Proposition A: New Municipal Building
Bond Project Update
Advancements are in progress!
Construction progress for the new municipal complex is ongoing and is still on track to be completed in 2025 (see revised timeline below).
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Bond Package: $13.2 million
Proposition A provides funding to rebuild an improved municipal complex that will house the police department, administrative offices, and council chambers.
The property purchased for the new complex is located at 4010 Bee Cave Road and sits on about three acres of flat land across from Eanes Elementary School.
NOTE: Design elements are subject to change as the plans continue to be further developed.
Municipal Complex Considerations:
- Preservation of existing heritage trees
- Native landscaping
- Water quality detention ponds
- Public use opportunities
- Two-story building to ensure limited footprint
- Natural design with stone veneer
Anticipated Hours of Construction:
- Weekdays from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. , with occasional weekend hours if needed
- Any work outside of these hours will be communicated in advance
On Wednesday, May 10, the City Council approved up to $9.5M in additional funds for the construction of a new municipal building at a new location on Bee Cave Road. The funds will be issued through a Certificate of Obligation later in the year and will increase residents’ property taxes to 6.15 cents. Based on the average home of $1,849,101, this issuance is estimated to be an increase of $26.56 per month.
Voters approved $13.2M dollars through the 2021 Bond to construct a new municipal building based on design concepts and cost estimates that were prepared by the architect prior to the pandemic. The original plan was to construct the new building on the existing city hall site. However, this location has several challenges and constraints for municipal operations.
In May 2022, City Council closed on the purchase of the former Westbank Bible Church on Bee Cave Road for the new municipal building. This location proved to be more suitable due to the larger lot size and flatter topography. The additional $9.5M is needed to replace project funds that were spent to purchase the site and to account for inflation.
The City plans to use proceeds from the existing City Hall property to offset additional project costs in the future.
Read the full City Council Agenda Report (item #6).
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Schedule and Next Steps:
As of February 2023, West Lake Hills City Council has selected Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects and SpawGlass for the design and construction of the complex. The firms proved to have extensive experience with reliable and timely project completion.
- Early 2024: Construction begins
- Summer 2025: Substantial completion
Coming to Market Soon
The current City Municipal Complex at 911 Westlake Drive will be coming to market via Request for Proposal (RFP) in the near future. The location boasts an 8,864 gross building area situated on a 1.9180 acre lot. The property will be available in early 2025. For more information, view the RFP flier. If you would like to receive a copy of the RFP once it is released, click here.
The existing West Lake Hills complex located at 911 Westlake Drive is comprised of two buildings that were originally built in 1983 with a two-story addition constructed in 2009. Both structures were developed to comply with the residential code at the time, and no longer comply with current building codes. Both structures show signs of significant wood rot, deterioration, and decay and are prone to occasional flooding.
In 2021, the City Council voted to call for a $25 million bond that would provide funding to rebuild the current location or acquire a new location for an improved Municipal Building. Both bond proposals passed with over 60% of voter approval and support by the city's Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) which was appointed in the summer of 2019.
City leaders commissioned various studies to determine the most practical plan for renovating the existing City Hall. After evaluating the studies, the City Council voted unanimously in March of 2022 to authorize the purchase of the Faith Bible Church on Bee Cave Road for the development of a new two-story municipal complex with approximately 17,000 total sq ft. of space.
- Consultant's Assessment of Existing Municipal Buildings
- Bond Advisory Committee Recommendations
- City Hall 2-Story Option
- Bond Election Information