West Lake Hills’ new bond-funded municipal intricate will boast a new location after the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the invest in of the Faith Bible Church on Bee Cave Highway for the job.
Mayor Linda Anthony said city officials experienced discussed other sites for Metropolis Hall in the past and that quite few possibilities exist that would meet up with the city’s requires — and previous sites that did healthy the bill had been not offered. With the passage of the bond in November, which allocated $13.2 toward making a new municipal advanced, Anthony mentioned the metropolis workers took inventory to see if any of the attractive destinations that experienced been unavailable had come to be an selection. It turns out, one particular experienced.
The church, at 4010 Bee Cave Street, right throughout from Eanes Elementary Faculty, sits on about three acre of flat land that satisfies the city’s desires flawlessly, Anthony mentioned.
“This would give us a chance to seriously build a neighborhood centre that this neighborhood has mentioned over the years that it would like. This is an expenditure in the city’s long run,” she explained. “It presents the police an possibility to have a existence on Bee Cave Highway, immediate accessibility to Bee Cave Street. There are so several pluses to this as the place of a new City Hall, that I believe we’d be remiss not to acquire the possibility.”
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The website used to belong to the Westbank Bible Church and was gifted to Religion Bible Church final year. The Faith Bible Church community decided to market the internet site to the town.
Anthony claimed the website is far more highly-priced than she would preferably want to pay, but that the metropolis will help save dollars by not possessing to rent out workplace house all through design and on construction expenditures.
“Real estate selling prices are only likely up and up and up,” she explained. “All explained to, I believe we will conserve conservatively $2.5 million bucks, just on lease and making prices. … Then there is just the incalculable gain of getting on Bee Cave, in the coronary heart of West Lake Hills, obtaining the connectivity that Bee Cave Road offers with the sidewalks, the bike lanes, becoming in the heart of the town. I just feel this is a quite scarce option that I do not want us to seem back again in five several years, 10 yrs and say, ‘Why failed to we do this?’”
The City Council authorized the mayor to execute an agreement to invest in the home for up to $6.25 million, the inquiring selling price. Anthony mentioned the recent Town Hall building was lately appraised at $3 million and marketing it will aid protect the cost. She also pointed out that the metropolis owns assets at 110 Westlake Drive, which is adjacent to the church great deal, and which could be partially or thoroughly bought to assist cover the expenditures of this order.
Council Member Darin Walker claimed that from his experience in actual estate, the site is a excellent possibility for the metropolis, a person that will only get much more pricey in the long run.
“We’ve invested a ton of time around the past few of decades evaluating other websites, there is certainly pretty number of on Bee Cave Street for us that would even be a suit,” he mentioned. “Our sector is altering so fast that if we never consider gain of this chance there may possibly not be a different 1 that will come alongside. I’ll say that although it is more than I would like to see us shell out, I assume this is a significant investment decision in our upcoming.”
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Council Member Beth South mentioned 1 advantage of the new web page is how it would provide as a community gathering location for citizens.
“This arrived particularly at the right time accurately when we necessary it,” she reported. “There’s so numerous advantages outside of what we’re wanting at correct now to the local community. I believe the place is likely to deliver a a lot greater spot for the neighborhood for West Lake Hills. We can have extra of an id as a small city. I assume it’s heading to give every person a large amount of delight in the town.”
Anthony reported the upcoming phase is to meet up with with architects and commence to adapt plans for the new web page.
Anthony also swore in a new police officer, Erika DeVaun, at Wednesday’s assembly. DeVaun lately graduated from the academy and was joined at the ceremony by members of her family members.
The council also regarded the advertising of police officers Robert Allensworth, Jared Mathis and Aaron Ozuna to the rank of corporal.