North Richland Hills: Where the street has no name

Posted Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS -- The planned City Hall will get a new street, but it needs a name.

The current ideas -- Civic Place Boulevard, Civic Boulevard and Plaza Parkway -- don't have the pizazz that some city officials want for their $70 million municipal complex.

"The names don't do anything for me," Mayor Oscar Trevino said during a recent City Council workshop.

The need for a name comes as signs will be going up across the city and in next-door Hurst to help people reach major destinations.

Councilman Scott Turnage, chairman of the council's naming committee, said he wants a name that reflects where people are in North Richland Hills.

"This is going to be arguably the center of the city," Turnage said. "We want to come up with a name that will tell you where you are."

City Manager Mark Hindman suggested that the city consider a name with some analysis behind it. Turnage said the city staff has been asked to seek consultants who might help find a name.

Residents are welcome to suggest names to city officials. No deadline has been set, Hindman said.

The 180,000-square-foot complex is expected to open in late 2015 on 12 acres that were part of the now-vacant North Hills Mall site.

The three-floor building will house city offices, the Municipal Court, and the police and fire departments. About 330 people are expected to work in the building, which will be connected to Boulevard 26 by the now-nameless 810-foot road.

As work gets under way on the new City Hall, North Richland Hills will join with Hurst to add "way-finding signs" throughout the two cities. North Richland Hills plans to spend up to $100,000 to install 23 signs in the community.

They look similar to street signs but are more decorative and will highlight major destinations, such as NRH {-2}O Family Water Park and shopping centers. Residents should begin seeing them within 180 days.

The City Council voted 7-0 on Feb. 11 to approve the contract with Centerline Supply Co. of Grand Prairie.

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