Public art dedication scheduled for Highland Hills Community Center

The Welcome Space, by artist Sedrick Huckaby, is the latest commissioned artwork to be added to the City of Fort Worth’s Public Art Collection and is located at Highland Hills Community Center.

The artwork will be dedicated at 6:30 p.m. July 23 at Highland Hills Community Center, 1600 Glasgow Road. The public is invited.

Two outdoor benches have the appearance of couches covered by quilts, welcoming visitors by seating them among the patchwork of community members who have graced the neighborhood over the years. The sitting area is one that recalls the African American artistic legacy of quilting and handmade crafts. Its jubilant color reflects the celebratory palette in many traditional African cultures.

The cultural quilts acknowledge the quilted past of the community, with some patches featuring portraits as a way of illustrating the variety of people who have made up this close-knit community. The portraits feature people of different ages and genders, while not naming anyone specifically, and also include other institutions commemorating the neighborhood’s history and heritage.

The artist was born in 1975 in Fort Worth. His formal education in art started at Texas Wesleyan University. He then transferred to Boston University, where he received extensive training in studio art. For graduate studies, he went to Yale University. He was named the Texas State Artist for 2018.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Alida Labbe at 817-298-3034.

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West Seventh Street right of way improvements discussion scheduled for June 24

The discussion continues with residents on the right of way improvements planned for West Seventh Street. Make plans to attend the upcoming community meeting to discuss the project.

The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 24 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Building Room 506, located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.

The voter-approved 2018 bond program will provide $8.5 million to improve the right of way from the Trinity River west to University Drive for motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

Proposed improvements include upgraded traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, shared bus/bike lanes, a median, improved sidewalks and illumination improvements.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mitch Aiton at 817-392-6591.

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Street maintenance scheduled for parts of WJ Boaz and Bowman-Roberts

The city is hosting a community meeting to inform residents about street maintenance on segments of WJ Boaz and Bowman-Roberts roads. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, at the Northwest Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive.

WJ Boaz Road from Elkins School Road to Boat Club Road and Bowman-Roberts Road from Texas Shiner Drive to Cromwell-Marine Creek Road will be rehabilitated. Crews will pulverize the existing asphalt pavement, stabilize the roadway and then apply an asphaltic pavement surface.

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear the schedule and impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager George Snowden at 817-392-6696.

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Loving Avenue drainage improvements scheduled

Construction is scheduled for the Loving Avenue drainage channel. Make plans to attend a project meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, at the Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 N.E. 36th St.

The project includes construction of larger drainage culverts and channel improvements.

To learn more, contact project manager Mike Bennett at 817-392-7891.

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OBA: Construction Work Scheduled for N. Pearson Lane – Expect Slow Moving Traffic

On Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, Southlake Water Utilities Operations will begin an emergency repair of a break on a 30-inch water supply pipeline at the intersection of Southlake Boulevard/Keller Parkway at N. Pearson Lane.

This supply pipeline delivers drinking water to both the cities of Southlake and Keller.

Construction work will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday through Saturday over the course of the next few weeks, weather permitting.

N. Pearson Lane will remain open to northbound and southbound traffic, but will be slightly shifted onto temporary pavement. Once traffic patterns change, the southbound right-hand turn from N. Pearson Lane onto westbound Keller Parkway will be closed.

Motorists and school traffic are asked to observe traffic control signs and reduced speeds for worker safety. Please expect delays. We appreciate your cooperation during this time.

Please contact Southlake Public Works Operations at (817) 748-8082 with any questions.

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Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops & Neighborhood Awards scheduled for Feb. 16

Each year neighborhood leaders, elected officials, area agencies and city departments come together to share and discover effective ways to actively engage their community. This year’s Mayor’s Community Engagement Workshops & Neighborhood Awards will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 16 at Doxology Bible Church, 4805 Arborlawn Drive.

The event will connect neighbors with more than 40 exhibitors and 16 educational workshops led by City of Fort Worth leaders, staff and local partners. The highlight of the day will be the Neighborhood Awards Luncheon, which recognizes neighborhood associations’ efforts to revitalize, socialize, engage, collaborate, get healthy and communicate with neighbors with 14 award categories.

Nineteen neighborhood associations have been named 2018 Neighborhood Award finalists in various award categories: Berkeley Place NA, Como NAC, Crawford Farms HOA, Crestwood NA, Eastern Hills NA, Eastgate NA, Fairmount NA, Garden of Eden NA, Harvest Ridge HOA; Heritage HOA; Marine Creek Community Association; Marine Creek Meadows HOA; Mistletoe Heights NA; Quail Ridge Estates Phase II HOA; Ridglea Hills NA; Ridglea North NA; Tanglewood NA; The Trails of Fossil Creek HOA and The Villages of Woodland Springs HOA.

These finalists have also been announced, based on nominations submitted by 25 neighborhood associations for four additional awards:

  • Neighborhood Patrol Officer of the Year (NPO): Bel Haddad, Allen Pennington, Cory Carpenter, Daniel Adoboe, Delerick McNeal, Doug Gilfour, Eric Charles, Jennifer Russell, Jorge Hernandez, Matt McClellen, Nestor Martinez and Tracy Darty.
  • Code Compliance Officer of the Year: Alfonso Hurtado, Jeff Payne and Rey Salinas.
  • Danny Scarth Trailblazer Award: Dorothy Hill, Ronnie Bellomy and Rodney Wade.
  • Fort Worth Neighbor of the Year Award: Cheryl Mix, Darien George, Carol and Ray Feyan, and Tabitha Williams.

Advance registration is required to attend this free event.

To learn more, contact the Community Engagement Office at 817-392-6201 or visit their webpage.

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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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Sundance Square’s Christmas tree lighting scheduled for Nov. 17

The holiday season kicks off in downtown Fort Worth with the arrival of the Sundance Square Christmas tree at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.

Sundance Square president and CEO Johnny Campbell will be joined by Mayor Betsy Price in the annual tradition of hoisting the giant tree, a 56-foot blue spruce from Traverse, Mich., in the center of Sundance Square Plaza. This year, the tree will stand alone in its grandeur, allowing the natural beauty of the tree to command the spotlight.

Santa Claus will be prominently featured on the Plaza Stage, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland with new décor, including a dramatic, silver fabric backdrop, a sleigh backed by beautiful wintry trees and snowflakes hovering above. The snowflake theme will continue throughout Sundance Square.

In addition to changes with the tree and Santa Claus, the entire plaza will feature large, brilliantly lit sculptures perfect as the backdrop for photo ops with family and friends.

The tree lighting ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

Activities the day of the tree lighting will include Santa Claus meeting families from 11 a.m.-9 .p.m., stores open for holiday shopping and restaurants offering extraordinary holiday menus.

Visitors anxious to make the most of their time at the plaza can enter a virtual line while waiting to see Santa Claus. Upon arriving in Sundance Square, guests can send a text to check in at Santa’s Sleigh, allowing them to shop, eat and relax until it’s time to meet Santa Claus.

Proceeds from photos with Santa Claus benefit the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ youth program.

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Lane configuration change scheduled for Sylvania Avenue

A lane configuration change is scheduled on Sylvania Avenue between 28th and Race streets.

Currently, Sylvania is marked as a four-lane, undivided roadway between 28th and Race streets. In response to requests from the community and in an effort to calm traffic in this primarily residential corridor, the city will reconfigure pavement markings along this segment of Sylvania Avenue to a three-lane section — one through lane in each direction and a continuous center left turn lane with 6-foot shoulders. The existing curb line of the street will remain the same.

This proposal was presented to the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association in April and again at a public meeting in August. In both cases, the proposed reconfiguration received overwhelming support.

Transportation & Public Works staff conducted an analysis of the traffic capacity needs for Sylvania Avenue and determined that the reconfiguration will provide acceptable levels of service for existing and future traffic conditions.

Work on new pavement markings will start on or about Oct. 25. Construction costs are estimated at about $37,000 with a 30- to 45-day completion time, depending on weather.

To learn more, contact Brian Jahn at 817-392- 7978.

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Sewer and stormwater line construction scheduled for Westcliff and South Hills neighborhoods

Construction is slated to begin on the replacement of deteriorated sewer lines and installation of stormwater lines in the Westcliff and South Hills areas. The city will meet with residents at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Road.

The affected area includes:

  • West Gambrell Street from Wabash Avenue to Rogers Avenue (sewer).
  • West Beddell Street from Wabash Avenue to Rogers Avenue (sewer).
  • West Boyce Avenue from 325 feet west of the Cherokee Trail/West Boyce Avenue intersection, westerly 840 feet (sewer).
  • West Seminary Drive from Surrey Street to Rutland Avenue (sewer and storm drain).
  • Cherokee Trail at Surrey Street (storm drain).
  • Suffolk Drive from Stadium Drive to Granbury Road (storm drain).
  • West right-of-way of Stadium Drive from West Seminary Drive to Suffolk Drive (sewer).
  • Easement between Stadium Drive and Harwen Terrace from West Seminary Drive to Fuller Street (sewer).
  • Rogers Avenue from West Gambrell Street to Wabash Avenue (sewer).
  • Easement north of West Seminary Drive from 120 feet west of the West Seminary Drive/Cherokee Trail intersection, northerly 250 feet then northwesterly 100 feet (sewer).
  • Easement north of West Boyce Avenue from 200 feet west of the West Boyce Avenue/Wabash Avenue intersection, northerly 160 feet (sewer).
  • Easement between Stadium Drive and Surrey Street from West Seminary Drive to West Gambrell Street (sewer).
  • Easement behind rear lots on West Gambrell Street from Cherokee Trail to Stadium Drive (sewer).

Make plans to attend the meeting to hear the schedule and find out about impacts to residents.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Rakesh Chaubey at 817-392-6051.

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