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12/18/2012
The Four Key Pieces of the Rosedale Renaissance

The Rosedale Renaissance Project is a $6.5 million project designed to leverage more than $32 million in private and public funding for the benefit of the Polytechnic neighborhood and Texas Wesleyan University. There are four key components to the development.

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.

2. Methodist 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.

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