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Council members seek study on how to keep MUNY
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by Austin Monitor
The Austin City Council will vote tomorrow on a resolution instructing the City Manager to conduct a feasibility study on the prospect of acquiring the land used for the Lions Municipal Golf Course (MUNY) and the West Austin Youth Association. That land is part of UT’s Brackenridge Tract, which is being studied by UT for future redevelopment. The Council resolution seeks options from the City Manager by Dec. 18 for preserving the golf course and West Austin Youth Association facilities.
Individual members of the Council,
So far, University officials have not made any direct commitment regarding the golf course. “I think they’ve been…on a fairly consistent basis…saying they hear our cry,” said Leffingwell. “They have not made any statement that they are willing to enter into negotiations. We hope that that is a process that will occur.”
Leffingwell said he is optimistic that whatever decisions UT officials make regarding the
Joining Leffingwell at the Lions Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse on Tuesday were Council Members Mike Martinez and
“The resolution that we’re proposing that acknowledges the fact that over the decades, all of the uses on the Brackenridge Tract have become an integral part of our community,” said
At this time, the city does not have an estimate of the cost for purchasing the 142 acres occupied by the golf course. Developer
“We’ve heard that this land is worth $150 million. If you put lots that are similar size to those in
During the presentation, Leffingwell mentioned the possibility that the public could be asked to approve the purchase of the land as part of a bond election. He noted that while the current financial market may not be favorable, the city’s lease on the golf course runs through 2019. The City Manager will also be instructed to consider trading city-owned land to UT for the golf course and the youth facility.
The city staff has already assembled a list of city-owned properties for the Manager’s review. “It is our job as Council Members to have the City Manager explore every option to purchase Lions,”
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