The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication is to accept two new parks in the South Main Urban Village area in accordance with the Neighborhood and Community Park Dedication Policy and authorize execution of a management services agreement for management and maintenance of the two parks.
A new development, The Bowery at Southside apartment complex, will include approximately 313 luxury apartments and townhomes in the South Main Urban Village. As part of the construction of The Bowery at Southside, two new public parks will be created.
The legal descriptions are as follows:
A 0.379 acre tract of land situated in the Peter T. Welch Survey, Abstract No. 1643, and being a portion of Block 44 of Tucker's Addition, recorded in Volume 63, Page 124, Plat Records, Tarrant County, Texas, and a portion of E. Tucker Street abandoned by City Ordinance No. 76, and being a portion of a certain tract of land described by deed to CPR/SCP Southside Owner, L.P. recorded in County Clerk's Document No. D217295832, Deed Records, Tarrant County, Texas.
A 0.304 acre tract of land situated in the John Childress Survey, Abstract No. 250, and being a portion of Lots 11 and 12, Block 10 of Daggett's Second Addition, (unrecorded plat), Block 1, Foremost Daries, Inc. Plant Site, recorded in Volume 388-41, Page 57, Plat Records, Tarrant County, Texas, and all of that portion of Crawford Street, vacated by City Ordinance No. 22784-06-2017, and being a portion of that certain tract of land described by deed to CPR/SCP Southside Owner, L.P. recorded in County Clerk's Document No. D217295832, Deed Records, Tarrant County, Texas.
On August 3, 2016 (Resolution No. 2016-13), the Southside/Medical District TIF No. 4 Board (Board) approved a Tax Increment Financing Development Agreement (TIF Agreement) with StoneHawk Capital Partners, LLC (StoneHawk) the developer of The Bowery at Southside in the South Main Village for public improvements. As part of that TIF Agreement, StoneHawk is required to dedicate the aforementioned parks to the City. CRP/SCP Southside Owner, L.P., which is dedicating the park land to the City, is an affiliated entity of StoneHawk. The Board also approved an agreement with Fort Worth Southside Development District, Inc., (Near Southside) for funding in the amount of $1.8M for the design, engineering, and construction of public improvements for the two proposed public parks.
Near Southside is a nonprofit organization that has provided significant financial benefits and other benefits to the City, including assistance in facilitating the dedication of the two parks and planning for the development and maintenance of the parks. Near Southside will execute a management services agreement with the City for management of the two parks, including managing design, construction and maintenance of the park improvements and managing events in the parks. The management services agreement will be for a period of ten years with two five year renewals.
In accordance with the proposed agreement, Near Southside shall comply with the use and management policies of the Park & Recreation Department to ensure public access.
Near Southside will collaborate with City staff on the design and construction of the two parks. The planned improvements to the parks include a pavilion, walkways, seating areas and a fenced dog park. All plans for construction and improvements must receive approval from the City.
The proposed improvements to be constructed at both park sites will be premium level enhancements that go beyond that which would otherwise be constructed for parks of similar size and will benefit the public by helping to enhance the overall environment and livability of the apartment development and the surrounding area.
Maintenance and operating estimates for urban parks, commercial corridors and enhanced right-of-ways are determined by the proposed design which dictates the projected service levels necessary to maintain the constructed improvements. The amenities and improvements constructed at the two park sites will require an enhanced level of service and maintenance than the City would ordinarily provide at parks of similar size. As part of the management services agreement, Near Southside will ensure enhanced maintenance at the two park sites. The annual cost for maintenance, including mowing, litter removal, landscape and irrigation services, and operations is estimated to be $8,000.00 by the Park & Recreation Department. In addition, the City will pay the water and electricity (estimated at $1,200.00/year).
Under the proposed agreement, Near Southside will be responsible for managing reservations of the pavilion and other facilities, and booking and programming of events at both parks.
In accordance with Section 252.022(a)(7)(F) of the Texas Local Government Code, the Management Services Agreement with Near Southside, Inc., is exempt from competitive bidding requirements because the agreement is for management services provided by a nonprofit organization to a park to which the organization has provided significant financial or other benefits.
The proposed public parkland is located north of Pennsylvania Avenue, south of E. Broadway Street, and east of Main Street in COUNCIL DISTRICT 9, Mapsco 72E and F.