Officials want to spur redevelopment in the southeast portion of the city.
Recently, the City Council approved an agreement with Catalyst Commercial, a consulting firm that will spend seven months creating a plan for the area. Southeast Hurst is bounded by Bedford Euless Road, Precinct Line Road, and Texas 10 and has some of the oldest neighborhoods and businesses in the city.
Steve Bowden, executive director of economic development, said the idea came from council members who want to see a concentrated effort to redevelop southeast Hurst.
“What we hope to see is a more attractive area of town in terms of businesses and residential communities,” Bowden said.
The firm will do a thorough analysis of the area by looking at zoning, infrastructure, ownership patterns and land use.
Meetings will also take place with city officials, businesses and residents, he said. Hurst officials want to learn what businesses and neighborhoods have in mind for improving southeast Hurst.
In south Hurst, redevelopment is already taking shape with the completion of the first phase of the $11 million project to enhance Pipeline Road, which includes landscaping and decorative light poles. The work is a joint project between Hurst and Tarrant County.
Another project is the successful Shops at Hurst at Precinct Line and Pipeline roads where four dilapidated buildings were torn down to make way for a neighborhood Walmart that opened this year. The Shops at Hurst is the gateway to southeast Hurst.
“We really hope the Shops at Hurst will spur development at the northeast corner of Precinct Line and Pipeline Road,” Bowden said.