NORTH­SIDE RE­VI­TAL­IZA­TION

Star-Telegram - - Front Page - BY HANAA’ TAMEEZ [email protected]­gram.com

Two groups will host “Cafe con Pan” Saturday to in­form North­side res­i­dents about a re­vi­tal­iza­tion project.

The $3 mil­lion re­vi­tal­iza­tion project com­ing to the North­side in Fort Worth has some cur­rent res­i­dents con­cerned about the fate of the neigh­bor­hood and how it will af­fect the el­derly and Span­ish­s­peak­ing neigh­bors.

That’s why on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. grass­roots groups El Voto es Latino and Co­mu­nidad 27 will co-host “Cafe con Pan” in Ar­ne­son Park to make sure res­i­dents know what to ex­pect from the up­com­ing changes, which in­clude side­walk, street light re­pairs and more.

Tris­teza Ordex-Ramirez, a found­ing mem­ber of El Voto es Latino, said while can­vass­ing on Thurs­day in the neigh­bor­hood, many res­i­dents said they had no idea that the city was vot­ing on this pack­age or what it even was. The groups in­vited ex­perts to give res­i­dents a break­down of what the project would mean for their in­di­vid­ual homes.

“Not enough ef­fort has been made to in­form the com­mu­nity of how this could af­fect them neg­a­tively,” Ordex-Ramirez said.

Co­mu­nidad 27 is a neigh­bor­hood im­prove­ment and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion group that fo­cuses on projects to make the North­side a bet­ter place to live. El Voto es Latino is an or­ga­ni­za­tion that works with po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates to con­nect them with el­i­gi­ble Latino vot­ers.

The North­side is home to more than 16,700 res­i­dents and the pop­u­la­tion is 93 per­cent Latino. The crime rate is higher than the city av­er­age but lower than neigh­bor­hoods like Stop Six and Ash Cres­cent, which pre­vi­ously ben­e­fited from neigh­bor­hood re­vi­tal­iza­tion projects.

Coun­cil­man Car­los Flores, who lives in the North­side, told the StarTele­gram in De­cem­ber that the goal in his neigh­bor­hood is “to up­lift the whole com­mu­nity.”

The area cur­rently ben­e­fits from a Neigh­bor­hood Em­pow­er­ment Zone, which waives fees and al­lows own­ers to ap­ply for tax breaks for home im­prove­ments.

In the 1400 block of Lee Av­enue, five new homes are un­der con­struc­tion through a city part­ner­ship de­signed to en­cour­age home own­er­ship.

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