Projects from Lewisville’s largest bond package are under way three years after gaining voter support. The $135 million bond includes a 10-year construction timeline for various projects, including a new multigenerational center that combines two city functions under one roof. The 2015 bond also includes the city’s biggest street repair project ever as well as Lake Park improvements, trails expansions and new public safety facilities.
1: Multigenerational Center
When surveying residents and crafting the Lewisville 2025 long-term vision plan, city officials said the top request from residents was a larger recreational center and upgrades to the current senior center, Parks and Recreation Department Manager Hilary Boen said.
The original plan was to keep the two projects separate, but the plan eventually evolved to combine the city’s existing Memorial Park Recreation Center and Senior Activity Center into one new facility on the same property as part of a $46.1 million construction project, which breaks ground in July.
“In talking with different architectural firms, they are finding [across the country] that these larger centers that incorporate more opportunities for a variety of activities better serve the community more so than two centers who might have duplicate services,” Boen said. “So we actually get a better experience for the community by doing one facility.”
The multigenerational center will include the city’s first indoor aquatics center, indoor walking track, day care, party and community rooms, and an indoor playground. It will also have public art incorporated throughout. The facility is expected to open in spring 2020.
2: Fire Station No. 3
A new Fire Station No. 3 is currently under construction on the southwest part of Lewisville and is expected to be complete in September. Lewisville Fire Chief Tim Tittle said the relocation of Fire Station No. 3 from Corporate Drive to FM 3040 is needed in order to quicken response times and better serve the growing southwest part of the city.
“With the extra growth that is going on the south side of [FM] 3040 [such as] the apartments along South Valley Parkway, the new assisted-living center at 3040 and South Valley Parkway, our response times were going to be too long,” he said.
Tittle said the relocation should make a two- to three-minute response time difference.
“[The relocation is] not going to change the service of the area close to today’s location,” he said. “Obviously, the people that are right around the current station aren’t going to get that 15- to 20-second response; they are going to get a one- to two-minute response, but they are still going to be in our response time parameters that we want to meet.”
Tittle said the city has plans to repurpose the current fire station.
3: Fire Station No. 8
With growth happening in the eastern part of Lewisville, Tittle said a new fire station was needed to help address an anticipated increase in calls resulting from growth.
“Right now, Station No. 6 at 2120 Midway Road currently serves all of the eastern part of the city, and that’s Castle Hills and east to Josey Lane and even Plano Parkway down to Windhaven Drive,” he said. “So those response times are running eight to 10 minutes or longer, and as all of the growth continues our response times are going to suffer out there.”
Tittle said the fire station is expected to be complete by the end of October. The city is currently in the process of hiring 18 firefighters for Fire Station No. 8.
“We won’t open Station No. 8 until all of the guys are trained and ready to go,” he said. “So station 8 probably won’t open for service until the end of the year.”
4: Old Town Lewisville Road projects
David Salmon, the city’s engineer, said South Kealy between Main and Purnell streets will be transformed into a concrete street with curbs and gutters as well as sidewalks.
“Right now, it’s just asphalt—no curb and gutter, and there’s no sidewalks,” he said. “We are still do surveying, so [construction] will probably start next year.”
College Street between Cowan Avenue and Mill Street will be reconfigured to include curb extensions called bump-outs designed to deter fast drivers.
“The problem out there is speeding,” he said. “It’s a fairly wide street, and it’s a straight shot and its almost all residential housing so the curb bump-outs should help with that.”
Salmon said the project is 30 percent designed.
5: Timberbrook Subdivision
Salmon said the Timberbrook subdivision will receive millions in bond money toward fixing the neighborhood’s streets, sidewalks and drainage system, resulting in the largest street repair project in Lewisville history, according to city officials.
“The streets are in particularly bad shape, and that is because the subdivision had the highest rate of water main breaks than any other subdivision in Lewisville,” Salmon said. “And when the water main breaks it causes the street to break, and then you have to repair the street. So it’s full of patches. Our crews are out there all the time repairing water main breaks.”
Salmon said the project is 60 percent designed, and the city has plans to meet with residents this summer to share preliminary plans. The project is expected to start next year and be complete in 2021.