Rolandra West

 

rdwest@txwes.edu

 

A number of students have heard about the possibilities of new housing developments including one- to two-bedroom town homes in the Texas Wesleyan University area, but nothing has been made official.

 

The possibilities of townhomes on Rosedale Street have become more concrete with recent submissions of ideas by members of the university and external governmental partners.

 

Some Wesleyan officials involved in this project include Steve Roberts, associate vice president of Wesleyan, and Deborah Roark, director of grants and research at Wesleyan.

 

Also involved is the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which is a voluntary association that was established to help local governments with development projects, according to its website, nctcog.org.

 

Together, these people and organizations are negotiating to raise funding and make the Rosedale ideas a reality.

 

Roark said to get projects like this in the proactive stage, the university has to come up with plans and submit proposals and applications for the funding of the project. She said it is common with a large project such as the Rosedale Street renovation, which is a $32 million street scape improvement.

 

“The project has been in consideration for a few years because we have been working on grant applications to help secure external funding, and that takes a long period of time,” Roarke said. “It’s not something that can be done in a couple of months.”

 

She said the city has received some funding from NCTCOG. However, these grants do not cover 100 percent of the project.

 

Roark said part of the grant was to add the housing component, which the partners call vertical construction. Vertical construction is required to receive the grant; and involves improving Rosedale through housing.

 

“We will have to do some negotiation in determining building timelines, determining what the buildings will look like and how many they will need,” Roark said. “The grant we received was for street-scape improvement to make Rosedale more pedestrian friendly and also more attractive.”

 

Alyssa Delgado, sophomore business major, said town homes would be a good addition to Rosedale Street.

 

“I think having renovations and the town homes would make more students want to live on campus and make them want to be more involved in activities,” Delgado said.

 

Sharon Manson, residence life director, said surveys have been emailed to 1,089 students, and she has received 69 responses. Manson said the low responses may have to do with surveys being conducted the same time the inauguration emails were sent out.

 

She said surveys should be resent soon.

 

“When we asked graduate [and] nontraditional students we kept it open for about a month,” Manson said. “So we will probably keep this one open that long as well.”

 

Christian Soberanes, senior business major, said the idea for new developments could end well or poorly.

 

“If they make them [town homes] attractive and safe, it will be a great addition,” Soberanes said. “But if they are cheap and unattractive, it will be a waste of time and money.”

 

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