State commission discusses land agreement with neighborhood reps
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Members of the Texas Facilities Commission had the attention of multiple neighborhood associations last night.
The commission is looking for input on its Capitol Area Development Strategy, a plan which would allow for development on several pieces of state owned land.
Land parcels up for development include areas on Bull Creek Road, the Hobby Building downtown and the State Hospital and also part of Camp Mabry.
Right now, the TFC is seeking to enter an agreement with the city to fund a study on the development, but people who live in the areas which could be affected say the long-term effects could be much bigger.
"It's more than just the property, the state-owned property along Bull Creek Road,” Rosedale neighborhood resident Leslie Pool said. “Frankly, it's a statewide issue. It's not just Austin."
Lawmakers passed the Public Private Partnership Act last session, allowing the facilities commission to work with private developers to generate revenue from state-owned land.
Six neighborhood groups surrounding Bull Creek Road have formed a coalition to have their say in the process.