Cedar Park - Leander | July 2020

NEWS REPORT

CEDAR PARK TOWN CENTER BY THE NUMBERS

City Council sells 13.41 acres of parklandat CedarParkTown Center for development

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13.41 acres

$3.5 million cost of land sale to city’s 4A Board

13.41 acres land sold for development

1431 CENTRAL PARK DR.

BY TAYLOR GIRTMAN

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Cedar Park Town Center is situated in the center of the city, surrounded by large retail centers and bordered by three major roads. Cedar Park City Council approved an ordinance to sell 13.41 acres within Town Center for $3.5 million to the city’s Economic Development Sales Tax Corp. Type A Board for potential oce development. The ordinance was approved June 25 in a 6-1 vote with Council Member Tim Kelly in opposition. As a concession, the council voted to reserve $250,000 for amenities within the Town Center. These amenities will be discussed by council and the public in the future, according to the approvedmotion. Land within the Town Center was previously considered as sites for the city library and City Hall, which are now planned and built elsewhere. Though City Council approved an ordinance for the land sale, Cedar Park residents voted on a prop- osition that authorized the city to sell Town Center parkland in 2016. Voters approved the proposition with a 52.68% vote. However, 61%of Town Center residents opposed the proposition, according toMayor Corbin Van Arsdale.

$250,000 amount reserved for Town Center amenities

SOURCE: CITY OF CEDAR PARKCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Cedar Park Town Center is surrounded by large retail centers. (Taylor Girtman/Community Impact Newspaper)

Council Members Anne Duy and Mel Kirkland said they knew what they were voting on then. Kirkland said the council was direct and honest with residents prior to the election. “I knew exactly what I was voting for,” Kirkland said. “The argument placed by the city and by City Council at the time was very clear, in my opinion.” Duy said she voted against the proposition in 2016 because she did not favor losing open space in the city. "Whether it was clear or not, I voted against it,"Duy said. Council Member Dorian Chavez said he did not think the proposition was clear when he rst read it. He requested the city be clearer in the future.

Town Center resident Nate Varney said he does not support the city’s land sale decision. He said the city is moving too fast and without speaking to the Town Center neighbors. Shannon Wills, a Cedar Park Town Center resident, said the city has not involved the neighborhood in the town center’s developments or city decisions. She said the city has the right to sell the land, but residents should have a say in what is developed next to their homes. During the June 25 meeting, council discussed if the 2016 proposition was clear to voters. Van Arsdale said Town Center residents knew what they were voting on since 61% of Town Center residents voted against the proposition.

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