[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.]
Wesleyan’s enhancement is expected to be completed no later than the end of 2014.
It will include a clock tower, horseshoe-shaped driveway, expanded parking, stone monument signs, landscaped medians and additional lighting, as outlined in the article.
Wesleyan will also gain a 15,000-square-foot building at the 3200 block of East Rosedale that will house the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. The construction process is estimated to cost $3 million, according to the article.
A $400,000 renovation of a not yet revealed historic building located on the south side of Rosedale will contain the new Business Incubator Center. The center will be run by the School of Business Administration faculty. It will give Wesleyan students the chance to be interns as they provide business services that will assist area entrepreneurs with businesses.
East Rosedale will see new developments as well. The Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) advisory committee met on Sept. 24, 2012 to talk about their artistic contributions to East Rosedale and Polytechnic/Wesleyan Urban Village.
A YouTube video titled, Public Art Projects Take Shape on East Rosedale, Anne Taylor, project manager for FWPA, said there will be additional roundabouts in the area besides the one in Wesleyans entryway.
The other two areas with roundabout plans are at the intersection of Rosedale and Mitchell Boulevard and Rosedale and Ayers St.
Donna Dobberfuhl, sculptor for FWPA, said the artistic additions to the renaissance plan are important.
“It’s very important, I think, to maybe integrate and to accent and enhance and improve people’s lives,” Dobberfuhl said.
Dwight Taylor, landscape architect for FWPA, said he thinks the roundabouts will bring opportunities and solutions.
“The roundabouts present a really new opportunity, one being improving traffic flow,” Taylor said. “It presents an aesthetic and also a functional solution to the traffic situation.”
Shirley Bryant, FWPA council member wants the finished project to create something the people of the area can cherish.
“One thing [about the project] is that it will create a history for the people who are still here,” Bryant said.
Kenneth Dunson, director of facilities operations at Wesleyan, said he looks forward to the changes coming as he remembers how the Polytechnic area looked when he grew up there.
Dunson remembers the exact placement of many businesses that are no longer part of the Polytechnic area. He said the bookstore was a Mott’s Five and Ten Cent store.
The parking lot of the bookstore was once a Varsity theater where Dunson said he watched all of the early James Bond movies. The block west of the bookstore had a Big Top Drive-in, similar to the present day Sonic Drive-in.
Dunson said he hopes current residents of Polytechnic Heights are able to have memories of their own to share as the Rosedale Renaissance project moves forward and as Wesleyan constructs the new main entrance.
“I would love to see new businesses move in and help create memories for present day residents,” Dunson said. “The same great memories of the old Poly that I have.”