The Vision for the Southlake Non-Denominational Sanctuary

PROPOSED BY TIM SHINER AND JOHN SLOCUM

December 14, 2018

LOCATION:  Bob Jones Nature Center (BJNC), a 758-acre parcel owned by the City of Southlake. BJNC is adjacent to Bob Jones Park on White Chapel Road. Website: www.bjnc.org.

BENEFITS TO RESIDENTS IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO BJNC:

  • The site would be a unique facility in a wooded area that could be used for many events, including weddings, graduations, anniversaries, celebrations of life lived well, funerals, etc.
  • Local residents could use the peaceful surroundings and comfortable facility to pray. Residents could also hook up with established and marked BJNC trails to have an enjoyable, peaceful opportunity to relax.
  • The facility would directly benefit local hotels and restaurants, many of which are conveniently located for visitors to the Sanctuary.

BENEFITS TO THE CITY OF SOUTHLAKE:

  • This facility would truly be unique to the entire local area. As has been the case with all Southlake facilities, this facility would truly be a model for others to follow throughout the Country. This has been the case with many Southlake capital investments.
  • This business opportunity would truly increase BJNC third-party revenues, to the point where the venture would become a profit-generating contributor to the City.
  • Businesses would generate incremental sales tax revenues, as well as hotel occupancy fees; all of which would provide additional funds for park development and safety throughout the city and Carroll Independent School District(CISD).
  • Funding for this opportunity would come from both private and public sources in an effort to minimize the City’s risk.

CURRENT STATUS:

  • Tim Shiner and John Slocum have toured 4 similar facilities in Arkansas and North Texas in an attempt to evaluate the feasibility of such a new venture. They have also met with one of the lead architects that was instrumental in the construction of the 4 sites visited.
  • Using drone technology, Tim and John have also identified a potential site for the facility. The facility would result in a minimal amount of tree removal thus, potentially, achieving their environmental goal.

NEXT STEPS:

  • Hire above identified Architect to prepare a draft of both a site analysis and a preliminary drawing of the facility. He would also estimate a projected construction cost.
  • Using the documents and cost estimates identified in 1 above, a formal package will be assembled that would be presented to the Southlake 5 year planning committee for discussion among all involved groups(City Council, Parks and Recreational Board, Southlake Parks Development Corporation(SPDC) Board. This process should begin in early March 2019 and WE WILL BE READY.

PROJECT CONTACTS:

John Slocum: 214-564-4465; sloc1028@verizon.net

Tim Shiner: 817-219-6666; Shiner221@yahoo.com