[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.]
Students at Texas Wesleyan University are headed for a bumpy ride to reach the road to renaissance.
Polytechnic Heights, in the southeast area of Fort Worth, is currently undergoing improvements to Rosedale Street and Texas Wesleyan University. President Frederick Slabach has confirmed that construction for the area in front of Wesleyan is scheduled to begin as soon as this spring.
“Construction for the East Rosedale street improvements is scheduled to begin late this spring or early this summer,” Slabach said.
Slabach introduced Wesleyan’s new master plan as part of his strategies when he became president of the school in January 2011. Freese & Nichols is the engineering and architectural firm overseeing the entire construction process on Rosedale and the changes coming to Wesleyan according to the city of Fort Worth’s Projects website.
In an interview with the Star-Telegram, Slabach said the Rosedale Renaissance project is the kind of catalyst that can really change a neighborhood. Phase 1 of the project on East Rosedale will stretch from US 287 to Miller Avenue.
Jim Walker, Fort Worth’s assistant director of transportation and public works, said the changes will include a number of associated infrastructures in addition to a rebuild of E. Rosedale. This entire process will be done in two phases total.
“There will be changes to the sidewalks, streetlights, storm drains and traffic signals on Beach, Vaughn, 287 and other major street intersections along this stretch,” Walker said.
Walker said other construction efforts on Rosedale will include moving back curbs for additional street parking, decorative lighting and park benches.
“The new look will resemble a college town with turn-of-the-century accents that we are very excited about,” Walker said.
Improvements to the campus will complement the changes happening in the Polytechnic area. They were introduced when Slabach took office at Wesleyan in the spring of 2012.
The Office of the President has a section on Wesleyan’s website that has information outlined in the 2020 Strategic Plan: A Foundation for Excellence that lists one of its goals as “campus enhancement.” It states that campus enhancement means, “to achieve a secure and attractive physical environment that supports high-quality academic endeavors and vibrant student life.”
Readers will find this goal to include information about the campus being “aesthetically attractive to current and prospective students and the community at large.” It also mentions the development of housing on south Rosedale.
The overall goal is the get 90 percent of students at Wesleyan to indicate that they are “satisfied” or “very satisfied” with the improvements to the campus on the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory survey, according to the web page.
As outlined on the Noel-Levitz website, this survey measures student satisfaction and priorities. It can also be used as a way to better understand what issues are important to students, meet accreditation requirements, for marketing purposes and measure progress toward campus goals.
The survey will also be used, with the hopes of students giving a maximum score of seven, to assess perception of security and safety per the campus enhancement plan, according to web page.
Additional campus goals through the enhancement plan include making sure there is “adequate space for academic programs, co-curricular, extra-curricular and student support needs.”
To make this happen, Wesleyan will undergo a $1.3 million dollar project to create a new entryway into the university at East Rosedale Street and Vaughn Boulevard. An article under news and events on Wesleyans website titled, The Four key Pieces of the Rosedale Renaissance, explains it in detail.