus during Spring Break and make circulation improvements to Park Hill Drive/Forest Park Boulevard after Spring Break, weather permitting.

Bike lanes will be added to these streets:

  • Bellaire Drive North from Alton, east to University Drive.
  • Stadium Drive between Bellaire Drive North and Cantey Street.
  • Cantey Street between Stadium Drive and University Drive.
  • Forest Park Boulevard between Park Hill Drive and the traffic split at McCart Avenue.

The existing number of travel lanes will be maintained on all roadways.

The bike lane improvements will improve pedestrian safety by reducing the amount of roadway space needed to cross and will improve the pedestrian experience by moving vehicles away from the sidewalks.

Wayfinding signage between TCU and the Trinity Trails is included in this plan. Existing crosswalks are also being restriped.

Work adjacent to the TCU campus is scheduled to begin during Spring Break (March 12-16) to reduce conflicts with students, and outside of the spring break time frame for Park Hill Drive and Forest Park Boulevard.

The $200,000 project is funded by the 2014 bond program approved by voters.

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May 5, 2018, Election Draws Near

On January 16, 2018, the Southlake City Council called a General Election for May 5, 2018, to elect the positions of the Mayor and Council Place 2.

Mayor Laura Hill and the Council Place 2 position held by Shawn McCaskill are up for re-election.

The last day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot is February 16, 2018. Early voting begins on April 23, 2018, and ends on May 1, 2018. The last day to register to vote is April 5, 2018.

Election Dates

Last Day to file an Application for Place on the Ballot:  February 16, 2018

Early Voting:  April 23, 2018 – May 1, 2018

Election Day:  May 5, 2018 – Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Last day to register to vote:  April 5, 2018

Candidate packets may be picked up in the City Secretary’s Office on the second floor of Town Hall during normal business hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, the City Secretary’s Office is happy to assist you. The number is 817-748-8183.

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Fort Worth Bike Sharing stations closed near Stock Show

At the request of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Gendy and Lansford streets station for Fort Worth Bike Sharing will be closed Jan. 5-Feb. 4.

Nearby stations that will remain open for Stock Show visitors include the art museums, UNT Health Science Center, Museum Place and Crockett Row.

Across the Fort Worth Bike Sharing system, there are 46 stations and 350 bicycles.

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Targeted spraying for West Nile Virus to begin Aug. 5 near Creekwood Ln.

The City of Fort Worth is constantly trapping and testing mosquitoes for West Nile Virus, and number of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the area near Creekwood Ln.

In conjunction with the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the city has decided to target ground spray to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Spraying dates

Targeted ground spraying will be conducted in the Creekwood Ln. area of Fort Worth, TX 76123, on the following days:

  • Saturday, Aug. 5
  • Monday, Aug. 7
  • Tuesday, Aug. 8

Spraying will take place from approximately 9 p.m. to midnight, and will be conducted within an approximate half-mile range of the trapping area. If a weather delay occurs on the first night, then spraying will be pushed to the following evening.

The chemical used in the spray is similar to that sold over the counter at hardware stores, however, it is 3,500 times less concentrated. The spray is not hazardous to humans, pets, fish or larger insects. It’s deactivated by sunlight at daybreak.

Out of an abundance of caution, residents are asked to keep pets indoors and to keep windows closed during spraying. Except for a visible mist at the nozzle of the unit, residents should not expect to see a “fog”, and the spray concentrate is so low that most people cannot even detect an odor.

All residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant in draining water sources that are breeding pools for mosquitoes, and to wear mosquito repellant when outdoors.

Amping it up

In order to remain proactive when it comes to preventing the spread of mosquito viruses in the Fort Worth area, the city is “amping up” testing and preventative maintenance.

Fort Worth Code Compliance officers will be canvasing the neighborhood within a half-mile radius from the testing site, looking for possible mosquito hazards, and removing them from public property.

Additionally, the city will be mowing high grass and weeds, and trimming trees on public property near the testing site within the coming days.

Code officers will canvas the area prior to and during spraying. Additional information is available by calling the City Call Center at 817-392-1234 or visiting the city’s West Nile Virus page.

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