FORT WORTH (CBS11) – A recent 8-0 Fort Worth City Council vote on a resolution that would remove the historic designation of the Stop Six Sunrise Edition neighborhood in east Fort Worth, has set the plan in motion.
City officials say the neighborhood which is filled with old and dilapidated houses was given the designation in 2007.
Now city leaders seek to revoke the designation in order to make it easier for construction and building permits to be approved.
Current guidelines under the historic designation make it difficult for new construction in the area according to council member Gyna Bivens who has spearheaded the move.
In a statement Bivens said:
“Development and construction activity was just not happening. So, I felt obligated to look into the problem. Everything pointed to the historic district overlay.”
Vernon McAllister a life long resident of the neighborhood said, “They’ll probably have all kind of business in here tearing down these houses and stuff.”
He said he doesn’t like the idea of the designation being revoked because he fears that will allow developers to change the look and feel of their neighborhood.
“I think that I would just leave it alone. Leave it the way it is,” added McAllister.
Pastor Billy George from Greater True Light Church says unlike others in the neighborhood he is in favor of the change.
He wants to see new development in the area that could fix the numerous blight issues throughout the community.
“In order for this community or any community to thrive people must take pride in their community and I think we can rebuild that,” said George.
The city’s Historical and Cultural Landmarks Commission will now have to make the next ruling in the process as they review the recommendation from city council.
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