Stop Six Revitalization Project Kicks Off With New Senior Living Apartments
KERA | By Miranda Suarez
A rendering of Cowan Place, a mixed-income senior living community set to open for leasing in 2023.
Fort Worth leaders broke ground on the new Cowan Place housing development last month as part of a plan to improve Stop Six.
Cowan Place is the first of six phases as part of the Stop Six Choice Neighborhood Initiative, a federally funded effort to bring better housing and services to the neighborhood. The first step was demolishing the iconic Cavile Place projects. The city will replace Cavile with a series of mixed-income apartment buildings.
Cowan is a $43 million senior living community down the street from the old Cavile site. It will offer 174 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as room for a library, theater, gym and salon. Leasing begins in 2023, and former Cavile residents will have the chance to move back.
Today it’s just an empty lot.
City officials, including Mayor Mattie Parker, wore hard hats as they shoveled a scoop of dirt on the site.
“I'm more excited about the future of Historic Stop Six more than ever, because I can see this being a catalyst of true opportunity and change for the better,” Parker said. City Council member Gyna Bivens is a Stop Six native and is looking forward to the change. Right now, she said, some think of Stop Six as a place they don’t want to go.“
People will no longer have to just fly through because they are afraid. It is a community, always has been. Now we'll have the infrastructure to prove that you can live here, too,” Bivens said.