Fort Worth to welcome ex-President Carter for Habitat work

08/19/2014 7:55 PM

08/19/2014 7:56 PM

The City Council will vote next week to waive $8,000 in street closure fees in October for a visit by former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn Carter.

Since 1984, the Carters have dedicated a week each year to help Habitat for Humanity, and this year, the couple will work with Trinity Habitat for Humanity from Oct. 5 to Oct. 11.

Trinity Habitat is ranked 20th in the nation for new home production, according to city documents.

Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, who represents part of the area, said she was a girl when she saw Carter while he was campaigning at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

“The project itself is awesome. It is, of course, affordable housing at the very high end of affordable housing. The community is really excited about it, and the city of Fort Worth is really excited,” she said.

“And we get to meet the president. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

The city will close sections of Greenlee Street, Van Natta Lane and Emily Street in east Fort Worth near East Lancaster Avenue from Oct. 4 to Oct. 12.

Fifteen homes are being built where an apartment complex once stood in the Meadowbrook neighborhood.

The project begins four days after Carter’s 90th birthday.

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