Mansfield, school district swap properties

November 10, 2023
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The old Mansfield High School, now serving as administrative offices, is included in the Mansfield school district's swap with the city.

The Mansfield ISD and the City of Mansfield announced a collaborative plan to exchange property. The City of Mansfield will exchange the City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., and a portion of adjoining property behind the City Hall location for Mansfield ISD’s administrative buildings, student services building and Geyer Field, 605 E. Broad St., and the shopping complex at 703 E. Broad St. The City of Mansfield and MISD have agreed to only exchange property.

“When the City Council and I say, ‘Together As One,’ this is exactly the kind of teamwork and collaboration we envision,” Mayor Michael Evans said. “By partnering for the benefit of our community, we are able to go beyond property borders and achieve innovative initiatives and grand projects that better prepare us for the future and create a more special Mansfield.”

The proposal for the exchange was born in a joint session with the city and district that focused on working together as one on a shared vision for Mansfield.

“We have a longstanding relationship with the City of Mansfield grounded in trust and mutual respect,” said Mansfield ISD Board President Courtney Lackey Wilson. “Separately, we could get the job done, but together we can accomplish so much more for the benefit of all.”

The development of the properties will occur in phases. The City of Mansfield will immediately begin phase one of revitalization efforts to the Geyer Field location, to be known as Geyer Commons, a community gathering space with park-like amenities. The city will preserve the historic original Mansfield High School and the Rock Gym, and develop a plan for their potential uses. Geyer Commons will feature an open lawn, splash pad, a makers' market village and space to preserve additional historic properties.

“With its community space, historic buildings, and its unique space for innovators, Geyer Commons would be a completely new experience for Mansfield,” City Manager Joe Smolinski said. “This project literally honors our past while looking to our future, and it would not be possible without the vision and partnership between the City Council and the Mansfield ISD board of trustees.”

“This plan is so much more than a property exchange,” said Mansfield ISD Superintendent Kimberley Cantu. “It is a partnership that showcases our philosophy that we are stronger together. It allows us to continue to direct more money into our classrooms by repurposing City Hall instead of building a new administration building, and it helps the city develop plans that will revitalize the area and directly benefit our community.”

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