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New municipal complex in early stages of discussion

Posted Aug. 19, 2019

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This map shows the location of facilities where the city conducts business. Locations that could potentially be put up for sale are outlined in red.

Fort Worth residents will soon have a chance to provide feedback on an exciting project that will continue the momentum of development on the south end of downtown.

City officials are in the early stages of planning for a new municipal complex that will provide more efficient customer service and a one-stop shop for residents who need to conduct city business. Currently, city offices are spread among a dozen or so buildings downtown; several of those buildings are leased.

Early plans call for a new, consolidated municipal complex on city-owned land between Lancaster Avenue and Texas Street. The design would address transportation, mobility and green-space concerns in and around the proposed complex.

Cost savings would result from selling certain buildings, such as the Central Library at 500 W. Third St. and two office annexes and a parking garage just to the west of the current City Hall.

Currently, the city pays more than $698,000 annually for downtown leases and takes in revenue of $144,853 from city-owned facilities downtown.

The municipal complex project has several objectives:

  • Create a storefront, one-stop shop for development, utility and customer service interactions along with the efficiencies of staff from various departments working in the same location.
  • Reduce costs by ending facility leases and eliminating recurring facility maintenance costs.
  • Partially fund the project through by selling current assets.
  • Contribute to the tax base by returning these properties to the tax rolls.

Preliminary discussions place a new eight-story municipal complex and central library at about 253,400 square feet with a construction cost of $126 million. An adjacent eight-story parking garage with 1,200 spaces would add $24 million.

The work would be part of a planned 2022 bond package.

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Numerous stakeholder groups will be involved in the planning process. Already, Downtown Fort Worth Inc. viewed a presentation, and others are planned.

A series of public meetings will be scheduled so residents can learn about the project and provide feedback. Information will be posted on the city’s website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, residents can also email their comments.

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