Keller - Roanoke - Northeast Fort Worth Edition | Dec. 2020

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2020 Senior Living Guide

Senior groups continue to expand services City of Keller hopes to increase options with new $9.6 million center Upcoming upgrades

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Senior-related nonprot organi- zations and senior centers in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth area are looking to the future after get- ting hit with challenge after challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Built in 1991, the current Keller Senior Activities Center has just 4,200 square feet of space, said Elaine Rice, Keller Community Senior Fund vice presi- dent. On a typical Tuesday night prior to the pandemic, the activities center was well over its capacity, she said. “We were having to turn peo- ple away,” Rice said. “Even though CONTINUED ON 12

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The city of Keller’s new senior center will have ve times the square footage of the current building, going from 4,200 square feet to 21,000 square feet. (Rendering courtesy city of Keller)

Project timeline: January 2021 - spring 2022

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Three major road construction projects in Roanoke, Fort Worth and Keller continue to progress ahead with few delays and within their allocated budgets. In Roanoke, the widening of US 377 is currently ahead of schedule, according to Emily McCann, Texas Department of Transportation public infor- mation ocer for the Dallas District. She said crews have “completed probably 40% of the con- tract and only used 15% of the time.” CONTINUED ON 14 Construction projects continuewith fewdelays BY SANDRA SADEK

US 377WIDENING Est. completion: Oct. 23, 2023 Cost: $33.7M

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2020 Senior Living Guide 2 0 e r Now Open, Coming Soon &more TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES 8 Roanoke Road rehabilitation CITY& COUNTY 9 Latest local news MARKET SNAPSHOT 10

FROMANA: As part of our commitment to provide you with reliable local news, we have added a new reporter to our team. Kira Lovell comes to us from the University of Missouri-Columbia, from which she graduated with honors with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. During her time there, she worked for various publications, covering education and localizing national trends. We are so excited to have her on our growing team. Of course, this can only happen with the support of our readers who also help support our local advertisers, so, thank you all. Ana Erwin, GENERALMANAGER

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FROM IAN: We are excited to introduce our rst annual Senior Living Guide in 2020. This guide will run each year in December in an eort to highlight senior populations in the area. We hope you nd the stories, data and listings useful. Ian Pribanic, EDITOR

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

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center at 9017 Tehama Ridge Pkwy., Fort Worth. The store features a rotating menu of fresh-baked cookies, half pints of ice cream and other options for curb- side or delivery. 682-514-9970. www.crumblcookies.com 8 Baja Cantina opened at 101 S. Oak St., Ste. 300, Roanoke, in October. The Tex-Mex eatery is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Other locations in- clude Watauga and North Richland Hills. It is also associated with Funky Baja’s Cantina in Keller. 817-984-3900. www.eatbajamexicanfood.com 9 A new residential neighborhood is now open in north Fort Worth. Ascend at Watson Creek by K. Hovnanian Homes, located at 4825 Porque Ct., Fort Worth, features more than 100 single-family homes near the intersection of Alta Vista Road and Golden Triangle Boulevard. Homes feature stainless steel applianc- es, granite counter tops and ceramic tile showers. 469-737-1485. www.khov.com 10 A Diore’ Medical Aesthetics, Spa and Salon location opened in the rst week of December at 212 N. Oak St., Roanoke. The business provides various aesthetic services, such as laser and cos- metic treatment. It also features a wide range of salon options, including haircuts, toppers, extensions and color. 682-237-7776. www.thediore.com COMING SOON 11 FlannelJax’s , an ax-throwing enter- tainment center, is coming to 1212 US 377, Ste. 103, Roanoke. The franchise owners said they hope to make their location a

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3 Kumon opened a new after-school math and reading center in November at 12584 N. Beach St., Ste. 158, Fort Worth. The program oers self-paced learning using the Kumon curriculum. 817-677-1225. www.kumon.com/ fort-worth-woodland-springs 4 A second Vault Coee location is now open at 1101 SH 114, Roanoke. The new store is located between US 377 and I-35W and features indoor and outdoor seating, drive-thru and curbside op- tions. It joins an existing location in the downtown area at 206 Oak St., Ste. 130, Roanoke. Vault Coee locations have a wide selection of coee and specialty drinks. 817-400-4415. www.vaultcoee.us 5 A Wendy’s location opened in December at 4741 Golden Triangle Blvd., Fort Worth. It is the third location in the north Fort Worth area, along with restaurants on North Tarrant Parkway and Westport Parkway. Wendy’s locations serve burgers, fries, ice cream and more. 817-697-4269. www.wendys.com 6 151 Coee is now open in north Fort Worth at 9301 North Freeway, Fort Worth. The coee shop provides a number of classic options, such as lattes and cappuccinos, as well as hot and iced beverages, such as the Vanilla Bean and Irish Sin. Other options include hot chocolate, tea, energy drinks and Italian

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NOWOPEN 1 Floyd’s 99 Barbershop opened its second Fort Worth location in October at 9423 North Freeway, Fort Worth. The barbershop chain oers a full menu of hair services and an unconventional atmosphere. It also has shops in Dallas,

Frisco and McKinney. 682-730-3313. www.oydsbarbershop.com/alliance 2 Board + Brie , a charcuterie board company, moved into its rst permanent location at 400 N. Oak St., Roanoke, in October. The company has a seasonal menu and does custom orders. It also oers virtual and in-person charcuterie

sodas. 682-325-2124. www.151coee.com

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place to hold team-building or corporate events. www.anneljaxs.com 12 Windshields R Us will open its rst retail location in late December at 112 Sports Parkway, Keller. The auto service company oers window tinting, glass repair and more. 469-799-1168. www.windshieldsrus.com 13 Wine:30 plans to open at 400 S. Oak St., Roanoke, in March. This locally owned tasting room will bring together Texas wines and select specialties from other regions. A website will be coming online soon. 14 A new restaurant development known as Trailhead at Bear Creek re- ceived approval from Keller City Council on Dec. 2. The two-restaurant develop- ment will sit on 2.35 acres south of Keller Town Center at the intersection of Rufe Snow Drive and Driscoll Place. Contracts for the restaurant vacancies have not yet been nalized, according to city ocials. 817-743-4000. www.cityoeller.com 15 Expected to open in early 2021, a Towne Grill restaurant is coming to Alli- ance Town Center at 9365 Rain Lily Trail, Fort Worth. The bar and grill will serve brunch options, along with classic steak, burger and salad meals. 817-741-6090. www.alliancetowncenter.com FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON A Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods location is under construction at 100 Chandler Road, Keller, adjacent to Natural Grocers. The 12,000-square-foot building was approved for construction on the 1.71- acre site by Keller City Council in June. According to sta, the new location is expected to open in the third quarter of 2021. Spec’s locations oer a large assortment of wine, spirits, beer, cheese and other foods. 817-490-9072 www.specsonline.com

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ANNIVERSARIES 16 As of November, Two Brothers Win- ery has been open for one year despite pandemic-related challenges. The winery now oers more food options for to-go and curbside pickup and has partnered with mobile ax-throwing company Rollin Axes for weekly events. 110 Lamar St., Keller. 817-541-9463. www.twobrotherswinery.com CLOSINGS 17 Justice , a clothing and accessories store catering to tween girls, closed the doors to its Fort Worth location at 9510 Sage Meadow Trail in mid-December as retail operations wound down nationwide after 16 years of business. Its parent com- pany led for bankruptcy in July. www.shopjustice.com 18 Family Video at 2131 Rufe Snow Drive, Keller, has closed. The company, which is headquartered in Illinois, was forced to close a number of locations in 2020. However, more than 300 stores still remain open. The store features a wide range of movies and games to rent and used Blu-ray and DVDs for sale. 817-337-9363. www.familyvideo.com

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ONGOING PROJECTS

Funding source: city of Keller 2 Alliance Park development

The city of Fort Worth is continuing the development of Alliance Park, a 160-acre site in far north Fort Worth at the inter- section of North Beach Street and Litsey Road. The acreage for the park was first donated to the city by Hillwood Prop- erties in 2017. The park is expected to include hundreds of acres of walking and athletic trails as well as on-site parking and security lighting. Part of the city’s park master plan, the multimillion dollar park is also being funded through gas lease royalties and a $1 million grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Timeline: 2019-July 2021 Cost: $7.3 million Funding source: city of Fort Worth that’s why this call to action to every Texan is so imperative.” TxDOT officials are asking Texas drivers to act accordingly when they get be- hind the wheel of a car. Drivers should buckle up, pay attention to the road and avoid distractions, such as phones, officials said. Drivers should never drive under the influence, and they should refrain from speeding and drive appropriately given the weather and roadway conditions around them. TxDOT is encouraging Texans to use #EndTheStreakTX on social media using a downloadable TxDOT sign or a TxDOT social media filter. For more information, go to www.txdot.gov.

1 Roanoke Road rehabilitation In partnership with the city of Keller, Tarrant County construction crews will complete rehabilitation and repaving work on a 2,400-foot portion of Roanoke Road from Melody Lane to Knox Road. The purpose of the project is to regrade and stabilize the roadway. Work will con- sist of milling, paving and resurfacing the roadway and will include the installation HOW ITWORKS On Nov. 7, the state of Texas marked 20 years of daily deaths on state roadways. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, more than 70,000 deaths have occurred on Texas roads in the past two decades, and an average of 10 people die every day in road accidents in the state. “The effort to end the streak of daily deaths in Texas is a shared responsibil- ity, and we are committed to including safety enhancements in every project we build or maintain,” TxDOT Exec- utive Director James Bass said. “It’s going to take education, engineering and enforcement to get this done, and

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News from Keller, Fort Worth & Tarrant County

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Purchaseof CityHall propertyapproved

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Council voted unanimously Dec. 1 to extend the city’s COVID-19 mandate for face coverings until March 2, 2021. The resolution extends an executive ordered issued by Mayor Betsy Price in August that requires face coverings in all Fort Worth businesses that oer services to the public. According to the resolution, the purpose of the order is to continue “to protect the health and safety of the community and address developing and rapidly changing circumstances.” COVID-19 case counts continued to climb across Tarrant County throughout the month of November. As of Dec. 15, the county has conrmed 122,443 total cases of COVID-19, including 1,544 new cases in the past 24 hours. Out of conrmed cases, 1,026 deaths have been reported. At the county level, Tarrant County Commissioners Court has extended a countywide mask mandate until Feb. 28, 2021. The order allows businesses within the county to ask patrons who do not wear a mask to leave the premises. Fort Worth City Council Meets at 7 p.m. three times each month on Tuesdays. www.fortworthtexas.gov Keller City Council Meets at 7 p.m. the rst and third Tuesdays of each month. Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. www.roanoketexas.com Keller ISD Meets monthly; dates, times and locations may vary. www.kellerisd.net Northwest ISD Meets monthly at 6:30 p.m.; dates may vary. www.nisdtx.org www.cityoeller.com Roanoke City Council MEETINGSWE COVER

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FORTWORTH Ocials with the city of Fort Worth on Dec. 15 unani- mously approved the purchase of a new City Hall location in the down- town area. According to a Dec. 2 news release, the city conducted “its due diligence” on the former Pier 1 headquarters located at 100 Energy Way, Fort Worth. The city approved the purchase of the building on 11.9 acres of land for a total of $69.5 million. The transaction is expected to be complete by February 2021. City ocials estimated construction of a newmunicipal complex would have exceeded $200 million, while the purchase of an existing property will save the city tens of millions of dollars. The site of the new City Hall is more than 400,000 square feet in size, which will provide 160,000-plus square feet more space than the current City Hall building.

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private drive. Phase 1 will cover 26.8 acres and will feature 475 loft- style apartments, 24,000 square feet of commercial space, a com- munity lawn and outdoor music venue, and trails for hiking and biking. This portion of the develop- ment will include 2.2 of the total 6 acres of open space required by the city. Phase 1 does not include any single-family homes. Trac signals will be retimed and new turn lanes added to the intersection of US 377 and Ridge Point Parkway.

KELLER Center Stage, the 38-acre mixed-use development set to be built along US 377, is one step closer to becoming a reality. Keller City Council approved Phase 1 of the development Dec. 1 after granting initial approval in January. The Phase 1 Detailed Site Plan brought before council by Realty Capital Management included recommendations made by the city, such as reducing the number of residential units and providing access to Milestone Church via a

ArminMizani wins Kellermayoral runoelection KELLER With 100% of votes counted, Armin Mizani was elected as the next mayor of Keller. BY IAN PRIBANIC

our community, and I couldn’t be prouder of Keller,” Mizani said. “I am ready to get to work on your behalf [by] providing tax relief for our residents, ensuring public safety, attracting quality economic devel- opment, improving our infrastructure, and maintaining Keller’s character with our trails and parks.” Because no candidate received more than 50% of the votes in the general election, Green and Mizani returned to the ballot box for the Dec. 8 runo.

Mizani received 3,809 votes, or 58.89%, over challenger Tag Green, according to results from Tarrant County elections. Green received a total of 2,659 votes. In an address to supporters on election night, Dec. 8, Mizani said he was humbled by the results of the election. “Tonight was a dening moment for

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2020 Senior Living Guide 20 i ide

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DESIGNED BY MICHELLE DEGARD COMPILED BY SANDRA SADEK & IAN PRIBANIC

On average, the number of residents age 65 and older in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth area comprise about 9.73% of the combined area population. The following demographics provide more information on the size, education

level and life expectancy of senior populations in these three cities. SOURCE: 2018 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

DEMOGRAPHICS

EDUCATION The majority of seniors in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth have at least a high school education, but less than 50% have a bachelor’s degree or higher, with Keller having the highest percentage. Keller

SENIORPOPULATIONFLUCTUATES The cities of Keller and Fort Worth have seen a steady increase in their senior populations. Roanoke saw a dip in its 65+ population.

The senior population in Keller, Roanoke and Fort Worth make up less than 20% of the cities’ total population.

Keller 8,000

Fort Worth 81,958 855,786 Age 65 and older Total population Roanoke 851 7,899 Age 65 and older Total population Keller 5,798 46,175 Age 65 and older Total population

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Senior Living Senior L As the numbers of senior adults nationwide and in the Keller, Roanoke and

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5 Independent - living communities cater to older adults with limited care needs. Most include amenities, such as fitness programs, housekeeping, communal meals and more. 5 Assisted-living communities specialize in providing care and supervision. These facilities frequently offer a full range of amenities as well as limited medical assistance. 5 Memory care facilities specialize in providing care to seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive issues. Staff members are trained to help residents manage these diseases. 5 Hospice care is intended to relieve symptoms and suffering associated with a terminal illness in those who have been given six months or less to live. Patients must choose to forgo further curative treatment. 5 Nursing home/skilled nursing facilities provide care to those with illnesses or mental conditions that require full-time monitoring and medical care. 5 Mixed-use facilities offer some or all of these services. SOURCES: TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, WWW.AARP.GOV/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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STEP 1 STEP 2 Keller Senior Center At the start of the pandemic in March the Keller senior center performed check-ins on

they were registered with the center, they couldn’t come because we didn’t have the space for them.” In November 2018, some 68% of city of Keller voters approved the construction of a new senior activities cen- ter using money from the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. The new center will have more than 21,000 square feet of space and is expected to have a capacity of 800 people. After breaking ground in December, construction will officially begin on the $9.6 million senior center in Janu- ary 2021. The city anticipates an opening date of spring 2022, according to city of Keller Public Information Offi- cer Rachel Reynolds. The Keller Community Senior Fund has also launched a $400,000 capital campaign to help pay for equipment, furniture and other items inside the center. “We’re trying to raise the level of awareness about seniors and the value theyhave to offer,” said Carol Rubino, senior fund president. “It’s about respect and dignity.” Community Senior Fund With nearly 6,000 seniors, or 13% of the population, in the city of Keller, the non- profit Keller Community Senior Fund helps to supple- ment assistance provided by Meals On Wheels and other organizations. The nonprofit assists thou- sands of seniors living in far

north Fort Worth and upwards of 1,300 registered members of the Keller Senior Activities Center, Rubino said. “Half of the citizens that come to the activities center are not from the Keller area,” she said. “Half of seniors come from north Fort Worth, and we’re hoping to work with businesses in that area.” Because the senior center does not charge a fee for mem- bers, Rubino said the Senior Fund is hoping to supplement meal costs and other expenses by adding partnerships with businesses and restaurants beyond the Keller area. TheKeller CommunitySenior Fund, in partnership with Metroport Meals on Wheels, has provided curbside meals at the Keller senior center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Fri- day throughout the pandemic. Thanks to donations from local churches and commu- nity members, the activi- ties center has also provided more than 2,000 donation bags to senior residents filled with essentials, such as pro- duce and dairy products, said Keller Senior Activities Center Supervisor Crystal Lopez. “Our goal was to reevaluate our mission and adapt our ser- vices,” Lopez said of the chal- lenges the center has faced due to COVID-19. The first step was to interact with members over the phone or by email, she said. Staff then began encouraging mem- bers to use Facebook, Zoom and curbside services.

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The Keller Senior Activities Center has adapted its services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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More than 2,000 donation bags full of grocery staples such as produce and dairy products distributed since March. Visit www.cityoeller.com/ services/parks-recreation/ keller-senior-activities-center for more information.

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Members of the Keller Community Senior Fund and President Carol Rubino, left, honor staff from the Keller Senior Activities Center. (Ian Pribanic/Community Impact Newspaper)

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S enior Living Guide Local assistance Local assistance Senior residents in the Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth area can access a number of local organizations for assistance. METROPORTMEALS ONWHEELS Curbside or drive-thru meals at local senior centers and homebound meal programs are open to all residents in need of

“Still, there are other people that are homebound and aren’t able to use curbside or Zoom, so we’ve been making regular calls and check-ins to ensure they are OK,” Lopez said. Senior centers adapt Senior centers in Keller and Roanoke have been closed to in-person activities since March. Staffhave adapted pro- grams to virtual and curbside formats. In order to continue serving weekly meals, both senior centers have partnered with the nonprofit Metroport Meals on Wheels. “In March, we were thrown for a loop with restaurants closing and had to scramble to find foodproviders inour price range,” said Andrea Burris, Metroport Meals on Wheels director of client services. “Butwehavenotmissed a beat on home delivered meals.” According to Burris, Metro- port Meals on Wheels oper- ates 22 meal routes from Boyd

to Bedford, including routes for the Keller Senior Activities Center and Roanoke Commu- nity Center. “We hosted luncheons in person but once the pandemic hit, we switched to drive-thru lunches,” said Jacob Parker, with the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Department. Parker said the center has partnered with Metroport Meals on Wheels to continue providing lunches for most of the pandemic. The organi- zation has also implemented new standards and policies, such as no-contact delivery and a 12-foot minimum dis- tance between senior clients and delivery drivers. “We’re trying to figure out how we can deliver as cleanly as possible,” Burris said. “We’re more worried about spreading it to [clients] than them spreading it to us.” Along with weekly deliv- eries to senior centers in Tarrant, Denton and Wise

counties, Metroport Meals on Wheels serves more than 250 homebound clients Monday through Friday, Burris said. And if clients don’t answer the door, the organization checks in through its “phone bud- dies” program, she said. “[Phone buddies] was implemented immediately in March to make sure our par- ticipants aren’t isolated and alone,” Burris said. “Many of them live in fear, especially seniors with underlying medi- cal conditions, and it allows us to call once a week and visit or check in on residents.” Ahead of the Christmas holiday, Metroport Meals on Wheels is also reaching out to program participants with a list of gift items they can request, such as heaters, towel sets and electric tea ket- tles and coffee pots.

assistance, regardless of age or income. 817-491-1141 | www.metroportmow.org KELLER COMMUNITY SENIOR FUND

The senior fund provides financial assistance for the Keller Senior Activities Center to help residents get access to meal programs, book clubs and other senior-related services. Services: 682-593-8175 | Donate: 817-996-8410 www.kellerseniors4seniors.org KELLER SENIORACTIVITIES CENTER

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Williamson, public relations manager for North Tarrant Infrastructure, the company overseeing the construc- tion. Williamson said he expects both ramps to reopen within next month. A full list of up-to-date lane closures can be found on the NTI website at www. northtarrantexpress.com/ laneclosuresnew.asp. Williamson said the project remains on schedule and is anticipated to be “substantially completed by 2023.” In Keller, residents can expect crews to break ground on Johnson Road by spring 2021. The project will focus on reconstructing two existing lanes with curb-and-gutter upgrades. It will also turn the intersection at Johnson and Keller-Smitheld Road into a roundabout, with drainage and water line upgrades. Keller Public Works Director Alonzo Liñán said the city expects plans to be nalized by early January 2021 andwill begin accepting bids later that month. “We’re still on [track to begin] con- struction in March, but [...] that will be 95% dependent on the contractor awarded the project,” he said.

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Remaining work includes grading to level the roadway and setting up beams to complete the portion of US 377 that goes over Business 114. Landscape work and reconstruc- tion of a railroad bridge to accommo- date the new width of Business 114 is ongoing, McCann said. The project is expected to be done late 2023. Nearby businesses, which are already aected by COVID-19, are being taken into consideration by TxDOT and the city. Shawn Wilkinson, public works director for Roanoke, said incentives were put in place for that very reason. Construction updates can be found online at www.roanoketexas.com/ civicalerts. Among the biggest ongoing proj- ects in Fort Worth is the expansion of I-35W. The project will reconstruct the four-lane highway and add two express lanes to aid with congestion. Northbound ramps at Basswood Boulevard and Westport Parkway are currently closed, said Tommy

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As a result of work on I35W, several northbound ramps have been closed, such as on Basswood Boulevard. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

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The Johnson Road project will reconstruct two lanes, update gutters and add a roundabout.

“One of the reasons for the incentives for the contractor to nish in such a timely manner is [because] we do understand the restraints that construction does put on businesses along 377.”

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The goal of the TxDOT-led project on US 377 is to widen the rural road to four lanes. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

The intersection of Johnson and Keller-Smitheld Road will become a roundabout. (Sandra Sadek/Community Impact Newspaper)

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BY KIRA LOVELL

Wedding and event venue looks to expand Keller community’s options in coming years C ynthia Hennig said she wanted to open a wedding venue because of her experiences

Since opening in late 2019, Chandon Arbors has hosted at least 35 weddings, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hennig’s husband, Don, who co-owns the business and handles its nances, said they could have had almost double

working with venues when her chil- dren were married. One issue stuck with her: a lack of space for family and friends to send o newlyweds properly. “Where was the space to have that meeting together?” That inspiration led Hennig to open Chandon Arbors. The Keller events venue centers around what she calls the “jewel box,” or an antechamber where families can say goodbye, pray and provide other sendos for married couples. Hennig, who has a degree in interior design, created the space at Chandon Arbors in accordance with the principle of feng shui. The result, she said, is a calming eect for guests during monumental life events. Beyond weddings, Chandon Arbors space to say good- bye?” Hennig said. “Where was the hosts conferences and corporate events. Hennig said the jewel box also works as a place to prepare mentally before a big presentation or sales pitch. Not only does the venue serve customers from Keller and nearby cities, such as Southlake, but it also draws out-of-town companies that appreciate its proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and other attractions.

Cynthia and Don Hennig started Chandon Arbors after they helped to plan their children’s weddings. (Photos by Kira Lovell/Community Impact Newspaper)

“TO SEE HOWHAPPY THE FAMILIES ARE THAT’SWHATMAKES IT ALLWORTH IT.” CYNTHIA HENNIG, COOWNER OF CHANDON ARBORS

that number without the pandemic. Still, the Hennigs give tours to potential customers almost every day, and the event venue has a successful social

media presence, they said. According to the Hennigs, the majority of couples who book Chandon Arbors for their wedding are usually looking for a fully inclusive experience. On average, the typical couple has a budget of between $20,000- $30,000, which is a typical budget for the majority of weddings held in the United States, Hennig said. The Hennigs said they hope to diversify their options in 2021 by holding more themed events that are open to the public, such as a mas- querade party or a Valentine’s Day singles event. Ultimately, the Hennigs said they want Chandon Arbors to be a place for building unity and a place where the community can come together for fun and relaxation. “To see how happy the families are—that’s what makes it all worth it,” Hennig said.

Cynthia Hennig designed Chandon Arbors so that energy would ow from the front doors through the “jewel box” to the back of the building.

WEDDING COSTS IN THE U.S. & ABROAD The Knot and WeddingWire surveyed 20,000 U.S. and international couples in 2019 to nd the average amount spent on a wedding.

American couples typically spend almost $30,000 on their wedding.

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