...attendance and membership of residents within HANA's general boundaries of Border Street on the north, Pioneer Parkway on the south, Collins Street on the east, and Cooper Street on the west.
New Proposal for Sapphire Apartments Project
Those of you who travel on Center and Mesquite Streets between Mitchell Street and Johnson Creek have doubtless been observing the demolition activity
in the block just south of Mitchell. This is the site of the Sapphire Apartments Project, described and discussed on this web site beginning in May, 2011, and originally
called Center Court Redevelopment.
A new developer has taken over the project, and it is now planned to be a student housing project catering to UTA students.
On November 4 and again on November 26 several members of your HANA board met with a group representing the new developer.
The project has been changed in many ways and requires new action by the Planning and Zoning Commission and by the City Council.
See the slide presentation.
And here you can find a pdf file that contains more detailed drawings and specifications.
The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the proposal December 4.
The proposal is scheduled for a public hearing before the City Council on December 17.
Student Housing Presentation
This slide presentation was presented to the City Council at their afternoon meeting on October 15, 2013. It contains statistics and information on UTA student housing that should be of interest to many HANA members and be useful to both residents and the City Council in planning for the neighborhoods adjacent to the campus.
Revised Proposal for Student Housing on Abram Street
As we reported recently, on August 20 the City Council rejected the proposal by Greystar to build a new student housing facility on the north side of Abram Street west of Cooper Street. Greystar has revised their plans and will submit the revised plan for approval in October. The new plan will house fewer students and will have both three-story and four-story sections. It will include a three-level parking garage. The plan was presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission on October 16 and approved unanimously. Click on these drawings describing the revised proposal for details.
Lemons into Lemonade at Spanish Park
A number of months ago a fire damaged one of the units at Spanish Park Apartments beyond repair. For several reasons it was not possible to replace the building.
Instead the owner, Cooper Development LLC, worked with HANA, the Arlington Design Center, and their dedicated staff, with support from other City departments, and help from our district Council Member, Lana Wolff, to merge the space occupied by the destroyed building with the old pool area adjoining Mission Arlington's space to form the new heart of Spanish Park Apartments.
The resulting project when 100% complete will provide the community with 22 new parking spaces, an enclosed mini soccer court, a large sand box, sitting garden, hop-scotch platform, shaded pergola with benched seating area. All with 24/7 recorded surveillance. All trees were preserved.
As a final touch, Ms. Emily Wilcher of Mission Arlington is orchestrating a community planting and adoption program for the remaining plantable open spaces.
UTA May Purchase Additional Property East of Center Street
A bill (HB 1753) passed by the legislature and sent to the governor will authorize the University of Texas at Arlington to purchase certain property east of Center Street near the new College Park Center . At a recent meeting among UTA officials, HANA board members, and other interested parties, an agreement was reached on the provisions of the bill, which authorizes UTA to purchase properties between East Third Street and Mitchell Street and between Center Street and Mesquite Street . UTA does not have the right to acquire these properties via eminent domain, but will pay market price when and if any of the properties are offered for sale and UTA has funds available.
This action is consistent with two of HANA's goals as expressed in our recently completed Neighborhood Action Plan , i.e., to preserve as many of the historic properties as possible in this particular part of the HANA area, including the South Center Street Historic District , and at the same time to encourage redevelopment in the general area south of Third Street.
Cooper Street Construction
Construction of a raised median on Cooper Street is scheduled to begin this fall. See My Arlington for details.
City Joining Litter Removal Campaign
Arlington is joining the Tarrant Water District's Campaign to Reverse Litter. They are asking everyone to pick up just ten pieces of litter per week in order to reduce the amount washed into our water supplies. Check News and Notes for more.
...quarterly. General membership meetings for 2013 are scheduled for March 4, June 3, August 26, and November 4. Additional meetings may be called as needed, and committees and working groups meet as needed.
General membership meetings are held at Grace Lutheran Church, 210 W Park Row.
Pete Jamieson Retirement Luncheon
Pete Jamieson is retiring soon as head of Arlington's Parks and Recreation Department. Friends and associates are invited to attend a luncheon in his honor at the Eunice Street Activity Center at the corner of Eunice St. and Arnold Avenue adjacent to Meadowbrook Park on December 14. See details.
The Festival of Trees runs from now through December 29th at the Arlington Museum of Art and will feature dozens of decorated Christmas trees,
thousands of lights and ornaments, and a host of great Santa themed artwork by nationally recognized artist Tom Newsom.
During the Festival of Trees, the Museum will be host to the Happy Holidays Gift Store. Featuring hand crafted items from local artists, the store will be open during museum for the entire duration of the Festival.
Additionally, the Museum will feature a weekend long Gift Market December 7 & 8, coinciding with Arlington's annual holiday celebration, the Parade of Lights. Work from a wide variety of creative genres and talented artists, in additional to vintage collectibles, will be offered for sale in individual booths throughout the Museum. Come find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift or treat yourself!
Visit the 817 Arts Alliance web page for more information.
Obamacare Information and Help
For those of you who attended our meeting on November 4 hoping to hear a presentation by Amanda Arizola, she apologized for missing
the meeting. She had a sudden family emergency that prevented her coming, and her attempt to inform us did not succeed. She has, however,
provided us with this Q&A document
and a copy of the slides for her presentation.
United Way of Tarrant County has created this document, which explains the steps one must go through to register on exchanges for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. It also gives some examples of what some plans cost for two examples of family and income.
United Way of Tarrant County has scheduled information sessions at various locations for the next two months. See the schedule.
The folowing is a list of documents containing information about the ACA.
Update on Hike and Bike Plan
This document contains updated information on the city's plan for bicycle paths and lanes, including those that are scheduled to be created in the near future. Some of them are within the HANA area. The work will involve changes to some streets in our neighborhoods. The report was presented to the City Council at their October 15 afternoon session.
Street Project Information Available
The City has issued a new newsletter titled "Enhancing Regional Mobility" which includes, along with other information, schedules for street improvements in Arlington. Near-term or current projects in HANA include treating much of the one-way portion of Center Street with a heater-repaver, reclamation of Park Row as far west as Collins Street, and the Southmoor Subdivision reconstruction. Oram Street is scheduled for reconstruction in 2014. The newsletter is available on the City's web site or here.
MetroArlingtonXpress (MAX) Now Provides Transportation to Fort Worth and Dallas
The only current stop in Arlington is within HANA's boundaries, at Center Street and UTA Blvd. The first bus leaves at 5:35 am, and the last bus arrives at 9:22 pm. Click here to see full schedules, parking information, fares, etc.
UTA's Maverick Speaker Series for 2013 - 2014
UTA has announced the Maverick Speaker Series for the coming academic year. See the complete schedule, locations, and ticket availability information at Speaker Series.
Parks and Recreation Surveys
The Arlington Parks and Recreation Department is looking for public input to help guide their plans for some developments and for preferred communication channels for their programs. Naturally Fun News Special Edition contains information about and links to surveys.
Homebuyer Assistance Program
Qualified residents can obtain a no-interest, deferred loan of up to $7,500 for qualified first-time buyers, and the loan is forgivable over five years if the borrower continues to reside in the home. Click first-time home buyer for details.
|Barbara Salser||Vice President|
|Cathy Thomas||HANA District 1|
|Delouris Wages||HANA District 2|
|Phil McConnell||HANA District 3|
|Paula Cox||HANA District 4|
|Martha Hernandez||HANA District 5|
|Floreen Henry||HANA District 6|
Notes from the Board
At our general membership meeting on November 4 Barbara Salser, Richard Thomas, and Phil McConnell were elected to new two-year terms in their current offices.
Cathy Thomas and Martha Hernandez are retiring from the board as of December 31.
Dale Bergeron, Russell Hildebrandt, and Rich Bilanceri were elected to two-year terms as board members commencing on January 1.
News and Notes for more information about HANA meetings and for information and links about news, events
and activities that may be of special interest to our HANA residents.
Also, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hanatx. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please feel free to drop us an email at email@example.com with your suggestions, concerns, or ideas. To become a member of HANA, please download
our membership form and join us in our effort to improve the quality of life through the Heart of Arlington! Let's work
together to invigorate our neighborhoods!
East Arlington Family Support Center and Emergency Youth Shelter
Now that we are subject to stage one water restrictions again, the following link to the rules may be helpful.
Water Restrictions in Effect
Free Low-Flow Toilets from City
The "Go With the Flow" Residential Toilet Distribution Program is live!* If you have a home built before 1992 and still have toilets manufactured before 1992, you can qualify for up to two free WaterSense® labeled toilets. Changing older toilets with new high-efficiency models can save a family of four up to $100 per year in water and sewer charge savings. The city has over 900 toilets this fall to distribute; so please sign up today. To sign up for the toilet program, please go to www.SaveArlingtonWater.com and click on the link under "Conservation Events."
Taking Care of Your Trees
The drought has stressed many of our trees in HANA. For information on tree care in a drought and especially on watering trees, click tree care advice.
Arlington Growth Profile
See an interesting presentation on Arlington census statistics and changes since 1990.
Weed & Seed—REACH
REACH is a partnership between the City of Arlington, the Department of Justice and our neighbors. Through joint efforts and funding provided by a Weed & Seed grant, we are strengthening communities by helping ensure that needed resources are available. REACH helps provide oppportunities to get connected, to creatively address issues and to tackle challenges affecting our community. For more information and to join the program, contact Tawney Harris, the Arlington Police Department's Project R.E.A.C.H. Site Director at 817-459-5852 or via email at Tawney.Harris@arlingtontx.gov
Neighborhood Action Plan
Our Neighborhood Action Plan was approved at the Arlington City Council meeting on May 7.
Much work now needs to begin in order to implement the plan. We look forward to working with all members and friends of HANA to achieve the goals it outlines.
See HANA Area Police Supervisors for information on how to contact Police Department supervisors responsible for the HANA area.
Do you know a Vet or a vet's family members who are in need of assistance? Get information at the VET center now open in Pantego! (Click on News and Notes to read more about the Vet Center)