Urban Villages

Urban Villages are small geographic areas (usually one square mile) zoned for dense, multiple-use development that is mass-transit and pedestrian-friendly.

Parks, business, entertainment, homes and stores – all within walking distance of each other in an area with a consistent look and feel that emphasizes the culture and heritage of those who call it home. A city within a city.

The City of Fort Worth is working with developers, business groups and neighborhood associations to revitalize older commercial districts using capital improvements, mixed-use zoning and economic incentives to help urban village throughout the Central City.

For more information, call 817-392-7621.

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Overview

Urban Villages are small geographic areas (usually one square mile) zoned for dense, multiple-use development that is mass-transit and pedestrian-friendly.

Parks, business, entertainment, homes and stores – all within walking distance of each other in an area with a consistent look and feel that emphasizes the culture and heritage of those who call it home. A city within a city.

The City of Fort Worth is working with developers, business groups and neighborhood associations to revitalize older commercial districts using capital improvements, mixed-use zoning and economic incentives to help urban village throughout the Central City.

For more information, call 817-392-8000.

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Berry/University Urban Village

Berry University

The Berry/University village is located in southwest Fort Worth at the intersection of West Berry Street and University Drive adjacent to Texas Christian University. The village is located in Council District 9.

The Berry Street Initiative and Texas Christian University have focused their efforts for development along the Berry Street Corridor. The village currently contains various neighborhood commercial uses, along with restaurants and other businesses.

Major Accomplishments

Documents/Links

Contact

Email: Korrie Becht,

Phone: 817-392-7944


Bluebonnet Circle

 Blue Bonnet Circle Urban VillageThe Bluebonnet Circle village is located southwest Fort Worth, just south of Texas Christian University where University Drive meets Bluebonnet Circle. This village is located in Council District 9.

Bluebonnet Circle, constructed around 1929, was the only enduring result of the emphasis on traffic circles in the Bartholomew & Associates street plan, presented to the City Plan Commission in 1927. The area around the Circle was not developed until after 1950, which accounts for its post-war, strip-retail character. The park at the center of the Circle, designed by the Kansas City landscape architecture firm of Hare & Hare, was completed in 1951 and still retains much of its integrity.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote development and investment in this village include Bluebonnet Circle, Inc. and the Berry Street Initiative, as well as the surrounding neighborhood associations, Bluebonnet Place and Bluebonnet Hills.

Final Bluebonnet Circle Master Plan

Major Accomplishments

 

Documents

Contact

Email:  Jeremy Williams

Phone: 817-392-7944


Evans & Rosedale Urban Village

evans-rosedale-urban-villages.jpg The Evans & Rosedale village is located in the Near Southeast neighborhood at the intersection of East Rosedale Street and Evans Avenue in Council District 8. Its proximity to downtown Fort Worth and Interstates I-35W and I-30 make it attractive for investment.

This village has received local and federal funding for infrastructure improvements, environmental cleanup, site preparation, and a low-interest business loan program. A recent grant award ($85,000) from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Sustainable Development program, will be used to fund a housing market study and urban design standards.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote business development and investment in this village include the Near Southeast CDC, Southeast Fort Worth, Inc., and Fort Worth South.

Major Accomplishments

  • MU-1 zoning
  • NEZ designation
  • Victory Arts Center (Complete)
  • Renovations and New Construction at the Travis Avenue Baptist Church

Hemphill/Berry Community Master Plan

Documents/Links

 

Contact

Email: Patrina Newton

Phone: 817-392-8068


Hemphill/Berry Urban Village

The Hemphill/Berry village is located south of downtown Fort Worth at the intersection of Hemphill and Berry streets.

Both the Hemphill and Berry commercial corridors have been target for revitalization by both the City of Fort Worth and the surrounding neighborhood and business communities. This village is located in Council District 9.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote development and investment in this village include the Hemphill Corridor Task Force and the Berry Street Initiative.

Major Accomplishments

  • MU-1 zoning
  • NEZ designation
  • Victory Arts Center (Complete)
  • Renovations and New Construction at the Travis Avenue Baptist Church

Hemphill/Berry Community Master Plan

Documents/Links

 

Contact

Email:  Eric Fladager

Phone: 817-392-8011

 


 

Historic Handley Urban Village 

Historic Handley Urban Village The Historic Handley village is located east of Loop 820 in the historic Handley neighborhood. This village is located in Council District 5.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote business development and investment in this village include the Handley Neighborhood Association, Historic Handley Development Corporation, and East Fort Worth Business Association.

The village area includes small antique and furniture stores, dining establishments, professional offices, neighborhood retail and small-scale civic facilities. 

Major Accomplishments

  • MU-1 zoning
  • NEZ designation
  • National Register and local historic districts

Documents

 

Contact

Email: Patrina Newton

Phone: 817-392-8011


Historic Marine Urban Village 

Histor Marine Urban Village This area was included in the 2002 Commercial Corridors Revitalization Study and has enjoyed a recent surge of new activity including the new Mercado building, a law office, and alley and street improvements. In addition, this village has received $50,000 towards the creation of a Plan that will prioritize the goals and vision of the village. The historic Rose Marine Theater was recently renovated by the City and now houses the Latin Arts Association. 

Major Accomplishments

  • 4 small MU-1 and PD/MU-1 zoning districts; village rezoning under consideration
  • Main Street reconstruction project
  • One-story law office
  • Mercado building 

Final Historic Marine Master Plan

 Documents/Links

 

Contact

Email: Korrie Becht

Phone: 817-392-7944

 


 

Lake Arlington/Berry/Stalcup Urban Village

The Lake Arlington/Berry/Stalcup village is located at the intersection of Berry Street and Stalcup Road near the historic Stop Six neighborhoods in southeast Fort Worth in Council District 5.

Stakeholders of the Lake Arlington/Berry/Stalcup village envision a vibrant, compact, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use environment that provides neighborhood retail services and open space amenities within walking distance to residential areas.

In 2006, the Lake Arlington/Berry/Stalcup village was awarded a $50,000 grant to undertake community driven planning planning process that will focused on an array of issues including determining appropriate urban village or mixed-use zoning boundaries, analysis of existing and proposed land uses, transportation needs and priorities, and identifying development opportunities. The planning process resulted in a City Council adopted master plan that will help guide future redevelopment of the area.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote business development and investment in this village include the Historic Carver Heights, Ramey Place and Stop Six Sunrise Edition Neighborhood Associations, and Southeast Fort Worth Inc., a nonprofit redevelopment corporation.

Master Plan

 Major Accomplishments

  • Buxton Study of retail potential
  • NEZ designation
  • Three nearby neighborhoods awarded a $1.2 million grant from the City’s Model Blocks program
    • Historic Carver Heights, 2006
    • Stop Six Sunrise Edition, 2005
    • East Carver Heights, 2004
  • Urban village rezoned to Low Intensity Mixed-Use, 2008
  • Historic district - Historic Carver Heights.
  • Council-initiated rezoning from B Two Family districts (duplex uses) to a neighborhood compatible A-5 and A 7.5 Single Family districts, 2005.

Documents/Links

Contact

Email: Patrina Newton

Phone: 817-392-8068

 


 

Magnolia

 The village offers destination retail, office space, and housing supported by structured parking within a historic main street environment. This successful live-work village is connected to surrounding neighborhoods, Downtown, and the Medical District.

Magnolia/Hemphill Streetscape Project

This streetscape improvement project will add landscaping and pedestrian improvements along Hemphill Street to improve the aesthetics of the area, increase pedestrian activity, and attract private development. The improvements are being designed along Hemphill Street between Terrell Avenue on the north and Allen Avenue on the south. Magnolia Village is located at the center of this proposed improvement area. The total funding available for the project is $1,542,110.00.

Other Activities

  • Magnolia Green
  • Oleander Walk
  • Near Southside Development regulations
  • Fairmount Historic District

Documents/Links

 

 

Contact

Email: Korrie Becht

Phone: 817-392-7944


Near East Side Urban Village 

Near East Side Urban Village The Near East Side village is located east of downtown Fort Worth and is located in Council District 8.

The Near East Side Neighborhood Association, area social services agencies, and private businesses have partnered over the years to undertake beautification projects for this section of Lancaster Avenue. Future infill development is desired to be compatible with the existing 1920s industrial/warehouse architecture and house uses that include arts, crafts, antiques, etc.

The village was recently awarded $823,571 to undertake community-driven planning activities and public improvements.

 

 

Major Accomplishments

  • MU-2 zoning
  • NEZ designation 

Near East Side Village Final  Master Plan

Documents/Links

 

 

Contact

Email: Eric Fladager

Phone: 817-392-8011


Oakland Corners 

The Oakland Corners village is located at the intersection of East Lancaster Avenue and Oakland Boulevard and includes approximately five blocks along East Lancaster Avenue. This village is located in Council District 8.

Current land uses dominating the village include large-scale strip centers and vacant big box retail buildings. As redevelopment occurs, it is envisioned that mixed-use development and structured parking would replace the existing large surface parking lots. Future commercial and mixed-use development is desired to be compatible to the architectural features of the craftsman-style neighborhoods to the immediate north and south.

This village was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to undertake a community-driven planning process to address various issues including development opportunities, transportation needs and priorities, design guidelines, etc.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote business development and investment in this village include the West Meadowbrook and Sergeant Avenue Neighborhood Associations, and East Fort Worth Business Association.

Oakland Corners Village Final Master Plan

Documents/Links

 

 

Contact

Email: Jeremy Williams

Phone: 817-392-2536

 


 

Polytechnic/Wesleyan Urban Village

Polytechnic/Wesleyan Urban Village The Polytechnic/Wesleyan village is located in southeast Fort Worth along East Rosedale Street between Collard Street and Conner Avenue in Council District 8.

A two block span of mostly vacant storefronts are planned to be redeveloped to their former function as “main street” businesses that provide neighborhood retail outlets and professional service firms. The storefront redevelopment would serve as a catalyst to re-ignite other village improvements. The City of Fort Worth has secured a HUD Economic Development Initiative grant ($961,212) to help fund the storefront redevelopment and other improvements in the village.

This village also received a grant award of $50,000 to undertake a community-driven planning process to address various issues including development opportunities, transportation needs and priorities, residential and commercial design guidelines, etc. In addition, the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Implementation Group program completed a technical assistance report that focused on market conditions and strategies to attract investment. View the TOD report.

Village stakeholders support a more diverse housing stock, with rental and ownership opportunities, and stronger pedestrian connections between residential, commercial, and educational areas.

The advocacy and professional organizations that promote business development and investment in this village include Texas Wesleyan University, Polytechnic Community Development Corporation, and Southeast Fort Worth, Inc.

Final Polytechnic/Wesleyan Village Master Plan  

 Major Accomplishments

  •  MU-1 zoning
  • Texas Wesleyan University 250 apartment-style student housing units
  • Street and sidewalk improvements along Nashville Street 

Documents/Links

Contact

Email: Korrie Becht

Phone: 817-392-7944

 


 

Ridglea

Ridglea Urban Village The Ridglea village is located in Council District 3 on Camp Bowie Boulevard between Bryant Irvin and Ridglea.

Over the past few years, the Ridglea Urban Village has seen a dramatic amount of investment with $55 million dollars in commercial developments and $56 million dollars in new housing developments. Through Camp Bowie District Inc., this village has adopted design guidelines to promote quality development throughout the entire Camp Bowie Corridor.

Camp Bowie District, Inc. has lead revitalization in the area through advocacy to promote business development and investment in this village. 

Ridglea Community Master Plan 

 Major Accomplishments

  • Adopted The Camp Bowie Revitalization Code
  • NEZ designation
  • Village at Camp Bowie Commercial Development
  • Alta at Ridglea multi-family housing
  • River View multi-family housing
  • Ridglea Place Townhomes (phase 2 under construction)
  • Recipient of NCTCOG Joint Venture Grant for streetscape improvements 

Documents/Links

 

Contact

Email: Patrina Newton

Phone: 817-392-8068

 


 

Riverside/Berry

The Riverside/Berry village is nestled below the historic Rolling Hills neighborhood at the intersection of E. Berry Street and Riverside Drive in southeast Fort Worth in Council District.

This village is envisioned as a bustling and vibrant mixed-use urban center that includes a full-service supermarket, national and local restaurants, and family entertainment.

Developer Vertex Asset Partners, L.P. plans to redevelop the former Oak Brook Mall site, located at the northeast corner at the intersection of E. Berry Street and Riverside Drive, into neighborhood serving retail development to complement the new Sierra Vista subdivision and existing neighborhoods.

Trinity Metro plans to construct a bus transit plaza on E. Berry Street near Riverside Drive. The bus transit plaza will be partially funded by a $400,000 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments and will include pedestrian linkages to nearby residential and commercial areas.

In 2006, the Riverside/Berry village received an $823,571 federal grant to undertake a community driven planning process that resulted in a City Council adopted master plan that will help guide future redevelopment, and streetscape improvements along E. Berry Street between Yuma and the bridge at sycamore creek. The streetscape’s design phase is scheduled to be complete in December 2010 with construction estimated to begin in spring 2011.

Several stakeholder and advocacy organizations exists in the neighborhood and include the Glencrest Civic League and Southeast Fort Worth, Inc., a nonprofit redevelopment corporation.

Riverside/Berry Master Plan 

 Major Accomplishments

Documents/Links

 

Contact

Email: Eric Fladager

Phone: 817-392-8011


Six Points Urban Village

Six Points Urban Village This urban village is centered around the Race Street commercial center, located at the intersection of Race, Riverside and Belknap streets.

History

When the historic McAdams building was slated for demolition, the community rallied to find an investor to save it. The effort has served as a catalyst for revitalization. Designated as an urban village in 2005, the area has seen new residential construction and the renovation of existing buildings on Race Street.

 

Final Six Point Master Plan 

 Major Accomplishments

Documents/Links

Contact

Email: Patrina Newton

Phone: 817-392-8068


South Main

south-main-web.jpg Located just south of Downtown, this village is truly connected to the urban atmosphere of the Central Business District.

Close proximity to the Medical District, Trinity Railway Express and commercial and entertainment centers make this village’s location ideal for activity both day and night.

 

 

 

Final South Main Master Plan

 Major Accomplishments

 

Documents/Links

 

 

Contact

Email: Jeremy Williams

Phone: 817-392-2536

 


 

West Seventh Urban Village

West Seventh Urban Village This vibrant, walkable, live/work environment is an important link between Downtown and the Cultural District. Mid- and high-rise housing, retail, and offices overlook the Trinity River corridor, providing scenic and recreational opportunities

 

 

 

 

Final South Main Master Plan

 Major Accomplishments

 

Documents/Links

 

 

Contact

Email: Eric Fladager

Phone: 817-392-8011