BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) —
UPDATE: Plans for a major sports complex in Bee Cave will be on hold for a couple weeks. City council members spent two hours Tuesday discussing the proposed 85,000 square-foot Hill Country Indoor Sports & Rec. facility.
Much of the debate revolved around whether the developers had a long enough left turn lane. The city council decided to wait until March 24 to bring it up again.
EARLIER REPORT: After nearly four years of planning and replanning, organizing and reorganizing, the City of Bee Cave could finally see a proposed 85,000 square foot, multimillion dollar indoor sports complex become a reality.
Tuesday night, Bee Cave city council members will vote on whether to approve the complex’s site plan. With unanimous council approval on the original ordinance on May 22, 2012, this next vote will largely hinge on the traffic impact and the public safety questions or concerns that arise.
Hill Country Indoor Sports & Rec. Complex was first conceived in December of 2011 after a group in the community west of Austin say they found an extreme lack of safe and secure sports venues in the Lake Travis Area. Hill Country Indoor’s 85,000 square foot building and the land it will occupy are funded solely by the development group, TCHMALL, LLC. So far, the group has not requested any public bonds to help pay for the project.
One of the projects founder is former Major League baseball all-star, Jeff Kent. He will be at Tuesday’s meeting urging council members to approve the project.
“There’s a financial window that you need to stick to in order to make this project financially viable or this just doesn’t work. The longer we have to work through back and forths in areas where we are trying to do this, but the city won’t allow us to do that, we need to get this finished,” Kent said.
If it’s approved by council, the building will undergo a 16 month build schedule. Weather permitting, the project should be ready to open in late 2016. If it’s voted down, Kent says the group might have to start looking for a new location for the indoor complex.