NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Shops, restaurants, a hotel, entertainment venues and up to 300 apartments are envisioned to complement the municipal complex that will be built at the former North Hills Mall site at Northeast Loop 820 and Boulevard 26.For more than a year, city officials and owners of the vacant site where the mall was said the planned 180,000-square-foot municipal complex would be a catalyst for a rebirth of this section of Boulevard 26. The plan appears to be taking shape.Key elements for the estimated $500 million development include six “districts” in the 79-acre site. They include, for example, an entertainment district aimed at attracting businesses such as fitness centers, movie theaters, hotels and outdoor amusement venues, such as a golf driving range.The Gagliardi Group of Arlington is coordinating the development, to be called City Point Centre, on behalf of North Richland Hills and LaVerne Butterfield, the Culver City, Calif., firm that owns the property. Work should begin in January 2016 and continue in phases through 2018, Gagliardi President Deborah Gagliardi said. The mall closed in 2004, and three years later, the buildings were razed. In addition to developing a blighted section of the city, the municipal complex helps fulfill a council goal of more than a decade to revitalize the city south of 820. “This is exciting,” Councilman Scott Turnage said. “It’s been a long time coming. … I think this is just going to be such a catalyst for development of the rest of this acreage and the project that the Gagliardi Group brought into us. Hooray for the south side.” The council voted 7-0 last week to approve the zoning that clears the way for the development to begin.The council also voted unanimously to change the names Road to the Mall and Cagle Drive to City Point Drive. which will serve as the main thoroughfare to the $70 million municipal complex. Construction is expected to begin this month.The six districts planned for City Point Centre are: Municipal District: The new City Hall complex and plaza, which will be completed in December 2015, will be as the development’s centerpiece. It will house about 330 employees now scattered in buildings citywide. The front parking lot of the current City Hall was lost to the expansion of Northeast Loop 820, prompting the search for a new site. Market District: Commercial buildings will be built close to the street buffered by 11-foot-wide sidewalks. Parking will be on the street. Stores, restaurants, offices and other businesses will be allowed in this district, which is designed to create an urban feel. Metro District: This district will have a concentration of stores, restaurants and other businesses, but the building requirements will be more flexible than the more urban market district. Town homes could be included. Manor District: Up to 300 loft-style apartments are planned for this area, built close to the streets. The district will be designed for pleasant walking, with street lights, landscaping and brick pavers. Entertainment District: This area will be flexible to attract the best entertainment venues for the area. Medical District: This area will boast medical offices and healthcare centers and tie into an existing medical office building on the mall side of Calloway Branch creek. North Hills Hospital is across the creek.T.D. Jenkins was the only resident who spoke at last week’s public hearing. He opposed the apartments, saying they attract people who overtax schools and roads and cause crime. Gagliardi said the planned apartments will be high-end lofts. Owners of planned developments typically include multifamily housing to draw a reliable population to shop and visit the development’s businesses.