Plan to redevelop southeast Fort Worth public housing complex near completion

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FORT WORTH -- The city and Fort Worth Housing Authority are getting ready to take the veil off a 10- to 15-year, $100-million-plus plan to redevelop the aging Cavile Place public housing complex in Stop Six.

The two entities joined forces two years ago on a $400,000 study that they expect to present to the City Council and the housing authority commissioners within 4-6 weeks, said Ramon Guajardo, a consultant who's been working on the project.

Cavile Place now has 300 apartments, and 800-900 people live there, Guajardo said.

The plan takes in the neighborhood bounded by Stalcup Road on the east, Ramey Avenue on the south, Edgewood Terrace on the west, and railroad tracks to the north.

It reduces the density of the main complex, distributes some units within the neighborhood and moves some to other locations.

It calls for 150 residential units in the main footprint, including public housing, affordable-rate units and market-rate units. It calls for a total of 225 units within the neighborhood, and 75 elsewhere in the city.

The average income in Cavile Place is $5,200 annually per household, compared with $73,000 for Tarrant County, Guajardo said.

"High concentration of very-low-income families we believe is not a good situation," Guajardo said.

It's not clear yet whether the units away from the main complex would be new construction, redevelopment or something else, Guajardo said.

The plan also calls for the rebuilding of streets, and expansion and improvement of public green space.

"Our hope is within 18-24 months, that something could get started there," Guajardo said.

Scott Nishimura, 817-390-7808

Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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