HIGH OAK TERRACE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
At the March 26th Public Meeting regarding park development of the
former High Oak Terrace Apartments site, the Arlington Parks &
Recreation Department presented a conceptual master plan showing a
“big picture” plan for the future park. Based on feedback from this
meeting, we’ve updated the
conceptual master plan.
Also attached is a
summary of the meeting discussions, filled-out comments cards,
and any e-mailed or telephoned comments received before the meeting.
Please feel free to pass this information on to your neighbors.
We will present this conceptual master plan to Park Board for
approval on Monday, April 9th at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to
attend this meeting.”
Comments and questions are welcomed and should be directed to:
Briana Morrison, Parks Project Manager
1-31-2012 Public Meeting – The City held a public meeting
on a proposed change of use of the vacant property located at the
intersection of North Bowen Road and Wesley Drive. The attached
notice provides details about the meeting, which was held at
Arlington City Hall at 6:00 p.m.
UPDATE MAY 2008: The redevelopment project at the former High Oak Terrace Apartments
is currently on hold. The City proposes to remove HOME funds from
the project to allow additional time for development when housing
market conditions improve. The City also proposes to amend the
2005-2010 Consolidated Plan and 2007 Annual Action Plan to expand
the Central Arlington Neighborhood Revitalization Area (NRSA) to
include the High Oak property. This expansion will not change the
plan to construct 11 quality, affordable, single family units at
High Oak, but will allow CDBG funds to be used as part of a
comprehensive housing strategy in the target area. The five-year
strategy in the 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan includes housing
rehabilitation of existing single-family, owner-occupied homes,
architectural barrier removal for persons with disabilities,
construction of new owner-occupied housing, and mixed-use
The attached notice was sent to area residents about the proposed
The City will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at
6:00pm in the Arlington Human Service Center, 401 W. Sanford, Room
110, Arlington, Texas, 76011. Beginning Monday, May 26, 2008, the
public may comment on the proposed amendments for 30 days ending
Tuesday, June 24, 2008. The Arlington City Council is expected to
review these amendments on Tuesday, July 1, 2008.
Public comments should be submitted in writing to Grants Management
Division at 501 W. Sanford Street, Suite 10, Arlington, Texas 76011
or by fax at 817-459-6253, or email to
The High Oak Terrace Apartments were
constructed in 1970 and consisted of 132 units. Numerous code
complaints and reports of crime were recorded in 2002 and 2003. In
2003, the property failed City and federal inspections and the
tenants were relocated. The resulting high vacancy caused the
property owners to default on their loan, and the U. S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) foreclosed in 2004.
The City saw an opportunity to replace substandard multi-family
rental housing with single family owner occupied housing, and
purchased the property in August 2004 with HUD funds. The remaining
tenants were relocated and the property was demolished using HUD
funds. The City also purchased adjacent properties, relocated the
tenants, and demolished the structures with HUD funds.
PHOTOGRAPHS – View
photographs of the High Oak Terrace Apartments prior to, during and
(pdf) – This map shows the entire 12.1 acre parcel to be
redeveloped. The 12.1 acre project site is located on the northwest
corner of Bowen and Wesley, approximately 3/8 mile north of Division
10-3-06 COMMUNITY MEETING
– Highlights from the October 3, 2006 meeting.
12-2-06 COMMUNITY MEETING
– A High Oak Redevelopment Community meeting was held at the
Arlington Convention Center on December 2, 2006. Approximately 50
community members participated. After opening comments by Council
Member Kathryn Wilemon, participants were provided with the
opportunity to discuss their ideas and opinions in smaller working
groups of approximately 12 persons in each group. Each group was
facilitated by an architect and staff from the Community Planning
and Development Department. Participant’s shared their opinions for
the redevelopment project, and architects drew a visual
representation of the ideas presented.
The ideas presented were consolidated and a design plan that
followed the recommendations of the community was developed.
Planning staff, as well as relevant City departments such as Fire
and Public Works were consulted to determine the feasibility of the
proposed design. The City shared the design plan with the community
in January 2007.
Go to the following
headings for more information about the December 2, 2006
2-15-07 COMMUNITY MEETING – A community meeting was held at the
Southeast Tarrant County Arlington Human Services complex on
February 15, 2007. Over 50 citizens attended, including Council
Member Kathryn Wilemon. City staff provided an overview of the
project to date and displayed an illustrative site plan depicting
site and design recommendations received at prior community
meetings. Staff reported that in December 2006, City Council
provided direction to reject all proposals received and re-issue the
request for proposals (RFP). The process of re-issuing the RFP
provided an opportunity to amend the document to better portray the
desires of the community and to strengthen documentation required by
The community meeting provided an opportunity for citizens to
review a draft of the RFP and provide input. Participants’ comments
and recommendations are summarized for review at the link below. Go
to the following links for additional information about the February 15, 2007 community meeting:
REVISED RFP -
On March 2, 2007, the City of Arlington released a revised RFP for
the redevelopment of High Oak Terrace. The City sought a qualified
developer to develop the site into a mixed income, high quality,
single-family residential development. A copy of the RFP can be
downloaded from the link below.
Additional information: The City of Arlington's map room is
located on the first floor of City Hall, 101 W. Abram Street. Tax
map E08 contains information about existing City water and sewer
lines on the project site. In addition, the following maps identify
storm/drain and water utility lines.
In May 2007 the
City received two proposals in response to the High Oak
Redevelopment project revised RFP from two interested developers.
Through the RFP process, developers were asked to provide a plan for
the redevelopment of the 12.919 acre site into a single family
residential neighborhood complimenting the existing neighborhoods.
Nearby property owners took an active role in providing City staff
with specific elements of the development that they considered
desirable. Because of federal grants funds invested in the property,
the RFP included the requirement that a minimum of eleven of the
homes developed be made affordable to households earning less than
80% of the area median income.
An evaluation panel consisting of staff from Real Estate
Services, Community Development and Planning, Community Services,
and Public Works evaluated the proposals received. The City Council
selected a developer for the project; however, the applicant
withdrew his application due to current market conditions. No
additional requests have been received to date.
For additional information please contact Grants Management at