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Old 08-02-2010, 11:46 PM
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interesting article in FTW paper today about disagreement between developer of the Home Town subdivision in NRHills that abuts the new shopping center on Hwy 26 where there are apts over retail shopping...
Apparently a LARGE number of apts are scheduled to be built in the area between Home Town and Hwy 26--where the artificial lake has been created.

The developer wants to build more than the original number for the plan because the retail he built is not getting enough walk-in traffic and I guess the businesses are complaining--and there are empty storefronts...

of course there are empty store fronts all up and down Hwy 26 and just about any other main road in the Mid Cities--but that seems to have escaped the developer's notice...

The City Council is holding firm and is not inclined to let him enlarge his project. The home owners in Home Town don't want more apts either--the number of people would over crowd the school and really clog the roads...
and IMO really make the area an eye sore--
apts just don't hold up well in the long term vs single family homes....

anyone moving to this area and considering buying in Home Town--and it does have some positive features--should be aware of this possibility however...

I live in Hurst not that far across Hwy 26 from where this is going to be--and it worries me--that will dump a lot more traffic into Hwy 26/Precinct Line which is already one of the busiest intersections in Tarrant county...not to mention the fact that apts are more down-scale vs single family homes...

North Richland Hills, developer seek middle ground | Northeast Tarrant | News from Fort ... (http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/01/2376309/north-richland-hills-developer.html - broken link)

More apartments proposed for North Richland Hills town square | wfaa.com | Features
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:43 AM
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This is not a new issue, it's just back on the front burner. The plans for expansion were always there. Everything was put on hold when the economy began to tank and they couldn't fill the original business spaces.

The school was built to serve close to 800 students and according to their website had less than 600 for the 2008/2009 school year. I doubt they've gained 200 students in the last year since there's been no new building going on. Add to that Academy at CF Thomas is right there and would be zoned for part of the proposed new building as well, and I don't see major overcrowding as an issue.

Traffic flow is limited already based on the entry points into the development being very limited.

The main entry into Hometown on Davis already handles that portion of traffic without major issue.

Mid Cities which is a secondary entry into Hometown (only if you know how to get there) is built for expansion, so nothing major there. Typical back ups during rush hour, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Grapevine Hwy/26 is the other main entry and will have the bulk of any new traffic due to new development. The traffic bogs down at each traffic light between Precinct and 820 and always has backed up because people are on those roads in order to avoid 820 like the plague. Widening Grapevine Hwy/26 will probably become necessary, but until they get 820 expanded, it won't make much difference in that short section.
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