Bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, diverse housing options, and a new storm water draining system are among the latest proposals to improve parts of Berry Street.
The plan, which was presented Thursday evening at a meeting at University United Methodist Church, also calls for more work on University Drive south of Berry Street.
Katy O’Meilia, a senior planner with the city, said the Berry Street development should help improve the area’s image.
There is a need to overcome the “perception problem” of what has come to be known as “scary Berry,” she said. “Once you get past the intersection, you feel like you’re in a completely different part of the city.”
Jennifer Frank, a Fort Worth resident who attending the meeting, one of many present that opposed the plan.
Frank, among various other concerns, said she fears the area would end up just like the West Seventh Street area with the proposed high-density buildings planned for the Berry/University areas.
“It’s an urban nightmare,” she said.
In addition to the street improvements, O’Meilia talked about a proposed train station at the corner of Berry Street and Cleburne Road. The train station would be part of a 27-mile commuter rail system called Tex Rail that will stretch from downtown Fort Worth to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
The first leg of the rail system is proposed to stretch from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport, going further west in later years.
O’Meilia said the lack of landscaping – trees and greenery in the area – is “striking” when compared to the recent improvements made on Berry Street west of McCart Avenue.
She also talked about renovations to South University Drive to the Bluebonnet Circle area. O’Meilia said the area needs “proper urban form.”
CORRECTION: A meeting to discuss proposed improvements to Berry Street and parts of University Drive was held Thursday. The date of the meeting was incorrect in an earlier version.
Check back to the109 later this week for an updated story about the plans.