[This is a five part story that explains the Rosedale Renaissance project in various stages. Please read all the stories to fully understand this process.]
Rosedale is undergoing a massive renovation project, which is fully outlined on the city of Fort Worth’s Infrastructure Project website.
Commentary from the report at the City Council meeting documents statements made by Wesleyan’s President, Frederick Slabach, regarding the colleges collaboration with the City of Fort Worth, North Texas Council of Governments and Tarrant County for the street sustainable development project for Rosedale.
Jim Walker, assistant director of transportation and public works for the city of Fort Worth, said part of the destruction and construction process being taken on in the multi-million dollar renovation project on Rosedale will include ways to remember historic areas of old Poly in its prime.
“The consultant firm, Freese and Nichols, Inc., have put together a plan that will include kiosks with pictures of old buildings and structures with dates and historical info,” Walker said.
Walker also explained that the project to restore Rosedale and the Polytechnic area has been a topic of discussion long before the current construction start date.
“This renovation of the area has dated back much further than the onset of the current plans,” Walker said. “There have been meetings about it several times.”
Horsfall said there have been a few initiatives brought on by or involving Wesleyan to brighten the Polytechnic community.
“City officials, the university and local residents held meetings prior to the current project,” Horsfall said. “In 1986, 1989 and 1996, strides were made, but they did not revive the area as expected,” Horsfall said.
Horsfall said she doesn’t believe there was one significant situation that brought on the newest initiative to change Rosedale other than it just being time for the city to do it.
Horsfall said that one of the students that helped with the book did a study on the city services to improve the streets in the Polytechnic area and found that there was only one street in the neighborhood that did not need repair.
The study also found that only 10 percent of the area residents complain about the street conditions compared to 60 percent in other Fort Worth areas, according to Horsfall’s article.
Horsfall said she believes the Polytechnic area has lots of potential and that any new projects built-in the area should reflect its original landscape.
“The character of the neighborhood should be in anything they build,” Horsfall said. “Polytechnic still has its community and has promise. It’s a wonderful location, close to downtown and can be a really nice area.”