State eyes local land for development, seeks agreement with city
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What happens when the state wants to develop on land in the middle of the Austin?
That question will be considered when Austin City Council meets next Thursday.
The Texas Facilities Commission is looking at a long-term plan to generate revenue from several state-owned properties. They include areas around the State Hospital and Bull Creek Road, as well as the Hobby Building Downtown.
Before any of that happens, however, the TFC wants the city to fund a study. That would require an interlocal agreement between the city and the state.
Council is scheduled to vote on that agreement Thursday, but some members are questioning whether the Facilities Commission will even be the same after a deal is reached.
The Facilities Commission is up for review by the Sunset Advisory Commission this year, meaning lawmakers could change the way it operates or even do away with it, entirely.
The TFC held a meeting with neighborhood groups Thursday, ahead of the upcoming council vote.