West Lake Hills’ new bond-funded municipal complex will boast a new location following the Metropolis Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the purchase of the Religion Bible Church on Bee Cave Highway for the undertaking.
Mayor Linda Anthony said city officers experienced talked over other sites for City Corridor in the past and that extremely number of alternatives exist that would fulfill the city’s desires — and previous sites that did match the monthly bill were being not available. With the passage of the bond in November, which allotted $13.2 toward developing a new municipal complicated, Anthony said the town team took inventory to see if any of the desirable locations that experienced been unavailable experienced come to be an alternative. It turns out, a person had.
The church, at 4010 Bee Cave Street, correct across from Eanes Elementary School, sits on about three acre of flat land that suits the city’s demands correctly, Anthony stated.
“This would give us a prospect to definitely develop a neighborhood center that this group has reported more than the years that it wishes. This is an investment decision in the city’s long run,” she stated. “It gives the law enforcement an prospect to have a presence on Bee Cave Street, direct obtain to Bee Cave Highway. There are so lots of pluses to this as the spot of a new Town Corridor, that I believe we’d be remiss not to consider the prospect.”
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The web-site applied to belong to the Westbank Bible Church and was gifted to Faith Bible Church very last year. The Faith Bible Church community decided to sell the site to the city.
Anthony said the web site is far more high priced than she would preferably want to spend, but that the metropolis will conserve cash by not owning to rent out place of work house for the duration of construction and on development fees.
“Real estate price ranges are only likely up and up and up,” she said. “All advised, I assume we will help you save conservatively $2.5 million dollars, just on lease and making fees. … Then there’s just the incalculable edge of remaining on Bee Cave, in the coronary heart of West Lake Hills, getting the connectivity that Bee Cave Street supplies with the sidewalks, the bike lanes, being in the heart of the metropolis. I just feel this is a incredibly unusual opportunity that I do not want us to seem back again in five decades, 10 yrs and say, ‘Why did not we do this?’”
The City Council authorized the mayor to execute an arrangement to buy the residence for up to $6.25 million, the asking price. Anthony claimed the existing Town Hall building was just lately appraised at $3 million and promoting it will enable address the price. She also pointed out that the town owns residence at 110 Westlake Generate, which is adjacent to the church lot, and which could be partially or entirely sold to assist go over the charges of this order.
Council Member Darin Walker claimed that from his expertise in authentic estate, the site is a fantastic option for the town, a single that will only get a lot more pricey in the future.
“We’ve used a ton of time more than the very last couple of many years analyzing other sites, you will find very couple on Bee Cave Road for us that would even be a fit,” he explained. “Our current market is changing so rapidly that if we do not acquire gain of this prospect there may well not be yet another just one that arrives along. I’ll say that whilst it’s additional than I would like to see us pay out, I imagine this is a large expense in our future.”
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Council Member Beth South stated 1 gain of the new internet site is how it would provide as a community collecting put for people.
“This arrived precisely at the suitable time exactly when we essential it,” she claimed. “There’s so a lot of benefits outside of what we are hunting at right now to the local community. I feel the place is heading to give a a lot greater location for the neighborhood for West Lake Hills. We can have more of an identity as a compact metropolis. I feel it is really heading to give everyone a ton of satisfaction in the town.”
Anthony claimed the up coming stage is to meet up with with architects and start off to adapt programs for the new website.
Anthony also swore in a new police officer, Erika DeVaun, at Wednesday’s assembly. DeVaun a short while ago graduated from the academy and was joined at the ceremony by customers of her household.
The council also recognized the promotion of police officers Robert Allensworth, Jared Mathis and Aaron Ozuna to the rank of corporal.