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Citizens Against High Density Development

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Save Bedford, TX
Citizens Against High Density Development

June 6, 2019

Bedford Boys Ranch Phase Next Update

Tuesday night June 11th an update on the Bedford Boys Ranch Phase Next Project will be presented at the regular City Council Meeting. The presentation is supposed to be a report on the results of the feasibility study that was done to determine what features and components of the project the city would be able to afford with the $70 million dollar bond that was passed.

We have heard that the report will include information about what will happen with the arts portion of the bond money and how Onstage will be affected as well as what may or may not be included in the new mutli-generational building.

We encourage everyone to attend the Council Meeting to show that we are holding the city leadership accountable for providing what was promised to the citizens with the bond money.

The presentation could be presented during the work session held at 5:30pm or it could be presented later in the meeting during the City Manager/Staff reports. The regular council meeting starts at 6:30pm. A full agenda will be posted on the city website on Friday June 7th. The link to the Agenda page is https://bedfordtx.gov/AgendaCenter.

 

March 23, 2019

City to Buy Out Capital Realty
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday March 26th item #7 on the agenda was a resolution for Council to approve authorizing the City Manager to execute an all cash contract of sale with Realty Capital to purchase the land they bought from Total.

With the approval of the resolution and the closing of the sale RCM will no longer be involved in Bedford Commons.

This signifies a complete success and a definitive conclusion of our efforts against RCM and the city to turn Bedford Commons into a field of apartments.

To everyone who supported us and helped make this possible, a heartfelt thanks and congratulations!


Realty Capital is proposing to build 240 apartments in the wooded area located south of Bedford Road and west of Parkwood Drive. Last October, Realty Capital proposed the initial construction of what would eventually have been 600-800 apartments in what is known as Bedford Commons. That effort was defeated in a city council vote due to citizens showing up in large numbers to oppose the development.

However, Realty Capital is now proposing to build these 240 apartments which does not includes retail, dining, walking trails or parks, just parking lots and apartments. We believe that If approved, this high density development will pave the way for an additional 400-600 apartments.

The Save Bedford, TX group is working for the following:

Land Use - No more high density developments on undeveloped land in Bedford. Save it for new business opportunities now and in the future.

Density - Bedford is the 2nd most densely populated city in all of Texas, we do not want to become #1.

Redevelopment - promote redevelopment of older high density residential properties where possible.

Accountability - Hold the city leadership responsible to the citizens who elected them.

Our Mission
To bring the divisive issue of more apartments in Bedford to an end by putting before the city leadership and the voters a legally binding zoning ordinance change to settle the issue once and for all on new high density development while still allowing for redevelopment of older high density properties. This ordinance can either be adopted by the council or placed before the citizens for a vote to decide. Ending this issue will allow our city leaders and citizens to focus on other matters that are important to the future of Bedford.

We plan to organize a recall election if necessary of eligible city council members who do not listen to their constituents and put their own interests above their civic responsibilities.


We Need Your Help

The Save Bedford group is proceeding with having a legally binding zoning ordinance change drafted by an attorney who specializes in these matters. This zoning ordinance will change the density requirements for development in the City of Bedford to prevent high density developments on the remaining undeveloped land in this city and preserve it for future economic development.

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March 23, 2019

City to Buy Out Capital Realty
At the City Council meeting on Tuesday March 26th item #7 on the agenda is a resolution for Council to approve authorizing the City Manager to execute an all cash contract of sale with Realty Capital to purchase the land they bought from Total.

This signifies a complete success and a definitive conclusion of our efforts against RCM and the city to turn Bedford Commons into a field of apartments.

To everyone who supported us and helped make this possible, a heartfelt thanks and congratulations!

I would encourage each of you to plan on attending the council meeting to show that we have followed this through until the end.

March 15, 2019

The new density ordinance is in effect. Capital Realty still has a submission before the city that still does not appear to be compliant and no appearance before P&Z has been scheduled as of this date.

Please check back with us for updates.

Status of Recall on the Mayor

The status is still officially SUSPENDED. We did have two meetings with the Mayor, one at the end of November of last year and the other the first week in January of this year. We have seen some positive response from the Mayor addressing some of the issues we brought up with him so we are optimistic that we may not have to move forward with this action.

Thank you to Those Donating to our GoFundMe Page

Thank you to those of you who have started contributing to our efforts on our GoFundMe page. We have a lot of expenses coming up including bumper stickers, mailers, attorneys fees and efforts for our petition signature drive that will be starting shortly.

Thank you to Joseph Presutto, Charles Spohn, Rowland Wilson, Steve Jungman, Carol Giudice, Cheryl Gardner (twice), Debbie Wright, Jaqueline Halbach, Vikrant Bhusal, Carmen Romero-Murphy, Anne Coakley, Stephen Winkle and several anonymous donors. We also have had many private donations.