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Hughes House Mixed-Use Development Designs Finalized

FT. WORTH, TX — Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) and the City of Fort Worth have approved final designs for Phase I of Hughes House, the mixed-use development that will bring 210 apartments and townhomes with a variety of floor plans to the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood by 2023.

The development will rise on a portion of the former Cavile Place public housing site along East Rosedale Street and Amanda Avenue and will include about 12,000 square feet of ground-level commercial space. Crews are expected to break ground in June 2022, with substantial completion planned by December 31, 2023.

Two additional phases will be part of Hughes House, which takes its name from Dunbar High School Basketball Coach Robert Hughes Sr. Basketball-themed bollards are envisioned for the property’s Rosedale-Amanda entrance and in recreational and greenspaces as a tribute to the coaching legend.

Mayor Pro Tem Gyna Bivens, who serves Council District 5 including Stop Six, said Hughes House design approval marks a significant milestone in the transformation of the community.

“Hughes House will be a new center of activity for Stop Six, a place where people can visit from their porch, walk from their homes to neighborhood businesses and services, and enjoy playtime with their children. It’s just incredible to see the pieces coming together,” Bivens said. “The overall master plan truly honors the leadership Coach Hughes provided in our community as he mentored generations of players, fans, and families.”

Rental units will range in size from a 668-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment to a 1,621-square-foot, four-bedroom townhome on two levels. Units also will be available in two- and three-bedroom configurations. Amenities will include a community swimming pool and splash pad, a fitness center, and dog park. Plans also call for a linear park that will connect future phases and provide a pedestrian path east to Rosedale Park and a future community hub.

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“All of our partners have poured heart and soul into the vision for Hughes House,” FWHS President Mary-Margaret Lemons said. “Our collective goal is to provide beautiful homes in a desirable community with access to services and amenities that allow people to thrive."

Hughes House is the second housing phase called for in the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative. Construction of Cowan Place Senior Living, at East Rosedale and Stalcup Road, began in September. Pre-leasing for the 174-unit community designed for residents 62 and older is scheduled to begin in 2022.

The effort is seeded by a 2020 U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant focused on transforming housing, neighborhood improvements, and support for residents who previously lived in J.A. Cavile Place public housing community. Cavile’s 300 units were demolished to make room for modern residential development. Former residents relocated to homes of their choice with rental assistance and have the right to return as new communities come online.

Hughes House is designed as a walkable environment. Residential buildings face the street with resident parking tucked away behind the homes and street-facing front porches and sidewalks encouraging interaction with passersby. Parking for the mixed-use buildings along Rosedale will also be tucked behind, connected to the street-facing retail and resident amenities with paseos, said Michael J. Bennett, Principal and CEO of Bennett Partners, architect for the development.

“We worked to design a place where anyone would want to live. We focused on creating a great neighborhood and designed the buildings around that,” Bennett said. “There really isn’t another neighborhood like this in town. It will welcome a diversity of incomes and family types and we believe attract other development. We think it will be fabulous for Fort Worth and this community.”

The Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative is a multi-year effort developed by residents, community leaders, and stakeholders to transform a historic community in southeast Fort Worth into a vibrant, safe, and sustainable community with access to quality education, health care, services, and amenities.

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The effort is guided by a 2019 transformation plan that calls for six phases of new, mixed-income housing, commercial space, neighborhood improvements, and multi-purpose community hub and aquatics center.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development seeded the transformation with a $35-million grant Choice Neighborhood Implementation Grant awarded to Fort Worth Housing Solutions and the City of Fort Worth in 2020. In all, the initial HUD grant is expected to trigger more than $345 million in investment and improvements for the Stop Six community.

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