May 19, 2022

In response to the neighbors wishes, the City’s Stormwater Program plans to issue a Notice of Sale to sell the nine homes to be redeveloped or elevated by a single developer. City staff hosted a virtual meeting on Thursday May 19 at 6:00pm for nearby neighbors to get their feedback to the Notice of Sale and all of its requirements.  Here is the powerpoint that was shown: Powerpoint 5:19:22

The City of Fort Worth has spent over $15 million in the last fifteen years on studies and mitigation projects to improve the storm drainage on Western, Carleton and Ashland Avenues in Central Arlington Heights. Today, neighbors who live in the area say the various projects have definitely made a difference.  Demand to live in this area is still high.  Despite the localized drainage issues, Tarrant Appraisal District valuations have almost doubled since 2017 for the homes in this immediate area.

Over the years, the drainage is this area has become a problem because of increased upstream impervious surface areas and because the 100+ year old storm drainpipes are undersized for today’s flash flood loads. Putting in bigger pipes would fix the problem, but requires many miles of new piping from Arlington Heights all the way down to the Trinity River, past the railroad tracks along Vickery Blvd. It’s a $60 million-plus solution the city says it can’t afford.

About five years ago, the city starting buying homes on Western and Carleton Avenues, between Bryce and El Campo Avenues, whose owners were willing to be bought out because of flash flooding.  Despite widespread neighborhood opposition, the city spent over $4 million to buy nine homes, several of which have no history of water entering the home. Through a grant from FEMA, the city is in the process of acquiring two more homes on Western Ave.

Initially, the city planned to remove all eleven homes to build a below grade public green space and detention pond that would be almost four times larger than the detention pond across from Walgreen’s on Bryce Avenue.  The area will be a 10-12 feet deep basin to hold water during rain events. The city admits that even with all eleven lots becoming one big detention pond, it will not provide a dramatic flood benefit and will not stop flash flood waters from draining down to this area. The majority of nearby neighbors prefer to keep the area privately owned residential with homes on the lots instead of public green space/detention pond.  City staff says they will not consider turning this area into open at-grade green space because it will increase flooding to adjacent homes.

For more information, please contact Linda Sterne at, 817-392-2690.