Fort Worth trying to figure out what to do with NBC 5 site

Posted Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The city is considering using the old NBC 5 TV station building in east Fort Worth's West Meadowbrook neighborhood for police department offices, and is holding a community meeting Thursday to meet with residents.

The meeting will be 6:30 p.m. at the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church, 3900 Meadowbrook Drive.

NBC 5, which is building a new complex in the CentrePort Business Park near D/FW Airport, is trading its old 26-acre site atop a hill to the city as part an incentive agreement on the CentrePort development.

The city hasn't decided what to do with the property, which has scenic views of downtown Fort Worth.

One potential use is police offices, said Jay Chapa, the city's housing and economic development director. City Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, police officials, and other staff will be on hand for Thursday's meeting.

"Our first choice is we would find a use that would save us dollars from having to do something else," Chapa said.

Development of the site, 3900 Barnett St., for single-family residential is another possibiliity, he said.

The neighborhoods have been hoping for a use that takes advantage of the landscape. The city's Stratford Park adjoins it at the south end.

"We wanted something special," said Wanda Conlin, publisher of the Greater Meadowbrook News and the West Meadowbrook neighborhood leader who arranged the Thursday meeting.

Conlin said she's not heard any opposition to the possibility of police offices. "We need to hear their proposal," she said.

Scott Nishimura, (817) 390-7808; Twitter: @JScottNishimura

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