A Community Improvements Task Force made up of North Richland Hills citizens formed in Spring 2011 to evaluate city facility and infrastructure needs including impacts of the Loop 820 expansion project. Following 8 months of study, the task force recommended the construction of a new municipal complex to include City Hall, Public Safety and Municipal Court services. The task force identified the former North Hills Mall property on Boulevard 26 as the preferred location for the new municipal complex.
On May 12, 2012 North Richland Hills voters approved $48 million in bonds for the construction of the new municipal government complex. The bond proposition passed with 67.8% percent of the vote.
Initial estimates showed that construction of the new municipal complex will cost up to $70 million. That includes land acquisition, design, construction, fixtures and equipment. In addition to voter-approved bonds, the project will be funded with:
- Compensation for city-owned property that is being taken for the Loop 820 highway widening.
- The sale of city-owned property on Loop 820 for retail, commercial or office uses
- Designated capital reserves (gas leases)
Community Improvements Task Force Members