Save the Windmill - Richardson, TX
The windmill on the property of Windmill Stables has been a Richardson icon for over 75 years. It is easily visible from Jupiter Road just north of Campbell Road.
The windmill dates back to the 1930's or 1940's. It was originally a working windmill on the farm before the land was sold in the 1970's to become part of the SpringPark community. As the neighborhood developed, the windmill was moved to the stables where it has remained for the last 35+ years.
Unfortunately, in late December, 2016, the windmill sustained damage from heavy winds that were not repairable and was taken down for safety reasons on December 27th, 2016. The damage was a culmination of decades of spinning and turning and unfortunately is not repairable. The windmill was made by the Challenge Windmill Company which is no longer in business and replacement parts are not available.
The wheel of the windmill is 14 feet in diameter and the windmill is estimated to weight over 1,000 pounds. The plan is to keep and display parts of the original windmill at the stables.
So What's Next?
We have researched and found a replacement windmill which is a restored 14 foot diameter Aermotor Windmill from the 1950's or 1960's. It would be safe and ready for the next 50 plus years of service. Replacement parts are expected to be readily available for the foreseeable future.
Windmill Stables and the SpringPark community are working to raise money to purchase and install the new windmill. Our goal is to raise $11,600 to cover the cost.
We hope to have the windmill back up by the spring of 2017 for all to enjoy!
I looked up the proposed windmill. The 14' diameter didn't list the height, but the website has costs ranging from a 27' tall for $4573.oo to a 47' tall for $7900.oo. I'm guessing that about $3700.oo is to cover labor costs? (I don't know if it is something that can be tax exempt since it's for the HOA.) Is this correct? Can we find another labor quote? How tall is the proposed windmill going to be? We had donated $100 over a year ago, and I wasn't sure what the plans were (if there was a deadline on this project). Like others, if the windmill isn't going to happen, I would also like my donation refunded.
So $10 from every household in SP, right? Is there a way to do a one time assessment through the HOA.
We donated 100.00 a couple months ago. Can we not afford postage to 854 residents about this issue. Do something! We support your increases!
I donated to this campaign several months ago. I have heard nothing regarding the progress and future . It looks like it has stalled and is not moving forward. If this is the case, I'd like to have my donation refunded. I only donated to see the windmill refurbished, not to fund other projects. I'd like to be contacted regarding this request.
What's the status on this? I see expansion of the horse riding area, but no windmill? I donated $100 and would like it refunded back if the project is not going to happen. Feel taken. Thx