Category Archives: Community Development and Planning

Public Input Meeting: Abram Street Project

Arlington residents and businesses will soon have a chance to weigh in on the City of Arlington’s plans to rebuild and enhance Abram Street — from Cooper Street to Collins Street. A project briefing meeting will be held Tuesday, May 20 at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way (map it) to learn more about the vision for the future Abram Street. This meeting will run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (presentation starts at 6:00 PM) The project is currently in the conceptual design phase. This is your chance to see various options and to provide feedback to be considered in the Read more…

Andrea Roy is Guest Speaker for Women’s Alliance Kickoff Event

The Women’s Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce invites you to their annual kickoff event to be held Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main Street with guest speaker Andrea Roy, economic development specialist for the City of Arlington. Roy will talk about the City’s forecast for 2014 and reflect on the accomplishments of the past year. The Women’s Alliance will share information about the organization and key activities planned for the year.  The organization focuses on empowering and uniting women through business and community endeavors. You can register for the event by visiting Read more…

Arlington City Council Approves New York Avenue Corridor Strategy

A plan to revitalize the aging New York Avenue Corridor received the green light from Arlington City Council Tuesday night. City officials presented a plan that capitalized on the East Arlington area’s role as a city connector, as well as its cultural diversity and flourishing Hispanic and Vietnamese neighborhoods. Resident, business owners and other stakeholders met with city leaders and consultants began meeting last October to develop this plan. Some of the final recommendations featured in the New York Avenue Corridor Strategy include a new neighborhood grocer, a mixed-use development with office and retail space, cottage housing for seniors, improved Read more…

Arlington Announces Updates to City’s Current Comprehensive Plan

With Arlington’s population expected to exceed 410,000 people by 2030, now is the time to make decisions regarding its future direction.  Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan — the city’s primary policy and planning document — has served the city well since 1992, but it requires a complete overhaul so that it reflects the Arlington of the 21st century. The Comprehensive Plan not only sets goals and policies for economic development, land use, housing, education, transportation and environmental sustainability, it provide strategies for implementing them through more specific city policies designed to help us make better, more strategic decisions. Using the new Comprehensive Read more…

Parking Options for MAX Riders

If you’re planning to ride The MAX (Metro ArlingtonXpress) — scheduled to begin Monday, August 19 — parking is going to be easy and convenient.  The new commuter service will connect downtown Arlington to the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. In downtown Arlington, riders can access free parking in the First Baptist Church surface lot at the southeast corner of Center and UTA Blvd (Border Street). While parking at the CentrePort/DFW Airport Station is also free, cars cannot be left overnight at this location. From CentrePort/DFW Airport Station, you can either take: a) the DART 500 to DFW Terminal A b) the TRE to Fort Worth Read more…

30 Days Left Until the Launch of Metro ArlingtonXpress

There are only 30 days left before the new Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, starts rolling through the city. Beginning Monday, August 19, MAX will link downtown Arlington and University of Texas at Arlington to CentrePort Station/DFW Airport Station, where riders can catch the T, TRE or DART to other destinations in the area. People can visit www.ridethemax.com to view easy-to-read timetables, ticket information, maps and other details for planning a trip to Dallas, Fort Worth or DFW Airport using MAX. Service is expected to run Monday-Friday between 5:35 a.m. and 9:45 p.m. This new venture is a partnership between the Read more…

Arlington Housing Market One of the Strongest in the Metroplex

According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, the Arlington housing market continues to thrive, with homes sales and prices on the rise, even though mortgage costs have increased as well. This trend is occurring throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. During the first half of the year, 2,308 homes were sold in Arlington, which is 21% higher than in the same six-month period in 2012. This increase was one of the highest in the Metroplex. The median price for a home in Arlington is $130,380, an increase of a 6%. Real estate agents say there is a shortage of Read more…

Neighborhoods Safer Through Code Compliance Efforts

Keeping Arlington clean and well-tended is a process that takes all residents, say those who travel the City each day working with homeowners on maintaining their property and keeping neighborhoods looking their best. Code Compliance Services ensures that minimum standards of property preservation– which are designed to protect the health and welfare of residents– are met. Some of the most common code enforcement violations that officers encounter include tall weeds and grass, overhanging tree limbs, large junked items, inoperable vehicles in public view or working vehicles parked on the grass, unclean premises and overflowing dumpsters, graffiti, dilapidated fences or trash Read more…

Revitalization of Aging New York Avenue Moves Forward

A sweeping revitalization of the New York Avenue corridor could feature a retro 1950s theme mixed with international flair, tree-lined sidewalks and a walkable, urban design. These were among the ideas laid out by consultants and city leaders during a public meeting Saturday addressing the future of the east Arlington corridor. “This is the vision of the people of East Arlington,” Planning Project Manager Douglas McDonald said. “These are their ideas for what they want their neighborhood to be.” The New York Avenue corridor — bounded by East Abram on the north and East Arkansas Lane on the south — Read more…

EPA Awards Arlington $400,000 in Grants To Aid In Safe Redevelopment

On May 8, 2013, the City of Arlington received two Brownfields Assessment grants totaling $400,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to support redevelopment efforts, becoming the only Texas municipality to receive funds this grant cycle. “It’s important that we continue to focus on redevelopment opportunities as the City nears build-out, and these funds can assist in initiating those redevelopment efforts,” said Arlington Planning Project Manager Douglas McDonald. “The grants have funded environmental assessments, cleanup plans, and redevelopment plans for more than70 sites in the City. We are excited to be partnering with the EPA for another three years and Read more…