Northeast Tarrant

Bedford to present central district plan to residents

Bedford uses the motto “Discover the Center” to emphasize its location between Fort Worth and Dallas.

Now the city wants input from its residents on a vision for central Bedford that could include a town square, town homes and retail.

The area being touted for the central Bedford district is near City Hall and bounded by Texas 183 on the south, Bedford Road on the north, Forest Ridge on the west and Central Drive on the east.

“We wanted to do something that would be forward-thinking,” Mayor Jim Griffin said. “I am excited about our city, but in order to be a vibrant, progressive city, we need to look at what will sustain us. We want to attract young families where they can live and work.”

Residents are invited to a presentation Tuesday at the Bedford Public Library.

Griffin said Bedford owns much of the 30 acres in the area.

“This is to our advantage; we can trade land for development work,” Griffin said.

Bill Syblon, Bedford’s development director, said creating a central Bedford district would eventually boost sales and property tax revenues. He said no projections are available.

Griffin said it is important to showcase the Old Bedford School, the library and the Bedford Boys Ranch when considering development for the area.

He added that there are already single-family homes in a gated community nearby and that the central Bedford district could include “walk-up town homes,” condominiums, lofts, shops and restaurants.

Griffin said the concept for the central Bedford area includes a pedestrian-friendly environment with wide sidewalks so that people can easily walk to restaurants and shops or the library.

“We showed this [plan for central Bedford] to developers, and they said it was an exciting project,” Griffin said.