Camp Bowie District Planning for Future

District looks to maintain redevelopment progress

One of the older parts of Fort Worth is trying to keep its momentum on the right track.

The Camp Bowie District is looking for public input as it plans for the next decade of projects.

"People from the neighborhoods, people who spend their time down here -- it's beloved, and it's owned by all, we want to hear their voice," said Lisa Powers, Camp Bowie District president.

From the historic red bricks to Interstate 820, the nine-mile stretch known as Camp Bowie Boulevard has been an important part of Fort Worth.

"Camp Bowie was basically the road out west before we had our interstates," Powers said. It even brought in the men from the oilfields that come into the heart of the city. And it has been the commercial corridor for the last now nearly 100 years."

But like any neighborhood, it's had its ups and downs. The latest occurred as business and property owners united over the last decade to clean the area up. In the process, they raised property values up to an estimated $395 million earlier this year.

"We've seen our property's rise 70 percent since the year 2000," Powers said. "And now it's time for the next decade, so we're asking for the community to come out and let us know what they want to see."

The process of planning for the future started with business and property owners looking at the past and what needs to change in the future.

"We really are just trying to complement the uses that are here, bring beautification and development to the west," said Bo Brownlee, chairman of the Camp Bowie District. "It's a challenge, but it's what a lot of people see in this area."

More beautification projects soon will be seen with a $400,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to makeover the I-820 and Camp Bowie Boulevard intersection. There are also plans to add more trees and landscape around the Ridglea area.

Those interested in adding their thoughts on the future of Camp Bowie Boulevard can contact the Camp Bowie District. More meetings will be scheduled as the planning continues.

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