The Eanes Independent School District owns a 17.89 acre tract of land adjacent to Westlake High School, known as the Shriner tract. The land was acquired by Eanes ISD through eminent domain in 2001 for future expansion of schools and District operations as necessary.
On October 11, 2013, a Request for Offers (RFO) was issued by Eanes ISD to solicit offers to lease 5.68 acres of the property. The RFO outlined that the Board of Trustees would consider any and all offers; however, proposals for land uses furthering the District’s Facilities Master Plan, including, but not limited to, multipurpose facilities, fine arts facilities, and wellness and extracurricular facilities, would receive the most favorable consideration. The RFO was posted on the Eanes ISD website as well as published in the Austin American Statesman. After notice and publication, two offers were received.
The Board of Trustees and Administration evaluated such offers and, at the May 20, 2014 Special Meeting, the Board determined that the lease offer submitted by Westlake Athletic Center, LLC (WAC), represented the best offer, provided the best benefit to the District, and was consistent with the District’s Facilities Master Plan. The Board authorized the Superintendent to negotiate a Ground Lease to be brought back to the Board for final approval.
In an effort to ensure public notice of and public participation in the potential project, the Board asked WAC to make a public presentation of their offer, which occurred at the May 28, 2014 Regular Board Meeting.
Additionally, Board President Rob Hargett covered the potential partnership in a column for the Westlake Picayune, published on June 4, 2014. In that column, Mr. Hargett invited public input and feedback on the project.
Further, the Westlake Picayune covered the proposed project in a June 5, 2014 article, noting that the Board was soliciting public participation in the process.
On August 20, 2014, the draft lease, including a summary of the key terms, will be published on the District’s website for public review and comment.