At its regular posted meeting on Wednesday March 23, 2022, the West Lake Hills City Council voted to authorize Mayor Linda Anthony to enter into a purchase agreement with the owners of 4010 Bee Cave Road, most recently occupied by Faith Bible Church, as the new location for the city’s administration and police offices.
“I’m very pleased to announce that we have found an ideal location for our new City Hall, along our city’s main thoroughfare and right in the heart of our community,” said Mayor Linda Anthony. After months of discussion with various property owners along Bee Cave Road, we were fortunate to connect with this property owner at the time they were contemplating a sale. The timing was quite serendipitous.”
According to Anthony, the City carefully considered several other locations and compared each to the projected cost, benefits, and liabilities of replacing the existing buildings at City Hall’s current location at 911 Westlake Drive. The City Council, discussing the initiative in Executive Session on multiple occasions over the past four months as allowed by state law, ultimately decided that the church property was the best choice.
“It’s nearly 2.9-acres size, flat topography and existing configuration make it much more conducive to new construction than the existing City Hall site.”
Funding for the purchase will come from the passage of Proposition A on the city’s successful bond election in November 2021. The purchase price is $6.25 million and will be offset by savings in construction costs as well as savings in leasing costs for temporary offices. It will be further offset by the sale of the current City Hall location at 911 Westlake Drive, which the city intends to put on the market once the new site is completed.
The city will begin contemplating a site plan for the new location in the coming weeks and will hold public hearings to gather citizen input. In the coming months, the City will also consider what to do with 110 Westlake Drive, a property it owns that is adjacent to the 4010 Bee Cave Road site. In recent years, the City Council has discussed various options for developing that property. In 2018, the City entered into a contract with a developer to sell the 2.46-acre property for $1.58 million. In 2020, the City Council voted to terminate that contract.
“We could sell some or all of 110 Westlake Drive to help offset the cost of the new property. We will have a thorough public discussion to decide what is best for the community,” said Anthony.