West Lake Hills’ new bond-funded municipal complicated will boast a new area right after the Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to authorize the order of the Religion Bible Church on Bee Cave Highway for the job.
Mayor Linda Anthony said city officials experienced discussed other web-sites for Town Corridor in the past and that really handful of choices exist that would satisfy the city’s needs — and previous sites that did match the bill have been not offered. With the passage of the bond in November, which allocated $13.2 toward developing a new municipal complex, Anthony said the city team took stock to see if any of the appealing destinations that had been unavailable had come to be an option. It turns out, a single had.
The church, at 4010 Bee Cave Street, appropriate across from Eanes Elementary College, sits on about three acre of flat land that satisfies the city’s needs perfectly, Anthony mentioned.
“This would give us a probability to actually make a community center that this group has mentioned around the many years that it desires. This is an investment in the city’s long term,” she said. “It provides the police an chance to have a existence on Bee Cave Street, immediate entry to Bee Cave Street. There are so several pluses to this as the location of a new Metropolis Hall, that I think we’d be remiss not to take the opportunity.”
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The site applied to belong to the Westbank Bible Church and was gifted to Religion Bible Church very last 12 months. The Faith Bible Church community decided to promote the web site to the metropolis.
Anthony explained the web-site is more high priced than she would ideally want to pay, but that the metropolis will help save income by not possessing to rent out place of work place throughout development and on design prices.
“Real estate charges are only going up and up and up,” she stated. “All informed, I believe we’ll conserve conservatively $2.5 million pounds, just on lease and building prices. … Then there’s just the incalculable advantage of staying on Bee Cave, in the coronary heart of West Lake Hills, acquiring the connectivity that Bee Cave Street supplies with the sidewalks, the bike lanes, currently being in the heart of the metropolis. I just assume this is a incredibly scarce possibility that I you should not want us to glance back again in five several years, 10 years and say, ‘Why did not we do this?’”
The City Council authorized the mayor to execute an settlement to purchase the home for up to $6.25 million, the asking rate. Anthony explained the present-day City Hall building was just lately appraised at $3 million and marketing it will support include the price. She also pointed out that the city owns property at 110 Westlake Push, which is adjacent to the church good deal, and which could be partially or totally marketed to enable address the expenditures of this buy.
Council Member Darin Walker said that from his encounter in serious estate, the site is a fantastic prospect for the town, just one that will only get additional pricey in the future.
“We’ve invested a ton of time in excess of the previous pair of years assessing other sites, there is certainly pretty several on Bee Cave Street for us that would even be a match,” he stated. “Our market is transforming so promptly that if we do not consider advantage of this opportunity there might not be a different one that arrives together. I’ll say that even though it’s extra than I would like to see us fork out, I feel this is a huge financial investment in our potential.”
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Council Member Beth South mentioned a single gain of the new web site is how it would provide as a group collecting place for citizens.
“This came particularly at the suitable time accurately when we wanted it,” she reported. “There’s so many positive aspects past what we are looking at ideal now to the local community. I feel the area is likely to present a a great deal superior position for the local community for West Lake Hills. We can have more of an identity as a modest town. I feel it is really likely to give everyone a ton of satisfaction in the town.”
Anthony claimed the next action is to meet with architects and begin to adapt plans for the new web-site.
Anthony also swore in a new law enforcement officer, Erika DeVaun, at Wednesday’s meeting. DeVaun just lately graduated from the academy and was joined at the ceremony by users of her loved ones.
The council also recognized the advertising of law enforcement officers Robert Allensworth, Jared Mathis and Aaron Ozuna to the rank of corporal.