Holly Colley Holiday and Red, White and Sousa, Colleyville’s largest annual community events, may find a new home at the Colleyville Center after years in the Village at Colleyville.The City Council asked the city staff to research buying land in front of City Hall and the Library in the Village, and landscaping around the Colleyville Center during the July 2 City Council meeting. The direction came after city staff presented the opportunity of buying the land in the Village before property owners develop housing and office facilities on the 1.1 acre site the city borrows for events.Holly Colley Holiday and Red, White and Sousa have traditionally taken place in the Village, as have smaller events hosted by the Library.“An estimated 35,000 have attended events at this venue and it has become the heart of the community,” said Mary Rodne, library director. Councilman Chuck Mogged said he prefers hosting the city’s larger events at the Colleyville Center, but using the space near the library for smaller events.“Depending upon cost, it may make sense to purchase some of the vacant property east of the library as a green space park,” he said via email.City manager Jennifer Fadden said while the developers of the land have not submitted any building plans, they have discussed construction in the open space.The city has owned the Colleyville Center since 1998, hosting luncheons and public meetings in the facility. But its outdoor landscaping has drawbacks. The two-acre area has ponds that pose a public safety concern and the area’s long and narrow shape is not ideal for large-scale events.“The City Council’s idea is to maybe rethink the configuration of that property in order to create a better venue for large scale city events,” Fadden said.Every year, the city hosts the Old Tyme BBQ, a two-day event that draws thousands of visitors for a night of free catfish and a day of competitive barbecue, on the city-owned property.Councilman Mike Taylor said he prefers using land the city already owns rather than buying new land and then having to improve it.“We got a great opportunity there given our limited resources,” he said about the Colleyville Center.Fadden said the City will continue to meet with property owners before negotiating a potential acquisition.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770 Twitter: @dustindangli