Frazier Courts HOPE VI grant
In 2003, with the support of FCE, the Dallas Housing Authority secured a $20 million HOPE VI grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant spurred a $60 million project to replace 55 acres of decrepit, crime-ridden public housing that had become the symbol of decay and neglect. In its place, DHA is building new housing in a variety of types and price ranges, from apartments to townhomes to single-family detached houses.
The Frazier Neighborhood Plan
The Housing Authority’s project can be a catalyst, but it is only a start. Recognizing that, DHA hired internationally prominent urban planner Antonio DiMambro to work with residents of the Frazier area. Together they produced a comprehensive land use plan for more than 11,000 acres surrounding the federal project. The plan, completed in 2004, calls for more than $270 million in new development, including housing, retail, industrial and health care facilities. With a DART light rail line scheduled to open in 2010 along Scyene Road, the neighborhood’s western boundary, the plan will be a vital tool in shaping the market-driven redevelopment that is sure to follow.
Frazier Revitalization Inc.
In 2005, as recommended by the DHA study, FCE formed Frazier Revitalization Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) corporation, to spearhead implementation of the Frazier Neighborhood Plan. FRI has engaged neighborhood residents, the City of Dallas and DART, corporations, banks, cultural institutions, developers, and brokers to participate in the revitalization effort. Given the neighborhood’s proximity to downtown and the planned DART line, with public investment acting as a catalyst, FRI’s leaders believe a relatively modest initial investment in housing and commercial structures can create enough momentum that purely market driven development will follow.
In 2006, FRI began acquiring land and working with potential tenants for a commercial development adjacent to the future DART station. The Baylor Health Care System has allocated funds to operate a wellness center in Frazier devoted to studying diabetes prevention strategies. Funds have also been committed for a new residential center for senior citizens. Land assembly and fund-raising will accelerate in 2007.