West Lake Hills’ new bond-funded municipal complicated will boast a new location following the Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the order of the Religion Bible Church on Bee Cave Street for the venture.
Mayor Linda Anthony said city officers experienced discussed other sites for Town Hall in the earlier and that really handful of options exist that would meet the city’s desires — and previous sites that did match the invoice ended up not out there. With the passage of the bond in November, which allotted $13.2 toward making a new municipal intricate, Anthony mentioned the metropolis team took inventory to see if any of the attractive areas that had been unavailable experienced turn out to be an selection. It turns out, 1 experienced.
The church, at 4010 Bee Cave Street, suitable across from Eanes Elementary College, sits on about three acre of flat land that suits the city’s demands perfectly, Anthony explained.
“This would give us a opportunity to truly construct a local community centre that this local community has stated in excess of the a long time that it wishes. This is an financial commitment in the city’s future,” she said. “It presents the law enforcement an chance to have a existence on Bee Cave Highway, immediate access to Bee Cave Highway. There are so lots of pluses to this as the site of a new Metropolis Corridor, that I feel we’d be remiss not to consider the prospect.”
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The website utilized to belong to the Westbank Bible Church and was gifted to Religion Bible Church very last year. The Faith Bible Church community decided to provide the internet site to the city.
Anthony mentioned the web page is much more pricey than she would preferably want to pay back, but that the metropolis will preserve money by not owning to hire out office environment place throughout construction and on building prices.
“Real estate prices are only heading up and up and up,” she claimed. “All informed, I consider we’ll conserve conservatively $2.5 million bucks, just on lease and setting up fees. … Then there’s just the incalculable edge of staying on Bee Cave, in the heart of West Lake Hills, acquiring the connectivity that Bee Cave Street provides with the sidewalks, the bicycle lanes, remaining in the heart of the metropolis. I just assume this is a extremely uncommon chance that I do not want us to glimpse back in 5 yrs, 10 a long time and say, ‘Why failed to we do this?’”
The City Council authorized the mayor to execute an agreement to purchase the property for up to $6.25 million, the inquiring cost. Anthony claimed the present-day Metropolis Hall building was recently appraised at $3 million and promoting it will assistance deal with the price tag. She also pointed out that the town owns home at 110 Westlake Travel, which is adjacent to the church good deal, and which could be partially or thoroughly bought to assist include the prices of this purchase.
Council Member Darin Walker said that from his knowledge in true estate, the site is a great opportunity for the city, a person that will only get a lot more costly in the potential.
“We’ve invested a ton of time more than the final couple of several years assessing other web pages, you can find very couple on Bee Cave Street for us that would even be a healthy,” he explained. “Our current market is altering so promptly that if we really don’t take gain of this possibility there may not be a different a person that comes alongside. I’ll say that though it’s extra than I would like to see us spend, I feel this is a significant financial commitment in our upcoming.”
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Council Member Beth South stated a single gain of the new web site is how it would provide as a neighborhood accumulating location for inhabitants.
“This arrived specifically at the ideal time particularly when we essential it,” she explained. “There’s so many benefits past what we’re looking at ideal now to the local community. I feel the area is heading to provide a a great deal improved put for the neighborhood for West Lake Hills. We can have much more of an identification as a small town. I think it can be going to give everyone a great deal of delight in the town.”
Anthony said the next action is to meet with architects and start off to adapt plans for the new website.
Anthony also swore in a new law enforcement officer, Erika DeVaun, at Wednesday’s assembly. DeVaun not long ago graduated from the academy and was joined at the ceremony by associates of her loved ones.
The council also regarded the advertising of law enforcement officers Robert Allensworth, Jared Mathis and Aaron Ozuna to the rank of corporal.