NORTH RICHLAND HILLS (CBSDFW.COM) – One North Texas city has big plans to bring life to the site of what was once a popular shopping mall.
North Richland Hills wants to build a new city hall along Highway 26, on the 80-acre site that was once North Hills Mall.
“Over time people become a little disheartened when they don’t see any development occurring on a parcel of land that large,” City Public Safety Director Jimmy Perdue said of the proposal.
The site would be able to accommodate every area of North Richland Hills city government.
“Our 12 acres will take care of the municipal complex, which will involve all of city hall, the public safety building, municipal court and then all of the associated city services,” Perdue said.
According to Perdue, the $70 million project wouldn’t take up all the space and is meant to serve as the spark for development of the rest of the site, with retail, restaurants and offices.
“What we are hoping from the developer, the landowner, is that there will be some development that will occur around that.”
The proposal to move city hall is also being driven by the expansion of North Loop 820, a growing highway that is crowding out the current city hall.
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