Athletic club and arena proposed next to Lake Travis Middle School

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Lakeway City Council on Nov. 19 unanimously approved a special use permit for an indoor sports arena outfitted for basketball, volleyball and a trampoline park.

The 3-acre site, located on 4936 Bee Creek Road, is zoned for office and retail, or C-1, which allows for a health and exercise club unless the property abuts residential or school-zoned property, according to city documents. Because the proposed arena borders Lake Travis Middle School, City Council approval is required to issue a special use permit to complete the development.

Applicant Denver Lee, one of the founding directors of Austin Performance Volleyball, said at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting that the proposed site next to Lake Travis Middle School is perfect for a satellite location for the athletic club. Its main office is on Westbank Drive in West Lake Hills.

Lee said he has talked with engineers and equipment manufacturers, and the preliminary plans are for the equipment comprising the trampoline park to be hoisted to the ceiling Mondays through Thursdays. The trampoline park would be operational Fridays through Sundays, Lee said.

“Hopefully this is something that is wanted by the community,” Lee said.

Council Member Ron Massa said the facility would have to include adequate parking, especially considering the area surrounding Lake Travis Middle School is heavily traveled.

Following council’s approval of the SUP, Lee said there are several more hurdles to cross before he and his business partners make an offer to purchase the property.

“Tonight was one of the big hurdles,” Lee said. “So, just a couple more before we go ahead and make an offer and close on the land. We’ll start looking for investors at that time, once we have all of our ducks in a row.”

Travis Robinson, a representative for Optimized Engineering, the agent for the landowner on 4936 Bee Creek Road, said that provided everything goes according to plan, the facility should be open in 12 to 18 months.

Robinson said the next step will be a Jan. 9 Board of Adjustment meeting to discuss height variance.

Lakeway’s Zoning and Planning Committee unanimously approved the SUP for the arena on Nov. 7 for a period of 10 years.

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Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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