MEET GYNA BIVENS
I have filed for re-election to continue representing the people of District 5. I am humbled to serve the people who live in the district and I am blessed to have so many people working on issues with me. With the help of neighborhood leaders, we have made significant strides in attracting commercial development and new housing construction.
Although road construction is always inconvenient, long needed work on major arterials like Rosedale, Randol Mill, Ramey, Precinct Line Road, Handley, Miller is complete. I am now working with Transportation and Public Works as we shift our focus to neighborhood streets. (Please report needed street repairs to [email protected]).
Quality housing that is affordable for all is important. New housing construction in Stop Six continues where residents are building their dream homes with sizes ranging from 1,100 sq. ft. to 5,300 sq. ft. With the help of city staff and community stakeholders, we were successful in removing detrimental guidelines and initiating a development overlay to protect the integrity of an area making a comeback like Stop Six. It is important to note; the city cannot dictate the size of the house you build. We are certain to see more mixed-income housing thanks to a federal Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant awarded to Fort Worth Housing Solutions.
The Lakes of River Trails master-planned community will soon see its 3,000th home built. The community’s growth is so robust, a church and HEB elementary school have been built. (Yes, District 5 is home to part of HEB ISD.) It took two years of discussions, but a new Transit Oriented Development project will bring rail and retail options on Fort Worth’s eastside as it replaces the rail station that was in Richland Hills.
I will continue to stand with communities when developers want to change zoning that does not enhance the quality of life for nearby residents. Another LEGO tabletop training for neighbors who want to learn about zoning strategies is forthcoming.
Although we have routine city operations that must be carried out daily, we leaders at City Hall must continue identifying strategies that offset the harm COVID19 is imposing on families. If and when more CARES dollars are sent to Fort Worth, I promise to do all I can to make sure those dollars are directed to families who have the greatest need. After volunteering with many food giveaways, I can tell you that need is citywide. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve you.