More development is coming to the Linwood neighborhood, as the Fort Worth City Council voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to approve the rezoning of two properties for the construction of townhomes.
The properties, located at 400 Templeton Drive and 2833 Weisenberger Street, will go from one- and two-family zoning to a form of multifamily zoning known as “urban residential,” which allows structures of higher densities to be built.
At 400 Templeton Drive, Fort Worth developer Village Homes plans to build four townhomes, though designs are not yet finished, said Mary Nell Poole, partner at Fort Worth real estate developer TownSite Company, which represented Village Homes before the Zoning Commission at its July 13 meeting.
At 2833 Weisenberger Street, Fort Worth developer Fort Capital plans to build eight, three-story townhomes with two bedrooms each, Poole said.
However, not everyone is a fan of higher density development coming to the area. Linwood Neighborhood Association President Eva Bonilla told the Zoning Commission on July 13 that nearby residents oppose both rezoning proposals, citing concerns like construction causing increased flooding and the neighborhood being packed like “sardines” as higher density structures come in.
“Densification equals gentrification and the city is not addressing it,” Bonilla said.
Still, the Zoning Commission recommended that the city council approve both cases, which the council did.
“The density is no denser than what it is in other areas,” Poole said. “This is just a different form that it’s taking.”
The Linwood neighborhood is located north of West Seventh Street.