Westlake Athletic Center to be built without taxpayer dollars

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Eanes ISD Board of Trustees approved a plan Wednesday to build a 60,000- to 70,000-square-foot athletic complex. The district would not have to pay to build the complex that would go on 5.68 acres of district land near Westlake High School. The group Westlake Athletic Center, LLC will pay for the cost of the building, along with maintenance and operations under an initial lease that lasts 35 years.

“It sounds like a great opportunity for the community and the school district,” said Quentin Keith, a parent in the district, who just heard about the deal.

“You’re getting a great community asset, for no taxpayer dollars,” said Dr. Tom Leonard, Eanes ISD superintendent.

Leonard says Westlake Athletic Center, LLC will also pay for building and maintenance.

“Eventually, 35 – 50 years out we will take it over and then take over operational costs at that point. But basically, between now and then, we’re also getting a significant amount of rent,” said Leonard.

There isn’t much organized opposition to the project yet.

The company will be able to use the building outside of school to recoup its investment.

Still, the superintendent says all the rules that apply for school district property would apply.

“WAC’s proposal includes five to six full-size, indoor basketball courts, and 10-11 volleyball courts. The indoor turf area is projected to be a 50 length x 63 width yard turf field,” reads a press release from the district. “The facility may be used for multiple purposes, including band, soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, football, volleyball, Robotics, cheer, Hyline, speed and agility instruction, and weight training. The facility will also have the ability to accommodate karate, yoga, gymnastics and other youth activities.

Click here for more details about the facility.

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