MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY JUNE 21

June 18, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY JUNE 21 

Please join us for our monthly meeting:

TUESDAY JUNE 21 at 6:30 pm
Fort Worth Firefighters Hall
3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Rd.

GUEST SPEAKER:  You read him almost every day in the Fort Worth Star Telegram and on social media.  You see him almost every Sunday morning on WFAA’s “Inside Texas Politics.”  It’s BUD KENNEDY, our guest speaker for the evening. As a Star Telegram writer and columnist for more than three decades, Bud has covered sports, politics, and especially food.  It’s safe to say he knows just about everything there is to know about Fort Worth. “Ask Bud Anything About Food or Fort Worth” is the title of his presentation, followed by Q & A from the audience.

Everyone is welcome!

Special thanks to TOKYO CAFE for providing tasty bites for this month’s meeting.  Please support our local restaurants!  tokyocafefw.com

JUNE YARD OF THE MONTH

June 8, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on JUNE YARD OF THE MONTH 

This month’s winning yard at 4536 Calmont Avenue is a paradise for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. 

When Britt and Bob Whitney got married in 2014, they were living in Coppell, but wanted to move somewhere that was “non-suburbia.” They fell in love with Fort Worth and bought their first home at the corner of Calmont Ave. and Hulen St. in July 2016.  What they like most about Arlington Heights is that every home is unique.

The previous owner of their home at 4536 Calmont was in the landscaping business, so the Whitneys inherited a well-established landscape that included a large magnolia tree, two juniper trees, red yuccas, a large lorapetalum shrub, salvia, Texas sage, and grasses.  It fit perfectly with Britt’s vision of planting to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.  Britt added a large pot of coleus on the front porch, lantanas and multi-colored pentas in the beds, and a few small rose shrubs.  She was crushed to lose a large blue agave during a severe winter freeze, but replaced it with a large variegated agave that she now covers when the weather gets super cold. Lee’s Lawn and Garden takes care of Britt’s mulching and trimming.

The Whitneys proudly fly the flags of their respective colleges:  Oklahoma State for Britt and University of Kansas for Bob.

After moving in, Britt experienced a bit of serendipity when her grandmother who lives in Carrollton recognized Britt’s Arlington Heights home in a vintage photograph posted on a friend’s Facebook page. When Britt tracked down the people who posted the photo, she discovered they were the second owners of her home.  At Britt’s invitation, they came to tour their old homestead which had changed dramatically.  They showed Britt and Bob where all the original rooms, including a telephone room, had been.

The Whitneys received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland, courtesy of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, and a free year’s membership in AHNA.

If you’d like to nominate a yard, even your own, please send the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

FLOODING MITIGATION UPDATE

June 3, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News, Flooding Mitigation · Comments Off on FLOODING MITIGATION UPDATE 

On June 15, 2022, the City’s Stormwater Department released an amended draft of the Notice of Sale and Design Guidelines for the 9 city-owned homes on Carleton and Western Avenues. The amendments were based on responses received at the May 19, 2022 virtual meeting between impacted neighbors and city staff.

Some neighbors expressed concern that the option for elevated houses or new builds could change the character of the bungalow neighborhood. It was noted there are already a number of two-story homes on Carleton and Western Avenues that are built next to single-story bungalows. The amended Design Guidelines ensure that the potential elevated homes or new builds will not be allowed to be any taller than what is currently allowed under the current A5/Single Family zoning on Carleton and Western today. The A5-Single Family zoning will remain in place, limiting the heights of every home, whether elevated or new builds, to be no more than 35 feet measured from the ground to the roof plate.

Here is the timeline for next steps:

  • Nine homes on Western and Carleton that the City owns are currently in the process of being appraised.
  • End of summer 2022, the City will issue a Notice of Sale for a single developer to buy 9 of the 11 homes the City owns. The developer has the option to either demolish all 9 homes to build new homes that are 2 feet above flood level, or elevate the existing homes 2 feet above flood level, or a combination thereof.
  • Two of the 11 homes purchased by the City were purchased with FEMA funds and must be removed, probably by the end of the summer. These two empty lots on Western Ave. can never be developed to have structures on them.
  • Interested buyers have 60 days to respond to the Notice of Sale after it’s been published.
  • Offers will be evaluated by city staff and a small committee of impacted homeowners.
  • If an offer is accepted, the sale of the properties is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2022.
  • The buyer has 30 months from purchase date to complete the elevations and/or build out.

This plan is not a done deal. If a developer with an acceptable offer is not found, the City says it will excavate a below street-grade municipal stormwater detention basin that’s about 4 times larger than the one by Walgreen’s. The basin will be excavated to a minimum depth of 10-12 feet, according to Jennifer Dyke, Program Manager for the City’s Stormwater Department. She says the City will not consider leaving this area as an at-grade open green space. Construction of the stormwater detention basin is estimated to take 30 months to be completed, according to the City’s power point presented on 10-24-2018.

The municipal stormwater detention basin has been repeatedly rejected by a wide margin of the neighbors, going back to the City’s 2011 survey. Most neighbors prefer leaving this area privately owned and residential with homes and neighbors living next to them, instead of a large unsupervised municipal stormwater detention basin that’s open to the public.

Objections to the municipal stormwater detention basin that have been voiced by impacted neighbors include:

  • The stormwater detention basin doesn’t solve the flooding problem–that will require removing 60 homes in the area to make a difference. Why sacrifice 11 historic homes that are integral to our neighborhood for a bandaid fix that doesn’t stop the water from coming down to our neighborhood?
  • Why doesn’t the City put in a municipal stormwater detention basin where it will make a difference, like upstream from our neighborhood?
  • Why did the City even buy these homes? Some of them have never flooded.
  • As a taxpayer, I want to see homes there that will generate property taxes, rather than a public municipal project that’s a liability to the City and requires tax dollars to maintain it.
  • I want these homes to remain in private hands; I do not want to live next to a municipal stormwater detention basin.
  • I feel safer having neighbors living next door to me rather than a large unsupervised space that’s open to the public
  • This stormwater detention basin will not be a private park just for the residents. It will be open to anyone and everyone, including Arlington Heights High School kids, the homeless and vagrants.
  • Where will visitors park their cars when they come to use the area for meetups or parties?
  • Who will clean up their trash?
  • Who is going to pick up the dog poop?
  • What happens when a wino adopts the detention pond for his regular hangout?
  • Who will enforce the hours of occupancy when there are vagrants in the detention area in the middle of the night?
  • Who will remove late night visitors?
  • How will rodents and feral cats be dealt with?
  • This will not be a park. It’s a municipal stormwater detention basin that’s maintained by the Stormwater Department, not the Parks Department.
  • I want to be able to call my neighbor or knock on their door if there’s a problem, rather than call the Stormwater Department.
  • A municipal stormwater detention basin this large will dramatically change the character of the neighborhood much more than elevated/newly built homes.
  • The municipal stormwater detention basin must be excavated to at least 10-12 feet deep, according to the City. Construction of it will require boring down and removing many, many tons of dirt that has to be hauled away by heavy trucks traveling on our narrow neighborhood streets. Construction of this detention basin is far more disruptive than elevating existing homes or building new ones.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY MAY 17

May 16, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on MEMBERSHIP MEETING TUESDAY MAY 17 

Please join us for our monthly meeting
Everyone is welcome!

TUESDAY MAY 17 at 6:30 pm
Fort Worth Firefighters Hall
3755 Tulsa Way at Crestline Rd.

At the last membership meeting, we learned about Fort Worth pioneer William Bryce. At this upcoming meeting we’ll discover what went into the restoration of Bryce’s home Fairview, one of the most important Arlington Heights landmark homes.

Who hasn’t driven by the 1893 red brick beauty
at the corner of Bryce Avenue and Eldridge Street
and wondered what it took to bring it back to life?

It didn’t happen overnight, but thanks to the efforts of local historic preservationist Brent Hyder, Fairview has never looked better.  Brent is our guest speaker and will share with us his restoration discoveries and challenges.  He is the founder and leading force behind the soon-to-be opened Chamberlin Arlington Heights History Museum on the eastern shores of Lake Como.

Special thanks to Taco Heads for providing tasty bites for this meeting.  Please support our local restaurants!  www.tacoheads.com 

MAY YARD OF THE MONTH

May 7, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on MAY YARD OF THE MONTH 

Bri Stroup and Joseph Oliver bought the 1936 bungalow at 2209 Tremont in July 2021,
and were delighted to discover their whole block of Tremont is a locally designated historic district, ensuring that the fronts of the houses will remain the same as they are today.


When Bri Stroup and Joseph Oliver moved into 2209 Tremont last July, they lucked into a well-established landscape from the previous owners. They also inherited the caretaker of it: Bryan Polly of Texas Roots Horticulture. Polly came to their rescue when Bri and Joseph forgot to turn off their sprinkler system in January and woke up to a front yard that looked like the movie “Frozen” with icicles hanging off everything.

Thankfully, a lot of things survived, including red and pink rose shrubs, iris, boxwoods, nandinas, day lilies, salvia, and the commanding crepe myrtles framing each end of the landscape. The row of orange zinnias lining the front beds, newly planted just a few weeks ago, provide a welcome blast of color. On the front porch is a wreath made of magnolia leaves and two pots of hot pink dipladenia, chosen by Bri because they can take the hot afternoon sun.

A native of Albuquerque, Bri moved to Fort Worth to work as an emergency room doctor at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center. Joseph grew up in Glen Rose and works for UPS.

They received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland, courtesy of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, and a free year’s membership in AHNA.

If you’d like to nominate a yard, even your own, please send the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

 

TUESDAY APRIL 19 MEMBERSHIP MEETING

April 15, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on TUESDAY APRIL 19 MEMBERSHIP MEETING 

Join us for the monthly membership meeting of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association.

TUESDAY APRIL 19

6:30pm

Fort Worth Firefighters Hall

3755 Tulsa Way @ Crestline Rd.

Our meetings are always BYOB.

Delicious free nibbles and wine while they last, generously provided by Olivella’s.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Guest speaker: Local historian Juliet George will make a power point presentation about William Bryce, one of Fort Worth’s most prominent citizens in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

William Bryce commissioned Fairview in 1893 and lived there until his death in 1944. He served as Fort Worth’s mayor from 1927 until 1933. Fairview still stands proudly at the corner of Byers and Eldridge. Photo credit: Ralph Lauer.

Come and learn more about this important character in Fort Worth’s early history.

Juliet George is an historian, former archivist and retired educator who has lived in Arlington Heights for most of her life. As the author of Fort Worth’s Arlington Heights and Camp Bowie Boulevard, she is well-versed in our neighborhood’s history. She works for the Brent Rowan Hyder Foundation and will serve as curator for the soon to be opened Chamberlin Arlington Heights History Museum.

APRIL YARD OF THE MONTH

April 6, 2022 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on APRIL YARD OF THE MONTH 


Yards are beginning to pop with color as spring arrives.  This handsome historic Arlington Heights bungalow at 4716 Pershing Avenue is close to 100 years old. (Photo by Lori Bosken)

The tasteful plantings of white pansies beneath holly and boxwood shrubbery blend well with the beautifully restored home at 4716 Pershing Avenue. Deedeie Curry has lived there for thirty years and has enjoyed watching her pecan and live oak trees grow into giants.

 


The best action is in the side yard where Deedeie has decorated for Easter. (Photo by Deedeie Curry)

Deedeie received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland, courtesy of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, and a free year’s membership in AHNA.

If you’d like to nominate a yard, even your own, please send the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

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