Oct 19, 2014 to Nov 1, 2014|
Fort Worth residents will vote next month on a new Multipurpose Arena adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Three ballot propositions related to the proposed arena will be on the Nov. 4 ballot. Early voting is available Oct. 20-31.
With voter approval, the state-of-the-art Multipurpose Arena would be built just south of the livestock barns between Montgomery Street and Trail Drive. The new facility would complement the architectural style of the Will Rogers District and would host concerts, family shows, sporting events, ceremonies, rodeos and equestrian shows.
A series of public meetings to discuss the arena project are scheduled in the coming weeks:
· Oct. 16, 7 p.m., TCC Opportunity Center, 5901 Fitzhugh Ave., Room 1330
· Oct. 18, 10 a.m., Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St.
· Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway
· Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Northwest Branch Library, 6228 Crystal Lake Drive
· Oct. 25, 9 a.m., Chisholm Trail Community Center, 4680 McPherson Blvd.
· Oct. 25, noon, R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road
· Oct. 27, 7 p.m., East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St.
· Nov. 1, 2 p.m., Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.
A group of private-sector donors has agreed to provide half of the $450 million projected costs. Public funding for the new arena would come from taxes on users in addition to the hotel occupancy tax. There would be no increases in city property tax, sales tax or hotel occupancy tax, and there is no expected impact on the city’s General Fund or Public Events Fund.
Recognizing ongoing challenges associated with parking rates at Will Rogers, a parking tax would not be assessed until the arena opens. The goal is to maintain rates that are in place at the time the arena opens and to generate additional funds from higher parking volumes.
To keep up with population growth, as well as continue to attract and retain the economic, fiscal and job impacts generated by events, consultants have recommended developing the Multipurpose Arena at Will Rogers, renovating the arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center into more usable space, and adding more hotel rooms downtown.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about the proposed Multipurpose Arena, ask questions and voice your opinions.
Please share with your neighbors, friends and family members.