Mansfield has always been a community of vision when it comes to its growth and development. Others may see just an empty hospital building. City leaders in Mansfield saw a City Hall. During the 1980s and 90s, Mansfield City Hall was in a renovated hospital building, utilizing the property by adding a council chambers and providing office space for everything from utility billing to municipal court. But a growing city needed more space for its offices. Across the street, the closed Winn Dixie grocery store offered a solution. The city purchased the property and demolished the retail buildings for the development of a municipal complex. Tarrant County acquired property adjacent to the city’s for a new sub-courthouse building. The municipal complex included a new City Hall, a new library and a new recreation center, something the city had never had for its residents. The county courthouse opened in 2000. The Mansfield Activities Center opened in May 2001, followed by the Mansfield Public Library in July 2001. The final piece of the municipal complex puzzle was in place with the opening of Mansfield City Hall in November 2002. The old hospital/city hall building was razed the next year and the Mansfield Public Safety and Municipal Court building built in its place.
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