Concrete plant proposal riles Fort Worth parents

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by CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on July 2, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 2 at 10:23 PM

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FORT WORTH — The thought of a concrete plant is kicking up dust in North Fort Worth.

A road construction company wants to put a plant across the street from the Keller ISD bus barn and two schools.

Parents found out about the plan and formed a coalition to stop it.

"Big trucks, little kids... [it's] that simple. Not a good mix," said Melissa Steen, who has a child who attends Trinity Springs Middle School.

JLB Contracting says it wants to erect temporary concrete plant at the corner of Keller Hicks and Alta Vista roads. It would provide easy access to the ongoing road widening projects along Golden Triangle Boulevard and Beach Street.

A coalition of nearby homeowners, the PTA, and Keller ISD worry about what happens after school starts and students start dealing with an absence of sidewalks, reduced bus service, increased traffic and large cement trucks.

“I don't know why he wants to go there, I just don't know... I don't understand," said Rusty Fuller, president of the North Fort Worth Alliance. He said Keller ISD offered JLB land south of the Trinity Springs and Trinity Meadows Intermediate schools on unfinished Beach Street. It’s less than a quarter mile from the intersection of Keller Hicks and Alta Vista.

Fuller can't understand why JLB hasn't taken the offer and withdrawn his application for a variance.

“He's going to have to anyway, because there is no way the board is going to let him site within 600 feet of houses... not with that kind of opposition,” Fuller said.

Reached by phone, JLB's James Murphy told News 8 he is considering the compromise, but added he doesn’t like the pressure from outside groups. Murphy said he doesn't want someone else to tell him how to finish his road projects.

JLB has asked for a variance because the proposed site is within 600 feet of existing homes.

If Murphy's firm does not agree to the compromise, he will have to make his case to the Fort Worth Board of Adjustment on Friday. The coalition of homeowners and Keller ISD has promised to make their voices heard at that meeting.

E-mail cnorton@wfaa.com

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