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Council to consider two Muny-related items

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Jack Craver

City Council will vote Thursday on two items related to the future of Lions Municipal Golf Course, the historic West Austin course that is operated by the city and owned by the University of Texas. One item will extend the termination of the current leasing agreement until May 2020, giving the city more time to try to negotiate a deal with the university to prevent all or part of the land from being leased to a more profitable tenant, such as a commercial developer. Council will also vote on a proposal from staff that would allow the city to negotiate a trade of sorts with UT: If the city forfeits control of part of Red River Street – which UT wants to realign to make way for a new arena – the city will get a certain amount of credit toward the purchase of Muny. On Tuesday some Council members voiced concern about this proposal, saying that they wanted to consider what else the city could get from UT besides Muny.

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