Plans are now being made to redevelop the historic Butler Place neighborhood. Many of the neighborhood residents have lived there for many years and have long‐standing ties with local business and city leaders. It is believed that revitalization of this area will not only benefit the immediate community, but the city as a whole. Some of the reasons cited for the redevelopment include the high maintenance costs associated with the older housing, the high concentration of poverty, and the site’s isolation.
What is the process?
Application was made to the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (RAD) and was approved on December 3, 2015. A three-year project clock has now begun on the transformation of the area.
Who will be a part of the redevelopment initiative?
Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS), the City of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Independent School District, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. (DFWI) agreed to share in the cost and contracted with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to provide planning assistance services to FWHS.
The Urban Land Institute
The ULI (Urban Land Institute) conducted an interactive workshop with a panel of experts December 7‐11, 2015. Subjects addressed include: market potential, development strategies, planning and design, and implementation. In addition, up to 100 other stakeholders were interviewed and ULI drafted a report with a list of findings and recommendations.
Our course of action.
The findings have been given to the FWHS Board and the next steps in the redevelopment process are being considered.