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Backyard redevelopment squashed by Bee Cave Council
(Photo courtesy City of Bee Cave)
Plans to develop the $500 million dollar Backyard project in Bee Cave have come to a screeching halt. Bee Cave City Council voted down a redevelopment plan this week for the famed concert venue.
The council was deadlocked 3-3 which killed the motion. Bee Cave City Councilmember Marie Lowman, who was in favor says the big sticking point was creation of an additional access point to the facility, which currently only has one on Bee Cave Parkway. "And the proposal that was in front of us actually shrunk the allowable ticket sales to 1900 until that secondary access was in place."
An additional inlet from Highway 71 is being sought by Developer Chris Milam who asked Bee Cave for signal timing, a new traffic signal, and a westbound right turn lane. Some homeowners in Bee Cave told council they opposed the development because traffic from new nearby subdivisions on Hiway 71 was not considered. Says Lowman "Our traffic engineer agreed that things would be fine, and their hired traffic engineer said it would be fine. So from my perspective I'm really disappointed that we didn't get to move this project forward." The project includes a hotel, office space, garages and more.
Lowman says the city is missing out on $15 million dollars in sales and property taxes. "Because this really truly is the heart of Bee Cave. It's what Bee Cave used to be. Back in the day if you were in Austin you went to Bee Cave to see a show, and I'd love to have that again."