Written by Staff
By Jess Paniszczyn
Families met and mingled with builders and housing professionals on the manicured lawns of newly built homes that now populate a portion of Tudor Lane. Children rode bicycles along the street as music played from oversized speakers and hot barbeque was available for all comers. The sunny Saturday block party hosted by the City of Irving’s Housing and Human Services Department helped dim Tudor Lane’s past as one of the most violent neighborhoods in Irving.
Several years ago, City officials from a variety of departments worked together to clean up the crime ridden area. In the end with the help of the Federal government, the City was able to demolish several structures while creating a plan to replace them with new single family homes. They also began working with the remaining property owners and residents to improve the area.
“This project brings a fresh start to this neighborhood,” said Galen Price, Housing Coordinator with City of Irving. “Previously there was a lot of crime on this street and in this area. With the infusion of the new homes and working with some of the existing homeowners, our goal is to revitalize and redevelop this entire neighborhood and make it more of a close knit community. With homeownership you get that more so than with rentals.
“The City demolished 17 existing fourplexes. Now we are redeveloping the area, and when we are finished, there will be 27 brand new homes built in their place. There will be 14 single family attached homes; attached at the garage, and 13 traditional single family detached homes.