Senator Beverly Powell, a lifelong resident of North Texas and a determined advocate for public education, has spent four decades as a successful real estate professional. Throughout her career, Beverly Powell has been instrumental in the development of successful commercial and residential projects across Tarrant and Johnson counties.
A graduate of Burleson public schools and the daughter of a Texas history teacher, Beverly developed a passion for education very early. A non-traditional student and single mother, she went back to college, graduating cum laude from her parent’s alma mater, Texas Wesleyan University, where she also earned an MBA. Beverly’s belief in the power of education and her passion for the Texas Wesleyan commitment to non-traditional students earned her a position on the school’s Board of Trustees, where she continues to serve today.
Beverly served her community as a trustee for the Burleson Independent School District from 2007 to 2017. Her motivation to broaden the public education experience was the reason her colleagues elected her to two terms as President.
Beverly is proud to serve Senate District 10 in Tarrant County and will continue to fight for a vibrant economic environment and access to educational opportunities for all Texans.
Ms. Detra Whitmore
Our May guest Speaker is Ms. Detra Whitmore, VP of Administration/Trinity Metro.
Detra Whitmore was named Vice President of Trinity Metro in August 2016. Detra joined the transportation industry with Trinity Metro in 2005, starting as an administrative assistant and literally working her way up through the ranks. As VP of Administration she oversees the Administration, Planning & Development, and Customer Service departments. She oversees all aspects of the internal administration of Trinity Metro.
She is the agency’s Freedom of Information and Records Retention Officer. Detra is responsible for directing the short-term and long-term public transit needs for Tarrant County cities. She also directs the planning of new routes, alterations of routes and cost estimating that also includes identifying appropriate sites for new facilities and improving existing facilities. She is a certified Project Manager Professional.
May 7 Spirit Night!
We had a good crowd at Lancaster Mexican Inn where we enjoyed food, friends and raised money for our Scholarship fund and other "Education is Good Business" programs.
Tobi Jackson serves the children and their parents of District 2 as Trustee, and she serves the entire city as the President of the Fort Worth Independent School District Board. Tobi is seeking reelection to serve on the school board.
Tobi and the Architectural Design Team and Bond Team will be showing us the plans for the remodeling and upgrades to Eastern Hills High School, built in 1959 and currently educating over 1,700 students. The rennovations are part of the 2017 Bond Package which is nearly $50 million dollars in construction.
EHHS is the only school in the world with two Pulitizer Prize-winning photographers as alums – “Skeeter” Hagler and Michael Ainsworth.
EHHS offers three Gold Seal Program of Choice. EHHS is the site of Fire Science Technology, Law Enforcement and Legal Services. Under these new programs it is possible for a student to graduate high school with College credits, have EMT certification, and be able to receive up to a $50,000 salary in those respective careers.
The group presentation we had at the April meeting showed us the awesome new look that Eastern Hills High School will present to the community when the bond construction work is completed. Construction is scheduled to start this summer.
A complete new façade brings it into this century, a far cry from the dated 50s look it has now. The presenters from the architectural firm showed their commitment and involvement with the project, leading the audience to believe that the work will become a real asset to our community. Student involvement in the planning process makes it a project which should make the students take pride in their academic surroundings.
One of the issues the students had voiced strongly was the need for more natural light and that is one of the real changes being made with the north and west faces. They are now designed with more windows for north light. Good things are coming with the more than fifty million dollars to be spent in East Fort Worth.
Slides from the presentation about this development
O-SDA Industries– Developer and Owner Saigebrook Development
• 15+ years experience in multi-family development
• Developer of approx. 5,000 units, more than 1,200 units in Texas
• Innovative , neighbor hood appropriate development with proven track record
• Ownership 15 years +
• Art in Public Places
• Texas owned
• Green Development Practices
• Onsite Management
• Senior Development- reserved for residents 55 and older
• Consist of 66 units
• Approx 50 of the units will be 1 bedroom units
• Approx 16 will be 2 bedroom/ 2 bath
• Buildings would be at least 30% brick or stone and reflect craftsman style design of the neighborhood with elements of the Fash mansion included
• Onsite management and maintenance
• Onsite amenities and social services
• Mixed income for seniors on a restricted income
Existing Zoning vs Proposed Zoning
The property has split zoning. The west portion is zoned “A-10” One-family and the east portion is zoned “CF” Community Facility.
• A -10 district includes one family detached dwellings with min lot size of 10,000 square feet.
• Community Facilities - Public facilities including churches, govt. offices, health services, community and group homes, and recreation facilities.
• Planned Development - Special district permitting specific commercial, residential/commercial mixed use and is site plan specific.
Proposed Site Plan
• 1 story building facing Sargent
• All other buildings are 2 story and have elevator service
• Single entrance off Oakland Blvd
• 32% percent open space
• 82 parking spaces (1 per bedroom)
• 3 outdoor courtyard/amenity areas
• Onsite clubhouse and amenity center
• Property will be fenced on all sides; not gated
• Will include security cameras at key locations
Megan Lasch is the owner of O-SDA Industries and project manager for Saigebrook Development ventures, both firms that specializes in the development and construction of affordable housing. Through O-SDA’s partnerships, Megan has developed and/or owns over 1,900 affordable housing units and has secured and closed in excess of $400 million in housing developments. These projects span to many communities throughout Texas including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco, Tyler, Georgetown, and Longview to name a few. Megan is an advocate for affordable housing throughout central Texas and is a member of the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers.
In addition, she has served on the board for Skillpoint Alliance and was elected chair in 2016. Megan was a was a finalist in the 2018 Austin Under 40 Awards.
Aside from her development firm, Megan recently ventured into the world of parenthood. Megan and her husband Josh are proud parents of a 2 year old little boy, Beckett Lasch who ‘keeps us on our toes.’
Learn more at: www.saigebrook.com
• Business center
• 24 hr. Fitn ess Center
• Multi-purpose room with kitchen
• Indoor/Outd oor entertainment options
• BBQ grills and picnic tables
Planning & Development Director
The Planning and Development Department seeks to make Fort Worth the most livable city in Texas by promoting orderly growth and development, safe construction and neighborhood vitality.
Randle has depth of experience within the City in several key positions. Randle has been the Planning and Development Department Director since Nov. 2010. His prior City jobs include Program Management Director for twor years 2008–2010, Trinity River Vision Director for 2 years, 2006–2008, and he was Acting Parks and Community Service Director for 3 years, 2003–2006.
Randle's educational background for these various City positions include his MLA Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1989 and his undergrad work at University of Guelph, where he earned his BLA, Landscape Architecture in 1987.
Our February speaker was Randle Harwood, Development Director for the City. For the first time we were able to have a good visual presentation, which could be seen by everyone in the room. Harwood has been in Fort Worth for a long time and he told us that he and his wife lived in East Fort Worth for a time. This gives us more confidence in any of our presenters, when we hear that they are actually familiar with the area.
We were given an overview of development in all areas of the city. The statistics are staggering when you realize how we are growing and what our geographic area actually encompasses. We are no longer a small town.
One of the topics was a new development proposed for Oakland Boulevard adjacent to the Urban Village boundaries is a small Senior housing project, which we will hear more about in the March meeting. The proposal is being brought by Saigebrook, a company with other projects in Fort Worth.
One of the things Harwood mentioned is that luring high paying jobs to our area sometimes depends on the education level of our work force.
If you want to contribute to the book fund the bowl will be available when you check in on Thursday March 7th.
We are planning to give money to purchase books to Charles Hodges at the April meeting, so that he can get all the paper work and order in and the books can be in the libraries for September. This is an effort we have engaged in for three years now, and it has meant a lot to the nine Elementary Schools which feed into Eastern Hills.
2019: New year, new meeting location!
East Fort Worth Business Association has grown, and we have outgrown our previous meeting location. We had to move to a larger venue to accomodate our meetings and provide ample parking. The January 2019 meeting saw the largest attendance ever, well over 80 members and guests, not counting the mayor's security and local TV news crews.
Meadowbrook United Methodist Church is our new 2019 meeting location, and each month, lunches will be catered by local restaurants. The January meeting was catered by our wonderful friends and eastside community partners, MEXICAN INN on Lancaster Ave.
Mayor Price was our honored guest for the first meeting of the new year. She announced her intent to run for another term as Mayor at our meeting.
Mayor Price opened her remarks by thanking EFWBA for being a force of good for east Fort Worth businesses and schools. She recognized Wanda Conlin as the "unelected mayor of East Fort Worth."
Price admitted that the east side has long been neglected by the City, which focused on new development areas. That is changing with new inner-city programs. Stop Six was the first to see new sidewalks, streetlights and more police officers, which has resulted in a 40% increase in new home permits for that area. Ash Crescent is the second area to see community improvement, and the near Northside will be the third area to get additional funds.
Mayor Betsy Price
Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, was elected in 2011 as the 44th mayor of the City of Fort Worth. In 2017, Price was re-elected for her fourth two-year term. She will be up for re-election this year.
Along with her focus on promoting jobs, strengthening education, fighting crime and improving mobility, Price has made significant strides along the path toward her vision of a healthy, engaged and fiscally responsible city.
Under her leadership, Fort Worth has become a foremost cycling community, adding miles of new bike lanes and trails. Promoting pedestrian-friendly urban villages has also remained a staple of Price’s vision for rebuilding the city’s urban core. Moreover, she continues to push her long-term goal of linking neighborhoods and job centers with a comprehensive and convenient commuter rail system.
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