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The City of Richland Hills has been planning a multipurpose community facility that will include the following amenities and programs:

Amenities:

  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Fitness and Weight Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Museum
  • Public Meetings Spaces
  • Arts and Crafts Area
  • Game Area 

Proposed Programs 

  • Senior Programming, including meals and games
  • Fitness Classes
  • Recreation Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Childwatch

This planning process has included meeting with several citizen focus groups and conducting a statistically valid survey in the community

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has facilitated the feasibility study and has produced the following exhibits to illustrate the type of facility being considered and the amenities that would be included.  Please note, these are conceptual only.  The actual look and layout of the building may not be exactly as shown below.  

Proposed Floorplan

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Pages from RHAC 2015.12.17 Architecture Images-gym 

FAQ's

How big will the facility be?  

The facility will be approximately 28,000 square feet.

What amenities will be included in the facility?

  • Indoor Walking Track
  • Fitness and Weight Rooms
  • Gymnasium
  • Aerobics Room
  • Kitchen Space
  • Museum
  • Public Meetings Spaces (for up to 300 people)
  • Arts and Crafts Area
  • Game Area 
What programs will be offered in the facility?

 

  • Senior Programming, including meals and games
  • Fitness Classes
  • Recreation Activities
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Childwatch
  • Other programs as needed by the community

 

How much will the facility cost?

The construction of the building and associated site-work will cost between $11 and $12 million.

How will the facility be paid for?

Several funding sources are being used to build the facility.  This includes funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax, the Type B Economic Development Tax, the Tax Investment Zone, and General Obligation Debt (a voter approved bond).

Will citizens have the chance to vote on this?

Yes.  A bond referendum for this project was voted and approved on November 3rd, 2015.

How much would this cause my taxes to increase?

Due to a combination of funding sources being utilized, it is anticipated that the amount of debt required for this project would cause up to a 7 cent tax increase.  The average home value in Richland Hills is approximately $92,000.  This means that the annual tax increase would be $64.40 ($5.37 per month) on an average home.  On a home valued at $140,000, the annual tax increase would be $98 ($8.17 per month).

What if I'm a senior and my taxes are frozen, how will it affect my taxes?

If you currently benefit from the tax freeze, there will be no increase on your taxes from this bond being approved.

How does our tax rate compare to other cities now that the bond is approved?

Listed below is a chart showing the rates of several local cities (the chart does not show all local cities. It shows cities that are close in proximity and/or demographically similar to Richland Hills).  The chart shows the current rate for Richland Hills as well as the proposed rate now that the bond is approved. 

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Where will the facility be located?

The facility will be located on the land north of City Hall, in between Rufe Snow and Matthews on Baker Blvd.

The site plan shown above shows a phase one, with only part of the Plaza space being constructed.  Will there be a second phase that completes the plaza all the way to the library?

Yes, phase two is currently under design and construction would likely be complete by June 2017.

How can I get more information about this project?

There are several ways to get information on this project.  You can call City Hall and ask for the Assistant to the City Manager, Jason Moore, at 817-616-3745.  You can contact a City Council Person or the Mayor.  Sign up for notifications about meetings here (select "City News").

 

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