Plans to Revitalize Southeast Fort Worth

Area getting new retail, landscaping and bus transit plaza

By Andres Gutierrez
|  Thursday, Jan 17, 2013  |  Updated 6:56 PM CDT
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The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce updated progress on development of East Fort Worth and announced its plans for new housing in Terrell Heights and renovations for Texas Wesleyan University.

Andres Gutierrez, NBC 5 News

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce updated progress on development of East Fort Worth and announced its plans for new housing in Terrell Heights and renovations for Texas Wesleyan University.

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Plenty of changes are ahead for Southeast Fort Worth.

The plans include the Sierra Vista Transit Project, a bus transit plaza for The T that is expected to open in April.

Texas Wesleyan University will create a new central entrance. Landscaping will bring life to East Rosedale Street with the planting of 200 trees. Crews will also install 130 streetlights and two roundabouts.

And there's a lot of buzz about a big-time grocery store coming to the area.

"We're not sure what type of store it's going to be, but we are preparing for it, and we are definitely about having one more major retailer in southeast Fort Worth," Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray said at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Thursday.

One major retailer is definitely opening Feb. 1 -- a Wal-Mart, which will serve as the heart of Renaissance Square.

Community leader Glenn Forbes said everyone seems excited about the area's rebirth.

"Many of them grew up in the area that one time was very vibrant for the city, and they just want to see some resemble of what they saw early in their childhood years," he said.

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