Posted on: July 31, 2017
Redevelopment & Revitalization Continues at Rufe Snow and Glenview
Quality Community Development & Revitalization is one of City Council’s nine goals within the City’s Strategic Plan. This goal is beginning to appear along Rufe Snow around the Glenview intersection. A redesigned intersection and improvements to a number of nearby businesses has helped improve the aesthetic appeal and motorist visibility at the crossroads of these two thoroughfares.Read more information on the BIG Program here.
The demolition of a former service station/barber shop at this intersection has allowed for better visibility for drivers and pedestrians traveling through the area. In addition, upcoming street improvements will better accommodate increased traffic to and from the recently opened International Leadership Academy of Texas charter school. An additional lane on Rufe Snow Drive will allow two through lanes in both the north- and southbound directions, as well as a dedicated left-turn in both directions. A traffic signal will also be added on Glenview at Chapel Park to allow vehicles leaving the school to safely turn into and out of the school site.
In 2016, the International Leadership Academy of Texas (IL Texas) completed construction of its newest 65,000 square foot school building on this northwest corner of Rufe Snow and Glenview. The IL Texas NRH campus, the system’s fourth location in Tarrant County, serves Kindergarten through 8th grade and opened in August for the 2016-2017 school year with a long waiting list. This new addition improved upon a previously vacant lot, the site of a former Food Lion grocery store that sat vacant for over a decade.
In addition to this new-build redevelopment, several businesses just south of the intersection have worked with the NRH Economic Development Department’s Business Improvement and Growth (BIG) Program to revitalize their properties. Participants include Scott Beck Construction, the International Union of Operating Engineers, and, most recently, Cable Electric. Through the BIG Program, these businesses have completed high-quality renovations of their properties to enhance the visual appeal of this corridor and improve their buildings to meet the City’s current architectural standards.
While the program assists the cost of exterior renovation (adding modern masonry, architectural features, and landscaping), it affords the participants to pursue interior upgrades as well. For information about the BIG Program and to see before and after pictures of these featured projects, click the link below or contact Jennifer Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-427-6092.