Mayor Betsy Price and council members questioned the idea of putting police offices into the old NBC 5 headquarters atop a scenic hill in East Fort Worth, saying the city should give the piece a shot at redevelopment.
“That’s one of the last large developable pieces in East Fort Worth,” Price said during a staff presentation on police department facility needs Tuesday. “I think we owe it to that neighborhood to give them a chance to market this.”
The city is taking the property in trade as part of an incentive package it gave to NBC 5 to keep the TV station in Fort Worth. NBC 5 is moving to new quarterss near D/FW Airport, and is scheduled to move out of its old East Fort Worth property in November.
One idea in its nascent stages for the property: Police offices. The city staff and Council member Kelly Allen Gray, whose district includes the West Meadowbrook neighborhood, met with the neighborhood Thursday to discuss the idea.
But Price and Councilman Jungus Jordan wanted to know the potential loss of taxes from taking the property off the rolls.
Price also said she didn’t know about the NBC 5 idea before it surfaced publicly. Two constituents asked her why the city was considering police offices in the NBC 5 building, when the city is building a new police and fire training center, she said.
Randle Harwood, the city’s planning development director, said the police department has needs for space beyond what’s planned in the new training center. The center, he said, is on schedule and budget, and all operations that were planned for the center are still planned for it.
Gray also pressed for a better job of communicating the status of the NBC 5 plans.
- Scott Nishimura, Star-Telegram Fort Worth City Hall reporter