Joshua Community YMCA Opening November 1st 9:00 am

JOSHUA, TX – Almost 9 months to the day after breaking ground on the project, the City of Joshua and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth will celebrate the opening of the Joshua Community YMCA this Friday November 1st at 9:00 am. The facility is located at 1009 Joshua Station Boulevard in Joshua. The public is invited and tours will be provided following the ribbon cutting. Doors will open for use of the facility at 10:00 am.

The Joshua Community YMCA was built as a result of a partnership agreement between the City of Joshua and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth in which the City funded the construction of the building and the YMCA will be responsible for operations and maintenance of the facility into the future. The 26,000 square foot facility was completed well ahead of its scheduled opening of January 2014, and the final price tag is within budget. The new community center includes workout facilities, group fitness and meeting rooms, a child care facility, an area for teens, an outdoor play pool and many other amenities.

Mayor Joe Hollarn said, “What an incredible day this is for the City of Joshua and Johnson County! We are thrilled about the opening of this new community center. Through this facility people of all ages throughout Johnson County and the surrounding area will have access to quality health, fitness and general wellness opportunities not to mention summer camp, sports and educational opportunities.”

The Joshua Community YMCA will host several public events in the coming months including a Harvest Festival this Saturday November 2nd from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and a breakfast with Santa Saturday December 7th. The Harvest Festival will include hay rides, games, and tons of family fun. The breakfast with Santa is on the same day as the Joshua Community Tree Lighting Parade that will begin at 6:00 pm December 7th. The parade route starts at Staples Elementary School on South Main Street, then runs north on Main Street to Paula Street where the route ends at the Joshua First United Methodist Church. Following the parade, Santa will be available in the City Park for photos along with holiday crafts for the kids and caroling choirs. The tree lighting parade is hosted by the Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the city of Joshua.

Contact: Paulette A. Hartman, City Manager
Phone: 817.558.7447
Date: October 29, 2013

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February 2013 Ground Breaking Month for Joshua, Texas

JOSHUA, TX –  February 2013 will go down as a ground breaking month for the City of Joshua, as the community hosted three (3) milestone events related to the development of the city. It started Monday February 4th, with a ground breaking ceremony for what will be Johnson County’s only YMCA facility. The YMCA is being built under a partnership agreement between the City of Joshua and the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth. The 26,000 square foot Joshua Community YMCA is scheduled to open  January 2014, and will include workout facilities, group fitness and meeting rooms, a child care facility, and an outdoor play pool. Wednesday February 13th, Brookshire’s opened the doors to their new state of the art grocery store at 6:00 am and hosted a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 am. The new Brookshire’s will be the anchor to the Joshua Station development, and includes a full service pharmacy, deli, bakery and meat market. The last milestone event will take place Thursday February 28th when the City of Joshua holds a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for the new Joshua Fire Station located at 770 North Main Street. The fire station includes administrative offices, a community room, an emergency operations center, and living quarters for on duty fire fighters along with 4 apparatus bays to house the fire engines, brush truck and other fire fighting vehicles and equipment. The fire station was approved in the 2009 bond election, and is designed to serve the Joshua fire department for many years to come as it grows and transitions from a volunteer department.

Mayor Joe Hollarn said, “This is an incredible month and an exciting time for the City of Joshua and its citizens. We believe there will be more of these types of events in the future as interest in development in Joshua is definitely on the upswing.”

Joshua is located approximately 30 miles south of Fort Worth along Highway 174 in Johnson County. Farm to Market Road 917 is another major thoroughfare that runs through the heart of the city, and will intersect with the Chisholm Trail Parkway (expected to open in 2014) that will connect downtown Fort Worth to Cleburne.

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Reports: Joshua ISD among best values

ndependent studies by the office of Texas Comptroller Susan Combs and the Texas Education Agency have found the Joshua ISD to be among the state’s top educational values, according to a presentation JISD trustees heard Monday.

Data released by the two analyzing agencies found the JISD to be the only Johnson County school district worthy of both a perfect score in the FIRST rating, compiled by the TEA, and a four-star FAST rating, as decided by the comptroller’s office.

The TEA’s analysis focuses on the financial strength of school districts, while the FAST rating measures spending against achievement.

“We’re in great standing financially as a district,” Joshua ISD Superintendent Fran Marek said. “We are also high performing academically.”

A perfect score, along with a superior rating, in the FIRST analysis had not been achieved by the JISD since 2005-06, Marek said.

The Keene ISD was the only other Johnson County school district to achieve a four-star rating in the FAST study. Among 1,136 Texas school districts and charter schools studied by the state comptroller’s office using the most recent educational data, only 32 achieved five stars.

But the JISD wasn’t far from reaching the highest achievement level in the study, Marek said. It was four points in the composite progress percentile compilation – considering math and reading progress in addition to the TEA’s accountability rating – from being a five-star district.

“The FAST rating looks at what you’re doing with the amount of financing you have been given,” Marek said. “This is important, because we’re all being asked to do more with less.”

Based on the FAST formula, school districts and campuses receive ratings from one to five stars, in half-star increments. The more stars mean the district’s spending is very low compared to peer districts, and students’ academic performance is very high in comparison with the rest of the state.

The KISD had higher student achievement, but with only average spending; while the JISD had lower – but still high on average – achievement and low spending in the FAST study. It resulted in the districts each earning four stars. The KISD would have to become more efficient with its spending and the JISD would have to show a bit higher student achievement to reach five stars.

“Our spending is low and as you look at academics, we’re doing well,” Marek said. “We’re maintaining a high academic standard for our students while being efficient with our funds.”

Because of declining resources – like state and federal funding and declining tax revenue – the JISD has looked for ways to stretch every dollar it spends, Marek said.

“We are continuously looking for areas of improvement,” she said. “We’ll take in all this data, along with dats we get from other studies we receive, and look for ways we can further improve.”

The FAST ratings can be found at Results from both studies are available from the JISD administration office.

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Progress Coming Along Quickly at Joshua Station

Fire station taking shape

Firefighters could have a new station to call home by late January without any further delays, according to city manager Paulette Hartman.

“It is moving along,” she said. “We’re hopeful it will be substantially completed by mid- to late December.”

A certificate of occupancy would then have to issued by the city, which could take place in late January or early February, Hartman said.

“Most of the work that is going on now is inside, on the walls, ceilings and fixtures,” she said. “Once a certificate of occupancy is issued, its just a matter of moving in equipment and supplies.”

The fire station was to be completed by September 2012. There have been 30 days of inclement conditions that delayed construction, Hartman said, and other delays.

“At the end of the day, I think we will have a nice fire station that will set the standard for future buildings in the city,” she said.

The Brookshire’s grocery store at Joshua Station meanwhile is coming along quickly, according to Hartman. The outer structure of the store and for gasoline bays are in place. It could be complete in February and open in mid-March, according to Hartman.

“It’s moving along fairly well,” she said. “We’re extremely excited.”

The next noticeable progress point residents may want to watch for in the development of Brookshire’s would be the pouring of parking areas and driveways, according to Hartman.

“Once Brookshire’s opens, I think we will begin to see a lot more development in that area,” she said.

That is expected to include the YMCA, a long process that began with a feasibility study in 2010. Dirt could begin to turn on the project in January or February, according to Hartman.

A request for qualifications, a standard sign in government that construction isn’t far away, has been issued by the city. The YMCA will serve as the construction manager-at- risk.

“The YMCA is under design now and will have to hire a general contractor,” Hartman said.

The city will purchase $5 million in bonds Nov. 15 to be repaid over 20 years in order to fund the project. The city will get a 26,000 square foot center with an outdoor play pool area and a number of features determined to be the highest priority for the community during a city survey.

Brookshires and the YMCA will occupy about 25 percent of the 40 acres in the Joshua Station development. A housing development in the initial stage of discussion with the city would occupy another 6 acres, leaving about 20 more to be developed. The housing development, with LBG Development, is about a year away from fruition, Hartman said.

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Officials Announce Decision Regarding Joshua Station Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy Supermarket

Joshua, Texas, Feb. 8, 2012—Brookshire Grocery Co. has announced the purchase of 6.33 acres of land at the signalized intersection of State Highway 174 and Stadium Drive Boulevard and plans to build a 37,400-square-foot Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy store at the site.

The property is part of the mixed-use development that is Joshua Station, developed by Ray Tolson III Realty Advisors principals Debbie and Billy Tolson.
A Tyler, Texas-based company with 152 supermarkets, BGC expects to begin construction in early summer. If work goes as planned the privately owned grocery chain estimates the store would open next spring.

Plans tentatively include a self-service fuel station with a kiosk, an in-store pharmacy with a drive-through window, and full-service bakery and deli departments, among others. The 16,500-square-foot Brookshire’s located at 106 Conveyor Drive does not offer these services. BGC acquired the current store–located about one mile north of the new site–from Level’s in 2005.

Energy-saving and environment-friendly features accompanying most of BGC’s new store projects will apply to Joshua’s new Brookshire’s. Such aspects will include an automated lighting system that works in tandem with natural lighting to reduce electricity use, a cutting-edge cooling system that controls refrigerated and frozen foods freezers and coolers, a roof design with a high reflectance rating, and polished concrete flooring that’s durable and reduces the amount of cleaning agents used.
“Our new store designs are pleasing to the eye, inside and out, with every square foot dedicated to enhancing the shopping atmosphere and helping our staff serve customers effectively,” said BGC President and CEO Rick Rayford.

“We know all the citizens of Joshua are looking forward to the new Brookshire’s,” said Joshua Mayor Joe Hollarn. “They have been a valued member of our community for many years, and this shows the commitment they are willing to make to the area by building a new, up-to-date store as the anchor for the Joshua Station development. Their commitment will help expand the retail economic development in our community. This is the culmination of many years of work between Brookshire’s, the Tolson family, city staff, the 4A and 4B boards, and the city council.”

“We couldn’t have found a better anchor for our development than what Brookshire’s will provide,” said Billy Tolson. “The residents of our upcoming adjacent apartment complex and the citizens of Joshua will now have incredibly easy access to a top quality grocery store. Additionally, a new and improved Brookshire’s will create some excitement in the area and spur development for our remaining restaurant and retail spaces in Joshua Station.”

Wood T. Brookshire founded Brookshire Grocery Co. in 1928 when he owned and operated a single 25-by-100-foot store in downtown Tyler. Today the company employs more than 13,000 people in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

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Election Results

On November 8, 2011, all three issues regarding the sale of beer and wine passed in the City of Joshua. Click here or here to read more about the elections in the Joshua Star.

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Election Day

November 8, 2011 is Election Day!  On the ballot for the City of Joshua is beer and wine sales.  Exercise your right to vote!

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La Quinta

La Quinta Inn & Suites recently opened a 3-floor facility on Highway 174 in Joshua.  The new facility includes 68 rooms, 12 suites, meeting facilities, fitness center among other amenities.  Be sure to bring your pets as La Quinta is pet friendly.

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