Kennedale News Brief Monday, January 11, 2020

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ITEM – One death near Kennedale has been reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In the 5700 block of Teague Road near Rendon, the body of Eduardo Escobar was discovered early Saturday morning by a passing motorist. It has been characterized as a homicide. Escobar lived in Roanoke.

ITEM – The City of Kennedale Planning and Zoning Commission has a regular meeting set for this Thursday, January 14, 2020, at City Hall beginning at 6 pm. When it is made available, see the agenda here.

ITEM – The Kennedale City Council will meet in regular session next week on Tuesday, January 19, 2020, beginning at 5:30 pm. When it is made available, see the agenda here.

ITEM – The Kennedale Wildcat Varsity squad has won their first two games of the new year to bring their season record to 9-10. Last week, January 5, 2020, the Cats defeated Dallas Uplift North Hills Prep, 98-27 in a district match-up and followed by a 53-39 win over Mexia on Saturday. Coming up this week are district match-ups against Irving Ranchview (there) on Tuesday followed by a Friday game at Arlington Uplift Summit International. Kennedale is currently 1-1 in district play.

ITEM – The Kennedale Lady Kats lost to Godley 59-51 last Tuesday but rebounded to take an 83-11 over Arlington Uplift Kennedale Friday evening. The two games gave the Kats a 4-10 record. With the win Friday night Kennedale has started district play 1-0. Next up is Irving Ranchview on Tuesday followed by a game on Friday at Arlington UpLift Summit. Kennedale should have more success in district play after completing a very tough pre-district schedule.

ITEM – The City of Arlington has had the first hearing on a rezoning application to change the zoning on approximately 9 acres from General Commercial (GC) to Planned Development (PD) for Residential Multi-Family 22 (RMF-22) uses. The property is within the Kennedale ISD boundaries. If the change is approved, developers are proposing 135 two- and three-bedroom apartment units in 27 separate buildings. KISD is opposing the change of commercial to residential because of the additional strain it will put on existing facilities that are at or near capacity.

The property is located along US 287 just before Kroger property at US 287 and Sublett Road. There will be two entrances to the development both reached from the access road. See a pdf of the staff report here. The application was approved by the Arlington Planning and Zoning Commission 8-0-1 earlier last month. The final hearing is set for this week Tuesday, January 12 at 6:30 pm. The meeting can be view virtually at the City of Arlington’s website.

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