1. Better streets
The transformation of East Rosedale will begin with $32 million in street improvements and will be followed by three other major projects. The North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Department of Transportation, Tarrant County, City of Fort Worth and Texas Wesleyan University are partnering on a $32 million project to reconstruct and rehabilitate East Rosedale between US 287 and Stalcup in a two-phase project.
Conference Center and Bishop’s office
The new $3 million Central Texas
Conference Service Center will be a 15,000-square-foot office building on the
south side of the 3200 block of East Rosedale. The University will be the sole
owner of the property, with the Central Texas Conference of the United
Methodist Church as the sole tenant. The building will house the Central Texas
Conference Center for Mission Support, the Center for Evangelism and Church
Growth, the Center for Leadership, and the Office of the Bishop.
This partnership benefits not only the
community as a whole, but also Texas Wesleyan students. Through interaction and
partnership with faculty, the Central Texas Conference Service Center will
advise preministerial students in preparing for seminary studies, as well as advising
other students for careers in lay ministries.
The Center for Mission Support trains pastors
and laity to minister to the economically disadvantaged. Helping each
conference church have a vital congregation is the primary focus of the Center
for Evangelism and Church Growth. With the Center for Leadership, the
conference will have improved facilities to train both clergy and laity for
significant leadership positions in local churches and the conference overall.
3. A “front door” for Texas Wesleyan
Creating an inviting “front door” main
entrance to the campus will provide a clear direction for visitors and
prospective students. Oftentimes, those who are new to campus will drive by
without realizing that they were supposed to turn to get to the University.
Located at the intersection of East Rosedale
and Vaughn streets, the new campus entryway will create a classic look that
would include a clock tower – plus a horseshoe-shaped drive, expanded parking, stone
monument signs, landscaped medians, and additional lighting.
This $1.3 million project offers an exciting
opportunity to work in tandem with local entities through a private–public
partnership that allows the University to take advantage of considerable cost
savings because the work is scheduled to be completed in tandem with the
Rosedale Street improvements.
4. A business incubator center
This project entails
a $400,000 renovation of a historic building located on the south side of
Rosedale. The renovated building will house a new Business Incubator Center,
which will be managed by the University’s School of Business Administration faculty.
Texas Wesleyan students would have the opportunity to work as interns and
provide business consultation services to assist area entrepreneurs in creating
and growing their businesses.