Union Gospel mission to offer multi-family affordable housing
Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County has broken ground on a new 102,679 square-foot mixed-used development that will offer 104 multi-family apartments designated as affordable housing.
The Vineyard on Lancaster will cost $19 million to complete, $12 million of which is funded by housing tax credits, the National Housing Trust Fund and the Affordable Housing Program, the organization said in a news release.
Additional support has been provided by private foundations including Amon G. Carter Foundation, The Mabee Foundation, The Ryan Foundation, The Burnett Foundation and The Sid Richardson Foundation.
The two-building campus of The Vineyard is at 1401 E. Lancaster Ave. It is on the last parcel of vacant property currently owned by UGM-TC and is expected to house its first resident no later than Dec. 31, 2019.
“Our community’s recent population boom has overtaxed an already stressed housing challenge. For the past five years, our leadership has been prayerfully and strategically planning for the opportunity to provide more affordable housing options in this community,” Don Shisler, president and chief executive officer of Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, said in the news release.
“Anyone will be eligible to apply to live at The Vineyard on Lancaster, where seven different types of housing vouchers will also be accepted for payment,” he said.
UGM said the project was made possible through collaborative partnerships with the City of Fort Worth, JPS Health Network, MHMR of Tarrant County and Tarrant County College.
Highlights of the development will include:
– 88 one-bedroom apartments and 16 two-bedroom apartments of >920 square feet.
– Secured entry with 24/7 security camera monitoring.
– On-site case management provided for all residents – including many supportive services provided by UGM-CT and unique to affordable housing.
– On-site medical care through Healing Shepherd Clinic, connected with JPS Health Network and moving from across the street.
The architect for The Vineyard on Lancaster is Schwarz Hanson Architects and the general contractor is Scott Price at Fort Construction. Grapevine-based Alpha Barnes will provide leasing services.
4-H Club Pancake Breakfast
The 4-H Club of East Fort Worth held its annual Pancake Breakfast to celebrate the start of a new school year. The children all had on their 4-H aprons and were eager to serve. (Restaurant Owners: hire these kids! They know how to wait tables and keep a clean dining hall.) As always, hot fresh pancakes with syrup, sausage, orange juice or coffee filled the plates and glasses of the guests.
These children work hard in the community. They are the youth you see at the Optimist Club Spagetti Supper and the Lion's Chili Supper. The older children help guide the younger children, and their enthusiasm is contagious. Being around them makes me happy.
Sponsor Lois Bogoush keeps the club running, and earning national recognition within the 4-H organization.
These children from our neighborhoods are the future of Fort Worth. Help support their activities as they develop into the young adults we need to make our city grow and thrive.
For more information on the 4-H Club that meets at Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, 3900 Meadowbrook Drive, call Lois Bogoush at 817-846-7885.
New animal ordinances approved
Posted June 27, 2018
After more than a year of discussions and public input, the Fort Worth City Council approved a series of updated animal ordinances on June 26.
City staff periodically reviews the animal care and control ordinances to ensure compliance with associated rules and laws as well as relevant content for changing policies, development standards and cultural practices.
A partial list of revised ordinances includes microchipping, the “leash law” and intact-pet permits.
Microchipping will be the primary/recommended method for pet identification. Animals adopted or otherwise microchipped by the city are registered in a national database at no cost to the owner.
Pet owners who object to a microchip can get a collar-attached city license and pay a three-year ($100), five-year ($150) or life-of-pet fee ($200). The fee schedule is set to keep city expenses to a minimum (fewer renewals) while maximizing savings to the resident through a life-of-pet option.
Multifamily pet requirements
Landlords will now need to verify microchip, rabies vaccination and intact-pet status or permit. Before the updated ordinance, landlords only had to verify a current pet license.
The new ordinance defines dangerous dogs as those that attack humans. This is consistent with state law. Dogs attacking animals are addressed as aggressive dogs.
Dogs that attack other domestic animals are now recognized as aggressive dogs and are subject to a new criminal violation for known aggressive dog attacks. This is also consistent with state law.
Quarantine of animals
In the past, a veterinary practice is where a majority of quarantines occurred. The new ordinance allows for home quarantines as is consistent with state law.
“Pooper scooper law” — pet waste pickup
Previously, pet owners were only required to “scoop poop” on the owner’s property and parks. Now, pet owners have a responsibility to clean up pet waste in all public areas in addition to private property.
This is a two-tiered ordinance.
• The intact-pet permit fee remains at $50.
• If an intact dog is impounded at the shelter, and the owner does not want to spay/neuter their pet, they can pay $500 and apply for an intact-pet permit.
The permit application must be approved.
“Leash law” aka under immediate control
Currently, dogs must be kept restrained, but no leash or specific control is required. The updated ordinance requires owners to have immediate control of a dog by a leash or through voice, gesture or other means. Exceptions include residential zones where a leash would be required and at special events and parks where agreements, administrative rules and other ordinances set requirements.
The revision requires dogs to be maintained under control so they are not a nuisance to others while allowing obedient dogs to safely accompany responsible owners at outdoor activities.
Retail sale of dogs and cats
The ordinance prohibits the retail sale of dogs and cats anywhere other than where the cat or dog was born (for example, at the home of the breeder). An exemption applies for nonprofit organizations, rescue groups or dog shows.
The ordinance encourages adopting dogs and cats rather than purchasing through pet stores and puppy mills.
To learn more, call 817-392-1234 or visit the animal page.
This is the same info, as a printable PDF.
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New Apartment Complex?
One issue I want to share with you, and would like feedback on, is regarding: Is there anyone reading this who would agree to an apartment complex being built on East Lancaster close to the 4D Stratton? I’m just asking because the Hilscher property was sold and that has been discussed. The Stratton is in receivership and nothing is being done to upgrade or repair that dump.
That is the apartment complex which West Meadowbrook has been trying to have demolished for more than a decade. The neighborhood feels that it is too far gone for rehabilitation.
It would cost more than demolishing it and starting from scratch. The owners were the group who stole from the Police Officers Association. They also own the 4D Lancaster across the street. It’s in somewhat better shape than the Stratton, but we have no idea when the court case will be settled.
City Pension Plan
One other issue the whole city is grappling with is how to make the pension plan for city employees solvent.
We must keep the promises made to the staff which keeps things working, including police officers and firemen. What is the answer to this puzzle? The City Manager and City Council have sounded off on the problem, but we haven’t heard much from voting citizens. Maybe it’s time for us to voice our opinions.
We have several new, small restaurants which seem to be doing well. We tried the Riverbend Café. The food matches any of the expensive restaurants. The Garden Market Bistro next to the Potter’s House on Woodhaven Boulevard is gathering steam as more and more of our East Fort Worth citizens are finding it. Good reviews on Lady and the Pit on Handley Drive and then we have our wonderful La Rueda still going strong. La Rueda recently expanded and has more room now, and a patio to enjoy in nice weather. Try them and let us know what you think.
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